these days, bargain beauty thrills seem increasingly hard to find…everything you see now is full of rare algae extracts, gold leaf, or some other exotic ingredient that translates to a huge pricetag. so, in the spirit of saving for the holidays, i thought i’d check out a few thrifty finds from my friendly neighborhood target.*
first up, i’ve been desperate for a more moisturizing hair care regime ever since the weather turned chilly. every year, when the heater’s finally on for the season, and the wind and rain kick into high gear, my hair frizzes up, and i’m generally a mess until my system adjusts. but since i haven’t found salvation in any high-end products, i thought it couldn’t hurt to check out a few target finds. and sure enough, i fell for organix instant repair cocoa butter shampoo and conditioner. i’m not a huge fan of the smell (more cocoa than butter, if you like that sort of thing), but i like that there are no sulfates and no animal testing (why i fear for the safety of animals testing shampoo is beyond me, but there it is). they’re packed with cocoa butter and sesame seed oil to provide some serious conditioning punch, and at $6.99 each, they will save me some serious coin versus my normal phyto splurges.
but the real saving grace has been umberto’s roman oil serum, which i can tell you works some serious magic on my fried locks. as the old ad says, “just a dab will do you”…in fact, more than that and your hair turns from dry to grease-ridden in the blink of an eye, so do have some dry shampoo on hand when you first try this, just in case. but if you’re stingy, you’ll be repaid with some seriously amazing, shiny, happy hair, thanks to all of the olive oil and coconut oil packed inside. i’ve been using a dab before i blow dry, and a dab at the end to smooth flyaways, and it’s utterly perfect. it’s a steal at $9.99, and will probably last me a year.
while i’m still sticking with my higher end goods for face cleansing and moisturizing, i have to say that some of the new makeup gurus making products for target definitely have my vote. for example, i love the new catwalk i-kit from jk jemma kidd. normally, i sort of hate the big combo kits, as i end up loving only a couple of things, and am forced to lug around/deal with all of the extra stuff i don’t love. but this kit going to save me all sorts of effort the next time i’m packing for a trip, since i love absolutely everything inside. for $26, you get primer/concealer (it’s no laura mercier, but it does the work), base shadows, liner shadow and five gorgeous colored shadows in totally wearable earth tones. i can’t remember the last time i tried a kit when i liked every color in the box, but here you are. and honestly, when it comes to powder eyeshadow, i think most are about the same, so this is a great place to save if you can find colors you love.
last but not least, ever since neutrogena discontinued my all-time favorite mascara, i’m on the hunt for a new love. and let me tell you, it’s right up there with finding the perfect jeans. but np set by napoleon perdis has a pretty impressive contender in its new glamorista mascara ($15). the thin plastic bristles keep lashes from clumping together, and they also provide a nice, thin coat of mascara (oh, how i hate cakey applications). once it’s on, this stuff doesn’t budge…in fact, i tested by applying some to the back of my hand and trying to wipe it off with a tissue. no smudging whatsoever, friends. but it comes off relatively easily once you apply water…the best of both worlds, in my opinion.
next time around, i’m hoping to test drive a few of boots’ best target finds…they have a lipstick i’ve been addicted to since the dark ages, so who knows what other goodies i’ll find.
have you had any great beauty scores at target lately? tell us all about it in the comments…i’m always anxious to hear about someone else’s beauty steals!
*the ftc blather: samples were provided by the nice people at target, so a big thanks to them. but, as usual, i only told you about the best stuff!