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Maria Menounos’ hair on the red carpet for Star Trek: Into Darkness definitely sparked vivid memories of 80s style for me. But where a bright scrunchy and teased bangs were missing, a classic and stylish twist on a staple hairstyle was taking shape. 

To get the look, you’ll need a small elastic band and a lightweight styling spritz, like Philip B. Self-Adjusting Hair Spray. Begin by separating the crown of your hair from the rest and pull it into a high ponytail. Secure the ponytail with the elastic, but try not to over adjust or tighten it too much, as doing so will create unseemly bumps in the hair style. Take some of the strands from the ponytail (a very small section will do the trick) and wrap them around the ponytail. You will wrap the ends into the ponytail holder to ensure they stay. Lastly, to ensure the front strands stay in place, spritz some of the finishing spray on your hair. You don’t want helmet head, so just a couple spritzes will do the trick — take it from me, the Philip B. Self-Adjusting Hair Spray acts as the perfect thin mist hair spray! 

After overdosing on Pantene Pro-V as a teenager, most of my adult life has been spent searching for a shampoo and conditioner that would give me the bouncy waves and voluminous lift that my hair always seemed to lack. Fairy tales of shampoo changing the structure of my hair have faded but my search for great hair products has not. When I was recently reintroduced to Pantene, I was surprised to find that my old stand-by was chicer, more adult-looking and included an Expert Collection. With sleek black packaging and the promise of repairing damage through replacing the keratin that damaged hair is often lacking, I decided to give Pantene’s Expert Collection Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner a chance. 

According to Pantene scientists, our hair is made up of up to 80% of the protein keratin. The Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair line helps replace the keratin that is lost due to brushing hair, coloring, and using heat style products. What does all of that translate to in reality? My hair was smooth, but not weighed down. With the help of a wide barrel curling iron I was able to achieve those bouncy waves I’ve been dreaming about. For $8.99 for the shampoo or conditioner and a Pantene Smart Beauty Satisfaction Guarantee the Pantene Advanced Keratin Repair, there’s really no excuse for not trying the grown-up version of Pantene’s Expert Collection. 
If you think the only way to get amazing lashes is to pay top dollar for a mascara then let me be the first to introduce you to some of the very best mascaras you can buy … and all at drugstore prices.

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara ($7.01): CoverGirl’s length-promising mascara makes good on its claim. One or two swipes and lashes look longer and perfectly separated.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The MegaPlush Washable Mascara ($7.19): The word plush in the name of this mascara explains it all, the mousse-like formula goes on cleanly, lifting and separating lashes as it goes. 

Rimmel London Glam Eyes Mascara ($7.29): With a brush that offers great volume and clean definition this mascara is certainly worth the few dollars it costs.

Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara-Lengthening ($6.99): Almay’s nourishing formula is infused with aloe and Vitamin B5 which they say helps keep lashes conditioned and silky. 

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting Mascara ($9.99): Organic ingredients ensure a better-for-you mascara and the formula delivers beautifully enhanced lashes. 
From Cle de Peau’s $13,000 crystal-encrusted jar of face cream to the rows of skin care products at the drug store, there are few things in life that vary in price as much as facial moisturizers. With so many choices and so many price points, it’s no surprise that just finding a good moisturizer manages to be one of the most difficult parts of a skin care routine. Surprisingly a lower price does not always mean lower quality for moisturizers, and these five brands are a testimony to this fact. While each person’s skin type varies in its moisturizer needs, here is a sample of some of the affordable, quality products each of the five brands featured offer, all impressively $20 or less.  

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($13.99): Always a drugstore favorite, CeraVe was developed with dermatologists, and focuses on affordable products for sensitive-skin.  

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil ($14): Using oils on for the face may be a little intimidating, but women around the world have been using products like argan oil for years, the reason why Josie Maran started her own line of argan oil based products.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer ($18.50): Kiehl’s has had 160-years to perfect their formulas, and their Ultra Facial Moisturizer is a prime example of the quality skin care that has kept Kiehl’s in business all these years. 

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer ($18): New York Magazine refers to the botanically-based skin care as a line touted by “starlets and supermodels”, making the affordable price points and the effectiveness of the products that much more impressive. The Buttermilk moisturizer is a lightweight, daily moisturizer with naturally exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids.   

Simple Skincare ($12.99): Already a #1 seller in the UK, the entire Simple line is free of dyes, artificial perfumes, and other harsh irritants making the daily moisturizer a good choice for those with sensitive skin.    

If you’ve already purchased the perfect Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday, bravo! For the rest of the us who haven’t had the chance to shop for mom and are planning a stroll through a local department store this weekend, here are three classic fragrances you can’t go wrong with for mom.

Isaac Mizrahi’s Fabulous: The fashion designer created his Fabulous fragrance with his own mother in mind. His mother only had a few, classic perfumes and he captured the essence of his mother’s timeless scents in the fragrance, down to the retro pink atomizer. What it smells like: a blend of citrus, peony, and musk.

Coco Mademoiselle Parfum Chanel: With the rich history behind Chanel’s fragrances, you really can’t go wrong with Chanel anything as a gift. The bottle is designed in a vintage style that is meant to be shown off on a dresser or vanity. What it smells like: Sicilian oranges, bergamot, rose, patchouli and grapefruit.

Prada Infusion d’Iris Eau de Parfum: A subtle but sophisticated scent, Prada’s d’Iris was inspired by gardens in Tuscany. If pink isn’t your mother’s thing, go (light) green with this fragrance. What it smells like: Iris, neroli, violet and Virginia cedar.

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