Beauty Math: Tax Day Edition

Ah, Tax Day — either you’re super-stoked for today because you are getting a healthy refund, freaking out because you still haven’t filed (procrastinate much?), or completely dreading it because you owe a buttload of money. While many retailers are giving away freebies today to help soften the blow, we thought we’d do you one better by working our arithmetic magic for a round of Beauty Math. This time, it’s geared toward helping you spend that refund (or lack thereof) to your best advantage.

We’ve rounded up the coolest, prettiest new beauty goodies on the market and sorted them into different tax refund brackets. Whether you owe money, are breaking even, getting a small refund, or somehow managed to wrangle a hefty chunk of change back from the government — we’ve got you covered. Scroll through (well, first go file your taxes if you still haven’t done that yet) to see the best ways to spend what Uncle Sam gave you.


Essence Stays No Matter What 24h Volume Mascara, $4.99, available at UltaEssie Nail Polish in In The Cab-ana, $8, Essie for locations; Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in Summer Cruise, $9, available at SephoraPantene Overnight Miracle Repair Serum, $5.99, available at Drugstore.comRemington Patent Leather Bow Barrette, $5, available at Remington.


Julep Rock Candy Nail Glaze in Carol, $14, available at SephoraSmashbox Mega Tint Long Wear Lip Color, $20, available at SmashboxKlorane Leave-In Spray With Citrus Pulp, $14, available at DermstoreSonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo, $12.99, available at TargetToccaCrema da Corpo Body Lotion in Stella, $20, available at BeautyBar.


Philosophy Total Matteness Pore-Minimizing & Mattifying Cleanser + Mask, $25, available at PhilosophyMAC Baking Beauties Pearlmatte Face Powder in Pink Buttercream, $30, available at MACLibrary of Flowers Parfum Crema in Linden, $21, available at Library of FlowersButter London Nail Lacquer in Sunbaker, $15, available at Macy’sOribe Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher, $22, available at Neiman Marcus.


Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Serum, $142, available at NordstromDior Hydra-Life BB Eye Crème, $45, available at Sephora; Aura by Swarovski Crystal Lip Gloss Pendant in Rose, $75, available at HSNNest Fragrances White Narcisse Classic Candle, $48, available at Saks Fifth AvenueGHD IV Violet Professional Styler, $199, available at GHD.

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