Monday, June 24, 2013

Tag: Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10

Top 10 Under $10
Tag, you're it!
There are all sorts of Beauty tags going around and I've always wanted to add my $0.02.  So here's my first tag- Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10!

Zoya, Cuticle Oil, Epsom Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
Zoya Nail Polish, Cuticle Oil, Epsom Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Zoya Nail Polish- $8.00-9.00
     I'm kindova whore for Zoya polishes.  I have over 50 of them.  I love their formula, I love their business practices, I love their color selection, I love their customer service, and I love their sales.  Other than their availability (I have to order online since not many places near me sell them), I can't think of much else I don't love about them.  Some of my current favorite shades are Aurora (holographic purple), Blaze (holographic red), Phoebe (glowing matte blue), and Rica (pinky-orange coral w/ gold).

2. Cuticle Oil - <$5.00 

     Flaky, peeling cuticles will ruin the look of any manicure.  It doesn't matter what kind of cuticle oil you use (most are under $5) just get something on them and you'll notice a difference within days.  I use Beauty Secrets Cuticle Oil from Sally's Beauty Supply.  It smells nice and a bottle lasts forever.

Conair Foot Bath with Heat & Bubbles
Rubadub dub!
3. Apple Cider Vinegar- $3.83/gallon
4. Unscented Epsom Salt ~$1.00/lb
     I put these together because I use them together.  Combine 1/2 cup ACV with 1/2 cup Epsom salt in hot water and soak your feet for 10-15 minutes.  The acid in the vinegar softens calluses, promotes healthy toe nails, deodorizes feet, and helps control any fungus/bacteria.  Even if Epsom Salt creates nothing more than a placebo effect its quite a nice one and rather cheap so I don't mind indulging.

Zoya Remove +, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, Colgate Optic White Mouthwash
Zoya Remove +, Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and Mouthwash
5. Zoya Remove Plus - $9.99 
     Yes, its just under $10, but its certainly worth the price tag.  Its the best polish remover I've ever used.  Its tough enough to cut through even the most glittery polish, but its somehow gentle enough to not to damage and strip the nails or dry out the cuticles.  Though I use pure acetone and a brush for cleanup after manicures, I always use Remove Plus to remove manicures, clean my nails, and prep them for a new manicure.  Plus the flip -top is practically klutz-proof. Honestly, I bought one Big Flipper and just refill it with the $25 32oz bottle since its cheaper that way ($1.24/oz v/s $0.78/oz).

6. Colgate Optic White Toothpaste - $3.97
7. Colgate Optic White Mouthwash - $6.96
     Oral care is a very personal decision- preference in the flavors and textures of the products you use and the condition of your teeth & gums will inevitably vary from mine.  I've always had good oral health without trying too hard.  My mother's genes have blessed me with some wonderful things, but one of the not-so-wonderful things is naturally darkish teeth.  This Optic White line is very effective at brightening my teeth without a lot of fuss.  No fiddling about with whitening strips or trays or gels, and no sensitivity afterwards.  My only complaint is the mouthwash is pretty intense and stings a bit but I can definitely tell its working so I suppose I'm getting my money's worth.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Stippling Brush, ELF Studio Brow Kit
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Stippling Brush, ELF Studio Brow Kit
8. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - $8.99
     For starters, this brush (and the whole line for that matter) is cruelty free and designed by the lovely Samantha Chapman (1/2 of the Pixiwoo sisters.  If you're not subscribed to them you should do so now.  I'll wait...).  I have used this brush with my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation as well as my Everyday Minerals foundation and it gives a beautiful result with either product.  The brush is unbelievably soft and very dense so it packs on and blends color easily while leaving a beautiful finish.  Its hands-down the best foundation brush I've ever used.

9. Real Techniques Stippling Brush - $9.99
     Another product that just squeaks in under $10, this stippling brush really sets itself apart from other stippling brushes.
     The whole purpose behind stippling brushes is to pick up minimal amounts of product and blend them effortlessly into the skin.  This is achieved by the very design of the brush: the longer white fibers are separated by the shorter dark fibers, thereby having a very low density of bristles with which to pick up product.  However, most stippling brushes have the white fibers cut way too long, so they fold over when stippled against the product or the face and therefore ruining their very purpose.
     This one has the white fibers cut much shorter so they don't have the ability to fold over.  The size of the brush is perfect too- small enough to get in and around the eyes and nose easily, but large enough so as not to become tedious to use across the whole face.  So what do I use this brush for? Sometimes I use it for applying ultra-pigmented blush so I don't get too much on the face.  But mainly I use it to stipple MAC Fix+ over the face after applying my mineral foundation.
     (Side note: If you haven't yet, please educate yourself on the difference between finishing spray, setting spray, and refreshing spray by watching Koren's videos.  You will be much happier with the result of your makeup application when you use products for their intended purpose.)

10. ELF Studio Brow Kit - $3.00
     I know brows are a huge focus at the moment, but I actually don't use this product for my brows.  I'm a Ginger, so finding contouring shades is very difficult.  Most bronzers are too orange or too dark and therefore look odd or icky on my face.  However, the ashy color found in brow kits like this perfectly mimics the color of a natural shadow on fair skin, so it makes a great contour color.

That's it! I hope this gave you some great ideas.  What are some of your favorite beauty products under $10? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. Apple cider vinegar is also awesome to spray in your hair. I mix some vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it on both my hair and my daughters and it makes your hair smooth, soft and less likely to tangle.
    The smell goes away when your hair dries, I promise.

  2. I'll have to try that, sounds interesting!