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Under $10: Beach Bag Essentials

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Beach bag must-haves


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 www.comfortablycasey.com


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!

Under $10: Brows That Wow

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best brow products for under $10

Thick, sculpted brows are having a moment (make that a few baited moments). And while the current arch trend requires some hefty products to get the look, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to achieve Cara Delevingne eyebrows. In fact, you can buy all of the tools needed to create this season’s filled-in and defined arches for under $10 each! There’s no excuse for spastic brows, so get shaping!

1. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara ($8) – Tinted brow gel is like an eyebrow’s gift from heaven. It both holds brows in place and lightly fills in bare gaps. This is some serious stuff!
2. CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara in Clear ($5) – This cult-favorite clear mascara keeps brows in place — all day long. The formula rivals pricier competitors like Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel at $22.
3. e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit ($3) – This duo offers one wax and one powder to combine and create perfectly full arches.
4. Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit, Ash Brown ($4) – If you solely prefer powder, this trio of complimenting colors will have your brows thick and defined in no time.
5. Maybelline ExpertWear Twin Brow & Eye Pencils ($3) – Celebrity makeup artist Robert Sesnek gushed that this is “possibly one of the truest and best blondes out there.” We’re fans of all of their shades and you get 2 pencils for $3… seriously!
6. Revlon Expert Tweezer, Slant Tip ($6) – Every brow needs a decent set of tweezers; stray hairs are a sculpted arches worst nightmare! While Tweezerman’s Ultra Precision Slant Tweezers ($35) are terrific, Revlon’s Expert Tweezer will give you the same slant at a fraction of the price.
7. Nyx Eyebrow Marker ($10) – If pencils, waxes, and powders aren’t your thing, there’s always the ease and precision of filling in your sparse arches with an eyebrow pen. Nyx’s marker works like magic and doesn’t smear or smudge.

Under $10: BB Creams

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Under $10: BB Creams


By now, I’m quite certain that everyone knows the benefits of BB Creams – but we’ll recap the important ones: protection, hydration, coverage. It’s the Asian multi-tasking skincare import that has almost made foundation obsolete. At the very least, it has cut down on our morning beauty routine by at least 30 minutes. Moisturizer, SPF, serum and color correction can now be taken care of in one bottle. Oh, the genius! And what was once reserved for the prestige brands, is now a mass market specialty as well. BB creams have gone viral. Which means that everyone should own at least two. Here are some of the best BB Creams for under $10:

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream ($7) – An 8-in-1 beauty balm that covers and protects for less than $8. Comes in 5 shades and offers SPF 30.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($10) – Probably the favorite of the drugstore bunch, Garnier’s BB Cream, hydrates, covers and fights discoloration with vitamin C.

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Magic BB Cream ($8) – Prime, perfects, hydrates and corrects with medium coverage while it illumiantes skin with encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion.

Rimmel BB Cream ($7) – Comes in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Medium/Dark – the formula primes, moisturizes, conceals, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and protects. It’s rather sheer but lasts all day.

CoverGirl Smoothers BB Cream ($7) – A 10-in-1 lightweight, sheer cream with broad spectrum SPF 15 that enhances, hydrates, and improves skin tone while blending effortlessly for a natural look.

Under $10: Blushes

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Best Blushes Under $10

Blush is a necessity. It makes your face come alive. But you don’t have to spend a fortune for the perfect flush. There are plenty of drugstore options comparable to the high end ones. Here are our favorite blushes for under $10 – from powder, to cream, to liquid, and everything in between!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush ($8) – The powder-gel formula comes in 10 wearable shades. Use just a dab for a light flush or layer for more color. Try Peach Satin, a coral, or Hot Tamale, a bright pink.

Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Liquid Tint ($10) – A liquid blush that goes on sheer. Formulated with anti-aging ingredients like French rose extracts, hibiscus flower, and blue lotus.

e.l.f Essential All Over Color Stick ($1) – Like Nars’ The Multiple, use these sticks for color on cheeks, lips, and even eyes! Comes in 5 shades and a highlighter. Pink Lemonade is my favorite.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box ($6) – These boxes come with either 2 or 4 shades to swirl together for the ultimate powdered flush. Contour, highlight and add color by blending the coordinating shades together. Color to try: Spicy and Sweet. Compare with Benefit Sugarbomb.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush ($6) – Sheer, long lasting, buildable cream color in a variety of shades. Try Glow, a plum-pink, and Red Cheeks, a bright pinkish red.

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush ($4) – The perfect drugstore powder blush (just don’t use the accompanying brush to apply!). With 18 shades to choose from, you’ll find at least one that suits your mood — or blend a few together to create a customized color. Try Natural Rose, a dusty rose, and Sierra Sands, a peachy beige.

Under $10: Orange Lipstick

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Orange is the new red. At least in terms of lipstick it is. Just look at the myriad of celebrities sporting the bold hue. Everyone from January Jones to Jessica Alba is jumping on the trend. The reason? Orange looks good on every skin tone and every hair color (hence my reference of January and Jessica). Add to that that the orange spectrum is the ideal shade for spring and summer, paired with bronzed skin and little else. A true orange might look better on some; coral or peach will work well for others, while still keeping you within the trend. Whether you choose a matte, cream or gloss finish is entirely up to personal preference. Trial and error helps, but ultimately, to rock an orange lip you need a healthy dose of confidence.

Here, 8 favorite orange lipsticks for under $10.

1. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Electric Orange ($7) – A creamy lipstick with a very vivid pigment in bright orange.

2. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp ($6) – A silky soft lipstick/ gloss hybrid in a creamy pinky-coral hue with a matte finish.

3. Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sweet Nectar ($5) – A rich, neon orange that is on trend with the season’s must-have hue.

4. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon ($9) – If you like your coral with a side of red, this is the shade for you. The sheer to medium coverage makes this shade more real-world wearable.

5. Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Sunset Peach ($2) – A hint of shimmer gives this peach-hued lipstick a retro feel while still keeping with the trend.

6. L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Orange Tempo ($9) – A rich, classic orange with a subtle glossy finish.

7. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral ($8) – For the woman who prefers a bright and glossy lip, this formula provides both. A pinch of pink makes this coral less about the orange and more about the bold statement.

8. Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color in Mandarin Rapture ($7) – Protects like a balm, shines like a gloss, and gives off vibrant color like a lipstick. Very intense orange, not for the faint of heart.

Under $10: Best Drugstore Eyeliners

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Best Drugstore Eyeliners

You can never just have one eyeliner. It’s practically impossible. From the variety in texture, hue and applicators, eyeliners are the type of product that begs for a stash – a few in your makeup bag, a couple in your purse, different colors, a variety of sizes. There are just too many options to choose from. While prestige eyeliners do have their benefits (for some, longer wear), mass brands have created some incrediblly durable eyeliners too. Whether you choose a liquid to draw a wing or a pencil for your waterline – or both! – here is our list of the best drugstore eyeliners for under 10 dollars.

1. L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black ($9) – Glides on smooth like a liquid but has the consistency of a pencil. Easy to smudge, lasts up to 16 hours. Compare to Chanel STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long-Lasting Eyeliner.

2. CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen in Very Black ($7) – One of my favorite liquids for creating a cat eye. The applicator is short, allowing you to get up into the lash line. And the price is unbeatable.

3. Almay Intense I-Color Eyeliner ($5) – Subtle shade variations to bring out your natural eye color. Use Purple Amethyst for brown eyes and Brown Topaz for blue eyes. Try this on your lower waterline to make eyes pop.

4. Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner in Black ($7) – A creamy-gel formula with a brush applicator. Ideal for creating winged looks. Compare with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack.

5. Wet ‘n Wild MegaLiner Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($3) – Another highly pigmented liquid liner with a thin applicator that makes for hassle-free cat eye application. Comes in 5 shades for under $3! Compare with Dolce & Gabbana Glam Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner.

6. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner Pencil  ($8)- A pencil that stays sharpened – and stays put – forever! This liner applies with ease and is perfect for above the lash line or in the waterline.

7. Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown ($4) – This is one of my favorite brown eye pencils – and it’s so affordable. The hue is a bold sable that really makes eyes pop and the consistency is soft allowing for easy smudging.

8. Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil ($5) – These oversized pencils are perfect for mastering a serious smokey eye. They come in a rainbow of vivid colors like Pure Gold and Gunmetal Grey, allowing you to add a pop of shimmer to your look. The creamy formula glides on smoothly without tugging or pulling and smudges effortlessly. Compare with Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil.

Under $10: Drugstore Beauty Deals

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Drugstore Steals: Beauty Products Under $10


For the love of a deal! We, at Beauty Banter, are starting a new section called “Under $10” where we’ll pick our current favorite beauty buys for under 10 dollars. Being beautiful shouldn’t cost a month’s salary… and there are tons of great finds that won’t break the bank. If you have a must-have for under 10 dollars, please let us know by leaving a comment below!

Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer ($9.99) – This thick cover-all is most similar to Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot, but for less than half the price. Comes in 4 shades and will cover even the most stubborn of dark circles.

Yes To Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 each) – A bargain find for those wanting a sulfate-free, color-safe formula. Yes To Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner is one of my favorite drugstore deals… 99% natural ingredients for 8 bucks.

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo ($4.49) – I love me some dry shampoo. While my brand of choice has always been Klorane, Suave’s version of the spray-and-go must-have is just as fabulous, providing volume, soaking up unwanted oils at the root and masking unpleasant second-day hair odor. Love, love, love!

Maybelline Volum Express Mascara ($7.79) – One of celebrity makeup artist Nico Guilis’ top 10 spring picks, this mascara gives volume to your lashes for literally a fraction of the price of comparable ones like DiorShow. And it’s waterproof so it’ll last throughout the day… well into night.

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain ($7.89) – Just-bitten natural color that stains your lips and lasts all day. While the actual marker dries up a bit quicker than I’d like, the shades are amazingly wearable and they give great color. Compare with Josie Maran’s Magic Marker. Favorite hues for Spring: Flirty Nude, Scarlet Pucker and Plum Pout.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder ($3.00) – At 3 dollars, this blush and bronzer duo is a serious steal. Literally the exact color as Nars’ Blush/Bronzer Duo in Desire and Laguna (for $41). Contour, shade, and add a golden glow with the bronzing powder while the hot pink blush gives the perfect spring flush to cheeks. LOVE THIS!

Drugstore Find: Makeup Remover

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Just in case you still have some makeup left over from Halloween night, this post will come in handy.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear has created a 100 % natural origin Facial Makeup Remover Towelette and I’m LOVING them. They’re perfect for taking off makeup — non abrasive, non irritating, great for sensitive skin types — and amazing for cleaning makeup brushes as well. I loathe a dirty makeup brush. Not anymore. Use once, wipe on the towelette and I’m good to go. But my favorite part has got to be that these towelettes — 25 in a case — are free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, synthetic color and fragrance and cruelty free. They’re also infused with organic aloe vera extract to condition the skin, Eco-Olive to shield the skin, OrganiSoy to nourish the skin and Organic Lavender Essential Oil to calm the skin.

The concept also comes in Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Eye Makeup Remover Pads specifically designed with Organic Cucumber Extract to soothe the delicate skin of the eye area while removing makeup without the greasy residue.

I love me a product that’s good for the environment and good for my skin too. Sigh.

PRICE TAG: $9.95

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