Top 5 Beauty Products Under $5

While I occasionally do fancy myself and investment product, I am generally 100% here for a good, cost-efficient product. I don’t have a huge fortune to look forward to and I’m pretty much the quintessential broke-college-student, which means I’m always looking for the hookup and I like to share it with you all when I find. So in that spirit, here are 5 things that I’m currently loving that all round up to under $5!

Eyelure Definition Lash 121

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

ELF Cream Eyeliner

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick

Black Radiance Oil Free Liquid Makeup

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NYX Avant Pop: Nouveau Chic Palette – Review

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A few weeks ago I did a review of one of the 3 palettes from NYX’s Avant Pop line and today I have a review of the Nouveau Chic palette. I’m a huge fan of palettes with neutral and matte shades in them, so when I saw this one I proceeded to make all of my ugly-pleased faces at it through my laptop screen before promptly clicking that buy button. These retail for $17 and my review on my last Avant Pop post includes all of the information for getting a discount from the NYX website. Now the palettes are available from Ulta for $16.99 and are buy 1, get 1 50% off until June 27th.

Here are all 10 shades:




Sadly, none of the shadows in this palette have their own names so I gave them all numbers. All 10 shades are incredibly pigmented and feel very smooth. Even the matte shades are still soft to touch, except for shade 8 which feels kind of hard but is still incredibly pigmented and blendable. I did experience some fallout during the application of these shades, but that is not a deal breaker for me.

I also am very pleased with the color selection within this palette. It has a nice combination of target spring colors with all of the purples and even some fun peach tones (shades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7) and will transfer well into the fall which are primarily concentrated on the right side of the palette (shades 5, 9, and 10). It also has a nice balance of neutral and fun shades meaning that it’s easy to turn to when you don’t have time to use 70,000 colors to make a look and you can still turn to it when you do.

Sample Look:

Overall, I think this is an accessible palette. I’m not the biggest fan of the texture and consistency of shade 8 , but all of the shades are pigmented and very blendable.There are shimmery shades, shades with more of a sheen to them, and mattes which is a combination I look for in a palette. I think it’s a good palette for people who are transitioning between completely neutral palettes, but you don’t want to go all out with crazy colors like with the Art Throb palette. The shades are fun but completely wearable.

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NYX Avant Pop: Art Throb Palette – Review

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I am huge lover of eyeshadow palettes so when I saw that NYX was releasing their Avant Pop palettes I knew that I had to get my hands on them. If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should, if you don’t already), then you would have seen that I picked up 2 of the 3 including the one that I have for you right now: Art Throb. So far I have only seen them available for purchase from the NYX website, though I’d love to know if they can be picked up in store anywhere else. They are $17 each, but at the NYX site you can get 25% off your purchase of them by signing up for their mailing list and earn free shipping when you spend $25+.

Here are all 10 shades:


Unfortunately, like most drugstore palettes, these shades don’t have individual names so I had to number them. As you can see, all 10 of them are quite pigmented upon swatching and were able to hold up that pigmentation on the actual eye. Even the black shadow was intense, which is something that I was not expecting because my past experience with drug store palettes has resulted in very wimpy shades of black. Thankfully, the black in this palette is very buildable and can easily be transferred to an intense tone.


I have also found these shadows to be very longwearing in terms of creasing control and color payoff. With the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows, I found that if I wasn’t using my most expensive eye primer, then the color of the shadows would fade away and I would experience a lot of creasing, but so far none of these shadows have resulted in this problem. At the end of the day everything continued to look relatively close to the way the way they had during their initial application.

Sample Looks:

1 in the lower wing to outer lower lashline, 8 blended into the entire lower lashline, and 3 in the inner corner
3 in the inner corner, 4 on the lid, 6 on the outer corner, 10 blended out into the crease and along the lower lashline, and a tiny amount of 9 on the outer crease

Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this palette. $17 may seem like much, but it is very easy to get it at a discount and will be even more so if it shows up at more stores like Ulta. I also found shadows 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 to be the most easy to use in everyday looks. This being said, this palette is not for everyone. It’s very flashy and there are few neutrals to balance it out. This is not necessarily a huge deal breaker for me because I don’t mind working between palettes or integrating single shadows, but others might be looking for a nice balance between fun brights and easy-use neutrals. If that isn’t a deal breaker for you, then I definitely recommend it.

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NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow – Review

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A few weeks ago I was shopping online and came across these lovely Prismatic Eyeshadows from NYX. The eyeshadows retail for $6 per shadow. You can pick them up discounted at the NYX website where you can get 25% off of your first purchase and free shipping for purchases over $25 or pick them up at Ulta during one of their buy 1, get 1 50% off. There are currently 12 shades available online. I purchased 3 and have used at least one of them in nearly every makeup look I have done since they arrived in the mail.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:



I am a very texture oriented person, so the first thing that I noticed about these shadows (well, other than the fact that one of mine had apparently gotten some rough treatment on its way to my mailbox) was that they are so incredibly smooth. When I was in the process of swatching them, I had to take a moment to simply relish in the fact that it felt like I was running my finger across velvet. Not only were they smooth to touch, but they were also smooth to apply and so incredibly pigmented.

After using these eyeshadows in actual looks, I did find that there are a few cons to the product. The most important thing I found about these shadows is that it needed a good eye primer. I usually just use my $1 elf primer, which has always held up for me, but these shadows were most long wearing with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. I also found that I got the greatest pigmentation by applying the shadows with my fingers, rather than with a brush. In fact, the only time I use a brush with these now, is if I’m placing them in my inner or outer corners of my eyes.

Sample Looks:

Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
Fireball on the lid, Bedroom Eyes on the outer corner and into the outer crease, and Liquid Gold on the inner corner
Fireball on the lid
Fireball on the lid

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed these shadows and plan to purchase more. They blend well, apply easily, and the price is right. They are a cheap and simple way to pump up a glam, shimmery look or to bring bright colors into your spring/summer routine!