Beauty Buzz. Beauty Splurge Vs. Steal Friday!

January 8, 2010 • Lifestyle

We would all love to indulge in luxury products, but with the economy in the state it is in, we have to think again before buying a $65 shimmer powder. There are a lot of great inexpensive products that can  compete with the best of the best. It's just about finding what products work, and if they can stand against their contender. Here are some Splurge vs. Steal products, that I think run a stiff competition.
I absolutely love Guerlain's Meteorites, $53 but Heidi Klum's Lumionous Face Powder Gems by Victoria Secret, $22  is an amazing alternative. Not only does it cost half the price but the packaging rivals that of Guerlains with its beautiful rich design, inspired by the beautiful art and colors of India. The Powder gems are gorgeous and will brighten your face with just a swirl of brush, and a gentle buff over your face and cheeks.

The beautyblender®., $19.95 , is one of the most genius makeup tools on the market that allows us to blend our makeup flawlessly, and seamlessly is a hit amongst makeup artists. But what about the everyday woman that may not want to pay for the more expensive blender? Well, Sonia Kashuks Blending Sponge, $9.99 , will give you the perfect flawless face too! Not as expensive as the other brand, but with dabbing and blending will give your skin just as much of an 'airbrushed' look as the other brand.

We all love the beloved Lancome Juicy Tubes, $18.00 , but we can also quench our thirst for glossy lips with  Loreal Colour Juice® Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss, $8.48. These glosses have the best shine and easy application with just a squeeze. Wear these alone or over your favorite lipstick for a really juiced up look!
Bobbi Brown Brick Shimmer, $38.00  is one of Bobbi's bestselling items. Yes, it has the capability to make us look regal, but isn't there hope for a gorgeous glow elsewhere? Well Milani Glimmer Stripes, $7.99 cost you less than $5 dollars but give you a soft glow that works on everyone. It's neutral and has subtle shimmer that can be worn on the eyes, cheeks or face! Just as Bobbi's Shimmer Bricks, it comes in other colors as well.
Working in the bridal industry I know just how important it is for lips to have stay put power, and smudge free.MAC's Pro Longwear Lipcolour, $21.00 has been a staple in my kit for some time now, but what to do when I can't make it the nearest MAC. That's right, head to the drugstore and pick up Revlon's Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor, $9.99. These lipcolor's have amazing full coverage, and shine for up to 12 hours. No touch ups needed. One end smooths with the advanced ColorStay formula, and the other end is a moisturizing top coat for all day glossy lips… Even better, it's available in 28 gorgeous shades. Gotta love that!
So, what do you do when all else fails and you only have a few bucks in your pocket? Head to your nearest drugstore for some great inexpensive beauty finds!
Article and Graphics: by Kelley Woods

Second City Style Beauty Editor, Kelley Epps Woods

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