Luxury fashion (at least full price), may arguably still be going through a rough patch, but there’s no stopping a woman from splurging on her beauty regimen. From near $50 lipsticks to newbie scents from Cartier, 2011 brought with it plenty of worthy indulgences. Not to be outdone, drugstores gave us equal reason to get excited with innovative, big-bang-for-your-buck finds. Here’s a look at the 10 best of the year.
Almay Makeup Remover
A handy makeup removing Q-tip, just snap this stick on one end and the liquid from the center stem flows down to the other end making it an ideal spot-fix tool.
Hourglass Film Noir
When black is not black enough, reach for this lacquer after your mascara application.
Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray
Not only does this spray work wet or dry, it's moisturizing while imparting hold and shine.
Soap & Glory
Soap & Glory is back! Founded by one of the women behind cult-fave salon Bliss, Soap & Glory was stocked at Target until it was, seemingly out of the blue, gone from shelves. Lucky for fans of the affordable, tongue-in-cheek, high quality brand, in late 2011 Sephora picked it up and now exclusivly carries the brand in their U.S. stores.
The Muppets x OPI
The Muppets x OPI, $8.50
Muppets partnerships were a dime a dozen this year — and so were new nail polish collections — but none were as memorable as the one between The Muppets and OPI.
Nip + Fab
Founded by the woman behind luxury skincare brand Rodial, Nip + Fab takes the same cheeky approach as its high-end counterpart (known for products like Skinny Beach, Boob Job, and Tummy Tuck), with a line of 24 affordable products, all now sold at Target, that includes Dry Leg Fix, Bust Fix, and Sheer Makeup Fix.
Super by Dr. Perricone Daylight Savings SPF 25 Moisturizer
Among the new products launched this year, as part of Dr. Perricone's skincare line based on the power of superfoods, was this moisturizing SPF that utilizes the reparative benefits of turmeric (packed with an antioxidant called curcumin), to help heal skin affected by UV damage and prevent future damage.