Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

I’ve always prided myself on being the makeup lover who doesn’t HAVE to use higher-end cosmetics to achieve beautiful looks. I am very frugal with my money by nature and even when I have it, I don’t know…I don’t always feel inclined to spend a crazy amount of it on something disposable like…cosmetics. Which, I know, sounds crazy but I’ve tried to remain sensible in my older years.

Plowing through debt will do that to you.

That said, doing a makeup look and only using products that cost less than $30 was easy for me.

30 dollar face

But for the record, I’m omitting powders, primers and liners for the total cost of this face, mkay? The only way I would be able to include those and keep the face under $30 is if I rocked all Wet ‘n Wild and e.l.f every thang. And as much as I love those brands, I wanted to spice it up a bit for ya’ll. And so I used these products to achieve a pretty nice look.

Makeup prices
For the eyes, I used this sweet Limited Edition eye shadow palette from Wet ‘n Wild…

Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette

This sat in my “To Review” pile for the longest and I hate that I am just now pulling it out. That orange is fantastic and I would have loved for it to POP a bit more on my skin, but hey…we can’t have it all now, can we? There’s that pretty Sleek Bronze Block that I scooped up from Sleek a few weeks back.

Sleek Bronze Brick

And NYX’s Stacked mascara…

NYX mascara

Also, featured in its blurry goodness is COVERGIRL’s Smoochies in Tru Love. It’s a frosty mauve. I’ve been into frosts these days. Totally tapping into my high school years.

And the look…


Orange eyeshadow on brown skin
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Let this be a lesson to you, girls. You don’t HAVE to spend a ton of money on makeup to achieve really nice looks. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I will still lust after things I can’t afford but it’s good to know that even after 7 years of blogging, I can still appreciate the drugstore babies.

Would you be able to crank out a look using products that totaled up to $30?

Check out what my fellow MU girls did…

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Wet ‘n Wild giveaway – Win Fergie’s Best sellers!

My darling friends at Wet ‘n Wild are hosting this amaziiiiing giveaway for Clumps of Mascara readers and I couldn’t be more excited about it. We all know how much I adore Wet ‘n Wild everything. And I know how many of you are in love with this iconic drugstore brand. Who wants to win the bestsellers from the Fergie line? You do, of course!

Look!

Wet n Wild Beauty

I knew you’d want it. And if it’s not exactly up your alley (which I bet is unlikely), maybe you can win it and give it away to your favorite beauty lovers for the holidays? Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Good luuuuuck!

 

[A winner has been selected. Congrats to Maria in Florida!]

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes – only $2!

I have slowly been reviewing my stash of Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes and I’m showin’ off 6 more of these gals. 

If you’re a drugstore stalker like I am, chances are you’ve seen these babies before. There are a ton of ‘em and in a pinch, these $2 polishes are all that and a batch of kale chips. Buuuut, these polishes also tote the larger wide brush and if you aren’t a fan of that kind of brush, these may not be up your alley. But still – can you really complain too much about these kids since they cost less than a gallon of gas? Yuh.

Break the Ice is a sheer shimmery white. I’ve only applied 3 coats of it but I’m thinking to get a true opaque finish, you may need to top it off with 1 more coat. I actually really LOVE this polish. It’s sweet, icy and it’s my favorite kind of polish for when I want a lil’ somethin’ without overdoing it.

 

Candy-licious is your average creamy baby pink. There’s nothing terribly unique about it but if you’re into cheap pink creme polishes, this is a great one.

Bite the Bullet is a gray-ish lavender. It’s all dusty and fantastic and I just LOVE it. I’ve got plenty of lavender polishes but whatever. You can never have too many of those. :wink:

 

Heatwave is a bright coral that leans more on the red side and it is spectacular. I am currently rockin’ this as a pedicure color and have no intentions taking it off any time soon. It rocks that hard.

Through the Grapevine is a dusty magenta that has quite the purple punch. It’s a beautiful creme and definitely is one of the more unique polishes in Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast line-up.

