So one of the biggest barriers and fears in law school isn’t the exams or the competition, it’s the budget. Law school is just EXPENSIVE. My parents had agreed to get me through undergrad, but law school is essentially on my dime.
Moving to law school has definitely been an adjustment budget-wise. Phoenix, while relatively cheap, is still a lot more expensive than Lubbock, TX. Tuition is more expensive, books are more expensive, moving was expensive, my rent is a lot more expensive, and the costs are just definitely adding up. Without my parents footing the bill, and my part-time job, I had to cut back. This means no more paying for tanning, or fake nails, or other fancy beauty products- luxuries I was accustomed to having in undergrad
**yes, this sounds super spoiled and privileged, but we aren’t here to judge me ok
So here are some drug store beauty products that I swear are better than expensive alternatives, and won’t break the bank!
1.) Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse: I swear by this stuff! People compliment my spray tan all the time, and its literally just this. There are a lot of overpriced tanning foams out there, and this stuff is a fraction and just as good! I probably buy a bottle every 6-months or so, so it more than pays for itself. (I recommend the dark bronze)
2.) Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening: Obviously I’ve never had money to professionally whiten my teeth, but white strips add up and are nasty. I also don’t like sitting around for 30+ minutes with strips on, and this is only two minutes. I whiten about 2-4x per week and this kit lasts me about a year and keeps my teeth white year round.
3.) Loreal Voluminous Lashes Mascara: I get asked pretty regularly where I get my eyelashes done. I’ve never had them done, but I owe it all to “They’re Real” by Benefit. I don’t have money for fancy mascara anymore and this stuff is an amazing replacement (I think it might even be better!!)
p.s. I occasionally layer it with “Scandaleyes” by Rimmel and that really sets me over the top
4.) Essie Gel Couture Top Coat: So, this doesn’t quite replace getting my nails done, but it’s pretty close. I can keep my manicure from not chipping for maybe a week, which is better than just regular polish. I just use regular polish under this gel top coat, but I think if you used their gel polish under it the manicure would last even longer.
5.) Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Mask: There are so many great hair masks out there and they are all so expensive. If you only need them once in a while then I guess you can justify it. However, my hair keeps falling out (idk why, it’s a long story) so I use a little bit of hair mask on my ends every night. I LOVE this stuff. It is so reasonably priced and I probably buy a new pot once a year. I get so much use out of it and it smells so good.
**Side note: Kristen Ess hair products are pretty fantastic, and essentially luxury without being as expensive as other brands. I shouldn’t spend this much, but I’m balding so…
***Side Side Note: I find a ton of luxury beauty products at Marshalls and Nordstrom Rack. I have a really nice Anastasia highlighting pallette that I got from there for a fraction of the cost. If you can’t cut out the fancy stuff all together, this will at least get you closer to cutting costs.