I have no advice on the cheep foundation... no me gusta!! (I don't like it
) I have tried alot and never found a totally decent decent one. Almay is half decent but is kinda "cakey". Just make sure what you get is oil free, fragrance free and non-comedogenic (sp?). I use cheep powder though... I love cover girl translucent loose powder (its in a round burgundy container). When my skin isnt acting up real bad, I just use that with no foundation... gives decent coverage.
Also... a "yes" on the Mint Julep... the stuff rocks and is dirt cheep.
Best overnight spot treatment ever (in my book) = Mint Julep + crushed aspirin