A few new, budget beauty picks that are new or fairly new, with quick reviews and photos.
Finger Paints Bright Lights Big City Collection ($5.29 ; available at Sally Beauty Supply stores in Jan/Feb 2015) - What are fabulous looking collection this one is! The colors may not be spring appropriate, but they are very glitzy, festive and beautiful. I found the glitters to be good for layering while the shimmers were opaque in three coats.
Burt’s Bees has two new lip balms out in fun flavors like Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean ($ 3.30 each; burtsbees.com). They are the same formula as the other flavored lip balms by Burt’s, 100% natural sans the tingle. Vanilla Bean especially smells delicious and super sweet! They are not a cure for very dry or super chapped lips, but good for light layering or to protect lips from further dryness.
Essence Of Beauty, a bath and body line available exclusively at CVS now has an all natural line that has everything from hand creams, to body scrubs and washes. The Botanical Body Washes ($9.99; cvs.com) smell true to what they are described to be and cleanse gently without stripping or leaving any sort of a residue. I absolutely love them both so much and will be picking up more once I finish!
Carol’s Daughter Marula Curl Therapy Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit ($26; carols daughter com) is new and has products for dry frizzy hair. The collection is enriched with Marula Oil to help with manageability, better curl control and hair softening properties. This is a three piece starter kit, priced at $26 though all the products are all available individually. The Gentle Cream Cleanser, which is more of a Cleansing Conditioner, is a very mild cleanser that is just ok. I found that it din’t make my hair super clean and the texture was a bit on the thicker side and difficult to work with. I did like the Curl Control Diffusing and Styling Lotion and the Deep Hydration Mask, both of which are great for wavy, frizz prone hair. The Styling Lotion leaves curls looking beautifully natural and manageable while the Hydration Mask detangles and deeply hydrates. Hair looks healthy and super soft. I also love how the whole range smells, the deep conditioner especially.