If you are anything like me, you love a really great bargain. I am not talking about those ridiculously high heels that you found at the consignment store that you know you will never wear, but had to buy because they were so darn cute. I am talking about real bargains that are useful; enter the Dollar Store.
While your first thought as to where to shop for crueltyfree makeup and body care items would not necessarily be the dollar store, I think you will be surprised at what great items you can find there at phenomenal prices.
Every item I will be talking about today was purchased at Dollarama. I did not have to search too hard to find a treasure trove of crueltyfree goodies. Let’s go shopping!
Wet n’ Wild, Hard Candy, and Ardell Lashes
Wet n’ Wild; the brand conjures up images for me of my teen years, and a blue lipstick I bought on a whim, along with endless nail polishes from their line that I stashed for those makeover parties. Little did I know, I was already buying crueltyfree, and that many of their items are vegan.
I purchased their Mega Protein Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, and a Color Icon Kohl Liner in Baby’s Got Black; the mascara was $3.00, and liner was $1.50. Just two of the fantastic items Wet n’ Wild offers on the cheap; what a great way to try something new. If you do not wear makeup often, and you shudder at paying more than $20 elsewhere for a liner or mascara, Wet n’ Wild could be just the ticket.
Next up is Hard Candy Split Personality Eye Shadow Duo in Headcase Rose and Confused Gold. There were other shade combos to choose from, but I thought these would be the most versatile. Their double-ended shadow wand is genius – two colours in one pen. It is a cream-to-powder shadow, so I would recommend using a good base such as the Nars Smudgeproof Shadow Base as this format can be a little more challenging to work with. I paid $2.50 for these at Dollarama, about half the price they are listed for on Amazon.
To finish any look, who does not love false lashes! I always grab some when I see them at a good price, as they can end up costing a lot but Ardell Lashes are usually available in a multitude of styles and colours at the dollar store. I picked up two pairs; one very dramatic and one more natural for $3.00 each. Sometimes they have some more edgy lashes available usually closer to Halloween, so I always make sure to grab some for creative shoots. I love having a variety of lashes on hand so I can offer my clients a good range of lash options. They will not expire like makeup, so feel free to load up on lashes.
Delon Labs, Avalon Organics, and The Crème Shop
In my dollar store pilgrimage for crueltyfree, I happened upon a face cleanser from Delon Laboratories for $3.00 which I was fortunate enough to get the last bottle of. This line is made in Montreal, and they make some exclusive items for Dollarama. This cleanser has cleansing beads made from Candelilla wax and jojoba esters, not plastic microbeads, for moisturizing. They also make an eye makeup remover that I will be on the lookout for next time, as I hear it is amazing and at the $3.00 price point would be a great find.
Hair care is an area with lots of great options, but finding Avalon Organics at Dollarama was amazing. I picked up their Nourishing Lavender Shampoo which is both vegan and Leaping Bunny certified. I picked this up for $4.00, about half the regular retail price, which is excellent for this level of product.
Ingredients are certified organic, and their shampoos and conditioners contain no sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrances or dyes. Looking forward to adding this into my shampoo rotation.
The dollar store is also a great source for cosmetic tools, which I need to replenish often in my professional makeup kit. I grabbed some latex free cosmetic wedge sponges by The Crème Shop ; a steal at $2.00 for a twelve pack. Wedges are great for blending or applying foundation; they can be washed, but I would really recommend a single use only as soap can become embedded deep inside the sponge, which can cause breakouts and harbour bacteria.
The next time you hit Dollarama for those last minute gift bags, cards, or seasonal decor, make sure to visit the makeup and personal care aisles to see what treasures you can find. It is always nice to save a little and put your dollars towards crueltyfree beauty products!
Peace, Love, and Lipstick,
Come back next week when I expound and extol the virtues of Elate Cosmetics!