Beauty on a Budget

As a grad student, #money these days is hard to come by. Maybe your boat looks a little like mine - you might be trying to get out of credit card #debt, you'd like to build your emergency fund, or maybe this is the year you finally save for that amazing #vacation. Whatever the case may be, it's time to whip that #budget into shape. A great place to start is with wallet-friendly #beauty products that actually rival those expensive #brands you used to buy.

Johnson's® Baby Powder
Johnson's® Baby Powder

Believe it or not, baby powder is a great dry shampoo. It's definitely not as fancy as Bumble and Bumble or Klorane, but it gets the job done and is super cheap. The key is to only apply a little at a time and build up until you've achieved the desired look.

e.l.f. Contouring Kabuki Brush
e.l.f. Contouring Kabuki Brush

e.l.f. has super affordable makeup - but many people don't know they also have super affordable beauty tools. This brush is perfect for powder, blush, or bronzer, and won't break the bank.

Almay Brow Pencil™
Almay Brow Pencil™

Almay makes great non-comedogenic products that are also gentle on your wallet. This brow pencil comes in various colors and does a good a job as the expensive brands. Before Almay, I used the coveted Anastasia brow pencil, and switching to Almay was painless.

Suave® Essentials Wild Cherry Blossom Body Wash
Suave® Essentials Wild Cherry Blossom Body Wash

Believe it or not, Suave had some amazing-smelling body washes. These babies are cheap, and a pretty decent size. The only place you're missing out against fancy Bath and Body Works or Body Shop body washes is in packaging - but who really studies packaging when their eyes are covered with shower water?

SinfulColors Professional Nail Color
SinfulColors Professional Nail Color

Sinful Colors is by far the most long-lasting polish I've ever worn (with at-home application, at least). You can buy this at any drugstore and its more than half of what you'd pay for Essie. It also comes in zillions of colors.

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