Your beauty shopping list is probably like ours: never ending. Eye creams, serums, dry shampoos—so many necessary goodies to help one beautify. But before you break the bank to get your gorgeous on, try some simpler fixes that can have you saving pennies.
This blowout-saving godsend doesn't need to cost the big bucks. We recommend Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo ($2.99). Toss in your bag for fast-fixes, since the travel size costs less than a cup of coffee.
"It drives me crazy that women spend so much on fancy cuticle oils when they all have the magic potion in their cupboard: olive oil," says Rose Velez-Miggins, celebrity nail artist, professional educator and owner of doorBella Creative Concierge Service. A little on each cuticle goes a long way and costs nearly nothing. "Keeping the cuticle and skin surrounding the nail healthy is vital in the journey to healthy and strong nails, but there is no need to break the bank to achieve optimal results," she adds.
Top Coat Nail Polish
Finish your manicure like a pro with the glossy good stuff, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. "It has a mirror-like finish, UV inhibitors that prevent yellowing and dries super fast." says Velez-Miggins, who carries it in her kit and uses it on clients. Snag at Sally Beauty Supply for under $7.
Eye Makeup Remover
Take off all your eye makeup without putting a strain on your wallet. Almay Oil Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads ($4.99) remove leftover mascara and the little wipes make it easy to clean up cat eyes and provide other quick fixes.
A good eye cream can be in the triple digits, but is the splurge really necessary? No, it's not. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream retails for under $20 at most places and comes highly-recommended by makeup artist and licensed esthetician, Elizabeth Terenchin, thanks to a key ingredient it shares with many pricey potions — retinol.
Toss your mascara every few months, so it doesn't become a cesspool of germs. To seal lashes with a waterproof formula, Terenchin recommends heading to the drugstore for Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Waterproof Mascara ($4.32).
No need to drop lots on moisturized kissers when you have options like EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere in Honeysuckle ($2.99).