Great Cheap S#%t: The e.l.f. Edition

Because going for gorgeous shouldn't cost an arm and a freaking leg.
Publish date:
August 15, 2012
beauty, budget shopping, e.l.f.

Four out of five ain't half bad. I fucking forgot to pack the mist.

When I mentioned e.l.f.'s fan-fucking-tastic Studio Powder Brush and Studio High Definition Powder in previous posts, many of you chimed in to sing your praises right along with me. That's why I've decided to spread the good gospel about all the great cheap shit that comes across my desk. Here in the first of many, I'll tell you exactly the 'what and why' you should buy from tons of global beauty brands. Ready? Here we go. @EveVawter, this one's just for you, boo:

What: Essential Eyelid Primer, $1

Why: If anyone has ever uttered this phrase to you, "Wow, your eyelids are really oily"', guess what? You need this. Not only does it drastically minimize the appearance of the excess sebum that seems to magically appear above your lashes by the end of the day, it also helps your eyeshadow and eyeliner (cream, powder, gel -- doesn't matter) cling on for dear damn life for hours on end.

What: Studio Makeup Mist & Set, $3

Why: I'm not one of those girls that runs around town with a pressed powder compact in my purse. Foundation touch-ups throughout the day? Ha! I ain't about that life, and ain't nobody got time for that. And it's because of this veritable "hairspray for the face" -- I can leave the house at 7 a.m. and return 19 hours later looking freshly dolled up. Plus, it ends up saving you money in the long run on purchasing more product, because you're using it less since you quit doing mid-day touch-ups, yada, yada, yada.

What: Studio Eyebrow Kit, $3

Why: My natural brows are fully fucked five ways from Friday, but you'll never know it for two reasons: 1) My (n)ass is religiously parked in a $6 threading chair every other week, and 2) This gel-and-powder duo helps keep them nice and neat and naturally thick looking. Oh, I would be remiss if I didn't admit that this helped, too. (A lot!)

What:Essential Natural Lash Kit, $1

Why: I love, Love, LOVE wearing fake eyelashes, but I hate, Hate, HATE taking them off and trying to save them for future wear. These look flirty but "natural," and I don't feel bad about tossing them in the trash after one wear. I can literally have a new pair for every single day of the month and it'll only cost $31. That's $365/6 for the entire year. The first time I got eyelash extensions, the bill rang up to $350, and they only lasted a month. You do the math.

Disclaimer: The accompanying glue is pure, unadulterated bullshit and it isn't even worth the plastic it's packaged in. I will forever and always chuck it in the trash with the quickness because I swear by Ardell Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Black ($8 at

What:Studio Matte Lip Color in Rich Red, $3

Why: FYI, this is the color I was wearing when Jane snapped our "big reveal" photo a few weeks back. (Feel free to ignore that plump ass period pimple in prime position on my cheek. Uggggggggh.) Anyway, virtually every beauty brand has a matte lip pencil, but this bitch is banging, and not even because of the price. It's no muss, no fuss application is a plus, and it deposits rich, long-lasting cranberry color that doubles as a stain when it finally does wear off.

(Just be sure to swipe a little lip balm on first. It is a mattifying lipstick after all, so it can feel a little bit dry if you bareback it.)

Grand total? A whopping $11. Having a bunch of cheap ass, awesome ass products in your beauty kit that actually work, and that you'll actually use? Say it with me -- PRICELESS.

India-Jewel is probably babbling about a bunch of beauty-related shit over on Twitter at @IndiaJewelJax.