By Guest Bag Lady Emily Mitchell
It’s that time of year again; yes, time to stuff your entire closet into four cardboard boxes. Hours of sifting through each measly t-shirt (“But what if I need that one?”) have come down to this: back to campus for 9 months.
This is one of the most expensive times of the year, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on getting new beauty products. If the repeated trips to Target for toiletries and Q-Tips haven’t gotten the best of you, keep reading to see what affordable and accessible products your peers are taking back to campus this year, from some of your favorite haunts including: Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, or your local shopping mecca. They have great suggestions on everything from mascara to deodorant to lip gloss! And all are under $15….Interested? I thought so.
CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe Mascara – The brush on it is AMAZING and I love the shimmer in the mascara. Laura Forney, Purdue University Senior
CoverGirl Very Black Waterproof Mascara – This is very inexpensive, stays on all day, and makes your eyes look good. Audra Egenholf, Southern Methodist University Senior
CoverGirl Professional All-In-One Mascara – The brush is curved and fits to my lashes. Katie Holden, University of Michigan Sophomore
Maybelline the Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara (not waterproof) – I like it because I’ve found it to be the best in making my lashes very long and it also doesn’t clump together like most others I’ve tried. Katelyn Lepisto, Michigan Tech University Senior
Maybelline Colossal Mascara – It makes my eyelashes look SO long. I already have long eye lashes but with this mascara I can’t tell you how many people ask if my eyelashes are real. Missy Ziegler, University of Iowa Junior
Maybelline Define-A- Lash Mascara – It’s great because it’s really natural looking and it makes my eyelashes look longer. I don’t fall for the vibrating wands or thickener…they are a rip off and get clumpy. Jennie Jones, Indiana University Freshman
Revlon Color Stay Eyeshadow in Nude Elements – [It] is good because it lasts all day, and the color palate is good for everyday use. You can use the black as liner if you don’t want to use actual pencil liner. Laura Forney, Purdue University Senior
Maybelline Define-a-Line Eyeliner – It’s not a wood pencil so its retractable and you don’t have to sharpen it [like a wood pencil] and the smudging tip on the other end is really good. Laura Forney, University of Purdue Senior
L’Oreal Bare Naturale – This covers every flaw, but it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing makeup because it’s mineral makeup. Plus it has SPF 19. Sammy Luterbach, University of Wisconsin Sophomore
L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder – Again, very light. And it doesn’t look dry or flaky, but gives skin an all-over even tone. Katie Holden, University of Michigan Sophomore
Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer – It’s really light but blends in very well, especially when paired with a little powder. Katie Holden, University of Michigan Sophomore
Medium-Tinted Bronzer by Physicians Formula – To wake up my pale face! It’s hypo-allergenic and I get good use out of one compact. Jennie Jones, Indiana University Freshman
Powder Palette Multi-colored Bronzer by Physicians Formula – It is very light weight and feels like you are not wearing make-up, while giving a very natural color to your skin. Audra Egenholf, Southern Methodist University Senior
Physician’s Formula Bronzer with SPF 20 – It doesn’t look fake but gives a nice glow. And it contains sunscreen to protect the skin. Missy Ziegler, University of Iowa Junior
Blush/Bronzer All-In-One by Jane – Half is a medium blush and the other half is a sparkly bronzer. I like having this because depending on my mood I can make my cheek bones pop out or look a little bronzy for the day. Katelyn Lepisto, Michigan Tech University Senior
Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment – I use this as a lip balm. It makes my lips softer than any other ChapStick, lip balm, or lip gloss, and I’ve tried all of them. And the best part is when you put it on, it leaves a little sheen, so really it’s functional AND pretty. Sammy Luterbach, University Of Wisconsin Sophomore
Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Champagne – I like this because it not only makes my lips look nice, it also hydrates them like a ChapStick would do. My lips aren’t my greatest feature so the champagne color is subtle, and I also want my lips to be comfortable and not dry out! It also lasts longer too so I’m not reapplying it several times during the school day. Katelyn Lepisto, Michigan Tech University Senior
Vaseline – For my lips! It works like ChapStick but it makes my lips look so glossy and plump. Missy Ziegler, University of Iowa Junior
Dove Deodorant – I realize this is a silly favorite beauty product, but ever since I’ve started using it my armpits are much more attractive (moisturizing elements!). And they smell wonderful. Sammy Luterbach, University of Wisconsin Sophomore
Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash Pads – They are a simple, quick, and effective way to wash your face. They really get rid of acne. Audra Egenholf, Southern Methodist University Senior
Dove Face Lotion for Sensitive Skin – [It has] SPF 15 and doesn’t clog my pores. Jennie Jones, Indiana University Freshman
THE AUTHOR’S PICKS
Maybelline ExpertWare Eyeshadow Quad in Sunlit Bronze – These four shimmery shadows suit any skin tone. The colors range from white to gold to pink to a deep gray. I apply them with my fingers. It also doubles as a little shimmer for my body. I mix them with my lotion. It looks beautiful in the sun!
Maybelline Intense XXL Extreme Black Volume Mascara – Some people are skeptical of this mascara. You first apply the white end, and then the black. The black latches onto the white, creating greater volume and length.
ChapStick 100% Naturals Lip Butter – It is so smooth! It leaves a little sheen, and smells a little sweet. Plus, I like that the ingredients are natural oils and butters.
Not all discount stores are created equal. “I try to get my makeup at Wal-Mart because their makeup is ALWAYS way cheaper than Target. For example, my mascara is $8 at Target, and $5-6 at Wal-Mart,” says Laura Forney
A trick to finding even more deals at your local stores is to sift through the Sunday paper for coupons. It may be old-school, but that extra dollar you save is worth it. Plus, you can compare prices among stores, and see where the deals will be that week.
It’s no secret that most college students are short on cash. “Budget” somehow invades the vocabulary overnight once school begins. But whether your beauty products come from Wal-Mart or 7Eleven (ChapStick, anyone?), these budget-friendly finds are sure to be fabulous. And at these price points, it’s safe to get curious and try something new!