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Great Affordable Drugstore Picks from A Beauty Editor

Posted by Smurfette On March - 23 - 2009

At time like this, most of us are trying to cut our spending.  However, it does not mean that we should sacrifice our looks.  There are a lot of beauty products out there that are affordable and also really good.  Why do you spend more if you don’t have to?

Image from drugstore.com

Here are some great affordable products that are recommended by a beauty editor (Lois Joy Johnson):

1. Face cleansers and scrubs:
•    Cetaphil Skin Cleanser $5.85
•    Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes $2.99
•    Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads $5.50
•    Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Daily Exfoliating Cleanser $9.99
•    L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Age Perfect Anti-Fatigue Lotion Cleanser $6.99
•    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Scrub $7.79

2.  Daily Moisturizer with SPF: Smart, effective ways to address lines, dryness, and pigmentation issues from all those summers tanning at the beach while protecting your skin from future aging in the ones to come. My cap here is $20, but there are some drugstore finds slightly more expensive and still worthy of mentioning and those are: Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream ($42) does not have an SPF but is incredible–you would swear this was a $300 cream; RoC  Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($22.50) Neutrogena Ageless Restoratives Energy Renewal Day Lotion SPF 15 ($23).
My bargain favorites:
•    L’ Oreal Skin Genesis Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 $17.49
•    Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Regenerating Moisture Lotion 15 $14.69
•    Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Day Lotion SPF 20 $19.99
•    Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer SPF30 $16.79

3. Neutral Eye Shadows:
•    Maybelline New York Eye Shadow in Sunlit Bronze $6.49
•    Physician’s Formula Wet/Dry Eyeshdaow in Baked Sands or Baked Oatmeal $7.99
•    Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Palette in Sand Castle $4.99
•    Rimmel London Quad Eye Shadow in Smokey Brun $6.29
•    CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Country Woods $5.49
•    Boots No.7 Stay Perfect Shadow Palette in Good Earth $7.99

4.  Tinted Lip Balms, Stains and Sheers:
•    Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Liptint SPF 15 $7.99, in Berry, Pink, Rosy, Neutral Pink
•    L’Oreal Colour Juice Lipstick $9.49, in Chai Love U,Cherry Freeze
•    CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain $7.49, in Berry Smooch, Wild Berry Wink, Flirty Nude
•    Nivea A Kiss Of Shine Caregloss & Shine $3.29, in Pink Star, Velvet Rose

5.  Haircolor:
•    Clairol Nice ’n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Haircolor $13.99
•    Clairol Nice ’n Easy Root Touch-Up $6.99
•    L’Oreal Natural Match Haircolor $9.99
•    Revlon Color Silk Root Perfect 10 Minute Touch-Up $3.69
•    John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze in Radiant Red, Brilliant Brunet, Sheer Blonde $9.99

6. Body Polishers:
•    St. Ives In-Shower Exfoliating Body Polish Renewing $8.29
•    The Healing Garden Sugar Cane Body Scrub in Passionate Rose $7.49
•    Calgon Brazilian Beauty Exfoliating Foot Scrub $6.95

7. Gradual Self-Tan Moisturizers:
•    Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for Body $7.99
•    Nivea Sun Kissed Beautiful Legs Gradual Tan Moisturizer $9.99
•    L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Self-Tanning Lotion $7.99
•    Dove Energy Glow $10.49



The other day I was trying to make my eyes appear bigger just like the make-up artist did for my wedding day, and as I researched I came across Jen’s blog, to my suprise she diligently put on this eyelid tapes and make-up tip tutorial, very useful.

Hey guys, just thought I’d do a little tutorial for the girls who are single-lidded and want to know how to apply makeup with eyelid tape. It seemed like a useful thing to do.

A little info to start with from Jen:

*What are single-lids and double lids? Single lids are eyelids that don’t have a crease above the lash line. Double lids do. There are many naturally double-lidded and single-lidded Asians in the world.

*What is eyelid tape? Eyelid tape is a small, curved strip of medical tape used to form a crease on the eyelid. Some say that it stretches out the lid, but I find that if you put some water on the tape at the end of the day, it comes off with no tugging.

And here’s the tutorial:

Step 1. First, apply the tape. Try to make it so that the crease is a natural size for your eye shape and size.

Step 2.
Next, apply highlighter (color 1 in the revlon palette) to the brow bone. Use a medium shade (color 3) and apply color to your lid above and to the outside of the tape. The color should fade in, about 2/3 of the way into your lid.

Step 3.
Add a darker color (color 4) as contour to your lid. Try taking a smaller brush and running it along the area right beneath your brow bone. It should almost make a “c” shape and the color is stronger at the edges, and blended in.

Step 4.
This is the key to looking natural! Take a black, matte liquid liner and draw a line that covers the space under the tape and also slightly on top of the bottom edge of the tape from inside to out. It is especially critical to cover the tape on the inner half of your eyelid, as this is the part most likely to show when your eyes are open. Be patient and take it slow since this part can get tricky!
Note: you can cover more of the tape with eyeliner for a more dramatic look, or cover it completely and put black eye shadow around the tape for a smokey-eye. Just make sure to match the liner on the tape and the liner on your skin so it is seamless.

Step 5.
Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler and apply Max Factor Lash Perfection Waterproof mascara to top and bottom lids. (I prefer to use the non-waterproof version on just my bottom lashes as it makes them longer and less sticky.)

Hope this will help



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