Budget Beauty Buys Under $10


If you’re ever looking for The Beauty Bug, chances are you’ll find Her at the nearest CVS, Walgreens or Wholefoods combing the beauty and skincare aisles for the latest and greatest. They don’t call Her the queen bee of the ExtraBucks for nothing. Here are Her latest favorite finds:

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint – $6.99: One swipe of this tint, and you’ll catch yourself  repeatedly puckering your lips (like, all day) just to get another whiff. It smells that good. The Beauty Bug’s favorite, hands down, is guava berry. Other flavors include Blood Orange, Coconut Nectar, Sugared Fig and Vanilla Hibiscus. The sticks glaze and moisturize lips with just a peek of color. They contain Vitamin E, cocoa butter, coconut oil and avocado.

JĀSÖN® C-Effects Pure Natural Super-C Cleanser - $8.89: This JĀSÖN® C-Effects cleanser is a fooler. It has the look, feel AND ingredients (unique anti-aging ingredients) often found in high-priced products, but it’s only about $9. The formula is powered by a multi-antioxidant complex of Ester-C®, Vitamin C and Vitamin E that fights free radical damage that contributes to fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.  JĀSÖN actually means ‘healer’ in Greek. It’s gentle, refreshing, easily removes makeup and dirt and smells like you’re schmearing a juicy orange creamsicle float all over your face. The line is available at natural food stores and Whole Foods markets, and Mr. Jason, if you’re reading this – add a mask to your line!

Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer – $8.99: There’s nothing better than bronzer and contouring done right! The best thing about these beauties  - all the choices. There’s the Four Seasons Powder, a subtly gradated compact, the Bronzing Powder Matte,  an aptly named matte powder, and the Bronzing Powder Glow, The Beauty Bug’s favorite which offers a soft touch of shimmer ideal for cheekbones and brow bones. All are available in light and medium.  Those with a heavy hand need not apply.

L’Oreal Miss Pixie Colour Riche Nail Polish – $6.49:  Those two dreaded words – limited edition. If you’re still at your computer and haven’t abruptly left to buy one of these babies – what is wrong with you? From the Miss Candy Gellie Collection, the shades are shiny and slick, with a slight see-through quality to then – just like hard candy.  Different from regular polishes, the coverage is buildable an some may opt for 3 coats. The Beauty Bug wants candy!

Flower Lip Butter in Sheer Snapdragon – $6.98:  When the Flower line was first launched, The Beauty Bug was trolling all local Walmarts waiting for the displays to pop-up. This Sheer Snapdragon Lip butter is near perfect. The pinky-nude color is flattering on any skin-tone and perks up every  complexion. The non-tacky formula has a buttery-soft texture that glides on easily, and the color-payoff is solid. One word to the wise – save the peel-off label with the barcode on it – it’s the only place where the name of the Lip Butter is printed! You’ll need the name if you want to re-purchase the color.

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Collection – $9.99:  Two words – game changer. Why, you ask? Because this is a sunscreen that doesn’t smell like a sunscreen. The new Aveeno line a new helps to reverse skin dehydration caused by sun, chlorine, sweat and salt water. The Beauty Bug recently vacationed in St. Maarten and brought both the SPF 50 and the SPF 70 with Her (for those that don’t know – you can just call The Beauty Bug Casper). She bathed in them everyday, never felt greasy or oily, and came home totally burn-free and safe. A must-have for your beach bag.

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