Spring's best beauty buys
The lipstick index tells us that women buy increasing amounts of red lipstick during times of recession. In fact, this trend helps to determine when we are in a time of economic flux. What does this tell you? During times of duress, it's extra important to look and feel our best: We just have to get more vigilant in our bargain hunting. Check out some of SheKnows' favorite bargain beauty finds.
Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
Formulated for delicate eye area, this value-packed powerhouse does exactly what it promises: You'll notice it lift and brighten that eye area in a matter of days! Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum is $12.25 at Drugstore.com.
M.A.C. Brow Set
Universally, M.A.C. is an amazing brand – and I make no qualms owning up to that. This product adds shine and grooming to our unruly brows via a brush-on gel. My favorite variety is the tinted, though, perfect for those of us who may "fib" about our hair color and want to keep our cover. M.A.C. Brow Set is $15 at Nordstrom
Cover Girl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara
Don't believe the hype that the perfect mascara needs to have fancy fibers, vibrate, and cost $50. Cover Girl Lash Blast does it all – lengthen, thicken, and separate. Perfect for those extreme notice-me lashes. Cover Girl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara is $6.99 at Ulta.com.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion With Pump
I've been using the "yellow stuff" since I was in grade school, and it remains in my vanity to this day. Not greasy, it works under makeup and will never cause your makeup to slide off – or your skin to break out. For "good mood" skin, there's nothing better – and it's half the price of many of its most popular competitors! Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is $24 at Neiman Marcus.
Cover Girl Cheekers Blush
This is an amazing bargain that blends smoothly and lasts for hours – which is all we can really ask for in a blush. Even better? We've discovered it easily doubles as an eye shadow, making this an added value! So, whether you are going for a natural blush or bold color, this is a great place to start. Cover Girl Cheekers Blush is $4.49 at Walgreens
Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality
Did you know that avocado oil helps to soften and smooth even the frizziest of manes? I did – and you'll find this avocado extract in Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion. Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality is $4.99 at Drugstore.com.
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10
Is salon hair color better? Obviously. Especially if you go to a genius, like Jason Backe at Ted Gibson Salon (the yoda of my dreams). But at-home hair color is a great way of stretching time between visits – and saving money – and if you are going to try this, Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 is your best bet. It works at a lower pH to deliver beautiful, glossy, long-lasting coverage in just 10 minutes. That beats even the salon! Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 is $11.99 at Walgreens.com.
This is a cult-favorite lip balm soothes dry lips, but it can do so much more. It calms and heals irritation, and helps to soothe the sting of minor burns. But it's also great for dry elbows and diaper rash! That's like pennies a purpose! Rosebud Salve is $6 at Sephora.com.
Cover Girl WetSlicks Lipgloss
This product has lasting shine, with the sleek feel of a lip balm. That's the best of both worlds as far as I'm concerned, especially at this price! Cover Girl WetSlicks Lipgloss is $5.79 at Ulta.com.