Budget Beauty Buys

Essence Super Fine Eyeliner  Pen $2.99 Cdn 
good: smooth application, intense black, easy to use.
bad: stains skin

Essence Super Fine Eyeliner Pen

Wet n' Wild Eyeshadow Palettes
$4.69 Cdn
good: gorgeous pigmentation, trendy colours
bad: chalky mattes, fallout 

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal 
$7.99 Cdn (varies by place)
good: smooth, stays put, great for the 
waterline, unique colours - nude and taupe
bad: limited colours

Yaby Eyeshadow Refills
$3.15 Cdn 

  yaby site
good: fantastic pigmentation, easy to blend, long wearing, easily portable.
bad: not easily accessible; order online or Blur Makeup Room in Toronto

Essence Eyebrow Designer
$2.99 Cdn
good: waxy, smooth, brush
bad:  limited colours

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams
$9.49 Cdn (varies by location)
good: mousse texture, matte, variety of colours, creamy

bad:  short staying power, patchy


  1. Glad to see another MUA appreciating & loving makeup on a budget! I have a confession to make - up until now, I did not admit to anyone that I LOVE, absolutely love Essence eye liners! I own all the colours and love them for their colour vibrancy and believe it or not, staying power! And even though they do not claim to be "waterproof", they pretty much are! I used these on hot humid days (provided you still you use an eyeshadow base underneath) and they did NOT move or transfer! For an eyeliner the price of a small latte - I was impressed to say the least!

    1. Yay to awesome budget buys. Essence is so good. I want to explore more of the line.