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Under $10: Drugstore Mascaras

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Who doesn’t relish a beauty deal? Sure, there are certain products that require shelling out some serious cash (like your retinol face creams and your designer fragrances), but then there are other products that have a short shelf life, so you are required to repeat purchase. Mascara is one of those. Considering that the life of a mascara is around 3 months – sometimes shorter depending on how many times you use it in a day – and that new formulas are constantly being introduced, this is the ideal product to purchase at drugstore prices. After all, we all like options, and when it comes to mascara, there never is a “perfect” formula which means it’s all about trial-and-error. Here, the best mascaras for under $10. Stock up!

1. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($7) – This new launch contains the coveted CoverGirl mascara formula with a thin rubber-bristled brush to coat the tiniest of hairs. Opt for the waterproof as it is ideal for summer’s heat and humidity. In fact, this is the best lower lash mascara… it really gets every hair without ever streaking or flaking.

2. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara ($9) – Lashes immediately look longer and, thanks to the natural GROW-LASH Complex, daily use will have lashes actually growing longer within 30 days! The thin-bristled brush helps to elongate and separate in a single shimmy of the wand.

3. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Washable Mascara ($8) – The amazing wing tip brush lengthens, stretches, and volumizes every single lash, giving the effect of a butterfly taking flight. Gorgeous lashes equal gorgeous eyes.

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara ($9) – The coveted Millionizer brush is bigger and better to lengthen and separate lashes from root to tip. The built-in anti-clump wiper makes sure that your fringe is clump-free and all volume.

5. Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara ($10) – Lengthens and curls with an all-natural formula, this mascara is the first ever to contain 100% natural origin lash extension fibers for the look of falsies… without the chemicals.

6. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($7) – An uber-glossy formula that gives lashes volume and shine. The fanning brush coats lashes from all sides and angles, giving your fringe the ultimate fanned out, wide-eyed effect.

7. Nyx Cosmetics Provocateur Boudoir Mascara ($6) – Two levels and tow brushes for building and volumizing and then separating and declumping. These lashes are long and dramatic with 24 hours of smudge-free formula (perfect to wear in the boudoir, naturally).


*To read our last list of best drugstore mascaras for under $10, click here.


Under $10: Lip Stains

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Summer is the perfect time to dress your lips and cheeks in a stain. Why? Because stains temporarily dye the skin, making them virtually sweat-proof, waterproof, and humidity-proof. Plus they offer a more natural pop of color which is right on trend with summer’s barely-there makeup.

Here are some of our favorite lip stains for under $10:

1. CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain – ($6) Probably the most popular drugstore lip stain of them all, this marker applicator allows for precise waterproof application. Comes in a variety of shades to suit everyone. And it lasts all day – seriously! Compare With Josie Maran Magic Marker. Favorite hues: Teasing Blush, a pinky coral, and Everbloom Kiss, a hot pink.

2. Maybelline SuperStay 12HR Lip Stain ($6) – A rainbow of 8 wearable colors to choose from – all of which give lasting color and sheen without the sticky, gooey texture of some stains. Spring favorites are Berry Heavenly and Cool Coral.

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($7) – Part stain, part balm, I call this product the hybrid lip stain. The gel formula will last a lot longer than a normal balm, yet unlike a stain, it won’t dry out your lips. And the crayon application is hassle proof and easy! Best of both worlds! Try Romantic, a sheer classic red that gives lips that “flushed” effect.

4. e.l.f. Studio Stain ($3) – A dual-sided applicator gives long lasting pigment on one end and clear gloss on the other. TIP: Will last a lot longer without applying the gloss. Try Fashionista, a bubble gum pink.

5. L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer ($8) – Like nail polish for your lips, this stuff won’t budge. It gives great shiny color and you can layer on for a more vibrant look. The wand is shaped to cover the entire lip. Try Pink Resistance, a nude, and Stubborn Plum, a berry hue.


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Drugstore Finds: 10 Natural Beauty Products To Buy Today

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Living a natural life can seem difficult, especially when it comes to affordable makeup and skincare. But that doesn’t mean impossible… and we love a good challenge! Brands are finally hearing our cries to create products that are good for our skin and body, without being toxic. We’ve rounded up 10 natural beauty products that need to be incorporated into your makeup and skincare routine today. Alas, healthy ingredients that won’t break the bank.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($5) – A fan favorite, consider this the all-natural version of the Fresh cult classic Tinted Sugar Lip Treatments ($24). For the pout that enjoys hydration and a hint of hue, look no further.

Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub ($6) – When it comes to exfoliation, oily and acne-prone skin types can do no wrong with this salicylic acid-based scrub. Gentle yet effective, blackheads are obliterated while skin is left clean and clear. In fact, the entire line is an ideal choice for acneic skin, with an ideal price tag!

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in Lavender ($11) – This natural body wash invigorates the senses with certified organic oils and essential oils that’ll leave your body clean and oh-so soft.

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion, Revitalizing Peppermint ($8) – Our love for this organic body treat knows no bounds – it absorbs quickly into the skin, hydrates, and leaves a lingering peppermint scent. Plus, it’s great for super hot and balmy days and nights as the peppermint is a natural cooling agent to calm and cool off the body.

Yes To Carrots Super Rich Body Butter ($9) – If your skin requires a more intense hydration, the Yes To range offers this uniquely satisfying body butter. It’s thick, creamy, 98% natural, and the subtle scent is equal parts sweet and rich. Our bodies drinks this cream right up!

Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads ($8) – We heart a great on-the-go cleansing pad (like for after the gym!), and this one just so happens to effectively ward off dirt and grime while leaving skin clear and radiant. Tea tree oil is one of the best natural antiseptics, so it’s ideal for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin. Use on your chest and back, too.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Original Witch Hazel ($9) – In our humble opinion, this is the very best toner on the market (and it just so happens to be affordable, too). The non-alcohol formula means it’s safe for sensitive skin, and it’s a must for oily to combination skin types.

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream ($18) – This 99% all-natural eye cream delivers health and effective ingredients to hydrate the delicate eye area while working its magic on fine lines and wrinkles. Great for dry and sensitive skin types.

Acure Argan Oil with Rose ($13) – A serious treat for skin – and the senses – this luxurious oil can be used on face and body to aid in fine lines and wrinkles and reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. The intoxicating natural scent will make you want to skip your perfume.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara ($10) – Its tough finding a natural/ organic mascara, even tougher finding one with a price tag under $10… but Physician’s Formula is, by far, the best all-natural drugstore mascara on the market. It lengthens, volumizes, and defines lashes without harsh chemicals. Love your lashes and they’ll love you back.

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8 Drugstore Lipsticks That Celebs Love

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We’re always on the hunt for a beauty bargain. So, when we began scouring the web for the best drugstore lipstick colors favored by our favorite celebs, we were ecstatic to find nudes, berries, and reds that made the list. Here are 8 great drugstore lipstick colors to buy today.

Makeup artist Patrick Ta created the perfect coral pout for Gigi Hadid’s recent red carpet appearance at iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards by mixing these two drugstore hues: Maybelline’s Loaded Bold Lipstick in Orange Danger ($7) and Smoking Red ($7).

Makeup artist Monika Blunder tells Refinery29 that she uses Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue ($7) on celeb clients Behati Prinsloo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. “It looks so natural on the lips and stays on like a stain,” she says. “The color payoff is great, and the formula is super-easy to apply.”

Rihanna’s makeup bag must-have is none other than CoverGirl Wetslicks Gloss in Watermelon Splash ($10). The bold bubble gum pink shade is fun and feminine. Buying ASAP.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Color ($13) is a favorite of J.Lo, Naomi Watts, and Julianne Moore. J.Lo has sported Timeless Rose on the red carpet. The pastel pink hue pops against tanned skin. Naomi Watts is a fan of Violet Parfait to give her pout a pop of plum, while Julianne Moore’s fair skin finds Raisin Revival suitable for a bit of berry.

Rita Ora loves herself a classic red lip, thanks to Rimmel London Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Red Diva ($7) and Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 111 ($5).


Under $10: Best Drugstore Hair Products

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Many women are under the misconception that beautiful hair has to break the bank. Totally false. As long as you are diligent about your ingredient list (steer clear of sulfates, parabens, and the like), you can find amazing hair products for a fraction of the price of expensive favorites like Oribe, Kerastase, and Fekkai.

Here are a few of our favorite drugstore hair products, all under $10:

1. Sauve Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) – Who isn’t a sucker for dry shampoo (second day hair happens to be better than freshly washed)? This totally affordable drugstore find rivals the expensive ones. It sprays clear and gives great volume!

2. Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Style Heat Protection & Shine Spray ($5) – If you’re a fan of hot tools, then you need this product. Not only is it affordable, but it’ll leave your strands soft, shiny, and protected.

3. Nature’s Gate Herbal Daily Cleansing Shampoo ($6) – An inexpensive, pH balanced, all-natural shampoo that cleans without stripping color. And it’s sulfate-free, so no carcinogens here!

