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L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Mist is one of the best, not to mention inexpensive, self tanners on the market right now. We are definitely against the orange, Oompa Loompa look, so this is one you should reach for this spring— the formulation is meant to work with your skin’s amino acids to create the perfect complimentary skin color. And the fact that it’s in an aeresol can and has a no rub formula also makes this makes this very user-friendly. $9.99,

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We really love Dove Cream Oil Body Wash because it never leaves our skin feeling tight after using it. While some so-called “moisturizing” body washes leave us darting out of the shower to the nearest bottle of lotion, this one does not. It leaves skin feeling silky soft and smelling great. Another plus? A little goes a long way— you don’t even have to squeeze the bottle very hard to get the product out— and it lathers up beautifully. Available in 5 fabulous scents. 8.49,

We love hair products that provide the best shine, bounce and softness, as well as control for the styles we want. Of course, recessionistas know that spending a fortune isn’t always an option, but who wants to compromise on quality? Thankfully, many drugstore brands have fabulous products, and more pricey finds can easily be purchased in smaller sizes. The following is a list of our favorite hair products that are less than ten dollars each, and always leave us with good hair days.



neutrogena anti-residue shampoo.jpgNeutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo washes away the build-up of your favorite products, without stripping hair of it’s essential oils, so they will again work to make your hair looks it’s best. We like to use this once a month, but it can be used daily, especially if you have a habit of using a lot of product. $7.99,



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Ojon Shine & Protect Conditioner is a nourishing conditioner that not only moisturizes and detangles hair, but leaves it with a high-gloss finish. Formulated with all-natural, plant-based, active ingredients, a UV-inhibiting complex, and natural conditioning extracts like sweet almond oil, this lightweight conditioner is great for many hair types. 2 oz., $9,



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Frederic Fekkai Hair Mask with Shea Butter is like an indulgent treat for the hair. Never greasy or heavy, this mask hydrates and repairs the hair with moisturizing shea butter and macadamia nut oils leaving hair silky and shiny. 1.6oz, $8.50,




l'oreal vive pro color vive conditioner.jpgL’Oreal Color Vive line of shampoo and conditioners are great for color-treated hair. We love that there are different formulations based on hair type so our gorgeous manes get the care they need, our color lasts longer and we save money. $4.99




avon mirror shine spray.gifAvon Advance Techniques Mirror Shine Spray combats the flyaways and leaves hair feeling and looking soft. A light misting over the hair is all you need to have healthy-looking hair all day. It’s no wonder women continue to buy this over and over again. Tip: Spry on hands first, the run through hair to ensure you don’t go over board with the spray and end up looking greasy. $4.99



oscar blandi protein restyling mist.jpgOscar Blandi Proteine di Jasmine Protein Mist for Restyling Hair To Go is the perfect size for travel, not to mention has a small price tag. We sometimes need to restyle our hair, and loved how it looked the previous day, but don’t have the time to “start from scratch”. Mr Blandi has made restyling easy with this spray, giving us another day of fabulous hair without having to wash it. 2 oz, $8,



Jonathan product hairspray.jpgJonathan Product Finish Control High Shine Aerosol Hairspray works to control your style while leaving it full of shine. We are never disappointed by this hairspray, but when the budget is low, we have to settle for the mini size. 2.25 oz,




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Tresemme Tres Create Styling Putty works great if you have fine hair that needs control without being weighed down, or if you have a shorter style you want to give more texture to. The non-greasy formula gives a light hold and never gets stiff. $4.75,

neutrogena triple moisture deep recovery.jpgWe all need a little boost of hydration for our hair during the cold, dry months. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask is a product we turn to when we are in need of a great conditioning treatment, and don’t want to spend a lot of money. Recessionistas rejoice— this moisture replenisher doesn’t cost very much!

This conditioning mask can be used as little as one day a week and up to three times a week if you have extremely dry hair. Because of its light formula, it never weighs hair down, and many hair types can benefit from it. We love how it leaves our tresses feeling soft, manageable and full of life. What more could we ask for? $6.99 at
It’s official: You have found yourself with only a few gifts and still have names that have yet to be crossed off the list. You have to now choose gifts that are easy to find because ordering online at this point could be risky. Check out these amazing little goodies that can be found in your local drugstore or department store. Put the single items together, or take inspiration from our suggested gift pairings and create a one-of-a kind- gift she’s sure to love!



mac soft sparkle eye liner set.jpgMAC Softsparkle Eye Pencils are five mini-sized pencils for use on the eyes. Includes three Softsparkle Pencils in Peacocked, Mint and Olive, and Chocolight, and two Eye Pencils in Black Funk and Fab Orchid in a glossy red-orange patent cylinder-shaped gift box with a lift-off lid. We love this little gift set and know that whoever recieves it would use it for a long time! $ 22,




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L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick is one we love because it looks and applies just like a lipstick. The no-fail formula stays on lips all day and the moisturizing topcoat keeps lips looking and feeling smooth. Pick up a few of these, tie them up in a bow, put them into a gift bag with her favorite beverage and your gift is sure to be a hit. $11.99,  



pantene moisture replenishing mask.jpgPantene Pro-V Nourishing Moisture Replenishing Mask will give her incentive to nourish those locks she’s been torturing with all of the heat styling she does. Wrap this up with a cute hair accessory and a gift certificate to pay for her next cut or blowout— trust us…she’ll love it! $3.59, 




philosophy jump start kit.jpgphilosophy Jump Starter Kit includes everything she’ll need to get her skin back on track. We love Purity Made Simple for it’s once-step cleansing abilities (it even removes mascara!), and its amazing smell. Hope in a Jar  and Hope In a Tube keeps our skin looking dewy and youthful without ever feeling too greasy. The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash will slough of the dry dead cells that make skin look dull. You’ll find this at your local philosphy beauty counter and online, $55, at


garnier glistening drops.jpgGarnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glistening Drops really helps to give our hair the shine and managability that we crave from hair products. It tames frizz and flyaways and works on wet or damp hair. She will love, Love, LOVE the way her hair looks after she uses it, as well as the uplifting citrus scent that is amazing, and you’ll love the very small price tag! Pair this up with some sparkly bangles or chandelier earrings so she will shine her way into 2009. $4.29,



burt's bees tips and toes kit.jpgBurt’s Bees Tips n’ Toes Hand & Feet Kit is perfect if she loves to pamper herself, but has trouble finding long periods of time to do it in. We enjoy many of Burt’s products, and find this kit to have so many great treats in it that we make time to use these. When we can’t, they are small enough to fit into a purse, so a mid-day cuticle treatment is never too far away. $12.99,



benefit body so fine.jpgBenefit Bathina Body So Fine Balm is a favorite little luxury to have right out of the shower. We love this moisture-rich balm that leaves our skin luminescent and soft. Applying it with the body puff makes it an extra special product to have. The silky finish is flirty and totally irresistible, leaving skin smelling and looking absolutely incredible! Find it at your local Benefit counter or boutique. $30,

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