We all want to look our best, but that often means spending an entire paycheck and several hours at a high-end beauty store. Instead of being heckled by commission workers to spend $40 on an overnight face mask, just stop into your local drug store and pick up these products! To make it even easier on you, you can order them online!
Mascara: Mascara is a beauty must. Even when there isn't time to do a full face of makeup, a little mascara can make the difference between looking haggard and just a casual look. For makeup enthusiasts on a budget, we recommend L'Oréal Paris Double Extended Waterproof Mascara. It's two-sided with a primer and then the color. The primer lengthens your lashes and keeps the color from clumping for a long lasting and effective look.
For something a little simpler, try Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eye Mascara. This is a few dollars cheaper, and very effective. It won't clump and gives you a great full look. You may need to apply three to four layers in the morning when you put it on, but it will last all day! If you like to go organic and natural, Walgreen's offers 100% Natural Origin Mascara Ultra Black Organics, which is completely recyclable, free of harsh chemicals and all-natural.
Concealer: If you like to cover large areas, Maybelline Master Concealer is a great lightweight option for about eight or nine dollars. It's creamy and leaves your skin with a healthy looking glow! If you are looking for more of a spot concealer, Revlon Colorstay comes highly recommended because of it's great color-matching qualities.
If you really just want something to hide the bags under your eyes from lack of sleep, try Almay Wake-Up! It will really brighten the area, but be careful, you squeeze this product to dispense it, and if you want to carry it around, you don't want a mess on the bottom of your hand bag.
Foundation: For a natural foundation, consider this great product from Honeybee Gardens. It's free of talc, parabens, fragrances and oil and will give your skin a boost of vitamin E as it refines your complexion and reduces shine for about $11.
If you're looking for a foundation that packs a punch, try CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1. It's full coverage but doesn't leave you feeling heavy or greasy. If you're looking for something all in one and don't have time for powders, cover ups and other nonsense, this is the perfect product. It's also SPF 20, to keep your skin safe AND even.
Blush: Sometimes you aren't feeling bright and cheery, but a little blush can at least fool your co-workers into thinking you are! Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush is a blush that will stay on all day and really gives you color. Try applying just using your fingertips on the apple of your cheeks and blend in.
You can also try Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Blush. It's Hypoallergenic, free of fragrances, parabens, gluten, and oil, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-approved. You can customize your blush color with this palette and only pay about $12.
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Lip sticks and gloss: You can find tons of great lip options at your local drugstores but if you want an organic product, Kiss my Face has a great line. We love the Organic Sheer Garnet, which gives your lips a great shine with little mineral color. It's a minty vanilla flavor that protects and repairs the skin on your lips. For a bolder look that is still natural, Honeybee Gardens makes a great subtle red color called 'Seduction' that is all-natural, moisturizing and long-lasting.
Eyeliner: Easy to use, inexpensive and highly reviewed, the Boots NO7 Amazing Eye Pencil is a classic choice. You can get it online or in stores at Walgreens for a great price and will find it simple and dependable for a fast and effective application. If you are into a dramatic look like wings or cat eyes, try CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner. It's bold, thick and will make a great statement. If you'd like to get an eyeliner that's organic, try this product from Honeybee Gardens.
Bronzer: Bronzer may be new territory to you. You want a nice summer glow without damaging your skin or looking orange. If you are haven't used a bronzer before, try this Physicians Formula How-To-Bronze. It actually teaches you the best way to apply bronzer and this product leaves you glowing in a natural way!
You can also look into Boots No7 Dual Bronzer. It's hypoallergenic, lightweight and perfect for any occasion, whether it's a springtime grad party or date night with the hubby!
Eye Shadow: Not everyone wears eye shadow on a daily basis. For some it's a special occasion type of thing. Whether your eyes glimmer every day or just once in a while, you can find great products at a cheap price. We love Maybelline's Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eye Shadow. It will last as long as you can and give your eyes a pop of color!
You can also get Wet n Wild Color Icon in single colors for a great price. They are fun and will look awesome on any occasion. For a variety of colors, we like the pallets from Physicians Formula because they offer great options and are hypoallergenic as well as free of harsh chemicals.
Makeup Remover: You can pick up Yes to Cucumber eye makeup remover at your local Walgreens. It's hypoallergenic and oil-free. It uses cucumbers, aloe vera and chamomile in the pads to remove make up naturally! Neutrogena also makes a great makeup removing wipe. It leaves your face clear and feeling fresh and clean and is easy on skin!
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