Let’s face it ladies — we all want to look gorgeous without spending a ton of money, but that doesn’t stop many women from cashing their paychecks and heading straight for the cosmetics counter. Instead of spending a fortune on skin care products, makeup, hair and nails, try these budget beauty must-haves and spend that extra money you save on a fab new pair of shoes!
You drink water every day to stay hydrated since we can’t survive more than a few days without it, so why not “multitask” and get something extra that’s good for you at the same time? That’s where Omega Water (under $2 for 20 ounces) comes in with its built-in omega-3 oil. You need the essential fatty acids in omega-3 oil for healthy skin since they provide a rich source of moisture. Instead of downing those fat fish oil capsules, they had the great idea to put the omega-3s into the water you’re going to drink anyway, plus they’ve added six daily vitamins. Omega Water contains zero calories, zero sugar and comes in four flavors: Berry Breeze, Orange Splash, Lemon Squeeze and Fruit Fusion. Look for it online and at drugstores and supermarkets.
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion range
This brand new salon-inspired range of hair care products is formulated to transform hair into sleek, smooth perfection. The range consists of Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, Smooth & Shine Serum, Dry Shampoo (all about $3) and 30 Day Smoothing Kit (about $12, kit is for very specific hair types only). Suave Professionals spokesperson Theodore Leaf of NBC’s Fashion Star said, “Suave Professionals is essential in my kit and I love the fact that women can find it everywhere — what good is a product if you can’t get your hands on it? Suave Professionals is accessible to everybody.” Available at mass retailers, drugstores and supermarkets.
What’s the cost of a surgical facelift these days? (and who wants to undergo that serious procedure?!) For about $100, you can get a “natural” facelift with Cynthia Rowland’s Facial Magic facial exercise program. Of course, you have to actually do the exercises for the program to work… Just like you’d exercise your body at the gym to keep your muscles in shape, your 55 face and neck muscles need exercising, too. Facial Magic rejuvenates the underlying muscles with specific and targeted exercises so your face looks fresh and lifted with tight, youthful contours and better looking skin. These facial exercises leave you looking like yourself, only younger. Available at CynthiaRowland.com.
Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty
Another great multitasker! Wash your dishes and pamper your hands. By now everyone’s heard that hands show your true age. Fool everybody by keeping your hands young looking with Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty (about $3). Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay beauty improves the look and feel of your hands in just five uses, so you won’t mind that after-dinner cleanup from now on. Comes in Pomegranate Splash, Lavender Silk, Cool Springs and Tropical Shea Butter scents. Available wherever Dawn products are sold.
Think of your skin as your permanent “party dress.” You want to keep it in the best condition possible because it goes with you everywhere and helps you look your best for any occasion. Brazilian Peel (about $20) is a must-have for weekly exfoliation. We get a “whole new skin” just about every 30 days. The old cells on the top die off and new, fresh cells form underneath.
Here’s the important part — you need to get rid of those old, dead top cells or your skin is going to look gray and dry. Not only that, but all those expensive skin care products you’re using won’t penetrate your skin and instead will soak into your pillowcase (ew).
In about 10 minutes, Brazilian Peel takes care of all of that. It’s a 30 percent glycolic acid facial product for exfoliating that’s five times stronger than any other glycolic product available for retail. Don’t get scared, though — it’s not going to have you looking like a lobster and hiding at home for days. It’s actually very gentle because it has a patented dual chamber dispenser that keeps the glycolic separated from a patented neutralizer that’s only activated when the two are mixed together in your palm at the time of use. Available online and at Sephora stores.
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