Seven beauty bargains

Everyone loves the thrill of saving a penny or two. Here are a few of my picks for good alternatives to high-priced beauty products:

Suave dry shampoo. Back in the day, baby powder was known as the quick fix to tame oily hair. Today, a product on the market called dry shampoo does just that; however, most are expensive and don’t go very far. Problem solved! Suave has a brand (sold at Target) that not only holds its own with the salon brands but has an amazing floral scent. At only $3, I suggest you stock up.

Ardell eyelashes. Professional-grade false eyelashes can be expensive. If you wear them often, the cost can add up quickly, as they are only meant for one to three uses. Check out the Ardell eyelashes at Sally’s Beauty Supply. They are cheap ($5), good quality, and you can find styles exactly like the high-priced ones.

Ocean Potion Suncare Clear Zinc Face sunscreen. I am not a huge fan of the way sunscreen feels on my face, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this product while on a trip to Hawaii. It feels just like lotion yet it is clear zinc oxide, which is one of the most important ingredients to protect your skin from sun damage. The best part is that it doesn’t turn your face white. Available at Target, $3.39.

Ponds cleansing wet towelettes. These towelettes remove makeup and don’t irritate your face like many brands. They are often available in a value pack with three for the price of two. Available at Target, $4.79.

Maybelline Great Lash BIG mascara in very black. If you are ever in a mascara rut, go back to the basics. You can’t go wrong with the classic pink/lime green tube. Available at Walgreens, $6.

OPI Shatter nail polish. Get the hottest look in nail design for a fraction of the price with Shatter nail polish. When you paint it on top of a nail color, the formula separates, leaving a crackled look. Available at Euphoria, $10.

L’Oreal HIP Metallic duo eye shadow. Metallics are hot this summer, and this palette offers a choice of complementary colors for less money than an individual eye shadow sold at a department store. Available at Smith’s, $8.

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