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Quality Beauty on the Cheaps: 10 For $10 and Under

Already spent a ton of cash on summer makeup and essentials? Fear not! Here are 10 amazing, MARS-approved products that cost just $10 or less.

1. Boots No7 Poppy King Lip Gloss in Three Glamour, $10

Poppy King’s high-end lipstick line, while amazing, is pricy (one lipstick usually retails for $25). But her collaboration with Boots No7 has made it affordable to pretty up your pout with her luscious, shiny lip glosses.

2. CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara, $9

The claim is true—this mascara just does not clump. After one, two, three, and even four coats (I tried it!), it separates, defines and volumizes lashes without bunching up one bit.

3. Boots No7 Blush Tint Stick in Rosebud, $10

Give your cheeks a subtle flush of easy-to-apply color with Boots No7 cheek tint. It blends exceptionally well, and can also be used as a lovely lip stain.

4. Maybelline EyeStudio Master Smoky Mechanical Eyeshadow Pencil in Smoking Charcoal, $8

Master the sexy smoky eye for only eight bucks. This creamy, blendable pencil glides on simply (you don’t have to have a pro’s steady hand to get a great line), and comes with a built-in smudger to help you effortlessly achieve that that sultry, smoky look.

5. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in NSFW, $10

This summer was filled with fabulous nail collections, which included beachy hues and eye-popping color. But if you’re looking for a straight-up, inexpensive red, OCC’s NSFW is your best bet. The line also contains 36 other shades to choose from.

6. Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, $6

These are truly amazing. Perfect for cleaning up smudged mascara or errant lip liner, these cotton-swab-esque makeup removers are so helpful, handy, and a must for your purse when you’re on the go.

7. Neutrogena 3-In-1 Concealer For Eyes, $9

On a constant quest for a good under eye concealer? The problem is, the products that work best all cost $20 and up. Except this one, which successfully camouflages dark circles, smoothes out lines without sinking into them, and contains SPF 20—to prevent further damage to this delicate area.

8. Benefit Dr. Feelgood Mini Balm, $9

First of all, the packaging is fabulous, especially for nine bucks. Secondly, this lovely, light balm hydrates, reduces shine, and contains vitamins C and E to soften skin (and hands—try on your cuticles) in an instant.

9. Nyx Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray, $8

Spritz this on your face once your look is complete for a subtle, dewy shine that also sets your makeup. If you don’t want to add any more moisture to your look, you can use the Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, which sets your makeup and adds some extra mattifying power.

10. Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens, $5

Blotting papers are a must during the summer. Boscia’s luxe, lavender-scented linens remove shine, keep your makeup intact, and have such a subtle, calming aroma. We’re shocked they’re only $5!


Susan Linney

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