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Spending a ton on cosmetics may be a way of life for Gossip Girl‘s queen bee Blair Waldorf, but that’s just the character shopping. In real life, actress Leighton Meester says she’s all about the bargains when she’s buying beauty products. “Look, I’m a South Florida girl — if you need mascara, you go to Walgreens,” Meester recently told StyleList. “One of the joys of my job is being able to try all different products, but if I can spend a lot less on something, I’d rather do that.” The Herbal Essences spokesmodel saves her pennies by stocking up on some of her favorite drugstore beauty must-haves, including CoverGirl lip stains, L’Oreal Naturale Mascara and one her ultimate favorites: cocoa butter. “It’s 99 cents! I love it,” she raved. But regardless of what she’s using when getting dolled up, she always keeps one style icon in mind. “Oh, Bette Davis. Those lips,” she gushed. “You know how you’re supposed to choose between playing up your eyes or your lips? I always choose lips. I love the drama.” Tell us: Where do you buy cosmetics? –Kim Peiffer