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Favorite "budget" beauty products

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:26 PM (Eastern)

Call them "low end," "drugstore," "crap"--remember crap? no one calls it crap anymore. I even remember cr*p, as in "cr*p haul"...for those offended by the term "crap"!

Anyhow, I've long espoused being cheap. The more money you can save on your everyday basics, the more money you will have to spend on other things.

Here is my current list:

  • Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash (facial cleanser and brush wash, among other things). This is a beauty board classic and yes, you can still get two ginormous bottles of this at Costco for a reasonable price. Best for normal to oily skin.

  • Heather Loraine jojoba and the perfect moisturizer for my oily/combo, acne prone skin ($15 for a jar that has lasted more than two years).

  • daily multi-vitamin, for acne

  • home-made tinted sunscreen (liquid foundation mixed with sunscreen)


  • Queen Helene Mint Julep shampoo

  • Nature's Gate Herbal Hair Conditioner (daily) the $5 - $6 range, and a little goes a long way.

  • L'Oreal Feria color components at Sally's Beauty Supply or other beauty supply shops

  • L'Oreal Feria deep conditioner at Sally's Beauty Supply or other beauty supply shops

  • biotin supplement...being using this since September of last year, very happy with the results (noticeably less hair fallout)


  • Right Guard XTreme Sport solid deodorant in Cool Peak. It's a men's deodorant, but Cool Peak doesn't smell much one way or the other; it has a soft unisex scent. Lasts forever, works well (in fact might be too strong for sensitive skin), not much in the way of white residue...a "grail" product for me.


  • Milani "Golden Bronze" eyeshadow single

  • Neutrogena tinted lip balm in "Sunny"

  • Prestige waterproof automatic eyepencil in "Expresso"

  • Burt's Bees lip balm (yellow tube)

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