Friday, October 9, 2009


Cheap Thrills: The Best Affordable Beauty Products of the Year

1. Wet n Wild Eyeliner Pencil, 99¢.

Yes, you can believe your eyes: These pencils really still cost less than a dollar. We suggest stocking up and experimenting.

2. Rimmel London Stir It Up Eyeshadow, $7.20.

Swirl the colors together with your finger to add depth and shimmer to lids.

3. E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip, $1.

The mousselike texture glides on like a dream, and the results are gorgeously frost-free.

4. Nivea A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30, $2.99.

With vitamin E and shea butter, this stick cushions our lips (and budget).

5. Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick, $9.49.

Each hydrating bullet saturates lips with color and shine.

6. Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant, $5.49.

We've used this gem on dry elbows, rough feet, chapped lips, razor burn—the list is staggering (but the price isn't).

7. Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo, $5.99.

The huge can outlasts costly salon versions—and is a savior when we need to lose excess oil fast.

8. St. Ives Elements Microderm-Abrasion, $4.99.

Superfine and exceedingly gentle, this exfoliator both polishes and pampers.

9. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color, $4.95.

Offers a slew of great shades and the fastest drying time, hands down.

10. Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse, $9.79.

This creamy foundation provides luminous coverage and feels light as air.

11. Dove Beauty Bar, $2.49 for two.

Soap-free and amazingly gentle; you'll want a lifetime supply.