Saturday, 25 April 2015

Prom Prep #1: Inexpensive Makeup Brands & Hair Tutorials!

Hello lovely ladies!

With prom/grad season rapidly approaching, I thought I'd do something a little different for today's post. That's right - A Prom Prep series!

However, many blogs/articles only feature costly brands and items on posts like this, which is kinda disappointing, especially if you don't have a ton of cash at your disposal. So, I've decided to make this post for those of you who don't feel like blowing all your part-time job money on prom. (P.S.: In true fashion, there are DIYs in this post!)

Without further ado, here's my top picks in makeup and hair for Prom 2015! I've rated each of them with a five heart system for your convenience (and for the cuteness factor).


Note: This post could go on forever if I'm not careful, so to avoid your potential endless scrolling, I've compiled a short list of my favourite inexpensive makeup brands, plus my favourite Pinterest hair tutorials. Enjoy!

1. NYX Cosmetics (Quality: ♥♥♥♥♥ Cost: ♥♥♥♥)

If you're an Instagram beauty junkie, chances are you've heard of this brand before (or possibly even worship it). The quality of their products is amazing (case in point: the insane color payoff of their Wicked Lippies), and their prices are very low. Bonus: they don't test on animals! What's not to love?


2. e.l.f Cosmetics (Quality: ♥♥♥♥ Cost: ♥♥♥♥♥)

There is seriously no makeup brand I know of that has both the dirt-cheap prices and great quality of e.l.f. I received a gift from my friend over Christmas break that contained a little nude eyeshadow palette, mascara, eyeliner, and eye primer, and wore them to a party the next day. After having fallen asleep with my makeup on (oops!), I expected my pillow to be totally stained the next morning. Alas, it was clean, and my makeup barely smudged! Long-lasting + inexpensive = great prom makeup.


3. New York Color (Quality: ♥♥♥ Cost: ♥♥♥♥)

This brand is great if you want a good value, and it also has some pretty fun products. Some products I recommend from them are their lipsticks (I have the Expert Last Lip Color in Blue Rose, and the color is gorgeous) and their liquid eyeliner (I tested some on the back of my hand at a drugstore, and it didn't come off all day!).


Now on to the hair tutorials!

The Beauty Department: Your Daily Dose of Pretty. - LUCY HALE’S VMA PONYTAIL

1. The Perfect Pony Tutorial


Gatsby Style | | Hair tutorials at You’re So Pretty | #youresopretty |

2. The Great Gatsby Tuck & Cover Tutorial (great for last-minute hair fixes!)


Loose Side Braid

3. The Side Swept Braid Tutorial


Getting hot? Put your hair up and try any of these 15 Gorgeous Hair Updo Tutorials at


Lately I am really into the sweet, fresh, summery look of flowers pinned into hair, and this tutorial from The Beauty Department is perfect.

5. Hair Flowers DIY (to add pizzazz to your updo without spending a ton of money!)


I hope you enjoyed my first prom season post! I'll be following up this post with a post all about buying (or perhaps DIYing!) prom dresses on a budget, so stay tuned for more awesomeness!

Peace, love, and parties,

Lulu <3

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