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Sometimes we have a lot of money to spend, sometimes we don’t. When it comes to mascara, we know some of the best can only be found in a department store or specialty boutique. We also know that some of the best can be found in the drugstore for less than $10.

These are our favorites, suitable for every budget. 

 

 

 

 

Our Top 3 Picks— LUXE:

 

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes

This odd brush gives our lashes the most amazing look: lengthened, separated and strengthened thanks to panthenol in the formula. After a little practice, we are now able to create a gorgeous lash look that we love. $28, sephora.com

 

 

 

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Dior DiorShow Iconic

With its soft, oblique cut brush to wrap its mascara formula around each lash and give an extra curling effect, Iconic is one every woman should own, or at least try. This also provides a surprising amount of fantastic volume and contains a silk extract that is normally found in hair conditioners. $27, saks.com

 

 

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Shiseido The Makeup Lasting Lift Mascara

We love this mascara for providing our lashes with definition, length and fabulous volume. Air Volume Powder in the formula offers curl enhancement and a light-weight feel. Waterproof and sweat-proof. $22, nordstrom.com

 

 

 

Our Top 3 Picks— LESS:

 

 

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Maybelline Lash Discovery

For lashes that are practically invisible, this makes them appear virtually out of nowhere. Even those of us with thick lashes love this for its ability to get to every last lash. $6.59, drugstore.com 
 

 

 

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CoverGirl Professional Waterproof All In One

This mascara does it all— volumizes, lengthens, separates, is water-proof and won’t flake or bother your eyes if you wear contacts. If there’s a club for over-achieving mascaras, this one is a member. $4.99, drugstore.com

 

 

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Rimmel London Glam Eyes Mascara

Don’t let the skinny, flexible wand fool you— this mascara means business. Short bristles work to add volume and length and the longer ones keep lashes from clumping. It takes a few coats to get to serious volume, but trust us, it’s completely worth the effort. $7.49, walgreens.com

donna_karan_fall_2009_jourdan_dunn2.jpgWhile everything from metallics to bright neon colors were seen on the runways for Fall 2009, it was the rosy-gold, post-summer looks that peaked our interest, as it looks like a more natural way to transition into the season. Pink and peach tones create a romantic and soft look when used with bronzes and coppers, and is an easy way to give the face a radiant glow. Take a look at our picks for incorporating this look into your beauty routine.

 

 

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Laura Mercier Mosaic Shimmer Bloc

Each of the four colors in this compact can be used individually or together to add a boost of color and radiance anywhere on the face (we love to use it to highlight cheeks and brow bones) thanks to light-reflecting particles that give the skin a healthy glow. $38, sephora.com

 

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Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Quad in Sensuous Gold

Make your eyes shine with gorgeous quartet of bronzes. As with all Estee Lauder eye shadows, these offer high color payoff and long-lasting results. Limited Edition. $35, nordstrom.com

 

 

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NARS Eye Shadow Duo in Silk Road

This icy pink and rose gold duo will light up any eye look. The gold flecks in the rose gold shadow adds a touch of sassy, fall-doesn’t-have-to-be-dull flavor. $32, beauty.com

 

 

 

 

maybellinelinestylistliner.jpgMaybelline Line Stylist Eyeliner in Bronze Gleam  

To add a simple hint of bronze to your eyes that will also add subtle definition, this eyeliner is our favorite. It makes any novice feel like a pro with its precision of application. The long-lasting formula keeps eyes looking fresh and polished all day and easily washes away at the end of the day. $5.79, drugstore.com

 

 

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Jane Iredale PurePress Blush in Whisper

A perfect blend of warm peachy-pink, this blush is made pure, nourishing minerals that reduces inflammation and conditions skin while providing a natural-looking wash of just-blushed color. Can also be used on eyes and lips. $26, beauty.com

 

 

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Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss in Rose Gold

With just the right amount of stickiness (not super tacky, but not sliding off our lips instantly), we love this gloss for it’s pretty shimmer and glossy finish. We have to add the fact that the price tag is definitely very apealing, too. $1.99, drugstore.com

 

 

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MAC Dazzleglass in Get Rich Quick

For creating the ultimate high-impact neutral pout, Dazzleglass in Get Rich Quick is our go-to lippie. With a silky texture and brilliant finish, this is one gloss that keep us coming back for more. $18, maccosmetics.com

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While bold, look-at-me eyes have always ruled the fall trend report (and are still hot this season), the bold, red lip has made a fierce and very glamorous comeback. Everything from a classic, smooth-finished cherry red to a vampy and rebellious bordeaux were seen on the runways during Fashion Week. We recommend that if you are not sure if this will work for you, or fear going too bold on your lips, press red lipcolor onto lips for a stained look, or try it as sheer gloss. Keep cheeks and eyes softly colored in light and neutral tones.

 

 

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Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Flambe is creamy and soft, leaving lips looking great and feeling smooth. $6.50, avon.com

 

 

 

 

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L’Oréal Paris H.I.P. High Intensity Pigments Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor in Turbulent has a great texture and finish with a high-gloss payoff. $12, drugstore.com

 

 

 

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Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Ms. Behavin offers a soft, silky smooth feel that will never leave your lips dried out. $18, benefitcosmetics.com

 

 

 

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MAC Lipstick in Russian Red is the brand’s famous formula— this color screams glamour. $14, maccosmetics.com

 

 

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Rock + Republic Lip Gloss in Cougar offers classic long-wearing color that isn’t sticky or goopy, just gorgeous and luxurious. $26, neimanmarcus.com

 

 

 

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Chanel Rouge Hydrabase crème lipstick in Shanghai Red gives glides on velvety smooth and won’t feather or smudge. $30, bloomingdales.com

travel2.jpgWe enjoy traveling, but it isn’t always necessary to take our full-size products along. To stay looking our best, we find packing travel-friendly versions of our favorite products to be easies. When we fly, the liquids can come on board with us and on weekend getaways, they keep us feeling pampered without being overloaded. Another plus: most of these compact goodies come with compact price tags.