4. L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Reconstructing Conditioner ($7) – Sulfate-free conditioner that adds nourishment, shine, and moisture to damaged hair. The rosemary mint scent is the perfect way to start your day. The complimenting EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo is worth the under $10 price tag as well.

5. Yes To Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash ($8) – This is a gentle yet effective everyday shampoo that doubles as a body wash! Safe enough for your baby, but good enough for you. And it’s subtle, sweetly delish smells makes it a treat, without any calories.

6. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Strong ($4) – A hairspray that tames frizzies while giving great hold… without feeling stiff or hard. A steal, indeed!

7. Alba Botanica Hawaiian So Smooth Anti – Frizz Serum Gardenia ($8) – A healthy, natural, weightless serum that tames flyaways. Argan oil and plant-sourced keratin seal the cuticle to give strands optimal shine.


Under $10: Drugstore Bronzers

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Summer’s around the corner and winter has most certainly left your skin pale and lackluster. How to get ready for the big season of sun? Bronzers, of course. In fact, we’re calling all bronzers to the rescue ASAP. And if you’re like me and refuse to let your face enjoy the sun, then you’ll be needing these bronzing powders all summer long to fake that sun-kissed complexion.

Here, a few of our favorite drugstore bronzers, all under $10 — because a golden glow doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

1. Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer; Travel Size ($7) – Sure, it’s smaller than the original, but it’s also 1/3 of the price. And the mini version doesn’t take away from the major punch of sun-kissed color, the baked tera cotta formula, and the light, luminous shimmer. For the full size (at $32), click here. Compare with Laura Mercier’s Radiance Baked Body Bronzer (a BB favorite at $55).

2.Rimmel Natural Bronzer ($5) – A matte bronzer that delivers sun-kissed skin at an affordable price. Comes in three shades, sun dance, sun light, and sun bronze (which seems to be the most universal hue). Compare with Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Matte Sunpowder ($52).

3. E.l.f. Studio Bronzer ($3) – There’s little that three bucks can buy you these days (a pack of gum, maybe?), but E.l.f. is stretching your dollar to include a gorgeous golden glow. This bronzer contains four shimmering shades that can be swirled around and applied to the face, or used separately to highlight and contour. Compare with Too Faced Beach Bunny Custom-Blend Bronzer ($32).

4. NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer ($9) – This matte formula gives good glow without any shimmer. Comes in light, medium, and deep tan for a natural, gorgeous sun-kissed complexion. Compare to Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer (a BB favorite at $30).

5. Milani Bronzer XL All Over Glow ($9) – This oil-free formula comes in 3 color options with a matte and shimmer shade in each. Highlight and contour or wear together for an all over, even golden glow. Compare with Shiseido Bronzer Oil-Free ($35).

6. Cover Girl Cheekers Bronzer in Golden Tan ($5) – This formula mimics the perfect tan without the sun and at a fraction of the price of prestige brand bronzers. And the small compact is ideal for on-the-go application (just make sure to apply with a kabuki brush like this one from Tarte!).



Under $10: Sunscreen

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Under $10: Sunscreen


Buying beauty product after beauty product can take a serious toll on your bank account. The struggle is real, people. While certain expensive formulas are worth their weight in gold (i.e. eye cream with actual gold in it), there are others that are just as fabulous but for a more budget-friendly cost. Here are the best sunscreen formulas to load up on this summer, all for under $10!

If you are planning to break a sweat in the sunshine, reach for Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Lotion SPF 30 ($9). It will cool and protect skin through even the most intense activities… you know, like sunbathing.

Protect that pucker with Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($9). It’s a much better look than the white zinc favored by lifeguards.

Do you ever think about how exposed your hands are when driving? Keep Jergens BB Hand Cream SPF 20 ($7) in your glove compartment so that they will always be protected.

It may be designed for babies, but anyone who prefers a physical sunscreen over chemical will love Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($10).

A spray that is not only moisturizing but almost undetectable is quite a bold statement. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Sheer Spray SPF 30 ($8) does that and more, since it’s also water resistant. L’Oreal, you shouldn’t have (but thank you!)

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently and liberally. Throw Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Stick ($10) in your purse for on-the-go touchups.

Sunscreen that includes bronzing elements? Genius, since we don’t have any plans to get a real suntan anyway: Australian Gold Faces Sheer Coverage Kona Infused SPF 45 ($7), thank you.

