Yay!!! Leah, my favorite little human, is taking over the blog tonight in my Friend’s Edition. She is in high school, loves fashion and beauty, and is absolutely gorgeous on the inside and the outside. But, like most kids her age, she has a budget. She is going to share her favorite drug store brands that are like the high-end brands we all love. These are her favorite beauty buys under $10.

Take it away Leah….

We’ve all been there. Perusing the aisles at Ulta or Sephora, and you come across that perfect lip color. A rosy red that’s not too dull but just bright enough to give your look the perfect pop. You grab it from the shelf and turn to make your way to the checkout line, a grin spreading across your face at the idea of rocking that lipstick out with your girls, but suddenly a tag catches you eye, hanging off the bottom of your perfect soon-to-be purchase. Your face falls. $38?! For a lipstick!? And in the blink of an eye, your perfect lip color goes from a dream come true to a not so bright idea.

What if I told you that you could find your perfect lipstick and more AND stay in your budget?

Impossible, you say?

I think not! Here are a few “drugstore makeup products” that are not only affordable, but could easily pass as the high-end brands you love!

  1. E.l.f Baked Highligher


Beauty Buys under $10

For all of you ladies out there who can’t bear to leave the house without a little shimmer on your cheeks, this highlight is exactly what you need. Don’t let the compact packaging fool you, it’s super pigmented and applies similarly to the Urban Decay “Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder.” And the best part? Its $4!


  1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream


Beauty Buys under $10

Anyone in need of a lipstick that will stay on all night long and that comes in some crazy cool colors? Don’t worry, I got you! This lip cream comes in 35 shades including some vibrant blues and purples for all of you daring ladies out there, and of course the perfect nude, everyday colors. And how much does it cost, you ask? $7!


  1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream


Beauty Buys under $10

Nowadays, with effortless beauty being the trend, the partial coverage that this BB cream provides is perfect for an all-natural, everyday look. It’s easy to find your shade since it adjusts to your skin tone to an extent, and feels lightweight and clean on skin, just like the top-notch brands, or even better! As for price, its only $8.99!


  1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Jumbo Lash Mascara


Beauty Buys under $10

I don’t know about you ladies, but for me, lashes are everything! Mascara completes my everyday makeup look and is my number one favorite product. The only problem is finding a good one at a good price, and that is exactly what this product is. It lengthens and serves well for everyday or an intense look depending on how much you apply. You can find it at any drug for around $9.99, and believe me, your lashes will thank you! (Also, this is currently on promo at ULTA…buy 2 Physicians Formula products, get 1 FREE).


  1. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush


Beauty Buys under $10

In my opinion, blush is one of the hardest products to find at a good price while still being good quality. This blush though, is one of the few that meets those qualifications. You get a lot of bang for your buck, and even though it comes in a small container, it lasts longer than any other brand I’ve tried because of the pigmentation. A little goes a long way! I’d describe it as “cheap and cheerful,” only $7.99!


Hi, my name is Leah! I’m a sophomore in high school and I love anything related to fashion, fun lifestyle and more! I’m on the girls weightlifting team and I run track in my free time (odd combo, I know!) I’ve always loved to write, so writing for “With Love, Melanie” is one of my favorite things and I’m so glad to be able to share my ideas!

With Love, Melanie