Marilyn, we love you, but if we’re being honest, we think you got it wrong when you said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Of course, we like sparkly things and a well-cut diamond really can hyptonize a girl into saying things like “yes, I’ll marry you” or, “I forgive you for not liking my last Instagram post” but at the end of the day, it’s really not necessary to spend that much money to make a girl happy.
Case and point:
everything on this shelf. First of all, you’re never too old for Archie Comics, you just aren’t. While we’re on this topic, if anyone has access to or knows where to find the issue where Betty finally decides to take her god-damned hair out of a pony tail, incidentally winning the attention of every dude on the beach, we will pay you in . . . some very enthusiastic high fives. Swedish Berries are the greatest candy ever made and we can be bribed with them. Honestly – we’d take a bag of Swedish Berries over a bag of quarters. Don’t give us that BS about how many bags of Swedish Berries you could buy with a bag of quarters. The name of the game is instant gratification. Family picture = favorite people on the planet. The cutest piece of art covered in glass is our favorite present ever . It’s done by a local Calgary artist, the extremely talented Julya Hajnoczky, specializing in personalized miniature paper sculptures. The picture circa 1975 that reads: “Love is the summer side of life” hung in our parents’ bedroom growing up and has been established as a Muzyka Family heirloom and will be cherished for the rest of time. Libertee has a thing for old cameras and Lecina an obsession with old man watches.
Simply put, the items on this shelf make us smile without putting a large dent in out bank account. In fact, when we got to thinking about it, some of the most integral items in our cosmetics closet are actually the cheapest, and can be found at Walmart.
Behold, our favorite beauty items under $15.00!
Loreal Elnett Satin –
We both love Elnett for its microfine spray, its ability to play well with coloured hair and it’s satin like finish. Gone are the days of “hairspray hair” that’s sticky and not conducive to touching. Elnett goes on clear, holds your style naturally (read, your hair will still move in the wind) and wont’ flake when brushed out. Libertee prefers the unscented version, but Lecina opts for the scented kind as it reminders her of the way her grandma smells. So – keep that in mind.
Believe it or not, we don’t keep this in or make-up bag for our eyes. . . it’s for pimples! First let us say that pimples are bullshit and the fact that we’re well into thirty and still dealing with these assholes is ludicrous. Regardless of our disdain, they happen. For the days they rear their white, ugly heads, Visine to the rescue. The Visine formula is designed to reduce redness; it does this by shrinking your tiny capillary blood vessels. Applying a layer of visine to a fresh pimple won’t do anything about the topography of the pimple – but it will make it less red. Serious!
Smith’s Rosebud Salve –
if you’re into wearing lipstick and you live somewhere in western Canada we highly recommend keeping this on your nightstand and applying before bed. In fact, it’s cheap enough to buy two and keep the other in your make up bag as this stuff is legit magic and a remedy for blemishes, rough cuticles, burns, and for all of the moms out there, even diaper rash!
Sally Hansen Complete Manicure-
Cuticle Eraser and Moisturizer. If you’ve been following along, you know that Lecina struggles with cuticle maintenance. “Seriously, why can’t they just take care of themselves? They’re so needy!” It’s obvious she’s been looking for a simple solution (lazy) and she’s found it in this magic potion. This vat of magic gradually moisturizes and eventually erases excess cuticles. The solid formula stays put all night, so all you have to do is remember to apply this before bed. . . this shouldn’t be that difficult, Lecina. “Ugh”
Batiste Dry Shampoo –
If you’re washing your hair every day, stop that. . . if you’re not, buy this. We love Batiste dry shampoo for its ability to extend the amount of time between laborious, traditional shampoos, its glorious smell, available in original, floral and coconut scents and of course, it’s fantastic price point.