Back to school beauty for under $10



The new school year is just a few weeks away. One way to take away the back to school blues is shopping! Here are a few makeup and beauty must haves that won’t set you back more than ten bucks.

Cologne Vial Samplers from Demeter (from top left): Fragrance not only makes your body smell good, it also lifts up your mind. Fragrance purveyor Demeter has more than 200 fragrances from simple scents like vanilla  and marshmallow to nostalgic scents like Mr. Bubble. Roll-ons start at $10 or try sample vials for just $2.50 each.

Dylan’s Candy Bar Press-On Nails: There is only one way to describe these cute press on nails from Dylan’s Candy Bar – sweet! Amp up your nails for class with these beauties for just $6.50. Also available in cotton candy,

Wonder Pencil by NYX: This pencil is a makeup kit essential. Use it to highlight brows, cover blemishes, highlight and line. Comes in three colors, $4.50 everywhere NYX is sold.

Rosebud Salve: This wonder salve gives you just a little hint of color while healing and moisturizing chapped lips. Use it to moisturize cuticles, soothe cuts and more. Only $6 and lasts forever.

Tony Moly I’m Real Red Wine Mask Sheet – This easy to use sheet mask By Korean brand Tony Moly is  formulated with red wine extract to reduce pores, tighten and purify skin. Just place on your face, relax and in 20 minutes you’ll feel like you went to the spa, $3.75 at ULTA.

Ballet Slippers by Essie – This light pink polish by Essie is one of the most popular nail polish colors on the planet.  The sheer pale pink color looks great on everyone and is perfect for any occasion, $8.50 wherever Essie is sold.

KISS Beautiful Brow Kit:  Brows are the centerpiece for your face. This kit by KISS has everything you need to get them in shape including two powders, wax, highlighter, brushes, razor and stencils. Available for only $7.99 at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Walmart.


Kiss and Tattoo Junkee Halloween goodies!

Pumpkin bread and candy corn are just a couple of things we get to indulge in around Halloween. But the holiday is also the time to get creative with your makeup and nails. Here are few Halloween products that you can use all month and with your costume on the big day.

Kiss and Broadway Nails have two types manicure products that are all decked out for Halloween. Kiss Nail dress are cute stickers that you simply apply and then file the edges off. There are four special edition designs priced at $2.99 each. Find them at Kmart, CVS and Walgreens stores. Broadway Nail’s imPRESS Press-On Manicures are great when you don’t have the time/don’t want to damage your nails with acrylic nails. They simply “press-on” and last about a week. Get your hands on the six limited edition Halloween designs for $7.99 at Kmart, CVS and Walgreens stores.


Need some lashes to go with your costume? These cute Halloween lashes By Kiss are as cute in the package as they are on your eyelids. Available in kitty, witch, devil, angel, princess and fairy for just $3.99 each with adhesive included, available at Kmart stores.


Fake tattoos are big at Halloween, for both costumes and for an activity at parties. Tattoo Junkee has an easy kit for making realistic looking tattoos and glitter tattoos. The kit comes with stencils, 3 body glitters, body glue and glitter application brush, $9.98 at Wal-Mart stores.


Tattoo Junkee also has a lineup of other fun stuff glitter lip paint, glam stamps and matte finish realistic tattoo body paints available in black, brown and henna. All the products are available at Wal-Mart starting at $6.88.

ImPRESS and Kiss Nail Dress add new styles for fall

Your favorite manicure solutions brands have released new styles for Fall 2013. The limited edition collections are fresh from the minds of brand ambassadors Katie Cazorla and Alli Simpson.

Katie Cazorla Kiss Nail Dress Fall 2013

Nail guru Katie Cazorla has designed six Kiss Nail Dress prints including a pink leopard design called “Vintage”, Black tips with gold lace border called “Ballet Flats” and my favorite, black flower stencils intertwined with butterflies called “Boho”. Kiss Nail Dress include 28 nail stickers in different sizes that will fit both your fingers in toes with one package. A great value considering you would be hard pressed to get a manicure and pedicure for $6.99 anywhere else. The limited edition designs are available now at Walgreens and Rite Aid stores across the U.S.

Tips for applying: Use manicure scissors to trim and then file edges. Apply toes first so you don’t mess up you fingers when applying and filing your toes!


Alli Simpson’s design for imPRESS Press On Manicures includes six designs in both short and long nail lengths. No matter if you’re a plain Jane or a wild child, you’ll find something in this collection to wear. Designs include a basic mauve, “Bio 101” in short, a bold peacock feather nail design called “Driver’s Ed” and a leopard print french manicure called “Xtra Credit”. Solid colors are only $5.99 and designs are $7.99. Look for them in Walgreens, Walmart and Rite Aid stores. Check out my review for tips on applying imPRESS Press On Manicures.

Keep watch for the new imPRESS Nail Designer Kits by Cheryl Burke, coming to stores this October. The kits have imPRESS Nails plus pre-cut strips of Nail Dress you can use to make your own design. The Limited Edition imPRESS Nail Designer Kits will be priced at $7.99 at will be available at Rite Aid stores and Wal-Mart.

Limited Edition imPRESS Nail Designer Kits by Cheryl Burke
Limited Edition imPRESS Nail Designer Kits by Cheryl Burke

imPress is a new easy manicure solution

ImPress Press-On Manicure (by Broadway Nails and the Kiss Company) is a lighter, thinner press-on artificial nail. To attach, clean the nail with the enclosed wipe, peel the backing form the inside of the nail and press on. They are easy to put on, but most of you will want to file or cut them down to a shorter length. To make them last as long as possible, cut your natural nails down first. If you don’t, you are more likely to notice “lifting”. I did not cut mine down, so after about 4 days that lifting sensation was bothering me. The package says they can last up to a week. They come in solid colors ($5.99) and dynamic prints ($7.99). You can print a $1 off coupon here.

These are great when you just don’t have time to do your nails or get a manicure. I also thought about putting a glitter nail polish over them and save myself the agony of taking it off my natural nails. I would definitely buy these again.

imPress Press-On Manicure

Before I cut/shaped

After shaping