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How to Nail Summer Beauty on a Budget

Summer heat is here and with most people’s favorite season, summer fests are here too! Meaning sun, water, shorts, dresses, fun and summer sun-kissed skin. So this summer put the coins towards travels and let’s save on the major beauty hauls and wander down the aisles of your fave drugstore local. Here are seven budget friendly, summer essential beauty items to update your personal kit.

Summer Beauty on Budget


Even with the driest of skin, during summer I tend to gravity towards longwear but sheer foundations formulated for oily skin. Why?! Because I get super sweaty and foundation for oily skin is designed to up combat oil and sweat a little more. For this try, Revlon 24hr ColorStay. With a price point right under $13, this foundation wears well, helps to keep shine at bay, provided even coverage, and has properties to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

NYX’s 3C Conceal Correct Contour Palette does exactly what it says and works quite well for $12. For added value this palette comes in light, medium and deep with the right shades to color correct, cover dark circles, and highlight.

Dear Milani, how I luv thee! Milani’s Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collections is the best mix of affordable luxury. This shadow palette comes in six collections, each have six colors to choose from; usually three mattes and three coordinating shimmers for the fairest to deepest of complexions. You can go from day to night with the swipe of a brush, for under $10.

For double duty action, Korres Lip Butter is an awesome moisturizing lip balm that gives the right amount of pop for any summer beauty. At $12, this product melts right into the lips and can act as a crème blush as well. For the brave of heart, dap a little onto the lid of your eyes to give a summer dewy look.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara sits right about $9 and for this we get versatility. Use the wands tip for soft healthy looking curls while using the base of the wand for bold lashes. Formulated for wear, this mascara is also waterproof so go ahead and enjoy the pool parties.

For another $9 grab Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel that comes in a growing array of shades. This polish gives you that no-chip look without the light. Great for diy mani’s in between visits to your manicurist.

Let’s round out our beauty list with ColourPop anything. I know, I know, not a drugstore brand! But it’s still super affordable, great quality and provides a nice range of product types and colors. With prices at just $5-$10.

Summer Beauty on a Budget Grand Total: $75

For seven items, not bad for full face!

These are my seven budget summer essentials that won’t break the bank, what’s on your list??

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