Have you paid off your credit card? If your balance was anywhere near as big as mine was (believe me, it was big), I’m sure you’ll agree it feels pretty darn good. But it was a long, hard road that took quite a few cutbacks, one of the largest being my beauty budget. I had to force myself to stay away from the makeup counter (except for a few essentials), and scour the drugstore aisles instead for something good.
These beauty products are my favorites, and now they’re my new beauty staples:
If you don’t mind a fruity scent, I highly recommend this balm. It glides right on and doesn’t feel waxy or drying. It’s also got just a hint of color.
I can’t live without coffee and red wine, so whitening is key. And spending hundreds on in-office treatments just isn’t worth it. Instead, I use these quick and easy strips, which work just as well.
Cost: $28 for 10 pouches (20 strips)
Doesn’t make me break out. It’s sheer, yet it covers my skin’s redness and sun damage (shhh ... ) and really reduces shine.
These nail polish strips are awesome. Sure, they’re almost as pricey as a manicure, but for me, they last much longer. Plus, they look like you had a designer manicurist come to your home and paint on a custom design. Argyle, leopard print and stripes are just a few of the cool designs. The best part? No drying time.
OK, so you probably know about this one, but Pantene now makes many more formulations of its shampoos and conditioners just for specific hair types. I happen to have thick hair that’s wavy, but I usually prefer to wear it straight. Most smoothing shampoos give me the greasies, but this one’s simply perfect. Try the conditioner too!
On no-wash days, I spritz this on before flat ironing, and my hair looks super-sleek and shiny.
Here’s to being out of debt … and still looking amazing!
Elena Donovan Mauer
is Completely You’s beauty and lifestyle blogger. She has written for Self, The Knot and iVillage, and is the co-author of two books on relationships, The Good Girl's Guide to Living in Sin and Have Sex Like You Just Met ... No Matter How Long You've Been Together.
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