These Beauty Buys Won’t Put the Squeeze on Your Wallet
In an economy gone haywire (for some, perhaps, more than others), disposable income for beauty spending may be in the category of slim to none. But fear not, because it is possible to still look gorgeous even as you lay on your sofa and watch horribly depressing newscasts about the state of our country, and furthermore, our world. Skin, hair, nail and makeup products can be purchased for practical prices, so check out these suggestions for recession-proof beauty items that stand the test of time and won’t put the squeeze on your wallet.
RECESSION-PROOF SKIN CARE
1. CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER
A good cleanser is the core of your skin care program, no matter how many other potions you may choose to put on throughout the day. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser removes dirt and oil but won’t leave you with sandpaper skin when you are done rinsing and patting dry your lovely face. It’s fragrance free and contains ceramides and other ingredients that are control-released to protect and nurture your skin while protecting its natural barrier.
2. ESTEE LAUDER PERFECTIONIST PEEL
I love going to the spa to get a facial as much as the next diva, but it is not always in my monthly budget. I use the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Peel and get spa-quality results without ever leaving home. For much less cash you can get the results of a professional 30% glycolic acid peel with this 2-step product, which consists of a cream you leave on for 15 minutes and pads you use to wipe and neutralize. This is a wonderful peel and you can buy it once and enjoy numerous uses. Compared to the price of a spa facial with a glycolic peel, you come out way ahead.
3. DOVE CREAM OIL BODY WASH
Dove Cream Oil Body Wash is a dream come true as it leaves skin super soft and still leaves money in your bank account to pay bills. The oil in this is natural and doesn’t leave a gross residue on your skin. Try the Ultra Rich version if you have really dry skin or experience flaking in the winter months. It’s available in several luscious fragrances, so don’t spend big bucks on high priced body washes when Dove is here to rescue your skin with their cream/oil combo from heaven!
RECESSION-PROOF HAIR CARE
1. JOHN FRIEDA LUMINOUS COLOR GLAZE
You can’t beat John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze to tide you over between color applications or merely to boost the shine and hue of your own natural hair color. In varying shades for blondes, brunettes and redheads, I’ve skipped a few color appointments with my hairdresser and substituted with this superior product.
2. NATURE’S GATE ALOE VERA HAIR MASQUE
Go to sleep wearing Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Hair Masque and face the day with hair that is soft, moisturized and full of body. Deep conditioning treatments at a salon can cost a bundle, and why bother when you can use this nourishing aloe mask at home? Biotin and Keratin help seal in moisture, making this the perfect conditioner for normal to dry hair.
RECESSION-PROOF NAIL CARE
1. POSHE NAIL CARE KIT
The Poshe Shine Me Up – Gotta Run Nail Care Kit contains quick drying base and topcoat, cuticle oil and a unique cuticle cream that exfoliates and hydrates cuticles and surrounding skin. Best of all, Poshe nail care products are completely formaldehyde and toluene free. These sizes travel well and fit in your purse, gym bag or briefcase with ease. Get quality nail care at a great price.
1. REVLON CUSTOM CREATIONS FOUNDATION
Skip expensive foundations and try the new Revlon Custom Creations Foundation. The innovative adjustable dial allows you to whip up your perfect shade. This is a great feature as the weather changes, since you might not be applying facial self tanner during colder months, or if you are traveling to a climate where you might desire more or less color. This formula is easy to love and easy to afford!
2. MAYBELLINE EXPRESS MASCARA
You can achieve huge, luscious lashes minus the mega price tag with the new Maybelline “The Colossal Volum” Express Mascara. This has been compared to one of the best-selling “false eye lashes look” mascaras on the market and you can take it home at a fraction of the price. It’s one of my faves of 2008.
3. CG EYE ENHANCERS
CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Quad shadows offer long-lasting color and four eye shadows you can wear alone or layered for custom colors. Wet the shadow applicator for a more intense color or to wear the shadows as eyeliner. “Easy, breezy, beautiful – CoverGirl.”
4. SEPHORA LIP & CHEEK STAIN
Get more for your money with Sephora Lush Flush Wine Lip and Cheek Stain. This multi-tasking product is a no-brainer when comes to stretching your dollars. Use this chic stain on your lips and then apply gloss or lipstick – or just go bare! This product is wonderful when used as a blush and gives you a natural looking flush that lasts all day.
Just because the economy is not looking so pretty these days certainly doesn’t mean you can’t! These money-saving, high performance products are worth every penny and will help cheer you up in these turbulent times. Remember that a trip to the beauty aisle of your local supermarket or drug store can lead you to some of the most recession-proof beauty products available. Wear them and remember: hope springs eternal.
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.