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I made a trip to Walmart with the challenge of stocking up on summer beauty essentials for $30. We all know $30 will get you approximately 1.5 items at Sephora (if you’re lucky), 3-5 vodka drinks at the bar (depending on where you live), 3 months of Spotify premium, or 2 Clearblue Easy tests. What?

But at Walmart, 30 dolla’ means you’re a balla. I picked up five (ALMOST six) beauty essentials to last me through the summer and beyond, all the while inhaling a bag of trail mix that I hangrily grabbed when I walked in the store and taking #WalmartBeauty selfies in the aisles. Can’t hide class, y’all.

I got home, spread out my goods, and turned on my webcam (wait, not like that)…

Just to recap the products:


1. Nivea Smooth Sensation body lotion ($5.92): Serious, long-lasting moisture sans greasiness. And the Shea butter holds onto that vacay tan.

2. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes in ‘Night Calming’ ($5.97): Keep these in your bedside drawer next to your…never mind.

3. Dove Advanced Care anti-perspirant/deodorant in ‘Caring Coconut’ ($4.88): Do you want your armpits to smell like nature’s most majestical bounty? DUH.

4. Revlon Super Lustrous Creme lipstick in ‘Love That Red’ ($4.97): Everyone, GET THIS LIPSTICK. It’s so silky smooth, is the magical shade that looks fab on all faces, and is comparable to other BOSS red lipsticks, but a fraction of the price.

5. CoverGirl Bombshell Shineshadow in ‘Copper Fling’ ($6.94): Eyelids done in under six seconds? Yes please.

For the record, the trail mix was $4.98 for a giant bag. It will be gone in 48 hours. Ok, 24.

What would be on your summer essentials? Scrounge up $30 and get to bargain beauty hauling!

Thrifty Ashley

Head on over to Instagram @AshHess for some fun pics and the products that didn’t make the cut this time, but I’ll be going back for…


Every woman has her own unique way of showing her beauty. At Walmart discover the latest products and most trusted brands at everyday low prices, so you can save money and live beautifully. walmart.com/walmartbeauty

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