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Beauty And The Buck

A recent study by the YWCA titled, Beauty At Any Cost revealed that on average, women spend about $100 a month on cosmetics and beauty products-totaling around $1,200 a year. We’re not going to argue with this one-with beauty shops in every corner of the city and magazine columns dedicated to the newest, longest lasting beauty product-it’s hard to refrain from shelling out the big bucks for such products. So while we may not stop spending on cosmetics altogether, we compiled a list of products we’ve personally used-both high end and drugstore cosmetics-to help you save some green. Sure we love the high end products, but truth be told, we’ve tried all of the following products and found that the drugstore finds, work just as well than the high end products and save you some cash. Take your savings and put it away for a rainy day, sugar.

N.Y.C. Brush On Brow Kit, $3 vs. Benefit Brow Zings, $30

The NYC version works just as well to help you get defined brows. A little setting wax and colored powder goes a long way! Not to mention, the super small and precise tweezers!


Super Stay Maybelline Stain Gloss, $9 vs. Tarte Lipsurgence, $24

The Maybelline stain has a beautiful wand that is perfect for precise application. It doesn’t dry your lips out-in fact, it adds moisture but isn’t glossy. Stays on for hours on end!


Wet N Wild Matte Lipstick, $2 vs. Nars Matte Lipstick, $25

The Wet N Wild matte lipstick is a true beauty find. The colors are absolutely vibrant and long lasting. Our only suggestion: Moisturize beforehand because matte color defines any flakiness.


Maybelline Super Stay concealer, $9 vs. Makeup Forever Concealer,$29

Maybelline’s concealer is heaven sent. There’s no need to reapply-it doesn’t cake, smudge or sweat off. It lasts all day and looks natural!

Almay Intensifying Mascara, $6 vs. Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes, $26

strengthens and thickens your lashes-no crud or clumping. It adds a hint of sparkle to make your eyes pop-we love this so much!


Rimmel Bronzer, $4 vs. Sephora Bronzer Collection, $15

Rimmel’s bronzer doesn’t look fake-it gives you a sun kissed glow that lasts all day. You can choose a matte version or a bronzer with a hint of shimmer.