 

 

Skincare:

 

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This fast-absorbing, skin-loving moisturizer keeps our skin looking so great everyday, we wouldn ever dream of leaving home without it. Thankfully, our favorite skin cream comes in this travel friendly jar, so we don’t have to worry about the dreaded dry-out that happens mid-flight. $15, sephora.com

 


 

blissfacevaluetrial+travelset.jpgBliss Face Value Trial+Travel Skincare Essentials Set

To get your glow on on the road, this kit of skincare goodies will do wonders. With everything we need to keep our skin looking it’s best, this set is also perfect for those wanting to try some best-sellers without blowing a budget. $25, blissworld.com

 

 

 

apivitaexpressorangemask.jpgApivita Express Revitalizing Face Mask with Orange

Give your skin a “pick me up” after long flights, or late nights for that matter, with these easy-to-use packets. Each contains Vitamins C & E to fight off cell damaging free-radicals, CoQ10 to fight against fine lines and wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid for helping skin draw in and retain moisture. Ideal for all skin types. 12 packet per box, $28, aptiva.us




Haircare:

jonathan_product_pocket_redo_wipes.jpgJonathan Product Pocket Redo Freshen Up Wipes

Infused with vegetable enzymes and rose and cucumber waters, these wipes are fabulous for giving our scalp a “wash” without shampoo. Each wipe removes odor, refreshes hair and we can easily restyle it back to it’s beautiful state. Can also be used to refresh and hydrate skin. 6 wipes per box. $20, jonathanproducts.com

 

 


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Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream - Travel Size

To protect and keep your hair in good condition while away from home is easy with this leave-in conditioner. This fast-absorbing cream protects hair from heat styling as well as from the sun with UVA and UVB sunscreens, while leaving it manageable, shiny and healthy looking. $9, sephora.com

 

 


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Warren-Tricomi Salon Trial Kit

This for-all-hair-types kit gives tresses the best treatment wherever you may be. With a strengthening and nourishing shampoo, a strengthening complex used between the shampoo and conditioner to add resilience to tired hair, and a revitalizing and moisturizing conditioner, you won’t feel bad for not taking advantage of you hotel’s salon services. $20, beauty.com

 


Makeup:

the-Balm-Balm-Voyage-Luxury-Travel-Makeup.jpgthe Balm Balm Voyage Eye Kit

For trips that won’t last more than a couple of days, it’s not a necessity to pack so much makeup. This kit contains three colors that are universally flattering and can be used to create a naturally defined eye to a dramatically, intense night look. $13, apothica.com

 

 


 

mallybeautyfacepalette.jpgMally Beauty Perfect Palette Total Face Kit

As someone who travels a lot herself, Mally Roncal has created a palette of her favorites— everything you’ll need to “put on your face”. Two blushes, six shadows, a lipcolor and a highlighting cream are all you’ll need to create your most beautiful look. Also comes with a travel pouch and three brushes. $65, beauty.com

 


 

smashboxtrymekit.jpgSmashbox Try Me Set

This kit features everything for creating a flawless look, and is also a great option for those curious to know how these best-sellers really work without the investment. Six customer favorites come in travel-friendly sizes and includes an instructional DVD with tips and tricks from Smashbox Makeup Artists. $29, sephora.com

eyebrows.jpgIf you pay attention to trends, you’ve noticed that the shape and fullness of eyebrows has gone back and forth between bold and full to sleek and thin. While the former is more popular this season, we all agree that defined and properly shaped brows really make a difference to the face. Take a look at some brow-loving products we love for keeping our eyes’ frames in tip-top shape.

 

 

 

 

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Anastasia Brow Ex-press

This travel kit includes everything you’ll need to create fabulous-looking brows, anytime, anywhere: four brow stencils to suit your brow shape; two brow powders, choose from blonde or brunette, to give your brows the most natural look; an angled brush for clean application; cream highlighter for application along the brow bone to lift and accentuate the eyes and wax cream created to hold a perfect shape all day. $38, sephora.com

 

 

revlon colorstay brow enhancer.jpgRevlon ColorStay Brow Enhancer

For full and natural-looking volume, Revlon has produced one of our top drugstore brow product picks. This two-sided brow styler has a tinted wax on one end and a highlighter on the other end. The result is soft, long-lasting definition for our brows and an accentuated brow bone, giving our eyes a more lifted appearance. $8.99, drugstore.com

 

 

 

lavaquetweezers.jpgLaVaque Tweezers

Creating a clean, well-groomed brow requires using a really good pair of tweezers. We were recently introduced to these LaVaque tweezers and already love them for being so precise and easy to use. To add to the glam factor, these tweezers are also available with 13 colors of Swarovski Crystals. Every pair comes with a lifetime guarantee: “you break ‘em, you dull ‘em, we replace ‘em. No questions asked”. From $14.95, lavaquetweezers.com

 

 

 

sephorabrandeyebrowtrimmerbrush.jpgSephora Brand Eyebrow Trimmer/Brush

Trimming the length of brow hair will keep them looking more polished and . It can be overdone, but Sephora’s trimmer with fabulous brush attachment makes it virtually impossible to do so. $18, sephora.com

 

 

 


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Tweezerman After Tweeze Soothing Cream

After waxing or tweezing, skin can become sore, so we treat it with this. Formulated with moisturizers, honey and rice bran extract, this calming cream cools and comforts skin. $7.99, drugstore.com

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