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Beauty on a Budget

37415_1410440374657_1041900077_31054444_269186_nWith over 90,000 square feet of dresses, tops and price tags, I was ready for a workout when I arrived at the new Forever 21 flagship store in Times Square (New York City).

The store, spread out among four floors, boasts an adorable New York City theme. Each section is decorated for a unique area, right down to a real taxi! Just as I was blissfully wandering through "Williamsburg" and "Central Park," I stumbled upon my new favorite spot in the city — the Love & Beauty section!

Forever 21 launched their  beauty line last fall, but the flagship store boasts the largest selection I’ve seen. From eyeshadow palettes and shimmery blush to decorative tissues and tweezers, the collection is perfect for someone looking to boost their makeup bag on a budget. I couldn’t find a product that cost more than $8!

Luxurious Shimmer Powder, $3.80

Luxurious Shimmer Powder, $3.80

The flagship store is open until 2 a.m. — perfect for busy women who can't always find the time to shop. You can also order from the entire collection online.

Sales associate, Caroline Eco, walked me through the beautorium and showed me  her favorite finds for women on-the-go. I especially love the Luxurious Shimmer Powder ($3.80). The soft peach shimmer looks great on my skin and the convenient case (with built in puff and mirror) is perfect for my gym bag. I also picked up some blotting papers in a cute floral case ($1.80) to control shine in the summer heat. And, after checking the price three times, went home with a natural eyeshadow quad for $2.80. I'm hooked!

--Catherine O'Neill, beauty intern