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Thursday, January 9, 2014

5 Favorite Beauty Products Under $5

Tomorrow I am going to begin a new Friday series entitled “My Favorite 5”. I love learning about what other people adore using. Some of my favorite products that I now can’t live without came to me initially via word of mouth.

So the premise is this, individuals from all over blogland will be asked what are five of their favorite things. It can be anything….food, clothing, crafts, books, dollar store items, tools, cleaning products or tips.

To kick things off I thought I would share my 5 favorite beauty products that are under $5.

(I am in no way, shape or form being paid for this post. These are just a few products that I like.)


In my younger days I spent big money on expensive shampoo. But for the past 10 years I have used Pantene Pro V  “Classic”.  I highlight my hair about twice a year. Even using this drugstore brand the color stays put and I rarely, if ever, get split ends. You can find it everywhere. I often do price matching at Wal Mart AND use a coupon so I can generally purchase it for around $2.00 a bottle.

Twenty years ago I lived in upstate New York. During a brutal winter my hands became so dry that they began to crack. My friend Petra told me to use Nivea Crème. I love that it sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy. I also use it on my knees, elbows and feet. A little goes a long way. If you use a Nivea lotion coupon you can get a jar right at $5. It is found in most drugstores.

Between the Fashionista and myself we have a number of mascaras. Everything from Chanel to Maybelline. But time and time again I use CoverGirl lash exact mascara in Very Black. It never clumps, lasts all day without smudging and washes off easily at night. It can be found everywhere. Use a coupon to bring it down to the $5 range.

I have somewhat oily eyelids. While I tend to use higher end eyeshadow (such as Mac and Clinique) I always use the same product as a primer to avoid creasing. It is Loreal Infallible eye shadow in Endless Pearl. Use a coupon and it too can be had for around $5.

My last favorite also came to me via word of mouth. A dermatologist who was a guest on the Dr. Oz show to be exact. She claimed that the St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer was as good as the expensive brands. I figured for $5 (using a St. Ives coupon) what did I have to lose? The jar was HUGE! But she was right. It is good. It sinks in quickly, doesn’t leave my face and neck feeling greasy and I love the smell.

Last week one of my neighbors asked me how old I was and could not believe I was 45. Yes, this one’s a keeper.

So if you (and your blog) would like to be featured on Friday’s “My Favorite 5” just send me an email    décor to adore (the @ symbol)         (My apologies for the cryptic address, I am trying to avoid spammers and account hackers.)

I can’t wait to hear from you!


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest,Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground, The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Great tips Laura!
I use several of the same or similar.
I would love to do this and be featured, I will e-mail you.

Blackberry Lane said...

I have always loved Cover Girl mascara. Thanks for these tips, Laura.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the tips are under $5
I use Pantene, for my very dry hands I can not live without gold bond hand creme. But I want to try your St IVes, I have yet to ever find a moisturizer I like. Usually they make my skin red and irritated, so I may just try it!

Debbie said...

Love, love, love the idea, and I would actually like to particiate.

I can't believe this, though, but I JUST came home from the store, where I stood for-evah at the cosmetics counter trying to find something for my newly sagging skin. I hadn't noticed the sagging until recently. (Possibly because I have lost weight, and it was being filled up with fat...) I would have tried that St. Ives one, but noooooo..... I bought something else.

Rita C. said...

Funny, Laura, I just drafted a similar post yet to publish. Great minds.....;)

Blondie's Journal said...

i love posts like this...we women have to support one another, you just can't always believe the ads. I love St. Ives products...they are no nonsense and attractively packaged. You feel you are getting more for your money.

I would love to contribute but not sure how you are working this. Also, are we staying in a $5.00 range?


Louise said...

Great tips. I love stuff like this. I have a skincare tip that isn't really a product, but more a make at home treatment. 2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt (the 2% a little of the good fat is necessary) with a big pinch of turmeric. Smoosh that over your face for ten minutes then rinse. Dont get it on fabric, turmeric stains. This is great for dry and/or sensitive skin. It's both a very gentle exfoliator and hydrating and soothing. It's as good as much more $$$ and high end facial enzymes etc.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is such a great idea! And I love the products you've shown. I'm going to make a little list to take shopping. I really want to get some of the creams! I use Pantene and love it, too! Hugs!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I use Nivea too and I loveeeeee it!!

Deanna said...

Great prices!
Glad you shared.

Maureen Wyatt said...

This is a great idea! I'll be trying some of these products for sure.

Linda said...

Thanks for the tips :)
One thing I've never used is a facial moisturizer. At 49, I still get pimples from time to time and my skin is just kind of normal, not particularly dry though. I also have always just washed my face with soap and water (gasp!)

Vel Criste said...

Oooh, have to try the St. Ives cream! Thanks for sharing Laura!

Katherines Corner said...

Great post! Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs! P.S. I use three of these :-)

Carol said...
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Carol said...

I just may have to give the St. Ives a try. I've been using Olay products for a while now, but they do tend to be rather spendy.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Coming to you from the Scoop. I love inexpensive products, so this post was a must-read as far as I'm considered. I will definitely try that St. Ives. Thanks, girl! XOXO