12 Best Budget Lipsticks Under $10

Long lasting color, moisturize and protect your lips, all this from a budget lipstick? Yes!

No way do you have to plunk down a lot of money for a small tube of lipstick! You can find great colors, lipsticks that do double duty—moisturize and more for under $10.  Taylor Swift rocks Covergirl’s lipstick (yes, we found it) on and off the red carpet. Take a look at our 12 fantastic lipstick brands. We have a feeling that you and your wallet will be really happy with these choices.

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Black Radiance Perfect Tone Lipstick (MSRP $2.99), just like the fancy schmancy lipsticks, these lippies have a monogram stamped on them. You get true color and a rich, creamy formula. Oh, did I mention they have 21 long-lasting shades?

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick (MSRP $7.49), make look a bit too psychotically bright in the tube, but on the lip you get sheer, gorgeous color. The formula’s creamy and slides on your lips with ease. It’s also super shiny, wonder if it’s ‘cause they use honey nectar in the formula.

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Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Velvet Color ($6.98,  walmart.com). This is the cosmetic company that Drew Barrymore started. The Kiss Stick Velvet lipstick is a rich matte lippie that comes in 9 shades. When we tried it, it lasted a long time.

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Nyx Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick ($4, nyxcosmetics.com). Rich, creamy and defies wear and smudging! Nyx Cosmetic’s Extra Creamy Round lippies are like the superheroes of lipstick!

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Color Whisper™ by Color Sensational by Maybelline (MSRP $7.49) Gawd, yes, the name of this lippie is long. I’ve been wearing it since it launched. Without fail, I get a compliment on the color. They’re true, well-pigmented and the soft pinks are a new neutral (well I think so). The formula, it’s a gel that floats on your lips. Nope, a sticky lipstick, not a loose gloss, but something in between. I love all 20 shades.

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AVON Totally Kissable Lipstick (MSRP $8, avon.com). Fruit enzymes are infused in every lipstick. You get full coverage, great color and soft lips. Have fun playing with their 14 shades.

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Nyx Cosmetics Glam Lipstick Aqua Luxe ($6, nyxcosmetics.com). Looking for high impact color? Then say hello to this lipstick. We’re talking mirror shine and glitter.  12 colors, from pale nude to va-va-voom red.

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Flower Beauty Lip Service Lip Butter ($6.98, walmart.com).  If you’ve been looking for sheer color that gives you lots of shine, you’ll love these lippies. There’s something in the formula that makes your lips look plumper.

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche ($9.99, lorealparisusa.com). These lippies smell good! Like you wanna nibble ‘em good! Brilliant glossy color, lightweight formula, 19 shades—winner, winner, chicken dinner.

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Fergie Center Stage Collection for Wet n’ Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color ($3.49, drugstore.com). Like the songstress, these lippies are shiny and sparkly. We tried the D-Vinely Chilled, and were pleasantly surprised that the color while intense was sheer. These lippies are infused with ant-aging technology, vitamins and minerals to keep lips looking and feeling soft. The lippie formula’s very long-wearing too!

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Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Color ($5.99,target.com). When you’ve seen Taylor Swift with her signature red lippie on, have you ever wondered whose lipstick is it? It’s Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Hot Passion 305, or just call it Hot 305. The formula for these lippies ensures long wear, true, intense color and lots of moisturizers that love your lips.

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Nyx Cosmetics Matte Lipstick ($6, nyxcosmetics.com). 22 shades to lose your heart to! From a pale nude to shocking magenta, you can go from demure to wild child with any of these creamy matte shades.

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Little Luxury Review: Spa Sonic (Vs. Clarisonic)

The Little Luxury: Spa Sonic Skin Care System Face & Body Polisher

Relationship Status: Going in circles (oh, and we shower together… a lot.)

Bringing the spa home: We spa girls cant get enough exfoliating, cleansing and polishing in our lives, so outside of our spa scrubs and intensive facials, we seek little at-home luxuries to make us feel like we’re at the spa… and get results like we are, too.

What is it? It’s a battery-operated face and body brush to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove dead skin cells to improve skin tone. It can be used to apply face or body cleanser for a more rigorous application, it can be used without soap, or even used dry.

