I'm not a 'girly girl', per se, but I do like dressing nice and looking good. A few years ago I went to a makeup store in the mall and learned how to branch out beyond the basic mascara and lip gloss combo. Paint pots and eyeshadow and fancy makeup brushes, oh my! I keep my look pretty neutral during the day, color-wise, but I ramp it up with a dramatic smoky eye for nights out.
While I have no problem shelling out money for higher-end beauty products that I deem to be essential to my makeup routine, I also like to find drugstore brands that go above and beyond their lower price point. If you're shopping for a woman (or teenage girl) who likes beauty products, I have a few suggestions for you that won't break your budget.
Cover Girl Lash Perfection Mascara.
I love this mascara for every day. I have short, pale lashes and it
makes them look long. It also doesn't clump and goes on smoothly.
L'Oreal Voluminous Full Definition Mascara. An friend suggested it as we were standing in the school yard waiting for our kids to be dismissed for the day. I threw it in my basket the next time I was at the drug store and it was as great as she said it was. It's a little heavier than my other favorite mascara, so I use it when I'm going out in the evening or busting out my smokey eye.
CoverGirl lipstick in bewitch.
It's a red lipstick that isn't a RED lipstick, meaning that you can
where it to school pickup or the grocery store without feeling like your
lips are a flashing neon sign. It's perfect for a night out as well.
CoverGirl Liquiline Eyeliner. The complaints in the reviews about not being able to sharpen it surprised me, as I sharpen mine easily with the sharpener I have. I love this liner so much. It goes on easily and lasts all day/night. I love how it blends as well.
Do you have any budget-friendly makeup items that you can't live without? I'm always looking for new products to try.