Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Qualiffordable" Makeup

Salut old friends and new!!!

If you've been here before, you may recall a post I published a few days ago about my favorite affordable skin and dental care products. The post was received so well by all of you--I got e-mails, texts, messages on facebook and twitter, not to mention all the comments from both guys and girls!! I was so thrilled and delighted to answer your questions and concerns that I decided to make a post to address the most frequently asked question: 'What are my favorite affordable makeup brands and products? Here's a very color coordinated preview pic, so go ahead and check out the rest of the post :)))
Read more for pix, reviews, info & raves of my favorite "QUALIFFORDABLE" cosmetic brands!

1. NYX--available online (retail price), at Ulta (cheaper) and in most beauty supply stores (cheapest). This is just a fraction of my NYX makeup collection and since it's very difficult to pick my favorite colors, I narrowed it down to these awesome products:

Palettes:  For Your Eyes Only in Smokey Eyes (left); 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Jazz Night (right); 10 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Haute Model (top). $11 (much cheaper in beauty supply stores)
Glitter liners: Candy glitter liner in Gold (left) and Disco Queen (right) $4.50
Jumbo Eye Pencils: Cherry (far left), Electric Blue (left/center), Pure Gold (right) $4.50
Eyeshadow Base in White $7
Lip glosses: 1. Mega Shine lip gloss in Smokey Look (left) 2. "Round" gloss in Doll Pink (center) 3. Mega Shine lip gloss in Beige (right) $5.50

Why I love NYX: Pigmentation, pigmentation, pigmentation!!! Also, staying power, color range, great packaging, and of course--affordability! 
  • NYX eyeshadow palettes feature high quality shadows that are silky, vibrant and easy to apply. These palettes are perfect for traveling and the reason mine look so new is because I just bought replacements for all the ones I left for my cousins the last time I visited them :)))
  • I can't rave enough about the jumbo eye pencils... these babies are amazing for anything eye makeup related. Use them as bases for shadows or alone for a quick burst of color that will stay put all day--yay!!!
  • NYX eyeshadow base has replaced my all time winner Urban Decay primer potion and that's saying a lot!
  • NYX glitter liners are my favorites among all brands and the color range is really impressive
  • The lip glosses, although terrific, tend to smell a little like cheap cherry, but we forgive NYX because the colors are sooo gorgeous and flattering :)

2. L'Oréal--stands the test of time. This brand is available anywhere and everywhere: from large retailers to supermarkets to beauty supply stores. L'Oréal is the only brand I choose for mascaras and its HIP collection offers pigmented eyeshadows and lip products at great prices.
  • Eyeshadow duos in Flamboyant (left) and Forgiving 
  • Hip shine struck lip colors in Precarious (left) and Arresting
  • Mascaras: Clean definition telescopic in Blackest Black (top) and Voluminous in Carbon Black 
Why I love L'Oréal: Bottom line--I simply trust this brand. The mascaras are the best out there (by far) and for about $10 each, I can basically afford to wear them every day and not feel guilty about going through them like they're food. Voila!

3. LA Splash for color mascaras. I'm a sucker for bright, bold, in your face lashes and because these pop mascaras are only $6-7, I now own every single color!!!
Check out my reviews and pictures for each of the above colors and read about why I love LA Splash :)

4. Rimmel for lipsticks and some eyeshadows. This is for all you Londoners out there... London-town's own Rimmel is my go-to for QUALIFFORDABLE lipsticks!
  • Eyeshadow quad in Smokey Noir ($5-6)
  • Lasting Finish Lipsticks in Pink Blush (left) and Airy Fairy. Retails at about $6 (be on the lookout for 2 for 1 deals at Walgreens and Target)
As you can see, I use this eyeshadow quad quite often. I love the consistency of the shadows: the colors are easily "blendable" and perfect for every day use. 

