Our Fave Under $5

Kylee & Courtney

Kylee’s Fave:

Who doesn’t love makeup? But being a young college grad still trying to get her feet under her in the world, I’m not always in a position to spend hundreds of dollars on makeup all the time. In fact, finding a good quality beauty product for a steal gives me a thrill. So with that, I introduce my Fave under $5: e.l.f. Expert Liquid Liner.
elf liquid eyeliner

I have a love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliner in general. I love the smooth look of it more than other pencils I use, but getting it on cleanly is definitely a challenge for me every morning…especially when I’m half asleep with eyes barely open. But this liner has drawn me back in. At $2 I was terrified it was going to be smeary and poorly pigmented, but I was wrong. I have the jet black and coffee colors. The black is crisp and sharp, perfect for days when I need a more dramatic look. The coffee is more subtle and natural, perfect for my t-shirt and baseball cap days.


  • 4 different colors for people craving different looks
  • Available online or at most Target stores
  • Stays on well! Does not get smeary as the day goes on


  • Coffee color is a little weaker pigmented than the black and sometimes hard to see
  • It is brush and pot style, not pen style, making it a little harder to apply flawlessly

Courtney’s Fave:

I love my Bobbi Brown makeup…cha ching $$$$ So it may seem a little odd to find a tube of $4.99 Maybelline Great Lash mascara riding along in my cosmetic bag. But can I just say that having tried ‘em all, this one is the BOMB! Even though I have eyelash extensions, I still use a light coat of Great Lash to give them that extra pop. And, it helps keep my extensions from getting all twisty. Sometimes the cheapest option is the best option.
Great lash mascasra


  • CHEAP!  $4.99
  • Can be worn with eyelash extensions (does not have glycol, which dissolves the glue)
  • Washes off easily


  • Not a lot of product in each tube so I end up buying a new one every 3 months

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