beauty buys for $10 or less

Sep 11, 2014

Oh how I love the beauty aisles at the drugstore, just rows and rows of products that I feel I just need to try. There are plenty of high end beauty items that I will spend my money on, but there are some products that even the best of the beauty industry can't seem to compare too. I thought I would share some of my tried and true beauty products that don't break the bank. 
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask- You cannot beat this mask! I have been using it since my teen years, and still use it twice a week. It isn't drying, but man it makes your skin baby soft while pulling all the impurities out. Best $4 ever spent!

Yes to Cucumber Makeup Wipes- I will admit that I am not a huge makeup wipes person. So many leave my face feeling sticky. But these are light and refreshing. I use them to rub my eye make up before washing my face. They are also great when traveling and you need a little refresher. 

Dr. Teal's foaming bath- Not that I get a ton of relaxing bath time, but when I do this is the soap I reach for. The lavender scent is so amazing, and really does make that solo time even more luxurious!

Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer- A few months ago I decided to splurge on the YSL concealer, and I really do like it. But I find myself reaching for this dream lumi tube more and more. It is so great for highlighting, and never creases. I don't think I could count how many tubes I have bought. Whenever I see them on sale I load up! 

Loreal Voluminous Mascara- I would be more likely to leave my underwear out of a suitcase over this mascara. I am just such a fan. I have tried all the high end brands, with no luck. My eyes are so sensitive to mascara and most seem to irritate them after a few hours. But this has been the only one I can wear over and over and *gasp, fall asleep in and still no irritation. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo- Love this stuff, might be in love with this stuff. Even Chris likes the smell of it. I wash my hair only twice maybe three times a week, so for the in between days this is my best friend. It comes in so many different shades, so no white residue. It is light and also adds volume which is needed for my fellow stick straight hair ladies!

NYX butter lipgloss- I cannot resist these little tubes of colorful goodness. I think I have almost every color by now. Such a great gloss! I love my lipstick, but it isn't practical for everyday. For those early preschool mornings, one of these glosses and some mascara are my only life lines. 

Conair velcro rollers- Velcro rollers? Who still uses those things? Just me, and maybe my mom. I get asked how I do my hair with three kids, and this is the trick. I put them in when my hair is close to dry, hit them with a little heat from the blow dryer and let them set while I make the kids breakfast, and wrestle them into clothes. Then I will take these out and bing, bang, boom, I have hair that looks like I just got a blow out. 

What are some of your beauty products that don't break the bank?

**Last week I talked with Parenting Magazine about my beauty must haves, and how my "beauty routine" (I kind of laugh every time I say that) has changed since having kids. You can check it out here!


  1. As always with you and these posts. I'm taking notes.

    And velchro rollers sound like the life for me.

  2. Walgreens gets me every time. Especially with their Yes to tomato products.

  3. I love that foaming bath, it is one of my favorites.

  4. That Batiste dry shampoo is legit. I buy it in the brunette color, and it really doesn't leave any sort of residue nastiness in my hair. WIN-WIN. I ran out of it and couldn't get to Ulta before I left for vacation, so I ended up using the travel size Tresemme one and it just wasn't the same.

    I just picked up a few of the butter glosses at Ulta the other day, but haven't tried them out yet. I'm sure I'll end up loving them since everyone else on this planet does.

  5. The NYX lip glosses - my fave! I have eclair and creme brulee. Any other musts? Also, I think you need to try Bite lipstick in Cava. LOVE it!

  6. Ive been using the mint julep mask since I was a teenager too! I LOVE that stuff!!!!!

  7. I loooove the Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi. It's my go-to. It covers up EVERYTHING and the coverage lasts!

  8. The concealer! Yes! I don't use it often, but it's pretty amazing when I do.



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