Budget Beauty

March 23, 2009 10:08:01 AM PDT
In today's economic climate, everyone is feeling the money crunch, but that doesn't mean you have to give up the idea of feeling and looking beautiful, says Marcus Geeter, The Makeup Therapist. There are many reasonably priced multipurpose products available to keep you looking good and more money in your pocket, he adds.The first thing you need to do is define what your basic needs are and then search for those products that meet more than one of those needs.

Here's a list of Marcus's favorite multi-use products that will keep you beautiful from head to toe and how to use them. They are priced at $20 or less; most are around $15.

THE BALM STAINIAC

Numerous uses with minimal effort. This long lasting stain adds the perfect pop of color for your cheeks and lips. Stainiac hint of tint is perfect for all skin tones and lasts all day. Simply dab a touch onto your cheeks or lips for a sheer wash of color or layer for added intensity. And the best part? Stainiac is formulated to give you more time before the stain sets, so it won't streak. Price: $15 at www.sephora.com

BENEFIT COSMETICS

Gilded Tangerine Gold Highlighter is the perfect summer must have. It can be used as an eye liner, eye shadow, cheek illuminator and add spice to your lips! Price: $20 at www.benefitcosmetics.com.

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. The 3-in-1 product and giant size comes in a variety of scents to suit your every mood. Price: $16 for a giant 16 oz., available at www.philosophy.com

JACK BLACK

For the men, Jack Black has introduced All-Over Wash. It is the ultimate guy product and great for travel because one tube contains everything for your face, hair and body. Price. $14 at www.getjackblack.com

PHYSICIANS FORMULA

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin 3-in-1 Face Sculpting Trio. This 100% Natural trio includes a Face Powder, Bronzer and Highlighter to create the perfect complexion. Face Powder evens out the complexion, Bronzer adds warmth and depth and the Highlighter adds a touch of radiance. Blend all shades together for the perfect combination to achieve a natural healthy-looking glow, then sculpt, contour and highlight, or use individually to create the desired effect. Includes the new and exclusive asymmetrical Organic Sculpting Brush made from 100% natural goat hair, free of bleach and dye. The brush allows you to sweep over all shades at once or one shade at a time for the ultimate contouring tool, perfect for enhancing facial features.

Extra Benefit: the product is completely recyclable and 100% FREE of Harsh Chemicals, Parabens, Synthetic Preservatives, GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms), Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances and Cruelty Free.

Price: $13.95 and available in 4 shades at mass market retailers nationwide.

PHYSICIANS FORMULA

SHIMMER STRIPS CUSTOM EYE ENHANCING SHADOW & LINER: A hip twist on the classic smoky look, this new custom smoky collection will give your eyes drama while enhancing your natural eye color. A total of nine perfectly coordinated shades with three distinct color trios create endless possibilities of high-performance glamour. Each trio is perfectly paired to create a natural, playful and dramatic smoky look.

Four shades: Smoky Blue Eyes, Smoky Hazel Eyes, Smoky Green Eyes and Smoky Brown Eyes

Price: $10.95 Available at fine drug and mass-market stores nationwide. www.physiciansformula.com

SMOOTH AWAY

Smooth Away removes hair instantly without pain, chemicals or razor burn. It's perfect for both women and men. It can be used on legs, arms, back, underarms, upper lip and the bikini line. Men should not use it on the head or beards. It should not be used on skin that is wet, or skin that has creams or ointments.

Price: $10 and is available at mass-market retailers nationwide.

To contact Marcus, email him at Marcus@themakeuptherapist.com.


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