The lipsticks are divine: not only is Pink Blush a great dupe for Nars' Roman Holiday, it is almost 4 times cheaper and quite comparable in quality. Here's a pic (to see the post for this makeup look, click here)

Hope I've answered your questions and if you have any more, don't hesitate to comment below or e-mail me :))) Merci for all your wonderful feedback!!! Next up are my favorite nail polishes :)))


Maryam Maquillage


  1. Thanks for the post.
    I still haven't tried much of the NYX products, only their lippies and lashes. But I should go find myself a jumbo eye pencil


  2. Love your pic above its gorje xox

  3. that pink lippie is gorgeous and sooo shiny! great post!

  4. wow! love all these products!!! and your nail polish is awesome in that first pic! :)

  5. I LOVE NYX Mega Shine Lipglosses and L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black (which I'm currently using)

  6. Great post! I love affordable makeup or should I say qualiffordable! haha :)

  7. I love the NYX glosses...despite the fake cherry smell!

  8. the eye make u in the last pic is so amazing , looks great with your eye color !

  9. fab post! I love l'oreal and rimmel too, I use clean definition mascara and its my all time fave, i've yet to try voluminious, and the LA splash and NYX sound great but never seen LA splash in england and we only have limited NYX stuff and it's usually alot more expensive after shipping costs which sucks!! xxx

  10. I am loving that bright green eye shadows on you! U look amazing! Recently, I've been in to green colours my self, and I got my self NYX jumbo shadow in Mountain green *I think*. Nyx jumbo Electric is my absolute favourite too! good for a night club look! great choice ! ;)

  11. yay, those are all my faves too!!!! cheap brands have stepped up to the plate in a MAJOR way lately :D


  12. I need some NYX products! this is really helpful! thanks!

  13. Great collections hun..Absolutely love all of them..Gorgeous colours for sure..^_^..

  14. NYX is a great brand! I love their single e/s and chrome shadows. You look so beautiful in the last pic!<33

  15. thanks ladies, i'm so glad you all like my qualiffordable choices!!!

  16. Great post!! NYX is awesome. I need to build up a NYX collection hehe.

    You can rock any "look" that last picture of you is so pretty!

    P.S. : I tagged you on my blog :)


  17. you look so pretty
    share the feeling
    visit <3

  18. Adoro essa marca NYX!! Tenho alguns produtos!!
    Linda foto!


  19. wow this is great. i dont own too many NYX things but the products i do have i've liked so might look into getting more of it :) great post!

  20. your makeup looks wonderful I love NYX && aything that is affordable && still looks great


  21. Wow great post. I love NYX and LA Splash products!

  22. You've really got some of my drugstore favorites here!

  23. omg I love the neon eyes & lavender lips! your super pretty <3

  24. Great post! I totally agree for L'Oreal brand =) And I want to try that La Splash, but I think it would be difficult to find it in Italy =(

  25. I love the stuff!!! NYX is great! and your pic at the end is so cute!!

  26. Idk if my msg went thru or not but i love the carbon black!! n nyx jumbo pencils...i only have it in milk tho lol


  27. Thanks for the post. I can't wait to try NYX eye shadow base. I am convince. Thanks for the recommendation.


  28. I love L'oreal.. and guess what? I just got today at beauty swap 2 HIP eyeshadow duos. We don't have it here in Australia.. so its great to know your opinion about this range;)

  29. Great post! I quite agree with you :) I love Rimmel, L'Oreal and Nyx.

  30. i love nyx !

  31. I like Rimmel because its so affordable!
    Amazing look~~~

  32. i just bought some nyx loose powder stuff for eyes...and i love it...and im a fan of those colored eye pencils!!! :)

  33. Great post! I agree with you on LOreal, it's affordable, available, and awesome!

  34. thanks everyone!!! so glad we all agree :DDD

  35. wowww lovely haul each and evrything is really pretty

  36. OMG! I love your blog so so so so much. And i love the rimmel lipsticks *_*


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