Saturday, February 1, 2014

{10 Under $10}: Best Drugstore Beauty Bargains!

These 10 beauty steals are essential for any beauty buff. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about a good splurge, but snagging a deal gives me such a thrill. Nobody can resist a good deal, and I've rounded up my top 10 favorite beauty items are easy on my Kate Spade wristlet as well as rival the quality of my favorite pricey beauty products. 

{10 Under $10}



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For just a hint of color and a whole lot of conditioning, this lip balm has enough color and coverage, yet easy enough to be applied without a mirror. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms with take your lips to lovely in one easy swipe. They come in a range of 9 naturally flattering shades, Hibiscus being my fav! This balm is an act of confidence. How could someone not cherish a pleasant color balm for a lower price than a lipstick?


Garnier Fructis - Leave-in conditioner.  This stuff is like magic to my naturally curly hair.

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I have started to have the nasty habit of twirling my hair. I tie it in little knots, and I know I should stop due to excessive breakage, but I just can't. (Hence the "habit"). With it being the new year, it is one of my NY resolutions, so fingers crossed! In the mean time, I'm trying to restore my hair and this leave-in conditioner is doing wonders! I have thick wavy hair that is currently as dead as a doorknob. Add constant heat from straightening and curling and it poofs up like nobody's business. No fun. I use this to tame my mane when its dry and after I wash it, and it seems to make it smooth, sleek, and shiny without looking greasy. Thank the Lord. 

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Alpha Hydroxy. This works so well with reducing pores. Works great under makeup to make it last longer throughout the day. A definite must try!!

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This is like the Holy Grail of moisturizers. Instead of using a lotion, wrinkle cream, sunscreen, etc., Neutrogena has produced a magic product with all of that in it. I love that it's sensitive enough to use everyday and has that added bonus of an SPF to protect my face against everyday sun exposure. While it isn't dirt cheap, it does rival many pricey wrinkle creams and face lotions that can cost up to hundreds of dollars. I think its definitely worth adding to the daily beauty regimen.




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There is literally NOTHING worse than painting your nails and having them chip within 12 hours. It is really a pet peeve of mine. So if you're anything like me, a top coat is so essential to a good manicure. This NYC top coat makes my nails looks super shiny while protecting them from chipping. And did I mention the best part? Only $.99. I'm not kidding. Don't get me wrong, I'm a die hard Essie fan, but with it being $7 dollars a bottle, I'd rather not spend a small fortune on .5 oz. And with the amount of times I paint and re-do my nails, I go though top coats like there candy. This top-coat is a steal for the quality you get. 


Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask photo

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It's undeniable, everybody loves a good facial. This mask is a super-cooling, skin-quenching facial mask that gently peels away impurities that can cause skin to be rough and dull. It goes on like a gel, and once it dries, you peel it off like paper. It literally feels like you're pulling off a top layer to reveal a fresh new face. It also contains Cucumber Extract (obviously) and Aloe to soothe while moisturizing, ensuring your skin feels soft and silky-smooth. Perfect for my normal/combination skin. I use it about 3 times a month whenever I need a diy spa day. 


Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick-preciseness of a lip pencil with long lasting shine of a stain. $9

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Like the Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, the Neutrogena Color Stick provides color and moisturizing. It instantly smooths lips. As you can probably tell, it's extremely similar to Clinique's Chubby Stick, yet $10 cheaper. It comes in 7 different shades for every skin tone, and has a convenient twist applicator for an easy, no-sharpening lip stick. Plenty of substance for only about $8 dollars. It's kind of in the middle of a gloss and a stick. A happy median. I got the juicy peach (far right) as a gift from one of my friends and absolute love it! It's definitely a drug-store secret!

CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Volume Mascara

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Such a classic masacara. It didn't become a classic from being terrible, i'll tell you that! Its gotten high ratings and multiple beauty awards. For some reason, when I think of mascara in general, this is what pops up. It definitely rivals higher-end mascara. It makes my lashes voluminous while the brush separates clumps. And there are many different lash-blast products to suit your needs: 24-hour, Waterproof, Luxe, Clump-crusher, etc. Covergirl...bravo! This mascara is a definite regular in my makeup bag. 

Beach Sprays: Sea salt and kelp make Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Spray ($6) extraspecial.

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My hair, being thick and awkwardly wavy, needed something to help it bring out its natural wave. I can never just leave my hair down naturally, I have to either straighten it, curl it, or put it up. In the summer, I am so jealous of those girls who walk around with hair as if they just got back from surfing. And in the summertime, its definitely a hassle to always do my hair EVERY morning. This sea-salt spray changed that. I can just hop in the shower and spray this on after. It would enhance my natural waves, making my hair presentable enough to be worn naturally. At only $5 dollars, this spray has everyone fooled, believing I just got back from the beach!


e.l.f. all over color sticks. What do you know! This isn't my image, but these are the three colors I have. These are wonderful. Blush, glow, stamina, and a versatile product, all in one. Not to mention, e.l.f. products are maybe 8 times out of 10 awesome, and 10 times out of 10 SOOO inexpensive!

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While I have never tried this product, I have heard plenty of great things about it. Having 3 uses in 1 product, it's so versatile. It can be used for your eyes, lips, or face. (Oh, nowI get the brand name!) It comes in 6 gorgeous colors that illuminate and instantly conditions skin for a fresh and natural color all day long. It can be blended anywhere to highlight and brighten cheeks, brows, and lips. And HELLO?! IT'S ONLY A DOLLAR. I'm seriously on my way to buy all of them right now. The Golden Peach on the left is to die for! 


Creating a signature look can be more fun (and less expensive) than you think! With me being a typical frugal student, I am definitely familiar with the drugstore make-up isle, and while I do believe "you get what you pay for", from nail polish to mascara, some drug-store products are actually quite similar to the high-end pricey products.


Stay Classy!

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