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Top 10 Products Under $10 - Part One

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As much as I love high end beauty products (Sephora seems to get a good chunk of my paycheck), nothing beats a bargain. And if you're lucky, sometimes you'll find a product that blows some of the higher end brands out of the water, at less than 1/3 of the price.

As I've gotten older, I've realized that there are definitely some items that are worth forking over the extra $20-$30. But sometimes, you end up paying more for the brand name than the quality of the product. Lucky for us makeup nerds, there seems to be an ever growing collection of high quality, low cost products at the drugstore.

The products in parts one and two of this post are my current "holy grail" of drugstore makeup products. It's safe to say that I would choose these products over any Nars, Benefit, or Urban Decay equivalent. Maybe it will inspire you to do some drugstore investigating for the next great find!


Maybelline Define-A-Brow, $6-$8: This eyebrow pencil, which is comparable to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, is great because of the fine, wax tip. It makes it easy to draw lines that mimic tiny brow hairs, resulting in a natural looking set of brows. It is also great for people with cooler undertones to their hair and skin, as it is ashy enough to avoid the common orange tinge that can result in a strange, pumpkin-brow situation. (Note to self: Carve eyebrows on my pumpkin this year).


Essence Blush, $3: When I first saw Essence products in Shoppers Drug Mart, I was skeptical because of how low the prices were. After doing some research and hearing some great reviews, I decided to give some of their products a try - and I was not dissapointed. Their blushes fit all the beauty cliches of a perfect blush: pigmented, creamy, and long-wearing. Of all the blushes I've tried from the drugstore, Essence takes the cake. The only downfall is that they are so pigmented you have to be careful to not over do it. In the words of Heisenburg, tread lightly, and you'll be fine!



Maybelline Color Tattoos, $6-10: These little beauties are some of my favourite eye shadows. I'm a lover of cream shadows due to their simplicity and ease of use, but they can sometimes be ruined by a poor formula that creases or dries up. Luckily, I have had no such issues with the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I wear Bad to the Bronze almost every day all over the lid, and Tough as Taupe is perfect for adding some definition to the crease of the eye. These are products that I'll keep repurchasing, instead of shelling out the $20+ dollars for a MAC paint pot. 


Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $5 - $8: During a typical day it's common for me to come down with a serious case of greasy forehead. Since I've started using this powder, I've noticed a significant difference in the amount of oil that builds up on my skin throughout the day. This cult favourite in the beauty world (Tanya Burr's #1 Powder) does just what the name intends: helps me stay matte all day long.


Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in #111, $5-$7: I'm a devoted lover of MAC lipsticks, but the Kate Moss lipsticks by Kate Moss give the world's most famous makeup brand a serious run for their money. These lipsticks come in both glossy (black packaging) and matte (red packaging) formulas and a wide variety of neutral and bright shades. My favourite part? They last longer than one or two hours. Definitely my favourite lipstick formula from the drugstore and maybe of all time.

Stay tuned for part two of my top 10 products under $10. What are yours?

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