 

Wet Cement is a concrete grey. These are plentiful and if you haven’t copped one yet, this is a good one to start with.

I always find the formula on these to be nice. Not perfect as some can be on the thicker side but nothing that small strokes can’t overcome. If you can’t find ‘em in stores, check out Walgreens.com. You can scoop them up over there for only $1.99.

Any Wet ‘n Wild nail polish lovers in the house?

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast nail colors

These are just a few of Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast nail polishes in their new bottles. They also have wider brushes (wooo hooo!) but I’ll talk more about those at the foot of the post. Let’s bring on the polish p0rn!

Under Your Spell is such a pretty a beautiful ahd shimmery burgundy. It’s all vampy and gorge.

 

I Need A Refresh-mint is a nice and creamy pale blue. It’s got a bit more green to it but of course the Nikon wouldn’t pick it up.

 

Undercover is a such a Grandma shade but if you’re into rosy pinks, this isn’t a bad one.


I Red A Good Book is a fire-engine red that if you looooove reds, you’ll love. These are my kind of reds. This classic and just goooorgeous.

Club Havana is all smudged up but ignore that middle finger, mkay? It’s an orange-y coral that will look stunning with some glitter thrown on top.

 

Disturbia is a vampy purple with minimal shimmer. It’s a vampy purple that actually LOOKS purple – and that’s rare.  

 

Formula-wise these polishes are niiiiiice. I love the wide brush but I did run into a problem with a few of them. Some of the “hairs” were cut unevenly and so it made applying tricky. In ended up having to cut a few with cuticle scissors just to apply with an even finish. So no, not the end of the world but it’s worth mentioning if you’ve got your eyes on these. I used 2 coats of polish for each polish. You can scoop ‘em up for $1.99 a pop. Not bad, uh?

 

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ‘em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ‘em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

…and a clearer pic of that purple.

The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ‘em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild Spoiled polishes – only $1.99 a pop

Have y’all seen Wet ‘n Wild’s Spoiled collection in your local Walgreens? OMGGG….as if I needed another reason to love Wet ‘n Wild polishes. I am showcasing just 8 here but there are literally like…a hundred of ‘em. And they are only $1.99. I knowwwww. Okay, I’ll shut up and get to postin’.

Did I Dye It Too Blonde? is a neon yellow. Well, obviously, right? It’s a looooot brighter than this in real life. I applied 3 coats and had such a hard time with getting an opaque finish. Such is the case with most neon polishes. Still. I really really like this. Your best bet for getting opacity from neon polishes is to use a white polish as a base.

Shrimp On the Barbie is such a Spring-y shade. It isn’t the most unique color in the world, but the gold shimmer in the salmon pink polish makes it funny and girly.

I’m Ba-roque Bahahaaaa! Funniest name ever. Very witty, Wet ‘n Wild. This polish is a brown with a ton of silver shimmer all about. I actually really like this. I’ve seen a lot of brown polishes but never one with this much personality. It’s gorge! Oh, and excuse the remnants of Did I Dye It Too Blonde?. Apparently removing neon polish is trickier than I thought.


Trust Fund Baby is a red blue and gold glitter. Well, not really glitter but more of folded hexagon specs…thingies. Yeah. I never know what to call these. It’s a tricky glitter in that if  have to apply a good 2 coats because the brush won’t pick up enough specs the first go ’round. I layered Trust Fund Baby over Shrimp On the Barbie.

Plenty of Fish In The Sea looks blue but it is more on the green side. Ya’ll already know how loco my camera is when it comes to photographing blue/green shades. It has some shimmer to it but it’s subtle.

Pet My Peacock is a teal, gold and blue chunky glitter. 

Tip Your Waitress is a hooooot neon pink. I mean, it’s a “in yo face” kind of pink. This is really the only kind of pinks I like. It dries between a matte and glossy finish. Not quite gel-like though.

Shuffle The Deck is a silver, red and gray chunky glitter.

