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Happy Friday everyone! Today I thought I’d share with you 10 inexpensive summer beauty favorites of mine.  These items are easily found online or in your nearest drugstore and they are all $10 or less! Be sure to let me know your favorite summer budget beauty items.

10 Summer Beauty Buys Under $10

1) L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara – $8.95

As I’ve mentioned before, I love mascaras equipped with comb out wand that can evenly coat each lash while separating and lengthening my short, curly lashes.  The plastic combed bristles of this brush are great for just that.  I find it to be both a great formula and even better wand quickly making this one of my go to mascaras for all occasions.

2) Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap – $7

This is a great product for removing the impurities that can clog your pores during the hot and humid summer months.  The activated charcoal and salicylic acid in this soap helps detoxify and balance the skin leaving it thoroughly clean.

3) Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil – $8.59

This is one of my must have products during the summer months.  I find myself painting and changing my nail polish colors much more often in the summer months.  I’m mindful of the drying effects of nail polish removers and provide my cuticles with some tlc everyday with this cuticle oil.  ‘Rock the boat’ is a perfect shade to add to my growing Essie collection for the summer.

4) L’Oréal Infallible Eye Shadow – $7.99

I love the price of these eye shadows.  Not only are there a great variety of colors to choose from but they are also beautifully pigmented and last throughout the day.

5) Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – $3-$5

Lip moisturizers are a staple beauty item throughout the year and since I tend to wear a wide variety of brightly colored lip products during the summer, keeping my lips smooth and moisturized is especially important for photo ready results.

6) Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask – $6.99

This is a favorite of mine all year round but I especially love using it during the summer months when needing to protect my hair from the sun, chlorinated pools and dips in the ocean.  This product will leave your hair feeling soft, smooth and tangle free.

7) Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes – $6

These cleansing towelettes are great to have around for several reasons.  They can be used to break down makeup before cleansing and to keep your skin fresh and clean on no-makeup days.  I also love to use them to spot clean my brushes when I simply don’t have the time to thoroughly cleanse and dry them.

8) Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment – $10

If you skin is anything like mine, the change in weather often brings a change in your skin.  I tend to experience spots and breakouts during the summer and this product certainly comes in handy.

9) Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap – $7

This is a great product for removing the impurities that can clog your pores during the hot and humid summer months.  The activated charcoal and salicylic acid in this soap helps detoxify and balance the skin leaving it thoroughly clean.

9) OPI RapiDry Top Coat – $1.99-$10

For a truly quick drying top coat that won’t chip after a few days, I recommend topping off your at-home manis and pedis with OPIs RapiDry.  This quickly dries to a matte finish that will leave your nails impressive for days.  I’ve found it on Amazon for $1.99 and at Nordstrom Rack for $10.

10) Revlon Colorburst – $6.89

It’s clear I love these lip products as I’ve mentioned them quite a few times on the blog (here and here).  From matte balms to stains and lacquers, these chubby sticks are easy to use and provide a good amount of color making them great summer beauty items.

Thank you for reading everyone!


Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I thought I’d share with you my favorite makeup brushes.  These are the brushes I find myself consistently reaching for each time I apply makeup.  In case you missed it, be sure to read my favorite way to clean my makeup brushes.  It’s important to properly care for these tools not only for the sake of keeping your skin healthy but to protect the investment you’ve made in the purchases.

My Must Have Makeup Brushes


Concealer – I happened upon this concealer brush while shopping for blush at Sephora.  As it happens with all Sephora shopping trips, I inevitably walk out with much more than I intended to purchase.  Since I’ve had such great luck wit.h their brushes in the past, I thought I’d give this one a try and haven’t regretted the purchase since.  The brush is small, soft and blends all of my concealers beautifully.

Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

Powder  – I’ve been using the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55 quite a bit lately not only for powder but for blush and even foundation.  I’ve used this brush for nearly a year now but I’ve had my eye and continue to reach for the soft and durable brush.

Brush: Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55

Foundation Brush – While I absolutely love using this gem of a brush (also mentioned here) to achieve a beautiful, ‘airbrush’ finish when applying foundation (it’s great for cream, liquid and mineral foundation), I’ve come to understand that foundation brushes are just not for everyone. Many prefer to apply foundation with the cult favorite BeautyBlender or simply by warming the product between their fingers and applying.  All of these methods will work well and achieving the right effect comes with a combination of practice (to perfect technique) and preference.

Brush: Sephora Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45

Blush – It can be difficult to know exactly where to place blush particularly for a novice.  That’s why having a great blush brush comes in handy.  This Bobbi Brown brush is a good option with soft bristles that pick up just the right amount of product and deposit it where it needs to go.

Brush: Bobbi Brown Blush Brush


Pencil/Smudge – This brush is absolutely necessary for anyone who loves a dramatic smokey eye.  I love using it to gently blend eyeshadow underneath my eye but I especially like to use this to concentrate shadow in my crease or create the perfect outer ‘>’shape.

Brush: MAC 219 Pencil Brush

Crease – I reach for a crease brush almost every time I complete my eye makeup.  From simple to dramatic, this brush does a beautiful job of placing, shading and blending powder and cream products.

Brush: MAC 217 Blending Brush

Flat Shader –  This brush is excellent for packing on shadow.  The 239 brush is perfect for building intense color and its tapered rounded brush is perfect for blending emollient based product.

Brush: MAC 239 Shader Brush

Blending –  When applying any amount of eyeshadow, I highly recommend that you blend!  A blending brush is the only way to avoid The 224 tapered blending brush.  The soft, dome-shaped brush allows for controlled application and blending of color.  This brush smooths out harsh lines seamlessly.

Brush: MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush


Angled Brow Brush – I’ve mentioned the Anastasia Brow Pomade and #12 brush several times before on the blog (here and here) and have raved about it each time.  To be honest, I could do without most of the brushes mentioned in this post but giving up this brush would prove to be quite the battle.  The dual-ended brush is equipped with a spoolie for grooming and brush for product placement.

Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12

Note: You’ll notice that my favorite eye makeup brushes are all from MAC Cosmetics while most of my face brushes are Sephora brand.  This is simply because both MAC and Sephora are well-known brands that produce quality products.  MAC is also easily found at major department stores and online making it quite accessible while there seems to be a Sephora in just about every mall and street.


Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color

Happy Friday everyone! I was in need of a long-lasting lipstick or stain a few days ago for a work event.  I had to riffle through my collection of lip color in search of the Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color.  I knew most of the products I owned wouldn’t suit my needs until I remembered this gem of a purchase on my last trip to NYC.  It was in the beginning of fall when a few friends and I decided to take a road trip to New York to visit some close friends.  While there, I of course made a quick stop into my beloved Sephora and made the discovery of the house brand long wearing lip color and took the plunge.  For what ever reason (maybe it was the influence of the city), I drastically diverged from my usual reds and neutrals in favor of Magenta Luster.  I’ve worn that vibrantly hued product several times since and have loved every minute of it.  It’s beautifully pigmented and truly lasts.  It’s staying power makes it well worth the $16 price tag.  Finally, I love how easily accessible it is.  There seems to be a Sephora on every corner in most major cities and in nearly every mall across America.  If you don’t have a Sephora near you, I’d highly recommend purchasing this product online.



Note:  This product is not quite glossy and may need to be accompanied by additional gloss for those seeking more shine and shimmer.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and thanks for visiting A TUESDAY IN APRIL!