My Favorite Budget Beauty Find of Late, Plus COTW!

This little guy is so handy, and only $5.
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This little guy is so handy, and only $5.

Lately I've been really into portable beauty products: little, travel-sized versions of my favorite lipstick or mascara and handy items like small compact mirrors that light up or deodorant wipes. I don't know why, because it's not like I ever go anywhere. 

I'd chalk up my insistence on always being prepared to my stint in Girl Scouts, but the truth is, I never made it past Brownies (I honestly thought brownies were going to be involved, and I refused to keep going when I discovered the cold, hard reality). 

Anyway my latest favorite beauty product to keep in my everyday bag is this Sonia Kashuk Lash and Brow Comb, which I recently found at Target for $5. It's useful for combing through clumpy lashes with the metal side, and tidying up brows with the other side. 

Brow side on the left, lashes side on the right. 

Brow side on the left, lashes side on the right. 

And when it's snapped closed, it's small enough to fit in your pocket. 

I should have added a quarter for scale. 

I should have added a quarter for scale. 

I probably won't whip it out in the middle of a restaurant to comb my brows (and I certainly don't encourage using it while sitting in your car at a red light or whatever) but I just feel good knowing I have it if I need it. Like if my brows are absolutely dire or something. Now I just need one of those pocket eyelash curlers. 

It's time for your Comments of the Week!

1. "Jodie Houghton" has beautiful white-blonde hair so I will definitely be stealing her purple shampoo recs: 

Having tried pretty much every purple shampoo out there I tend to go between Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes and Bleach London Silver Shampoo. When I bleach my roots I don't even bother with a toner anymore, I just whack either of those shampoos straight on the newly bleached parts and wrap my head in tinfoil for a couple of hours. It worked so well last time that I actually felt like I was wearing a wig!

2. "LettuceBalm" has an interesting suggestion about neem in beauty products:

The way to go with active botanicals is almost always to buy in concentrated form, rather than integrated into a product. Nature is powerful, and many companies take advantage of the buzz around ingredients that while useful, are not meant for daily use. My favorite way to use ingredients like neem, tea tree, rosemary, ginger occasionally, is to add a few drop to unscented skin care as I apply (I have a skincare line to I have access to all the ingredients and my own blends, but any unscented carrier oil or lotion is a good start). Many helpful oils smell horrid (sea buckthorn, I'm looking at you) and companies will mask the smell with irritating fragrance or essential oils, so it's better to take a diy approach. Your wallet will thank you too.

3. I loved Tamara's descriptions of guys to go along with colognes, but "Teensyslews" nailed hers as well:

Spicebomb: Tom Hardy is in your kitchen. He's shirtless. He's baking a spiced cake, maybe cardamom and cinnamon? The cake is shaped like a shirtless Tom Hardy. While it bakes, he's playing with the world's cutest puppy.

4. Looking for a good hair serum? "Squidge" has your back: 

For a cheaper alternative try L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil, I have the one with UV filter (red cap). I use it after a shower in damp hair, but its real good for heat protection and again to add shine after styling. Basically it's cheap, smells great (real floral) and lasts ages, one squirt for short to medium hair. I've had my bottle for 3 years and its only getting low now.

5. I had the same thought as "niviane" when I saw this temporary tattoo eyebrow pen:

My first thought was "oohh, I can draw temporary tattoos on myself!"

  • What's your most recent awesome budget beauty buy? 
  • Do you have any compact, life-saving beauty products that you always carry with you?