Although all beauty products come with an expiration date, it’s especially important to follow chuck expired sunscreens to avoid ineffectiveness. Further, this is definitely not a product to apply sparingly. Indulge, people. And for under $10, no excuses!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Under $10: Beach Bag Essentials

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Now that it’s more or less summer (the official start date is June 21), seasonal activities are in full swing. Chances are, you’re spending more than your fair share of time lounging and, if you’re lucky, frolicking on a sandy beach. Hopefully you’ve filled your wardrobe with the trendiest swimwear of the season, but have you stocked your beach bag with all of the necessities? No, says the procrastinator. Well, don’t worry. We’ve done it for you, and all under $10! Yes, you read correct: Here are the must-have beach bag essentials for under $10.

First and foremost, the right bag is key. The Target Solid Striped Mesh Beach Tote ($10) is versatile, and will also hold up if it gets wet or filled with sand.

The importance of a good SPF cannot be overstated. Just ask your mother (or us!). Sun Bum SPF 50 Disappearing Zinc Oxide ($10) is a strong yet sheer formula for extra exposed areas like your nose.

Certain things should never, ever get wet. AEO Graphic Beach Pouch ($9) will keep those items (might we recommend your iPhone?) safe and sound.

Perfection is impossible, especially when it comes to grooming down there. SweetEase Bikini Waxing Kit ($4) is ideal to toss in your bag for a dire situation, less you want to wear your cover-up into the water!

Of course, a soft beach towel is absolutely necessary for both sunbathing and post-dips in the ocean: Target Pink Polka Dots Beach Towel ($10) is so good.

We know you’re far too careful to ever expose your face to direct sunlight, right? Throw some shade with Funnywe Fashion Straw Derby Cap ($6).

Dips in the ocean or chlorine can dry out your strands. Fat Hair Advanced Repair Formula Leave-In Conditoner & Styler ($9) has a big name, but the pint-sized product is perfect to slip into your bag to condition and nourish your hair post swim.

Keeping your hair out of your face on windy beach days is a must. TIP: Twirl your locks into a high bun and secure with the Invisibobble ($8 for 3). You will be left with happy-hour ready and crease-free waves by the time you leave the beach.

A classic item with a bit of an updated twist: Old Navy Modern Flip Flops ($10). Must.

Cat-eye, aviators, and wayfarer styles are all overdone. Instead, reach for Urban Outfitters Cutout Round Sunglasses ($10) to expand your frame repertoire.

In the event you get more sun than you would like, Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe ($10) will soothe your skin in an instant.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind



Under $10: Mascara

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Best Mascara's for under $10

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: mascara is a female rite of passage… like bearing children, or wearing sky high stilettos. While you can find some amazing mascara formulations from prestige brands, you don’t necessarily have to shell out major cash to elongate your lashes. In fact, some of my favorite mascaras on the market are of the drugstore variety. Here’s the thing about mascara: No matter what, mascara will always dry out (mainly due to the alcohol content in the formulas), and old mascara gives way to clumps, flaking, and raccoon eyes. Why not save some ca$h and pick up a drugstore mascara that is just as good – if not better – than the high-end ones?

Here are some favorite mascaras for under $10:

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, Very Black 800 ($6) – One of my all-time favorite mascaras (holy grail material), this formula lengthens, volumizes and declumps. Plus, the plastic applicator really gets into the lashes to separate.LOVE.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara Blackest Black ($7) – Maybelline manufactures a variety of HG-worthy mascaras, but this one is at the top of the list. The plastic wand is small enough to hug the lash line while coating and separating each lash for 8 times more volume.

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Black ($9) – This newly launched mascara has a specialized wand with extra bristles for intense separation, volume, and that coveted fanned-out look.

e.l.f. 3-in-1 Mascara ($3) – Just because of the bargain price doesn’t mean that your lashes will miss out on big hitting elements like lengthening and volume. Love the wand, it reminds me of Givenchy’s Noir Couture 4-in-1 (for 10 times the price!).

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Mascara ($7) – The clump-free brush separates and adds volume while the slightly colored formulas give your eyes a brighter look and feel. For brown eyes, use Black Gold; for blue eyes use Black Sapphire.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara Extreme Black ($9) – Natural Grow-Lash Complex works to lengthen lashes by 117% in just 30 days. While it will lengthen instantly, long-term effects are why this mascara is HG-worthy.

Almay One Coat Get Up And Grow Mascara ($8) – Lengthens and strengthens lashes and is ideal for sensitive eyes. The wand shape aids in reaching all lashes, including those itsy-bitsy ones.

Have a favorite mascara for under 10 dollars? Let us know in the comment section below!


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