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5 Best Beauty Buys Around (Or Under!) $5


The post I did awhile back on 10 Best Beauty Buys Under $10 has been a surprisingly big hit–as in numbers of hits. That tells me that you, like me, would like to keep the buzz on beauty bargains alive and fresh. I’ve learned over the years that some of the best beauty tips, as well as consumer tips, tend to come from friends. Advertising for products may be persuasive and highly convincing that this or that product is the one for you. They pay a lot of people a lot of money for that. Marketing is also a science and there is quite a bit of research behind making all of us buy things…or think that we can’t live without things. But, like I said, the best recommendations come from average people, with average budgets practicing the fine art of girl talk (or guy talk, as the case may be). 

So…here are a few little inexpensive beauty products that I really do love and use all the time. If you have one you’d like to share with me and any readers who happen to stumble on my blog, please do so in the comment section! I have purchased all of the products below for either exactly $5 or under. As you know, some retailers gouge, so it pays to shop around to get the best buys on your favorite brands. 

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara For Lash and Brow

I use this as an eyebrow fixative. I have…er…substantial brows which, even with a religious tweezing ritual, are unruly to say the least. Not unlike the person they belong to. This stuff is amazing! I’ve tried other brow waxes and such, some expensive. This one works very well. I smooth it on every day, then use an eyebrow brush (a specially set aside toothbrush works just as well) and I can get through an entire day without looking like Andy Rooney. As much as I loved Andy, and admired him journalistically speaking, I do not want his eyebrows! Unlike some brands, this formula does not flake off either–it stays put and looks great.

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm

Everyone probably knows by now (or maybe they don’t) that you should always use a natural ingredient lip balm. Using the ones with artificial ingredients can actually make chapped lips worse, which is obviously counter productive. My choice for combating dry lips is Burt’s Bees lip balms, which come in a variety of flavors and formulations, all natural. My favorite is the honey–it smells good, and is sort of rough on the surface, thus somewhat exfoliating too. Honey is also naturally moisturizing!

Garnier Expert Exfoliator Daily Exfoliating Gel 


I’m actually a big fan of a lot of Garnier products…they seem to make their share of quality items for less. This facial cleanser is no exception! It’s been out for awhile now, so I’m not sure why they are still calling it “New”, but it is a superior daily facial wash. It’s a scrub but is not harsh at all, and it has a cooling, tingly effect. And, it’s a scrub that you can use every day according to Garnier. So, if you’re like me and love the glow you get from a scrub, but need a gentle one–give it a try! 

Bath & Body Works Body Lotion

Over the last few years I’ve really gotten into Bath and Body Works products! They’re always adding new fragrances, and have such a wide variety of different scents that I know you can find one you love too. Their lotions and creams are exceptional, I think, and are very moisturizing without being greasy or overly fragranced. I have a few favorites like the one pictured here, White Citrus. This 3 oz. travel sized lotion retails for $5 but I can honestly say that I’ve never paid full price for it, or anything else at Bath & Body Works. That’s my tip–sign up for their coupons and wait for their specials because they run so many of them. Paying full price at BB & W is just silly! 

Revlon Nail Enamel

In my last bargain beauty blog, I featured Revlon lipstick and a different nail enamel. This stuff is just as good, if not better than Revlon lipstick. It goes on smoothly and beautifully, probably thanks to the perfectly sized brush, is highly chip proof, and comes in literally every color in the rainbow. Almost all of my nail polishes are Revlon. Honestly, it really is just not worth it to buy the pricier salon brands when you can get everything you need in these colorful little bottles with the signature black cap. I’m wearing “Pink Freeze” now, but am going to switch to my all time favorite, “Frankly Scarlett” this weekend–just in time for Valentine’s Day…:-) 

With the exception of the Bath & Body Works lotion, all these products are widely available at any drug, grocery, or WalMart and Target stores. To purchase Bath & Body Works products online, click here: Bath & Body Works

Happy Saving! 

The Best 10 Beauty Buys For Under $10


These days the price of everything is going up…gas, groceries, you name it. So, we’re all looking to save where we can, but if you’re like me you are not willing to cheat yourself in the beauty department. Because, let’s face it, with the economy in the toilet, wars and unrest in the Middle East, and the stressful, busy lives we all lead, it feels good to look good! I’ve spent most of my life trying to save money on beauty products because here’s the little secret nobody tells you–most brands are way, way overpriced. Most of it is packaging, marketing, and hype–along with those celebrity spokesmodels who don’t work cheap. So, in the spirit of information sharing to help all us ladies look great for less, I’ve compiled a list of my ten absolute favorite beauty bargains.

Let’s all save some money on this stuff so we can afford to fill up our gas tanks, shall we?

1) Loreal Excellence Creme

I used to go to the salon every 5-6 weeks to have my hair colored, to the tune of $80, including tip each time–Ouch! There came a point in my family budget a couple of years ago when I faced the fact that I couldn’t justify that expense anymore. At first I tried going natural, but I missed my color. So, I tried different home hair coloring options, with less than satisfying results–until I tried this one. WOW! The colors are true, vibrant, resistant to fading, and pretty gentle on the hair. As if that wasn’t enough, the formula does not drip at all, and the comb applicator is fantastic for making sure you get the roots evenly. I can do this myself at home for under $10, and am just as happy with the results as my former salon color–probably more so because I can afford to keep the color really fresh by touching it up as often as needed.

2) Garnier Fructis Color Shield

This leave in product is magic–truly! Not only does it protect my color, but it conditions, and also acts as sort of a light gel to keep my hair in place. Love, love, LOVE!

3) Powdered Buttermilk

I kid you not, this is hands down the best facial mask ever! It lasts forever too. I just put a couple of tablespoons in a bowl and mix with a little milk from the fridge. Milk is excellent for your skin too…just put it on evenly and let it dry, then rinse it off with water. It’s moisturizing, exfoliating, and makes your skin glow…

4) Witch Hazel

There is no better astringent. Period. And you can just buy the inexpensive store brand too–it’s all the same.

5) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Honestly, it’s shocking just how good this lipstick is because it’s probably one of the most inexpensive you can buy. It is moisturizing, long lasting, and Revlon offers a wide variety of colors to suit everyone.

6) Nicole by OPI, for WalMart

You know how your manicurist won’t use anything but OPI because it really is the very best? Well, this is exactly the same stuff, made by OPI for WalMart. They have the same funky, fabulous colors, with all those great names, and the same formulation.

7) Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller

I can’t live without this–truly! It feels good going on (really cool and refreshing), has ingredients that help with under eye puffiness, and actually covers the dark circles with makeup.

8 ) Crest 3D Whitening Toothpaste

This new toothpaste from the makers of the original at home teeth whitening strips has done it again. This toothpaste works amazingly well at whitening your teeth if used daily, and it’s a lot cheaper than the strips!

9) Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara

I am picky about mascara and I’ve tried all different brands, including those ultra pricey department store ones, and that tried and true model’s favorite, Maybelline. This is way better than any of them! It doesn’t clump, adds both length and volume to your lashes, and the brush is the best mascara brush EVER. I think the brush design has a lot to do with the smooth application.

10) Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Moisturizer

WOW, what a find! There is no better way to save than to find a product that truly can multitask. This great moisturizer is in a cooling gel formula, is light and oil free, and when I use it, I don’t need my pricey makeup primer! If you have really, really dry skin you might need something heavier, but I think that this moisturizer is probably enough for most skin types.

Well, that’s it for now…here’s to beauty that doesn’t break the bank!