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Posted by 03.09.09

I love designer makeup brands, like Dior and Chanel, but I can’t really afford them anymore. What are some good bargain brands that have a more luxe look?

You are not alone – everyone is downsizing these days. There are so many great brands that you can substitute into your regimen without sacrificing too much. If you love CHANEL, and who doesn’t?!, look into BOURJOIS, a French makeup range sold in drugstores in Europe that has a lot of Chanel knockoffs at a fraction of the price. The lip glosses and nail varnishes are terrific! Another good tip is to look for brands that are related to the premium brands you love – for example, LANCOME formulas and technologies usually find their way

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Date: 02.16.09


BURT’S BEES LEMON BUTTER CUTICLE CREME –  This is a total cult classic – that creamy lemony yellow paste that comes in a little yellow tin and smells like fresh squeezed lemonade…It’s  so simple and it works great. My hands are a mess from papers, carrying heavy books, playing with my dogs, and flipping through books at the library. I use it a few times a week to moisturize my dry nails and soften cuticles. It really helps. Here’s a tip – if it dries out or gets too hard, stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds and it will soften right up for you.

FINAL VERDICT – BOB (Bail Out Beauty) – Great price, and smells amazing too. If you can’t find it at a drugstore, it is also sold at health food shops and some supermarkets.


Date: 09.26.08



CREATIVE NAILS SOLAR OIL – What would we do without this brush on moisture infusion for dry, brittle, cracked toes and fingers! Vitamin E protects nails that take a lot of abuse – from sky high heels to shuffling paperwork. Use twice daily and keep one in your desk drawer.

FINAL VERDICT: (GGI) Gotta Get It! Find it at beauty supply stores in the professional size to stock up and save some cash.


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