Kit includes: The battery operated hand-held device (plus batteries), a large body brush, a small facial exfoliator brush, a pumice stone and a soft cushioned cleanser.

The Honda of the ‘sonics: The original Clarisonic device is often referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of brushes, and with good reason. The Spa Sonic “Honda” does a good job, considering the price. In comparison, the major difference is that the Clarisonic has 3 speeds, and has inner bristles that rotate while the outside remains still. This makes it more practical, because with the Spa Sonic spinning in only one direction, it makes your hand go in circles too while brushing.

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Size matters! The Spa Sonic did a bit of a better job determining the sizes they would make their brush heads. The body brush on the Spa Sonic is considerably bigger and covers more ground faster than the Clarisonic. For the face, the Spa Sonic is a bit smaller so it can get into the curves and crevices of your face with more ease.

Might matter to some: The Spa Sonic is battery operated, while the Clarisonic is rechargeable.

My favorite secret Spa Sonic usage: Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been using the body brush to exfoliate my bikini zone to get rid of ingrowns, and it’s worked like a charm!

OVERALL… The Clarisonic may come in cute colors and patterns and be easier to handle, but it doesn’t necessarily do that much of a better job than its new lower priced knock-off.

Where to buy, and how much? The Spa Sonic is available for a fairly reasonable $65 at Target.com, as compared to around $225 for the comparable Clarisonic Plus.

Hot Stone Scale: 4 out of 6

This Little Luxury Review was brought to you by: Michelle Joni Lapidos

Gorgeous on a Dime: 3 Free Ways to Clearer Skin

By Jenna Nicole Levine

I naturally assumed that once I was out of high school, breakouts would be a thing of the past.  I was highly incorrect, since that has not been the case in my 20s (my delusions of adulthood… shattered). I’ve personally tried several products on the market ranging from prescription strength creams to chemical free foam washes, and have had a mixed bag of results.  After years of intense internet research and the assistance of several well informed friends I have come up a simple routine that not only works, but will save you a pretty penny because you probably already have everything you need. Read on for my 3 free tips to clear(er) skin.

Tip 1: Sleep with a towel on your pillow

Now I know this sounds a bit crazy, but think about it like this: most of us don’t change our pillowcases every night, so all that dirt from your pillowcase is just reclogging your pores night after night! Simply sleeping with a new clean towel on your pillow is free and effective. The only downside is that extra load of laundry, but beauty is sacrifice!

Tip 2:  Clean your cell phone, work phone, home phone etc.

Seriously, use some alcohol pads and clean the surface of your phone. Imagine how much oil just resides on the surface of your electronic devices. If you are prone to chin breakouts this may be a contributing factor.  The cleansing process takes maybe 20 seconds, but can save you major cash on acne spot treatments (especially during those summer months).

Tip 3:   Manage the stress in your life

Among the many awesome ways that stress affects our bodies (think ulcers, hair loss, weight gain, insomnia) acne is prevalent. I can’t simply tell you to be less stressed, but what I can suggest is managing your stress by engaging in vigorous exercise. Perhaps go for for a nice long run, stopping for push-ups and squats along the way. Nothing releases endorphins more than a great workout, and the better you feel the more you can manage stress, the more you can manage stress the less stress breakouts will make you more stressed (you get the picture).

These three simple tips are free to try, have really helped my skin, and may make a world of difference in your complexion. Now go out there and stay hydrated this August!

Jenna Nicole Levine is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian. When she isn’t writing about ways to save you cash on your favorite beauty treatments, you can find her reviewing D.C. restaurants, clubs, and events. To read more from Jenna Nicole please visit Woman Around Town, or just stop by and say hello on her twitter @Jenna_Nicole.

Gorgeous on a Dime: Alternatives to a Salon Hair Cut

By Jenna Nicole Levine

There are many professional opinions on how often you should get your hair cut. Some experts say every 4-6 weeks, some say every 4-6 months, I say whenever I start breaking the bristles off of my brush (naturally curly hair is a monster).  To go to a top of the line hair stylist, or even a salon in a major metropolitan city it can cost upwards of $200 for a cut and color, but is this price tag really a necessity or are there ways to cut the cost of a cut (say that 5 times fast) without sacrificing the quality.  Read on to learn my tricks for having fabulous hair and a full wallet.

