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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.    

Emotionally charged movies aside, the best part of indie film festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival are the understated celebrity beauty looks that populate the “red carpet”, which is usually just a small few yards outside of the venue where the screening takes place. The celebrity equivalent to dress down days in high school, if you will. At the premiere of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, Kate Hudson’s makeup stayed basic with a nude lip, but kicked up a notch with a smoky eye to remind us that she will always bring a little Hollywood glamour to the table (or the carpet in this case).  

As the face and Global Ambassador for Almay, Hudson’s team at Almay shared their inspiration for a budget version of Kate’s look with us featuring Almay’s makeup made especially for sensitive skin. 

Face: 
Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in light/medium
Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in pink

Eyes:
Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Onyx
Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara in Midnight
Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer Kit

Lips:
Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in nudetrients
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Confession time: I used to shampoo my hair daily. The world of dry shampoos seemed a lovely fairy tale that made for a great story, but would do nothing for my very real greasy hair dilemmas. Naturally I sought to prove everyone praising dry shampoos wrong and began testing out as many dry shampoos as I could get my hands on. Some did nothing, some left my hair greasier than it started, and others left a powdery mess. But then it happened. I was proven wrong. Without further ado, I present you with the two dry shampoos that work so well I’ve been able to cut my hair washing in half. 

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: A friend from Switzerland originally introduced me to this French beauty brand. As a dancer and international traveler, she swears by the brand as the most effective in cutting down oil, giving her hair a fresh look despite dancing for hours and the minimal white residue quickly disappears after you comb the product through the hair. I’ve become addicted. 

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray: Advertised as a “brilliant alternative to dry shampoo”, the first thing I fell in love with about this product was the smell. The amazing, luxe fragrance that I’d like turned into a perfume, body lotion, and a candle (please Oribe!) is only one part of the overall ‘brilliant’ experience. The spray left no residue in my hair, left it with more volume as promised, and quickly absorbed any excess oil. This product has become a guilty pleasure that I’ll use in my hair whether its dirty or clean.      

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Every girl needs the right items in her bag to ensure she always looks her best, even after the most intense of workouts. With a plethora of wipes, spritzes and fragrances formulated to freshen you right up, the key is to finding the right products. 
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Wipes: Baby wipes, like Pamper’s Natural Clean Wipes, are quite possibly the most versatile product on the planet. For those days where you feel especially funky after a workout, or when you just don’t have time to hit the showers these babies will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean immediately. I also keep facial towelettes in my bag at all times, too — Say Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Wipes wipe away sweat, grime and makeup in one easy swipe.
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Spritzes: When you don’t have the time, or interest, in redoing your makeup after dripping in sweat, then you’ll want to pick up a facial spritzer. Most are formulated to restore a skin’s natural balance with moisturizer and freshening ingredients. When I’m looking for a freshening, pick-me-up, I always use Aveda Botanical Kinetics Skin Firming/Toning Agent. And when I’m looking for more of a moisturizer I turn to L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Face Mist.
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Fragrances: While a nice, hot shower is is the best thing for soothing my muscles, a light spritzing of a body spray, or a little dab of perfume always has me feeling good as new. Bodycology’s Fragrance Mists come in some great scents and also come in the perfect travel size, just right for stashing in your already-full gym bag. Quite possibly the best thing to happen to fragrance was roll on perfumes. These little vials are perfectly portable and easy to apply to pressure points for just the right amount of scent. I recently  discovered Pacifica Roll-On Perfume at Target and became obsessed with their Indian Coconut Nectar.

And it goes without saying that the most important beauty item in your arsenal is water. Make sure you are properly hydrated, before, during, and after your workouts. While some people turn to fancy protein-packed beverages, or items like coconut water, the basic H2O will also do the trick just fine.

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