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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,


With a new year comes a fresh start, so it’s time to clean out your cosmetic case and throw away old products that you’ve had for too long or those that will never be used again. With all that extra room you now have in your bag, check out these just-released goodies:



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Covergirl Outlast Lipstains are the newest way to wear lipstains. We have found these water-based lippies are fabulous to apply and when we need long-lasting color they never leave our lips feeling dried out. We resolve to use these year-round. Available in 10 shades. $7.49 each,




smashbox halo.jpgSmashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder & Brush Set is great for all skin types. We fell in love with this revolutionary antiaging formula (that contains Gogi berry, a powerful antioxidant) when we were given the opportunity to try it out during L.A. Fashion week. It made our skin look and feel amazing! Infused with encapsulated water to refresh and hydrate the skin, this pressed powder has a built-in shaver, so you get the convenience of a pressed powder, but end up with the radiant finish of a loose one. The super-sized brush deposits perfect amount of powder, so you end up with the best finish every time. $59,



bobbi brights palette.jpgBobbi Brown Brights Palette is perfect for you if you’re not afraid to play with color, and desire to keep maximum products in a minimal amount of space. These 35 soft matte shadows come in a colorful shade range that includes everything from pinks and greens to blues and purples. All the shades are new and exclusive to this palette, which features a unique, fold-out design and full size mirror. Limited edition. $70,




mac chill penultimate liner.jpgMAC Penultimate Eye Liner is a liquid pen-style liner that provides the ultimate precise, bold line. It goes on smooth, and though it isn’t waterproof, once it dries, it stays put. We think this is a fabulous liquid liner to try if you’ve shied away from them in the past— it’s very user-friendly! $16.50,





clinique quick blush.jpgClinique Quick Blush is a portable powder blush for cheeks. We love that this easy to use blush offers an innovative way to keep blush and brush with us on-the-go- with a twist of the hand, the brush picks up color inside the cap. The formula is appropriate for all skin types and tones, and offers us a natural-finish. As with all Clinique products, this is allergy tested and 100% Fragrance free. $21.50,




sonia kashuk organically natural palette.jpgSonia Kashuk Look How To Look Organically Natural face palette is a collection of beautiful, neutral colors that will give you a a natural-but-better makeup look. Again, because of the palette, the 3 eyeshadows, mirror, step-by-step application directions, 3 lipglosses, applicator and blush will take up less space in your makeup bag. $19.99,

heidi klum victoria's secret party2.jpgEarlier this month, Heidi Klum showed up at the Victoria’s Secret Lexington Avenue Flagship Store Opening Party not only with a new haircut (we love it!), but with stunning, defined eyes and bold lipcolor.

To create Heidi’s thick-lash look, celebrity makeup artist Linda Hay used as many short individual lashes as possible on both the top and bottom lashlines. “I then applied a very fine line of Victoria’s Secret Glitter Eyeliner in Licorice and liberal quantities of High Definition mascara from Victoria’s Secret.”

Hay calls the combination of a strong, defined brow, individual lashes and berry stain on the lips “super striking” on Heidi. We think this look is a perfect balance of naughty and nice, not to mention it makes her look amazing!


Victoria’s Secret High Definition mascara, $12,

Heidi Klum Collection Glitter Liquid Liner, $10,

Now that 2008 is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to recap some of the most popular features of the year:

February: Fall 2008: Get The Hottest Beauty Looks Straight From The Runways
From fresh to retro-inspired, learn how to recreate some of the hottest designer looks straight from the Fall Runways.

March: The Best Beauty Tools
Everyone knows the itty bitty brushes that come with our favorite cosmetics are usually meant for the trash can. Get yourself some real brushes, and with proper care they can last forever.

April: Advice For Preventing Runny Mascara and Eyeliner
The ultimate mascara that stays put until you take it off.

June: Sweat-Proof Beauty Must-Haves
Survive the three H’s with these heat- and humidity-proof products that will keep you looking and feeling cool as a cucumber.

July: Beauty Goes Hi Def
Although the demand for Hi Def products was created for those onscreen and the makeup artists applying it, the consumer at home benefits from better options in traceless beauty products.

July: 10 Tips For A Perfect Self Tan
Looking for that perfect streak-free at-home bronze? Here are 10 tested tips to help make you a sunless tanner pro.

July: Top Five Tested Self-Tanners For 2008
Sunless tanning has come a long way from that orange tell-tale faux glow. Here are the top 5 tanners we tested this year to give you a natural at-home bronze.


August: Sunscreen Solutions: Natural Sunscreens, Two-In-One Products And More
Sunscreen is an essential part of your year round beauty maintenance. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams addresses your most common ray blocking questions and rounds up the newest skin saving solutions.

October: Time-Saver Beauty: Roll-On Beauty Products
Save precious minutes with the latest packaging trend: time-saving roll-on products.

November: Must-Have Beauty Products, Fall/Winter 2008
Trends this year mimic those of the ’80s with a splash of ’40s femme. Beauty is sophisticated and luxurious. Here are some easy additions to pull off this year’s Fall-Winter transition.

November: Solutions For Dry Winter Skin
For many of us, it is a never ending battle to keep our skin hydrated and nourished, especially in the Fall and Winter seasons. Here are some skin-saving solutions for even the driest complexion.

December: Products We Are Loving Right Now
hese are the products we are loving right now, and we think you will too!

December: Give Yourself the Gift of Better Slumber
The holiday season can be stressful, and the most important thing we can give ourselves is sleep— hey, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Here some beautiful products to help you look like you had a full 8 hours.

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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