Office Attire, Business Casual, whatever you call it. It gets pretty boring! How many times can you recycle the same outfit? Unless you have a plethora of neutral toned slacks, appropriate length dresses and non-revealing blouses you are probably guilty of outfit repeating. I certainly am.  If you are like me, you have 3 types of clothes in your closet: work, party and comfy. I can’t wear a sexy low cut top, skinny jeans and biker boots to my 9-5. But I also refuse to spend the money I DON’T have on expanding my work wardrobe. If you are in the same boat is me – never fear!  I have found other ways to glam up my 9-5… without looking like someone pulled me off the side of the road on Sunset *cough* hooker *cough*

And since this is Beauty on a Budget, every item or product listed is under $10! #yourwelcome

Look #1: the bold lip with sock bun or top knot

Estimated Prep Time: 7 minutes

What You’ll Need….

Sock Bun  $3                                                     Maybelline Vivid Lip Stick $6

Sock Bun Vivid

Imagine you are running late for work, no time shower or do your hair (typical morning for me). Dab on some concealer, a bold coral, red, or pink lip and a coat of mascara. Makeup DONE!

Now on to the hair, put your hair into a high ponytail, then take your “sock bun helper thingy” and put it through your pony. Wrap your hair around it and secure with 2 bobby pins.

Look #2: the “I’m Lauren Conrad interning at Teen Vogue” look

Estimated Prep Time: 30 – 45 minutes

What You’ll Need…

EOS Lip Balm $3                 Color Tattoo in “Bad to the Bronze” $6          Loreal Infallible Liner $7

eos bad to the bronzesuper


This look definitely takes a bit more time and is great for a day when you have a lunch meeting or an obligation after work and want to look like you put in a little extra effort.

Start with your hair, curl the ends in 1-2 inch sections. It doesn’t need to be perfect because you are then going to gather it all into a low ponytail. Wrap a 1” section of hair around the elastic to conceal it. You can pair this hair style with a thick headband (very LC) or rock it as is!

For the makeup: with a clean finger apply a cream bronzy gold shadow to your lid. Use your liquid liner to create a natural looking cat eye (once again, very LC). Apply 1-2 coats of your favorite mascara on your top and bottom lashes. Finish off the look with your favorite EOS lip balm!

LC Hills

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