As not everyone is exactly rolling in the dough at the moment (or, um, ever), I would like to share some of my favorite beauty products that get me by day-to-day. Many of you have already checked out my Desert Island List (thank you for reading!), but, admittedly, many of these gems are just a little too much for the average gal to spend on cosmetics.
Most of the items I included here are pretty easy to find at your local drug store, so I'm not going to go link-happy as I did before. (You're welcome.)
All items are under $10, unless otherwise noted!
FACE WASH - Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
EXFOLIANT - St. Ives Apricot Blemish Control Scrub
EYE CREAM - The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream ($17)
ZIT CREAM - Proactiv's Refining Mask ($12)
MOISTURIZER - Olay Complete Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15
SUNSCREEN (FACE) - Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch 55 w/Helioplex
PRIMER - Boots No7 Mattifying Makeup Base*
FOUNDATION - Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup ($12)
POWDER - Physicians Formula Natural Origins Loose Powder ($14)
CONCEALER - Physicians Formula Powder Finish Concealer Stick
BLUSH - Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush ($11)
EYE SHADOW - Sonia Kashuk for Target
EYE LINER - Origins Automagically pencil ($14.50)
MASCARA - Maybelline Great Lash
LIPS - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer
SHAMPOO - Matrix Biolage Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo (~$16)
CONDITIONER - Biolage Intensive Strengthening Masque (~$18)
STYLING LOTION - Sebastian Potion 9 ($16)
TOOL - Bobbypins**
LOTION - Anything from Nivea
SUNSCREEN (BODY) - Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch 55 w/Helioplex
NAIL POLISH - Essie's Ballet Slippers
Please keep in mind that I have been very spoiled the majority of my adult life by working for plastic surgeons, medical spas, and dermatologists, so I am not as savvy when it comes to some of the better beauty steals (because I've been able to get "the good stuff" for half price and therefore haven't spent as much time playing trial-and-error with the OTC stuff). I know I have quite a few fabulous followers who are veritable masters when it comes to the loot available at CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Target, etc., so please feel free to chime in with some of your top choices as well!
*Not all primers are/need to be mattifying, per se, but as I'm a combo-skin girl living in Texas, oil control is a must. Not to mention, if you notice your makeup doesn't look right during the spring/summer, oil is the likely culprit as it can change the pigment of your powder, blush, etc.
**Channel Audrey with a little chignon and call it a day. Thrifty chic!