Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's No. 1 beauty tip? An $8 drugstore manicure

It doesn't take thousands of dollars to look the part of a congresswoman. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is starting her first term as the youngest woman elected to congress ever, proved just that on her Instagram stories over the past weekend. 

After a snowstorm and many canceled flights, the 29-year-old New York representative was left scrambling to find a way back to Washington D.C. So, she hopped on a last minute Amtrak train and indulged in some very relatable self care: a (plastic) glass of white wine and a self manicure, courtesy of imPress

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She treated her followers to a quick tutorial on her go-to product, which sells for only $8. 

"The trick is to wait a bit and then file them down to your natural/desired shape. I usually go with plain nails but when I want a little pick me up or if an event is coming I’ll grab these at the drugstore," Ocasio-Cortez explained in her Instagram stories. "They last for a week!”

Plus, she recommends carrying a nail file and nail glue in your bag in case of a beauty emergency.

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The representative has been quite candid about her budget-friendly beauty routine since she began campaigning. Back in June, her makeup look from one of her debates against Representative Crowley got so many inquiries, she took to Twitter to reveal the name and brand. 

"I have been getting many inquiries about my debate lip color in the last two days. I GOT YOU. It’s Stila “Stay All Day” Liquid in Beso," she tweeted. There's definitely a meaning behind the name of her $22 lipstick of choice, if you ask us! 

To see more of how Ocasio-Cortez uses fashion as a platform, watch the video above.

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