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Many beauty lovers think that quality products HAVE to come with luxury price tags, but that’s not necessarily true. I, myself, used to be like this in thinking that I had to spend a certain amount on a product in order to deem it “quality”, but over the years as a working makeup artist, I’ve discovered that spending more on a product doesn’t really mean it works any better. Sometimes it’s just the brand name that you’re paying for, and not quality ingredients or effective results! I’ve managed to find some amazing and pro recommended beauty buys that won’t break the bank, and I’m here to share them with you! Now while these finds can be available at your local drugstore, I’ve included the websites that you can purchase from as well. Happy shopping!
- Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick- Available in 35 shades, these intensely saturated liquid lipsticks give you a flawless finish and up to a 16 hour wear. With the unique arrow tip applicator for precise application, these babies glide on easily and flawlessly with no need for a lipliner...plus they smell yummy too! And with the price point of under $10, you can grab more than one! SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick $9.49 available at www.maybelline.com
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water- Very few micellar waters can come close to this one made by Bioderma, which happens to be the first and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin. Fragrance free and suitable for even the most sensitive of skin, this micellar water is a must have for, well, pretty much anyone and everyone! Sensibio H2O Micellar Water $9.90 available at www.bioderma.us
- Real Techniques Setting Brush- This brush is one I’m sure you’ve heard of by now, and with good reason! Comparable to much more expensive ones similar to this one’s design, this micro setting brush is the key to completing any and every makeup look. With a feathered shape designed to help you dust a setting powder without disturbing the makeup underneath it, this brush is so amazing that I have a few in both my professional kit as well as my personal stash. Personally, I love using it to apply concealer as well as highlighter, and even to brush on blush or blend out eyeshadow. Setting Brush $7.99 available at www.realtechniques.com
- Opi Nail Envy Original Nail Strengthener- As someone who used to get their gel tips done every month, this nail strengthener is, honestly, the only reason that my paper thin nails are not ripping and cracking at the slightest provocation. With hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium for harder and stronger natural nails, even the most weak and damaged nails are no match for this treatment! Nail Envy Original $17.95 available at www.opi.com