Affordable Nail Polish – 3 Great Brands Under $5

Posted On Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

Affordable Nail Polish: best beauty brands under $5 Yesterday the beauty world took an audible gasp as Christian Louboutin entered the world of beauty. The brand, known for its iconic red bottom shoes, launched a line of nail polish {additional beauty products are on the way}. Oh, but did I mention the polish retails for $50? Yup, 50 bucks for a teeny bottle of Louboutin nail polish.
If you’re not into spending a ton of money on nail polish, check out affordable beauty brands that feature amazing polish that stands the test of time.

Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Beauty Buys

Posted On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime, Deals & Steals

With just three weeks until Christmas, it’s time to seriously start buying your holiday gifts. You probably have your list of who you need to shop for, but now the problem is what to actually buy! Some gifts are tricky {especially if a size is involved}, but you really can’t go wrong with beauty products.
I love the idea of not just giving someone a single beauty-ful gift, but more like a series of them. Putting together a beauty basket of useful products is easy, affordable and sure to make the recipient feel special.

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Posted On Friday, June 24th, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime, DIY, Looking FLY on a Dime

InStyle: Summer statement shoes under $100

Yahoo! Shopping: How to score amazing dollar-store beauty steals

Glam Morena: Enter to win $100 worth of Wet n Wild products

All You: 33 websites that save you money

Studs and Pearls: See how to turn toy figurines in to statement jewelry

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Posted On Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Fab Under $50, Looking FLY on a Dime

Refinery 29: Editors put together outfits under $50, with finds from Kmart and Salvation Army

Savings Lifestyle: 10 thrift shopping tips

Nouveau Cheap: Check out Wet n Wild‘s summer collection of polish and eyeshadow, which hits stores next month

Glamour: Spring shoes under $150

The Cut: Get a peek at Gap’s Fall 2011 collection

Budget Beauty: Wet n Wild Fast Dry Polish

Posted On Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Filed Under: Beauty on a Dime

I finally got my hands on the Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color and I was anxious to see if it really dried in 60 seconds flat. I’ve previously tried the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, so I had to see how the cheaper {$1.99 each} Wet n Wild version stacked up. I couldn’t pick just one color so I went with two hues: Saved by the Blue, a rich cobalt color and Hannah Pinktana, a sparkly light purple.

Compared to the Sally Hansen variety, Wet n Wild’s polish was a bit thin. After one coat, the Saved by the Blue seemed streaky but gave full coverage after the second coat. I really loved the high shine it gave off.

{polish without a top coat}

I wanted to see what the sparkly Hannah Pinktana looked like so I just painted my pinky with it. The first coat was pretty sheer, but after a second, thicker coat, it had a bit more color and glittery appeal.

So, how long did it take to dry? That’s what you really want to know. After a minute, I pressed down on my nail and it was still tacky to the touch. I even smudged my thumb nail. After about 2 minutes I was good and dry. The product also claims to have a specially-engineered brush that assists in easy application, but I didn’t notice anything exceptional about the brush.

Though it didn’t dry in the promised 60 seconds flat, I was happy with the colors. And seriously, you can’t beat a two minute drying time. I would definitely turn to these for a quick polish change when I’m heading out for the night.

Oh, remember the Sally Hansen Salon Effects I tried last week? Check out the update and see how long they lasted and why the removal process was a tad annoying.