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Six Fabulous Beauty Buys Under-$10

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1. NYX Mosair Powder in Rosey ($7) // 2. Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Cream Shadow ($7) // 3. Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Smokey Taupe ($5) // 4. Say Yes to Tomatoes Facial Towelettes ($6) // 5. Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker ($2) // 6. Prestige Primed & Ready ($8.50)

One. Having trouble finding the right shade of blush?  Try a mixed palette like this NYX blushing powder from Mosaic.  If you can’t find NYX products in stores, Physician’s Formula offers a similar product for $13 that you can pick up at any drugstore.

Two. When Maybelline launched their foil-like shadows, they were featured on several beauty blogs so I decided to try them.  I found the silver and gold to be heavy and gaudy.  (I felt like Cinna had done my eye makeup after an all-night bender.)  But these subtler shades, called Barely Branded and Inked in Pink, are pretty fantastic.

Want a non-cream shadow with the perfect amount of gold shimmer?  You need Stila Oasis.

Three. I’ve seen a number of women wearing taupe-y polishes this fall, and some of them are just too close to their skin color.  When the nails blend in with the fingers, they strike me as a bit corpse-like.  This taupe color, however, is just right.

Four. I’ve officially tried every makeup-removing towelette Yes to… makes.  The Blueberry towelettes are great for any skin type.  The Grapefruit, which have fruit acids for brightening, work well for women who want more exfoliation with their cleansing.  The towelettes above, the Tomato version, have salicylic acid to help fight acne.

While I like all of these products, I will tell you that, even with the stronger Grapefruit towelette, you will need a separate eye makeup remove.  I was buying chemical removers for years, but no, I just use olive oil and a cotton ball.  It’s cheaper, effective and natural.

Five. I was browsing the Drugstore.com site when this throwback beauty product appeared.  I purchased it for the nostalgia, but I had forgotten how lovely the sheer, reddish-brown color was.  The lingering scent of Dr. Pepper isn’t bad either.

Six.  I’ve been looking for ways to save on my makeup, and one of the first savings opportunities that I identified was eye primer.  I’m currently using NARS primer, so a this primer from Prestige would save me a decent amount of money.

I also tried the NYX eye shadow base.  It has a heavier consistency and a bright white color.  If you use heavily-pigmented shadows or spend a lot of time on your eye makeup, the NYX is the primer for you.  The stark primer really makes your makeup pop.



  1. Alexandra says:

    Do you use just any olive oil from the bottle? I buy a no name brand of regular olive oil, not extra virgin. Does it matter?

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  2. SQC says:

    Baby oil also works. I would just like to find packaged wipes presoaked with eye makeup remover.

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  3. RMS says:

    I’ve used baby oil as eye makeup remover, but it irritates my eyes so I’ve gone back to my old routine with clinique’s take the day off.

    October 22, 2013/Reply
    • Nancy says:

      I recommend Mary Kay eye make-up remover. It’s the best that I’ve tried.

      October 22, 2013/Reply
  4. SJ says:

    Just wanted to say I agree about the NYX blush — I have used every type of makeup there is out there, in every price range, but for some reason, this blush has always been my favorite. I love the cream blush they have!

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  5. Whitney says:

    I have yet to discover a more flattering lip gloss than the Dr. Pepper Lipsmacker, and I think I started using it when I was 11 or 12! Even when I try more expensive “grownup” glosses, I always go back to my old faithful. Fresh Sugar Rose lip gloss is a close second, though.

    October 22, 2013/Reply
    • Sarah says:

      I completely agree! I’ve been using Dr. Pepper Lipsmackers since I was a kid and the only thing that has ever come close to competing in Fresh Sugar Rose.

      October 22, 2013/Reply
  6. neurosciency says:

    haha, lipsmackers!! i haven’t owned a tube of that stuff since like 7th grade. i love that it’s still around.

    olive oil as makeup remover… i’m going to have to try that. it makes sense, i’d just never thought of it.

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  7. Nancy says:

    Great finds, I would definitely add Revlon eye shadow to this list.

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  8. Kaffine Kati says:

    Getting dr. Pepper lip balm for stocking stuffers!!

    October 22, 2013/Reply
  9. Em says:

    The Aveeno makeup remover wipes are really effective, great for sensitive skin, and remove all of my waterproof eye makeup. And they smell really nice too 🙂 Great for quick use when i’m feeling lazy at night before bed.

    October 23, 2013/Reply
  10. APW says:

    I put a brush of vaseline on my eyes to get rid of my eye make up, and then wash my face with my normal face wash. Eye makeup comes right off, and it is gentle on your eyes. Just make sure you don’t glop it on, doesn’t take much.

    October 23, 2013/Reply