Simple Summer Beauty: Best Products under $10

In the summertime I am all about simplicity when it comes to my daily regimen. I gravitate towards beauty products that are known for their quality, affordability, and company’s unique perspective. They’re my top three must-haves to discovering a new beauty product and a brand that not only will I love, but one I’m sure you will love as well! Essence Cosmetics, privately-held by German cosmetic company cosnova beauty, is one such beauty brand that has captured my heart effortlessly by not only having my top three must-haves, but by having an excellent team that is the backbone of the brand as well. Created in 2001 by Christina Oster-Daum, Essence Cosmetics has quickly risen in the beauty charts for their high-quality products (that are packaged absolutely adorably!), from their stunning gel polishes to their long-lasting lipsticks. All of the products are both simple in style and purpose; having won many Allure Beauty Awards and becoming the #1 brand in 11 countries worldwide, Essence Cosmetics is all about giving their customers on-trend and affordable products at the best quality. I’ve gathered up a list of my favorite goodies from Essence Cosmetics that are a must for creating any simple summer beauty look. Whether you want to be a bronzed goddess or have your nails shining in color, this brand totally has you covered — both in your style and wallet!
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Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder at $3.99
Highlight your tan with this bronzer that is sure to melt beautifully with your complexion. The smooth texture of this product makes it easy to blend, creating a picture perfect highlight for the summertime. Created with just the right amount of shimmer and color, you’ll be tossing this beauty into your makeup bag all the time.
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The Gel Nail Polish at $1.99
What is a nail salon again? You’ll soon forget with these gel nail polishes that makes giving yourself a long-lasting manicure and pedicure quicker and easier than ever. I am crushing over the Play With My Mint shade that I currently have on my nails — talk about an eye-catcher and perfect summer color!
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Longlasting Lipstick at $2.99
Available in nudes, pinks, reds and mauves, these Longlasting Lipsticks are the perfect companion for any summer festivity. Whether you are trying to make a statement in Coral Calling or want a great match for the Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder in Oh So Matt, this lipstick will last all day with its matte, yet creamy formula.
Lip Liner at $1.49
For the perfect combination to your Longlasting Lipstick, the Lip Liner from Essence Cosmetics is all about defining that extra pout. Available in six different gorgeous shades that are both smudge-proof and long-lasting (like the lipsticks, of course), you’ll be able to create tons of lip looks, such as an ombre effect or a natural transition from pencil to lipstick shade. Experiment and see what you can come up with!
Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara at $4.99
Within this incredibly adorable tube is a mascara product that creates faux lash volume with just a quick application of the conic shape fiber brush. You’ll be able to create a dramatic and smoldering look in all its glory. Your eyes will totally pop with the long-length frame from your lashes.
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All About…EyeShadows at $4.99
Chocolates, nudes, and tropical shades, oh my! These eyeshadow palettes embody a specific theme within the six shimmering and matte shades they come in. Currently, I am all about the chocolates that can switch up from a day to night look all with the addition of the darker shades within the palette. Just toss this easy-to-go product into your bag before a long day out and touch up for a night look when you’re ready to enjoy a well-deserved night out.
To purchase your own goodies from Essence Cosmetics, visit or your local ULTA, Fred Meyer store, or Shoppers Drug Mart (if you live in Canada) to start filling your shopping cart. Be sure to check out their Fall/Winter 2015 collection perfect for transitioning into our upcoming seasons.
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