Women lead pretty busy lives these days. We're often juggling family, friends and work obligations. It's pretty common to get stuck in a beauty rut from time to time (I'm guilty too). Maybe you've worn the same makeup
or hair style for awhile now and you're not sure how to change your style without breaking the bank?
No worries. We're here to help! From hair care to skincare, here are a few inexpensive ways to update your look.
Beauty Rut #1:
You always wear your hair in a ponytail (boring!).
Go from a dull ponytail to a bun or another sleek updo with one of Goody's Simple Styles hair clips
. They've recently introduced the Spin Pin (check out my video review
), the Modern Updo and the Pony Pouf pin. Each of these clips offers a unique twist on traditional hair styles. The added bonus is that they are very cheap. I found them on drugstore.com for $6.49 each!
Beauty Rut #2:
You can't remember the last time that you changed your hair color.
We get it. Having your hair professionally colored can be a little costly, not to mention time consuming. If you want a quick color change, we suggest trying an at-home highlight kit. L'Oreal Touch-On Highlights
is a great option. It starts at just $11.99 and is available in several shades including Iced Champagne, Golden Honey, Creamy Caramel and Toasted Almond. The innovative Control-Touch FingerTIP tool offers precise control for even highlights from root to tip. You can create a subtle or dramatic look with no caps, no foils and no hassles. If L'Oreal isn't for you, Herbal Essences Shade-on-Shade Highlights
might be a better alternative. The hi-definition highlights will add contrast to previously colored hair for just $8.
Beauty Rut #3:
Your favorite nail polish shade is nude (snooze!).
Break out of your rut with butter LONDON nail polish
. I like the purple and cream shades pictured to the right but you can choose from 50 others. This unique nail polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate. Each polish costs about $14. Want to take a step on the wild side? Try Sephora by OPI Chic Prints
. They are pre-cut nail patches for extraordinary nails, instantly! This innovative line, brewed by Minx creates customized nails, featuring fierce patterns and prints to satisfy your wildest mani-and-pedi dreams. Dress your tips with your favorite design: anchor, stars, checkers, tiger, fishnet, chrome lace, black & gold geometric, or skulls. Each set comes with 16 nail patches at various lengths. It's a steal for $15!
Beauty Rut #4:
Some people might mistake you for Mimi from 'The Drew Carey Show.' You either have on way too much eye shadow or you always wear the same color!
Use Avon's 12-in-1 eye palette
to experiment with a different color. With 12 light and dark shades, you'll have fun mixing and matching until you find the right look.
The majority of Avon reviewers gave it four out of five stars! Plus, it's only $12.99. You may also like Stila Girl Palettes
. Each of these cute, collectible, Stila Girl Palettes include four eye shadows and a Convertible Color for lips and cheeks. It's valued at $65 but they are just $10 each! While we're on the subject of eye makeup, have you tried Avon's SuperMagnify
mascara? I love it!
Beauty Rut #5:
Your friends and family know exactly what kind of perfume to get you for your birthday and it's (drum roll please) BabySoft. Well, maybe your fragrance of choice doesn't go that far back in time, but you get the picture.
There are a ton of great new perfumes like Outspoken
by Fergie. According to the description, "Outspoken is for the woman who needs no introduction. With her fearless confidence, she lets her true personality shine through. True to herself and her beliefs...she is Outspoken. Sexy. Fearless. Unexpected." If this sounds like you, then you can purchase Outspoken (exclusively from Avon) for just $28.
We also suggest Euphoria
by Calvin Klein. The addictive scent is a contrast between exotic fruits like pomegranate and persimmon, florals like black orchid, and a rich mahogany wood. At $48.50, it's a little more expensive than Outspoken but it's just as nice.
Beauty Rut #6:
You're not sure what shade of foundation to wear, so you opt for the wrong color or you wear nothing.
As an African American woman, I can attest that it's often difficult to find the right shade of foundation. CoverGirl's Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation
is the perfect choice. It's preferred 2-to-1 over the leading department store compact for a silky, smooth finish. It's supposed to match 97% of skin tones without the heavy or cakey look. Maybelline's Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation
is another great compact. The patented air whipped formula is designed to provide a smooth finish. Both of these foundations are super affordable. CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation starts at just $9, while Maybelline Dream Smooth Moose Foundation retails for $8.
Beauty Rut #7:
You've been using the same shade of lip gloss or lipstick since the 1980's.
Beauty Rebound: Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm
will make you want to say adios to your old lip gloss or lipstick. It provides long wear and promises not to smudge or streak. Choose a light or dark shade like frenzy (red) or beloved (plum). You can snag one for about $6.99 & up! Going for a more natural look? Try NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment
. It's enriched with Vitamin E, Polar Berries and Acai Oil to help hydrate your lips, while giving them a sheer but noticeable tint. They are $25 each.
Beauty Rut #8:
As the weather begins to cool down, you often forget to moisturize with lotion containing vitamin E or sunscreen.
Banish dry skin this fall & winter with one of these moisture rich lotions. First up is Burt's Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion
. At just $7.99, this lotion will help keep your skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. Next is Neutrogena's Healthy Defense
. Not only does it contain vitamin E but it has sunscreen (SPF 30), so it'll help block out harmful UV rays. It's a steal for $13.99.
Have you ever been in a beauty rut? How did you get out of it? Share your tips and advice with other readers in the comments section below.
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