 

 

Since there are a billion of these (haha, I’m kidding – more like a few dozen), you’ve got a nice selection to choose from. This brand reminds me a lot of Sinful Colors. They are priced the same and have great formulas. I used 3 coats for each polish and find them to be really nice to work with. My favorite thing about ‘em? The wide brush. Yep. Since I’ve got wide nail beds those bigger brushes are definitely up my alley.

See any your like? Have you spotted these polishes in your neck of the woods?

 

Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send your requests,
suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

Wet ‘n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette – brace yourself for this one…

Oh my. This palette took my breath away. I didn’t expect it to be so gorgeous. A quick glance of it and it looks pretty average, right?

I mean…you’ve got one side that will give you a nice daytime look and then you’ve got another that will give you an after 5-eye. But there’s really nothing special about it at first glance. Never, darlings…NEVER judge an eyeshadow palette at first glance. After some swatches, I have discovered that this palette is a diamond. It’s sooooo pretty!

The shadows on the left are all work-safe and un-intimidating.

…and the shadows to the right are rich and gorgeous.

And like all Wet ‘n Wild palettes, the back packaging gives you an idea of where to place each shadow. Which is definitely helpful for makeup newbies.

I’m finding that swatching shadows on my arms and displaying them WITHOUT cropping is so much better for viewing and for getting an idea of how the shades look…

Oh. And that blue brown shade?

Stunning! These shadows were silky, creamy and just a dream to work with. Wet ‘n Wild makes it so hard to justify spending more than a few bucks on some eyeshadow. Their quality of these palettes are just…wow. Unbelievable. And these palettes are only $4.99.

I love Wet ‘n Wild so much. I can’t even stand it.

 

Fabulous berry lips for a steal with Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick

Lipstick and I have a rocky past. Until recently, I was very, very afraid of lipstick and gravitated more towards lip glosses and tinted lip balms; for some odd reason the idea of lipstick was just too much! Nowadays, I’m much more used to wearing color on my lips and I find it so fun to spruce up a look with a fun lipstick. The one I want to share with you today- Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick in #522A Dark Wine- was my first “bold” dive into lip color.

I remember it like yesterday: it was a year ago in the fall, and I wanted to play around with color without breaking my student budget. I ran to my nearest Walgreens to peruse the beauty aisle, and as I glanced over the Wet ‘n’ Wild display, Dark Wine practically leaped off the shelf and into my hands. Was it possible to pay $.99 for a deep, berry red lipstick? Yes, indeed!

#522A Dark Wine is the only Wet ‘n’ Wild Silk Finish lipstick I own, but I’m in love with everything about it. The formula is smooth, pigmented, and long lasting. It provides opaque coverage in one application, and the color is just divine- the creamy, berry hue pops against my skin tone. At first I was hesitant to wear it- my favorite way to pull it off was to use it more like a stain. I would apply the lipstick and then dab my lips with a tissue to lighten it. As I’ve become more comfortable with it, however, I enjoy the bold look it achieves.

If you’re weary about how much quality can be packed into a lipstick less than one dollar, fear
not! Dark Wine lasts on my lips for 4-5 hours, even through eating. I wore it to work earlier this week and though the color needed touching up, I still received compliments on it after 7 hours.

The only complaint I have is that Wet ‘n’ Wild doesn’t offer many other wearable, frost-free
shades (many other Silk Finish lipsticks have an abundance of shimmer- if you like frosty
lipsticks, you are in luck!). Other than that, I’m obsessed with Dark Wine for its last abilities, smooth color, and comfortable wear.

If you’re in the market for a great dark red lipstick to complement your winter makeup wardrobe
(and on a tight budget like myself), definitely take a lot at what Wet ‘n’ Wild has to offer. This one ranks high on my list of favorites; I foresee getting plenty of use out of it in the coming colder months!

Stephanie’s Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I’m a 20 year old fashion business major going to school in the windy city. My studies keep me pretty busy, but in my free time I enjoy staying up-to-date on the newest beauty products and trends as well as writing about all things makeup at my blog, In Her Makeup Bag. Being a student with no income makes it hard to sustain an obsession with makeup, so my focus is beauty on a budget!