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Beauty on a Budget: Adventure at Walmart
Have you checked out your local Walmart lately? If you know me, I’m not the biggest drugstore beauty gal, and it’s mostly because they’re all too inconveniently located. Walmart is my nearest outlet for mass retail brands like Almay, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Physician’s Formula, Revlon, etc. If there’s one item that always tempts me whenever I’m looking at budget beauty items, it’s mascara. Rarely does high-end, pricey mascara so out perform more affordable mascaras, so you can count me among the curious whenever there’s a new mascara everyone’s buzzing about.
When Walmart asked me to snoop through their beauty aisles and tell you about what I saw, I figured, “Why not?” It was something I was totally game for, because who doesn’t like to look at beauty products? (At least, a beauty addict wouldn’t say no, right?) My local Walmart contains about four or five aisles lined with cosmetics, and it pretty much seems to be home to nearly every major mass cosmetic brand I’ve heard of. It also has some smaller brands I hadn’t heard of like Black Radiance, CQ, and Illusions. I went early in the morning (before 10AM), because I wanted time to peruse and not worry about being in anyone’s way since I was just being a big snoop. Another benefit of being an early bird customer was everything was clean and organized.
I don’t know why, but every time I see the displayers full of eyeshadows, I am surprised to see brighter, bolder colors like lime green and turquoise amongst the neutrals. My mind is still stuck in the past, I guess–back when brands were all about neutrals and tamer shades. I also saw a lot of different eyeshadow/blush palettes or compacts with embellished designs or patterns, which reminded me of some of the cult favorites from high-end brands.
It’s always good to see what’s available at a lower price point, particularly if you’re on a tighter budget. There are just some things you don’t need, and there are other things you can substitute for and never miss the more expensive version. I always stock up on my favorite tried-and-true mascaras like Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and CoverGirl Lash Blast, while I grab cotton balls, swabs, and pads for easy makeup removal, too. They also had a ton of the *cutest* makeup bags that were really hard to resist! I have to assess the makeup bag situation here at home before I let myself cave into a matching set.
What products and brands do you use when you’re on a budget?
What budget-friendly brands do you love even when you’re not on a budget
What’s your 10-minute makeup look?
In keeping up with the Only in a Woman’s World campaign, I recognize how many of us are busy bees and can’t always find the time to put together elaborate makeup looks. Sometimes we just need something that’s practical, quick, and still makes us look our best. I’m curious to hear what your quick and dirty out-the-door-in-ten-minutes-or-less look is!
Do you match your makeup to your clothes?
I’ve said it in the past, but I’ll say it again — I’m not much of a clothes horse. I’m way more of a beauty addict, so fashion is definitely an area that I’m not an expert in, but one thing I love is bright colored clothes to match bright colored makeup. I also think that sometimes solid colored tops with subtle embellishments work really well when you go heavier on makeup (whether it’s bold eyes or lips), too.
Temptalia Gives Away Sally Hansen HD Nail Colors!
Sally Hansen is giving away a full set of HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Collections to five (5) lucky Temptalia winners in celebration of their HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Sweepstakes.
The Sweepstakes includes:
- Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a 32inch HD TV
- An iPod Nano will be awarded each month to a randomly selected winner
- 10 winners total will be randomly selected to receive a Sally Hansen gift bag
Submit your entry by leaving a comment telling me which color is your favorite of the eight launched!
All entries must be submitted by August 10th, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers as pursuant to your local state’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with “winner chosen” when one has been chosen.
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