Looking good doesn’t have to cost a small fortune, and you don’t have to go to the expensive department store cosmetic counters to find good quality makeup! Really!
An informal office poll of colleagues confirmed that; favorites ranged from mascaras and lip gloss, to nail polishes and foundation. Some of my co-worker’s ‘have-to-have’ products (all of which can be found at your local drugstore, or at Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, or CVS) included Sally Hansen’s Instant Dry Nail polish, Revlon’s Colorstay lip liners and eyeliners, Full n’ Soft mascara by Maybelline, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon black mascara, Cover Girl True Blend Makeup, Physicians Formula Circle Control Rx Concealer, L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self-tanning lotion as well as CVS’ brand of nail color, and a Kirkland’s (Costco brand) make-up kit with various products (ok, so the package itself costs more than $10, but each product singularly is much less than that, and such a deal)! Don’t forget about the cosmetic giant Ulta, which sells their house brand of individual cosmetics, many of which are under $10. I adore their eye shadows; they’re long lasting and Ulta offers a huge selection of colors to mix and match! Great holiday gifts can be found here as well as fun stocking stuffers- stock up early to ensure a great selection of merchandise.
I admit that I can’t live without an eyelash curler, and lengthening mascara, both of which can be found for under $10 each. At the moment, my favorite is Maybelline’s Turbo Volum’ Express. As a former flight attendant, my makeup bag is always at the ready, as old habits…well, you know the rest. My bag contains several lipsticks, eyeliner, and lip gloss. You’d think I was still an international traveler…not true- but, it’s nice to freshen up if you’re on the go during the day.
Walgreen’s is a favorite haunt of mine for great bargains on makeup and skin care products. The cosmetic department is a haven for sales of all types, and if one of your favorite products doesn’t happen to be on sale, try the following week, or inquire about any products that you’re interested in. Sometimes the personnel know which lines will be going on sale next. The sales staff is usually quite knowledgeable, and they also keep manufacturer coupons on hand; however, usually you must inquire. They’re happy to help out. It’s easy and inexpensive to stock up on several lip glosses or eyeliners when you’re getting a ‘bogo’, or buy one, get one free! Target also offers a quality in-house line of cosmetics that sell for a mere fraction of the price of the pricey department store lines.
What goes on, must come off….makeup remover towelettes are a great way to remove makeup; a favorite cleanser of mine is Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Invigorating foaming scrub. While it’s not recommended that you use a scrub daily, you can alternate with some of the foaming washes and scrubs found in that price category.
Check out your grocery store sale bins, too, as I have found some fantastic sales on old season (not necessarily to be confused with old merchandise) cosmetic items. With regard to mascara, it is always recommended that you change out your mascara every 3 months, as bacteria can build up, causing eye irritation, and in some cases, styes or infections. And, it’s never a good idea to share mascara with a friend for that same reason.
Great deals can also be found on www.drugstore.com and they even offer ‘clickable’ coupons!
While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, there are many quality makeup choices available for $10 or under. With fall upon us, it’s a good time to try out that bold new blush or eye shadow- go for it!
Happy bargain hunting!
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Diane McLelland has been called a fashionista from a young age, acquiring her love of a fashion after enrolling in Sears Charm School as a young girl. After earning her degree in Fashion Merchandising and Business, she gained experience by appearing in movies, commercials, and magazine layouts in the Phoenix area, and worked as a flight attendant for over 15 years. Diane considers herself to be a personal shopper as she shops for family and friends whenever possible. She has written for a travel publication and numerous newsletters and currently works as a Career Services Advisor, assisting students find viable work in their chosen fields. She has two grown sons, and along with dog Cooper and his two cats, resides in the Valley of the Sun - Phoenix AZ.