14 Beauty Buys Under $14

As Valentine’s Day approaches get beautiful on a budget with our 14 fabulous finds under $14 dollars.
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 05, 2009

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, get beautiful on a budget with our 14 fabulous finds under $14.

By Qianna Smith

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Treat your tootsies to a much-needed spa visit. Foot Works I’m Lovin’ My Feet Pedicure Set ($3.99, avon.com) has a great compact portable nail kit, equipped with clippers, nail cuticle sticks, toesies and a buffer file. Once you’ve prepped, go for a clean finish with My French Maniiicure ($2, sephora.com) two-toned applicator set.

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Maintain and sustain your beautiful Valentine nail color by applying nail varnish remover before polishing nails to remove grease and create long-lasting wear. We suggest not polishing your nails more than twice a week to prevent nails from drying out.

Try Nicole by Opi Nail Polish in Deeply in Love, $5.99, or Really Really Red, $6.64, target.com, for a touch of toe tantalizing color.

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Your skin is your No. 1 accessory. Highlight your fine points with a sheer finishing cream, like Vincent Longo’s Liquid Canvas Dew Finish Foundation with SPF 15 ($12.13, sephora.com). The foundation goes on light for seamless coverage and leaves your face with a nice dewy finish. This traveling brush set by Sonia Kashuk ($12.99, target.com) is perfect for touch-ups throughout the day and night.

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Perfect your pout with this plumtastic Pixie by Petra Lip Gloss Kit, $13.99, target.com. The palette includes eight different and easy to blend shades with cooling peppermint oil and vitamin E. Apply over your favorite lip pencil for a more dramatic look.

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“Kissing burns 12 calories every 5 seconds, and 3 passionate kisses a day will lead to losing 1 lb. a month. In fact, kissing gets 30 facial muscles working,” offers Dr. Layliev, the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

Make sure you find the perfect pout enhancer.

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Gorgeous glossy lips are must-have this Valentine’s Day and e.l.f. has the most unbelievable hypershine gloss packed with a sweet cotton candy taste. Each gloss only cost $1. Get more lip-locking options with this gift set, $8, eyeslipsface.com. The set includes flavors like Fairy, Blossom, Joy, Flirt, Sugar Plum, Cloud Nine, Honey and Vixen.

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We all want our perfume to have staying power. Here are the do’s and don’ts to making that happen.

Do: Spray your pressure points, which includes your inner wrists and the inner side of your neck.

Don’t: Spray your clothes. Your skin holds on to scents much longer than any fabric.

Do: Spritz your chest by holding the perfume at least a foot away from your body. This will allow the fragrance to spread over time.

Don’t: Spray your secret parts. Alcohol, found in most fragrances, will only dry and irritate skin.

Do: Splash a bit of perfume behind your knees to allow the fragrance to rise.

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Love may fade, but your perfume doesn’t have to. Keep your scent lingering all night with Rose Absolute Eau de Parfum Purse Spray ($5, yvesrocherusa.com). This compact spritzer packs luscious notes of rose, cinnamon and Tonka bean. Just drop it into your clutch for an on-the-go refresher.

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Keep skin smooth and supple with Adara Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $12, b-glowing.com, which locks in moisture, creating skin soft to the touch. Have fun and use Adara as massage oil with that special someone or add it to your bath water for maximum moisture. Finish the skin with a balm like Victoria’s Secret Body Soufflé Moisture Cream, $12, victorasecret.com.

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Sweeten up your bath experience with a delicious delectable bath bomb. This Carol’s Daughter Limited Edition SweetHoneyDipChocolateBrownSugah Bath Bomb, $7.50, carolsdaughter.com, soothes the muscles and pampers the skin with natural butter and essential oils. Your brown skin will feel and smell so chocolaty sweet, almost good enough to eat.

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Pamper and moisturize your legs this Valentine’s with Kings of Shaves Woman Shaving Gel, $7.50, cvs.com. Get a close comfortable shave with this yummy smelling gel that will leave your skin soft and looking super sexy.

Prepare your skin before shaving by soaking the legs in warm water in the tub or shower for roughly 20 to 25 minutes; this softens and relaxes the hair for a close-cut shave.

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Make sure your eyes have it with L’Oreal Paris High Intensity (HIP) Pigments collection. Choose sexy smoldering shades for the eyes. Try L’Oreal HIP Bright Shadow Duos in Adventurous, $7, drugstore.com. Sweep the darkest tone from the outer edge of the lid and fill the inside portion of the lid with the lighter accent color and blend. Finish the eye with L’Oreal’s Loose Black Kohl Eyeliner, $9.99, drugstore.com, which is rich in color and goes on velvety smooth for an alluring finish.