Great Beauty Buys for Your Budget

Great Beauty Buys for Your Budget
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 11, 2012

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MAYBELLINE NEW YORK

Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR cream gel shadow ($8, drugstore.com). The vivid colors wowed us. From day to night, this long-lasting eye shadow delivers.

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MAYBELLINE NEW YORK

Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR cream gel shadow ($8, drugstore.com). The vivid colors wowed us. From day to night, this long-lasting eye shadow delivers.

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GOODY

Simple Styles Spin Pin ($7, Walgreens). Relaxed or natural, you can create a gorgeous updo or a chic chignon with a few easy twists. You’ll need only a couple of pins for a tight hold.

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COVERGIRL

BlastFlipstick ($8, drugstore.com). These are like crayons for grown-ups. The double-ended lipstick touts saturated lip colors that are hot worn solo or blended together.

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COVERGIRL

BlastFlipstick ($8, drugstore.com). These are like crayons for grown-ups. The double-ended lipstick touts saturated lip colors that are hot worn solo or blended together.

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WET N WILD

Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection ($5, drugstore.com). You can’t beat eight shadows at this price. And the directions on the pods make creating amazing eyes a cinch.

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LUSH

Moon and Sun Steamer Tabs ($3 each, lush.com). Give yourself a facial at home. Just pop one in steaming hot water and let the neroli and lavender oil soothe your weary skin.

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PURE ICE

Magnetic Attraction Collection ($5, Walmart). To get this hot look, hold a magnet (included) over the painted nail.

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PURE ICE

Magnetic Attraction Collection ($5, Walmart). To get this hot look, hold a magnet (included) over the painted nail.

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SALLY HANSEN

Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
($10, drugstore.com). These sassy designs last for up to 10 days.

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SALLY HANSEN

Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
($10, drugstore.com). These sassy designs last for up to 10 days.

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BIORÉ

Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser
($8, drugstore.com). This new cleanser washes oily spots without stripping away much-needed moisture from dry areas.

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EOS

Lip balms ($3, EOS). These are cute; but more importantly, they are 95 percent organic and packed with shea butter and vitamin E.

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YES TO BLUEBERRIES

Brightening Facial Towelettes
($8 for 30,Target). These antioxidant-rich wipes remove makeup as they nourish skin.

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EUCERIN

Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion
($8, drugstore.com). This lotion rehydrates and reduces water loss. Plus, African-American derm Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., is on the Eucerin Skin First Council and is a fan of the lotion. This formula contains high levels of the humectant urea.

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EUCERIN

Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion ($8, drugstore.com). This lotion rehydrates and reduces water loss. Plus, African-American derm Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., is on the Eucerin Skin First Council and is a fan of the lotion. This formula contains high levels of the humectant urea.

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BLADEBUDDY

razor restorer ($20, Blade Buddy). This savvy tool restores and sharpens blades for months of close shaves.


SCHICK

Quattro for Women TrimStyle razor ($11, drugstore.com). The most wanted razor and trimmer lets you DIY your bikini area minus irritation.

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VIOLIGHT

Slim Sonic portable toothbrush ($15, Violight). Form and function have never been so beautiful or worked so well. This eye-catching electric toothbrush is perfect for travel.

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NUTRA NAIL

Gel Perfect UV Free Gel-Color ($12, drugstore.com). If you love the dent-resistant effects of a gel manicure, you can do it at home. This one sets in five minutes without using a UV light.

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OLAY

Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo ($25, drugstore.com). There’s nothing worse than removing facial hair and being left with inflamed skin. Olay’s first depilatory includes a balm that protects the skin while getting rid of hair.

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KINKY-CURLY

Knot Today ($12, Kinky Curly). Naturalistas love this elixir for its detangling magic. You can comb through even the tightest coils after applying.

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NARS

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24, NARS). Gloss doesn’t get any easier or sexier than this: flattering color that glides on with special ingredients that keep lips supple.

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NARS

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24, NARS). Gloss doesn’t get any easier or sexier than this: flattering color that glides on with special ingredients that keep lips supple.

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ELIZABETH ARDEN

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($17, Elizabeth Arden). Now in a fragrance-free version, this cream hydrates dry skin and soothes minor boo-boos.

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GOODY

QuikStyle paddle brush ($12, drugstore.com). The paddle brush with built-in absorbent microfiber is so ingenious we wish we’d thought of it first. The best part: It boasts absorption of as much as 30 percent excess water as you brush. This cuts drying time, which means less heat and less damage to your hair.

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RAMY

Eye Grow Brows! ($25, Ramy Cosmetics). This miracle growth serum works overtime. Despite its name, the formula brings back sparse lashes as well as brows.

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SONIA KASHUK

Complexion Perfector Dual Ended foundation brush & sponge ($19, Target). With a brush for even coverage and a sponge for hard-to-reach inner-eye areas, this is just what you need to get your foundation right.

To keep your tool in top shape, clean it regularly.

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DIORSHOW

Heat Curl ($25, Sephora). We love a great gadget for lashes, so when this hit the office we couldn’t wait to see how it worked. We had a few women give it a whirl. The bottom line: It’s perfect if you have a soft spot for high-tech beauty and have time to play.

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GUERLAIN

Noir G Exceptional Complete mascara ($49, Saks Fifth Avenue). When you need perfect lashes on the go, whip out this mascara with the flip-up mirror.

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TÄNDAZAP

Acne spot treatment device ($49,Tanda). It’s a triple threat against zits: The heat opens pores, the blue light kills bacteria, and the vibration reduces the swelling.

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SHINT CLINICAL BY KIMORA LEE SIMMONS

Pore It Out ($45, select Nordstorm). This pore concealer and treatment makes large pores virtually vanish and leaves a matte finish.

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SHINT CLINICAL BY KIMORA LEE SIMMONS

Pore It Out ($45, select Nordstorm). This pore concealer and treatment makes large pores virtually vanish and leaves a matte finish.

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LANCÔME

Color Design 5 Pan Shadow and Liner Palette in Vert Tendresse ($48, Lancome). This sophisticated collection gives you another reason to go green. Even the paler, sheerer shades work on brown skin.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT

lipsticks ($30–$34 each, YSL). For a little portable luxury, choose one of these chic designer lipsticks from the Volupté Sheer Candy and Rouge Volupté Perle lines to transition into spring-friendly shades.

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KIEHL’S

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($35, Kiehl’s). The newest version of this classic fave—with beta carotene, jojoba butter and shea butter—is the jackpot of 24-hour hydration. The silky texture doesn’t leave your skin oily either.

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KIEHL’S

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter ($35, Kiehl’s). The newest version of this classic fave—with beta carotene, jojoba butter and shea butter—is the jackpot of 24-hour hydration. The silky texture doesn’t leave your skin oily either.

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ANASTASIA

Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes ($40, Sephora). The celebrity brow guru helps you perfect your brows with her everything-you-need kit.

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OLAY

Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System ($30, drugstore.com). This rivals the pricier brushes on the shelf. The two-speed rotating brush exfoliates and cleans.

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PRADA

Candy Body Milk ($50, Neiman Marcus). Just like the indulgent Candy fragrance, the surprising hint of caramel makes this affordable luxury a sweet treat.

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CREST

3D White Intensive Professional Effects Whitestrips ($45, Amazon). For pearly whites, skip the expensive office treatments for now. These strips deliver results after one round. The more you use, the brighter your smile gets.

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