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REVIEW: Cheap Beauty Products

I have this thing where I can't run into Target, Walgreen's or any store with a cosmetics aisle without impulsively buying a bunch of beauty products. All I need is a some paper towels and a bottle of vitamins, yet somehow I walk out with three lipsticks, pink nail polish and defizzing hair spray. It's a disorder for which there is no known cure. Though I'm pretty sure I'm not alone.

Anyway, I've been using the following drug-store products for a few weeks now, so I figured I'd jot down some mini reviews.

Regis Designline Ultimate Radiance Defrizz Spray

I've been using this defrizz spray every day for a couple months. It definitely helps smooth my hair, but only partially. I still rely on lots of Moroccon Oil and second-day, natural oils. I think I'd try a different defrizzer before going back to this one. It smells lovely though.

Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

I thought for sure I wasn't going to like this stuff. The whole "carrots" thing seemed gimmicky, like no one's ever thought of putting vegetables in a cleanser before. But I actually like it! It lathers on nicely and doesn't leave my skin dry or clog my pores. And the bottle lasts forever. Can't complain about that.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Volume & Lift Mascara

For the longest time I had this theory that all mascaras are the same — they all aim to lengthen, thicken and darken your eyelashes. But I can actually see a difference in the way this stuff goes on. There isn't much thickening happening — it's all about length and precision and coating each last individually. I'm digging it. The extra skinny wand is a big help too. I'll repurchase this mascara.

Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer

This is the first makeup primer I've ever owned. I bought it solely for the purpose of helping my under-eye concealer stay put. It doesn't work. I still get little wrinkle lines of concealer, and I am now questioning whether it's even possible to prevent such wrinkles in the first place. Boo.

NP Set Memory Foundation tinted moisturizer

It says "foundation" on the bottle, but this is apparently a tinted moisturizer, and I've been using it as such. But perhps "tinted moisturizer" is just a new way of saying "foundation," since so many ladies — myself included — are reluctant to use foundation. (Tinted moisturizer just sounds lighter and less costumey.) I'm on the fence about this product. It looks nice and dewy when I first put it on (note: avoid your eyebrows ... I learned the hard way), but after a day in the sun, it starts to look uneven and streaky.

Arcona Eye Dew

This isn't cheap and I didn't get it at a drug-store, but I've been using it regularly and need to review it at some point. I have no idea if this eye dew works. The skin around my eyes doesn't really need repairing, so I guess I'm going the "protect" route. The instructions say to use it in the morning, but it takes forever to dry, so I apply it before bed. If in five years my eyes haven't aged at all, we'll know it worked. And then the great mystery of the beauty world will be solved.

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