Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tips on a Budget: Beauty, Life and Style

Beauty, life and Style. Is there such a thing as looking great, but still being able to stick to a beauty budget? I think so! Here are some of my budget, beauty tips for you.

Anyone who knows me best, knows, that Walgreens is like Disneyland to me. I can actually hear the angels singing in my head, when I walk through the Walgreens doors. Before me, lay rows and rows of badly lit aisles, all full of affordable beauty products.

You may wonder why is Walgreens so special to me? It changes with the city that I live in. When I lived in Los Angeles it was Rite Aid and when I lived in Toronto it was Shoppers Drug Mart. In San Francisco, Walgreens seems to be everywhere. If there’s a Starbucks, there’s a Walgreens nearby.

I love walking down the aisles, looking at the new and old products and figuring out the good deals. I feel that Walgreens is pricier, but you can find some great deals. Rite Aid has great prices and so does Shoppers Drug Mart.

Some great finds that I would recommend you buy from Walgreens are:

Hair
Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Treatment for $3.99
A great conditioner, for an amazing price that smells great. I like to leave this conditioner for longer then the 3 minutes so I can get shiny and soft results. A good tip: Look for coupons and sales from Walgreens. I have bought 2 for $5.00
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Conair Velvet Touch Round Brush $5.29

For the price, it does the job. This brush, doesn’t get too hot when using it with a blow dryer and the bristles didn't break my hair.


Nails
Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat for $4.49
This is one of my favorite finds. Double Duty is a clear polish that I put on as a base coat and then again as a top coat after nail polish. I reapply every other day. Double Duty strengthens my nails so they don’t break. My nail polish also lasts longer.

Nutra Nail Green Tea Growth Treatment for Problem Nails for $5.99

When I went natural again with my nails, I used this product for about 3 months. The Green Tea seemed to help grow my nails and along with taking vitamins and the above Double Duty product, my nails were healthy again.


Face
Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation $13.99
A great budget beauty find! I was using Bare Essentials for a long time, until I found Revlon Mineral Foundation for half the price. I really like how light weight the mineral make up is and has SPF 10 in it. Hey, if Halle Berry can wear it, then it must be Ok for me. (Revlon commercials)

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara, Blackest Black for $4.79

The mascara that make up artists use on the stars of movies and TV. I love the darkest black and it lengthens and curls if I have the time. Try it and let me know what you think?


So, the next time you are in need of a beauty, budget product fix, but are sticking to a budget, maybe try some of these great finds. I'm glad I did.

http://www.walgreens.com/beauty/default.jsp?headerSel=yes&tab=beauty

http://www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/english/beauty/index.html

1 comment:

Danielle Duff said...

Great post! I'll definitely check out some of your suggestions. I've tried the Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioner before and it really is amazing! After reading this I think I'll go out and buy some- my hair has been a bit dry and lifeless lately, so I need a little something extra to boost its shine.

Thanks for the great tips!