During college I worked at the cosmetics counter at a department store. I loved being around all the beautiful colors of make-up and all the smells of the skincare and fragrances. Still to this day, I am a sucker for pretty much all things beauty related. The only downside to me working for a high end cosmetic line way back in the day is the fact that it spoiled me. I like really good beauty items. Items with price-points that I am not currently willing to pay.
Now that I am a stay-at-home work at home mom, my beauty related items must be budget-friendly. I usually buy my cosmetic or beauty related items at my local drugstore or discount store. There are some incredibly budget-friendly, fantastic beauty items at drugstores these days. Plus with me ‘secret knowledge’ from my cosmetic counter days…. I know which products are really similar to higher end ones that I used to buy when I was single and only spending for myself. (Did you know that several of the big brand department store cosmetic lines actually make some of the big brand drugstore cosmetic lines? Google it… you will be surprised.)
The Search For Beauty On A Budget
Like I said, there are so many great drugstore cosmetic choices these days. I use a fantastic foundation, have a favorite when it comes to eye shadow, mascara, nail color… you name it! All great items, all budget-friendly.
There is one item though that I have struggled to find at drugstores at a bargain beauty price… good cosmetic brushes. Once you discover how great brushes can make your make-up look and have been spoiled by really good quality brushes, it’s sort of hard to settle.
There are some good brushes available at discount stores, but the price points on these brushes are really close to department store brushes and just not a bargain. The brushes I have been using up until about a week ago were from a local drugstore and while they serve the purpose, they do not wash well, they shed and they are sort of rough.
That was up until a week ago, until they contacted me about trying out a new line of cosmetic brushes available exclusively at CVS, pop-arazzi. Let me just say, this is the first line of budget-friendly brushes that I have seen that even come close to what you will buy in a department store. I LOVE them! They are soft, do not shed and, from my experience, give a department store brush a definite run for their money… and all for $2.99 or less per brush!! They are truly a budget-friendly beauty find. Even the 5-piece set (travel-sized), which is where some companies skimp, has the same high quality feel brushes and is just $5.99.
The affordable cosmetic brush collection ($1.99-$5.99) offers a burst of color and comes in range of application-friendly designs, including:
- Powder Brush – $2.99
- Foundation Brush – $2.99
- Concealer Brush – $1.99
- Eye Shadow Brush – $2.99
- Brow and Lash Brush – $1.99
- Eyeliner Brush – $1.99
- Eye Crease Blender Brush – $1.99
- 5-Piece Brush Set, includes Powder, Eyeliner, Eye Shadow, Eye Smudge, and Brow & Lash Brushes – $5.99
The brushes are available in a polka-dot or pink handle. I really like that they are all stamped with the type of brush . Makes it easier on the smaller brushes, such as the concealer brush and they eyeshadow brush, to tell them apart.
Enter To Win A 5-Piece Brush Set
Thanks to pop-arazzi, we have a 5-piece brush set to giveaway to one (1) lucky PPP reader. The 5-piece set includes all the essential brushes you need – plus it’s perfect for travel or for your purse! The set includes: powder blender; eye shadow brush; eye smudge brush; eyeliner brush; eyebrow brush & lash comb all in a little black case.
How to enter? All you have to do it enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Easy peasy lemon squeezy as we say around the PPP house!
Giveaway Fine Print: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. There will be one (1) winner randomly selected via Rafflecopter. This giveaway starts today, March 28, 2014 and ends on March 31st at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be notified via e-mail, so a valid e-mail address is needed. Prize will be sent out my PR/Marketing firm on behalf of pop-arazzi. Winner must claim prize within 72 hours of being notified. Failure to do so will result in prize will forfeited and another winner will be randomly selected. One entry per person with the ability to earn extra entries. The prize, a 5-piece set of pop-arazzi cosmetic brushes is valued at $5.99.