Budget Lexicon

Tips for living a fabulous life on a budget

The Best Chapstick Ever (No, I Am Not Crazy) October 17, 2008

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Mentholatum Ointment (1oz) – $3.50

I am obsessed with chapstick. My skin/lips are incredibly dry and I have tried many products over the years. Carmex was my standing favorite until a friend recommended Mentholatum Ointment to me. Yes, I know it is vapor rub. My friend used to live in Colorado and had really bad chapped lips growing up. It also adds a nice shine to your lips if you are going without lipstick for an evening.


Budget Face Wash August 12, 2008

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Face Wash – Under $5.00

Since my first break out in Jr. high, I have never settled on a face wash. In an attempt to keep my grocery shopping to just one store – I decided to purchase Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash at Trader Joe’s.

Despite my skepticism about all things vegan, this face wash really works. Overall, its a great product. But it has some drawbacks – it smells like Pine Sol, it feels like Pine Sol if you get it in your eye, and it dries out your skin the first couple times you use it. Other than those issues, I would highly recommend this product as a great budget face wash.


Yay! Old Navy Candles, Soap & Lotion June 13, 2008

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Old Navy On SCo Soap – 2/$5.00,

Old Navy On SCo Lotion/Bath Gel – 2/$10

Old Navy On SCo Small Candles $5.50/each

I am the reason why companies put so money into packaging and ad campaigns…I like my all my purchases to be “pretty.” As a kid, I remember thinking that I liked my birthday presents better wrapped because they looked nicer.

I was totally shocked when I went into Old Navy this weekend and found soap, candles, and lotionĀ in the most adorable packaging and on sale! The soap was 2 for $5.00, lotion/bath gel 2 for $10 and candles $5.50/each. All of these products smell great and make the perfect gift for any girlie girl. The only drawback is they are not available online.


Budget Lip Gloss May 23, 2008

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Bath & Body Works CO Bigelow- $7.50

Lipstick and most lip glosses dry out my lips. I was really excited when I found this lip gloss at Bath & Body works. It has a great minty taste and comes in various tints. Also, they just launched new citris flavors for summer.


Beauty Obsession – CoverGirl Mascara April 23, 2008

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CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara – $7.99

Every girl has a beauty product that she cannot live without – my product is mascara. Someone once told me that you are supposed to play up your most unique feature with your makeup. My feature of choice is my eyes because they are really dark, which contrasts with my pale skin.

Unfortunately, my eyes are very squinty (my brother won the genetic lottery of big eyes and long eyelashes) and therefore mascara an essential part of my makeup routine. I have spent years searching for the perfect drugstore brand of mascara.

During the summer of 2006, I discovered CoverGirl Lash Exact Mascara and I have used it ever since. It is the first mascara that does not give me marks on my eyelids after a day of wear. It defines and lengthens my lashes, without looking clumpy and it is available most grocery stores and drugstores.

Beauty experts advise replacing mascara every month, so Lash Exact’s price of $7.99 is a perfect fit for a girl on a budget.


Drugstore Hair Products April 16, 2008

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Liquid Silk Hair Serum – $5.99

Herbal Essences DeGunkify Deep Cleaning Shampoo – $3.87

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo/Conditioner- $3.19/ea

Another area of my life that I need to convert over to my budget lifestyle is my hair products. I have naturally very curly hair that has seen some very bad haircuts. I think my traumatic experiences specific to my Jr. High “triangle hair” years have made me really sensitive to the quality of products that I put on my hair. Again, I am still learning that expensive does not always mean quality.

I have spent this week contemplating my conversion to budget hair products while finishing my expensive shampoo and conditioner. Yesterday, to my delight, WWWDaily had a post on this topic. WWWDaily interviewed celebrity hairstylist Kristoff Ball regarding the best hair products and what we should splurge and save on. Of course, my favorite part of this post was on the best drugstore products.

It always seems like a run out of all my hair products at once. So this weekend, my drugstore shopping trip will include Liquid Silk Hair Serum (I am totally guilty of the $35 hair serum), Herbal Essences DeGunkify Tingly Deep Cleaning Shampoo and Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo/Conditioner. Thanks WWWDaily!


High Quality, Low Budget Mani Pedi April 15, 2008

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Ivy’s Nails Mani Pedi – $20.00 (plus tip)

Last week, I decided to get a mani pedi in preparation for my birthday celebrations and a weekend in Palm Springs. Thankfully I selected the right nail salon, because my choice of Cal Trans worker orange polish ensured that everyone within a 5 mile radius was blinded by my nails.

There are many budget nail salons in Los Angeles. Ivy’s Nails on Robertson is the best quality, low budget nail salon that I have found. The salon is clean and the staff is very friendly (they made fun of my choice in polish by telling me my nails would glow in the dark). They gave me the exact shape and length I wanted and did not rush me while I was waiting for my nails to dry. I was highly satisfied with this salon and would definitely recommend it.

On a quick side note, I would like to clarify that getting a weekly mani pedi is not in my budget, nor what I am advocating with this post. I simply want to give people a great budget resource if they ever want to get their nails done.