Do it Yourself:

Don’t panic my friends, this can be done. Although many of you wouldn’t be caught dead holding a pair of shears in front of your bathroom mirror, there are ways to make your hair look like you just got it cut and styled without actually having to take inches off of your precious mane. One option is simply changing up your regular style. I wear my hair curly most days out of convenience, but when I am looking to switch it up I take my time and blow it out.  Watch this video by Tesa Peltz from the Mark Garrison Salon in New York City for tips on blow drying your hair like a professional.  I get a ton of compliments when I blow out my hair simply because I don’t do it every day. If you wear your hair down all the time try a fun up-do and watch the compliments pour in.

IF you are brave enough to cut your own hair make, sure you purchase the proper tools. If you go to town with the kind of scissors a kid uses to cut construction paper you may actually wind up looking like a 1st graders art project. You can purchase the proper clippers at a beauty supply shop such as Sally beauty. These are on sale for $14.99. Remember to take your time and GO SLOW! Check out this eHow tutorial on How to Cut Your Own Hair.

Go to a Hair Academy:

Hair academies such as Aveda or Paul Mitchell have guest services open to the public.  The beauty is that you are getting a knowledgeable student who is close to graduating at half the cost of a regular stylist, and the approval from their teacher on your cut or color before you leave! This makes all of those terrible haircuts I paid too much for without recourse a distant memory.

A typical cut and one process color at the Hair Expressions Academy I frequent right outside of Washington D.C. is $50, and I have never left Hair Expressions disappointed. Aveda has equally low cost services at hair academies in 11 cities.  There may not be an Aveda or Paul Mitchell by you; however most hair academies offer guest services so hit the internet and start saving.

Other tips:

Purchase a Hot Oil Treatment from Alberto VO5 for $3.99. This is a great way to bring some shine to dull locks in between hair appointments.

Use a detangler! There are few things worse for hair than ripping knots out with a brush (although I am really guilty of this). I am not ashamed to admit I use No More Tangles, only $3.69, and it works just as well on adult hair as it does on kids.

Or… WAIT TILL SPA WEEK!

During Fall Spa Week October 10-16, spa-salons across North America will be offering not only hair cuts for $50, but entire salon PACKAGES for $50. Hair cuts, blowouts, highlights, glosses… get excited for all the options, which will go live on spaweek.com September 12th. Mark your calendars, and take good care of your hair till then!

Jenna Nicole Levine is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian. When she isn’t writing about ways to save you cash on your favorite beauty treatments, you can find her reviewing D.C. restaurants, clubs, and events. To read more from Jenna Nicole please visit Woman Around Town, or just stop by and say hello on her twitter @Jenna_Nicole.

 

Budget Beauty…On Ice

Your new secret beauty weapon.

Your new secret beauty weapon.

During this time of year, ice is abundant, and abundantly obnoxious. It makes sidewalks slippery, roads treacherous, and there’s always the chance you might die in a freak icicle-to-the-forehead accident.

Yet ice also reduces our swelling and cools our drinks! And…serves as a surprisingly effective beauty treatment?  Here’s two ways you can incorporate ice into your beauty routine this winter and all year round.

If late nights or overindulgent holiday parties leave you waking up with bloodshot, swollen horror movie eyes, apply an ice cube all around the eye area. Just like you might ice a sprained ankle to bring down swelling, the ice will de-puff and wake up your eyes. The shot of cold will help you feel more alert, too.

The same principle can be applied to the face – ice shrinks blood vessels and capillaries, reducing redness and flushed skin. During winter, when harsh weather can irritate skin, ice and a good moisturizer just might be your skin’s saving grace. Just remember to limit direct skin contact to 10 or 15 seconds only in any one particular area.

Expensive lotions and potions are always fun…but you gotta love beauty right out of the freezer.