Beauty Beat. Splurge vs. Steal Beauty Products

May 28, 2010 • Magazine

We all love luxury beauty products, whether it's the chicest new rhinestone studded mascara, or $30 lip gloss. We can indulge, however, we don't have to break the bank to do so. We can definitely pick our battles which is why, I have sparred some of my favorite Splurge items vs. the contender Steal items! You don't have to go broke to be beautiful.
Dior Show Blackout Mascara – This mascara is tried and true. I keep running back to it because it works! It's thick wand curls and thickens my lashes to no end, and I am always asked what kind of lashes am I wearing!  It's a splurge, but it will give you flirtly lashes that you can bat.
Loreal Volumnious Mascara in Carbon Black – What happens when I need a quick fix, when I run out of my Dior Show? It's Loreal Volumnious Mascara in Carbon Black. This is the richest black mascara I have actually tried. It goes on beautiful and gives my lashes deep definition. It is quickly becoming a cult favorite among mascara users.
MAC Wipes – There's nothing better than the perfect makeup wipe for lazy nights, and MAC wipes makes it simple, because in just a few swipes my makeup is removed, from gloss to the toughest of waterproof mascara!
Boots No. 7 Makeup Wipes – When you have no time and need an all-in-one cleaner, wipe and Moisturizer, these wipes do the trick! Boots No. 7 Makeup Wipes are one of my all time favorite drugstore finds. It does it all!
Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Hand Cream is a dream. You can wash your hands a few times, and your hands will still feel moisturized! I always keep this in my bag for the winter months when my hands can't seem to get enough moisture. This definitely does the trick.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – Need a quick fix, without spending the extra dollars?  Neutrogena Hand Cream is perfect for under $5.00. It nourishes, hydrates and makes your hands feel brand new with it's Norwegian Formula. There's something luxurious about this cream even for five dollars!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner – These liners are favorites among brides. They are budge proof and wear beautiful. They are perfect for the summer months, on a swim or trip to the beach. They will last all day!
Revlon Color Stay has beautiful liners in perfect budgeproof formula. These glide on like silk, and for under $10 you can't go wrong. They have the most gorgeous shades, and will last for hours.
SmashBox Bronze Lights Bronzer gives skin the healthiest bronzed glow. Unlike the other shimmery bronzes, this matte formula gives more of a healthy tanned look and can be used anywhere. One of my all time favorite bronzers.
Physician's Formula Pyramid Matte Bronzer For a bronzer that costs half the price, Physician Formula's Baked Pyramid Matte Bronzer is a great alternative to the more expensive bronzers. It stays put with its matte formula, does not cause shine, and makes you glow from within.
Buying Guide:
MAC Wipes, $18.00

Kelley Epps-Woods, Beauty Editor for Second City Style
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