Words By: Kirra Martin

Imagine getting ready for a romantic date and everything is going as planned. You’re ready to hit the city and dance the night away with that special someone. While taking a quick stride to the bathroom just to idolize how head turning your hair is, you realize your face is bare. Journey Magazine has searched high and low for the perfect last minute date night makeup products that are polite to your pockets!  

Sephora, a retail make up store, has high-end but budget friendly products. Sephora beauty advisor Neveen Zakariya believes that women on a budget can rely on their products.

“Sephora brand products are the most affordable and one of the most popular, tons of ladies come in and head straight for our products, and they should because they are great products to start with,” Zakariya said.


A great look to emulate is the smokey eye. Whether its lunch or late night dinner, Make-up artist and senior broadcast journalism student from Jacksonville, Fla Demi McCoy feels that a smokey eye with neutral colors is the way to go and can easily go from a day look a look ready for a night out.

“You can  rock a neutral eye with a black crease to create a sultry eye, or for a softer daytime look apply shimmer to the lids.  Adding the “Demi” lashes by Ardell which are only $4, will vamp up any of the two looks,” McCoy said.

Sephora beauty advisor Neveen Zakariya recommends the Sephora Collection, $10 eyeshadow pots.

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“They’re super affordable for anyone who desires fabulous eyeshadow with a fraction of the cost,” Zakariya said. “The Queen for a day shadow, which is a charcoal black, glitter infused shadow [is] guaranteed to spice up any look.”


NYX’s soft matte lip cream in the color Abu Dhabi. It is a soft brown nude with pink undertones. This product is only $6.00.

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“Our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX fan favorite,” said nyxcosmestics.com

BH Cosmetics, an online cosmetics company, offers a rosy pink illuminating baked blush for $5.50 complementing this budget friendly look. It offers high color pay off and shimmer for glowy cheeks.BH Cos

With these items, a look can be achieved for Valentine’s day under $40.

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