My 10 Favorite Drugstore Beauty Products

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Everybody loves a bargain. Add to that the convenience of a drugstore beauty aisle, and picking up a few products on a toilet paper run becomes irresistible. I am not immune to this pull and I’ve made plenty of impulse buys while waiting for a prescription. For me, buying drugstore makeup, nail supplies, and skincare items is a gamble. Sometimes it works out great and the performance is just a good, if not better than their department store or salon counterparts. Other times, I’m stuck with a lame product that just end up in the proverbial circular file.

So, without further ado, I offer my current favorites available at drugstores and/or mass retailers like Target. These are my pleasant surprises, my happy accidents, if you will. If it isn’t in heavy rotation, it didn’t make the list! So get ready to pop out for a little shopping or better yet, make it even easier and order some of these items on Drugstore. (Coupon in the sidebar!)

Check out my picks and find out why I love each after the jump. Continue reading

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Triple Braid Half-Up Hairstyle Tutorial

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Braid mania continues and I am loving it. This cute half-up hairstyle combines three different types of braids – a rope braid, a standard 3-strand braid, and a fishtail braid. Create all three braids on both sides at your front hairline and then tie them all back to complete the look. Incorporating three different braiding techniques makes this easy style look more special. I hid my hair band with one of my DIY fabric hair bows but you can use any hair accessory you like or even a pretty piece of ribbon.

The full step-by-step tutorial for the triple braid half-up is after the jump. Continue reading

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Diagonal Dots Nail Art Tutorial

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Polka dotted nails are crazy cute, y’all. And super fun to do. Once you know the technique the design possibilities are endless. Dots can be random or placed in just about any pattern. For this tutorial, I opted for 3 dotted diagonal lines in bright colors over a matte black base.

If you do a lot of nail art, you may want to invest in a dotting tool like these from Born Pretty. But no fancy tool is required. Dots can be made with a bobby pin, mechanical pencil tip, or with sewing pins stuck into the eraser end of pencil, as I’ve done here.

The step-by-step tutorial to create this fun dotted nail art design is after the jump. Continue reading

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