So here’s the deal…I love specialty beauty stores and products from the salon as much as any girl can. But let’s face it– bottles, jars, and tubes full of beauty promises can be ex-pen-sive! So whether you’re a college girl, or a young mom like me, or just any girl trying to make your dollars stretch, these are 10 affordable beauty products that I love!
10. Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish
When it comes to nail polish, I’m like a kid in a candy shop, and initially, the colors and the pretty new style bottles are what drew me away from the obligable OPI, and the trendy Essie, to the throw back girl- Sally Hansen! The factor of a gel-like nail polish without the UV light, without making a trip to the salon, without spending more than $8, and much longer wear than any other nail polishes I’ve ever used, has made this my go-to, at-home nail polish! And I LOVE the colors! Just use your favorite colors with the Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat and you have an affordable alternative to the nail salon. You’re Welcome!
9. L’OREAL Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
Disclaimer: my faaaavorite cream/serum/foundation/color corrector for my face is the Bare Minerals illuminating serum. But that’s one of my splurge items and does not apply for this list. Therefore, my next best choice that can be found at your local store is the L’oreal BB cream. I feel that L’oreal is usually one of my favorite inexpensive brands, and that was even before Blake Lively was their spokeswoman 🙌🏻. Now it’s a shoe-in, because I will buy anything that Blake Lively tells me. An-y-thing! Anyway, I love how this L’oreal BB Cream magically transforms to match your skin tone for a beautiful light coverage! It has a sheer finish and really does do the 4 things it promises- primes, perfects, hydrates, corrects. It really is like magic, so I guess they were on target when naming this product.
Price Range: $7.96-$10.99
8. Batiste Dry Shampoo
Ok…so for me, dry shampoo is a must have! It made the list, because as a mom to a toddler, a runner, and a girl with combination hair, (oily roots, dry ends) I have to confess that for the LONGEST time I have used the ever faithful (and ever available) baby powder! Now let me just say that I have predominantly blonde hair, so this has worked pretty well for me. I also couldn’t quite find a low expense dry shampoo that I really liked, and whom could compete with the reigning baby powder. Then I stumbled upon the amazing scent of the Batiste (Bright & Lively Floral) Dry Shampoo! I tried it out and now it’s mine! It’s affordable, it works, and it smells good! Triple whammy! (Though, I will still use baby powder if its the closest thing) It ranges in sizes from travel to a jumbo size. I bought the jumbo size.
Price Range: $7.99-$13.99
7. Jumbo Lip Balm Crayons
There are so, and I mean SO many lip products out there today that it can be overwhelming. But for an easy every day look, I love these jumbo lip balm crayons. Most beauty brands have these, so if you want a different brand, they’re not too hard to find. Just by looking in my makeup bag, or shuffling through abandoned purses, I’ve noticed the affordable ones that I gravitate to are Covergirl and Revlon (Price Range:$6-$9). They must have the prettiest colors that catch my eye in the Target aisle. I love these chubby little gals because they give you a smooth, pigmented color, while also nourishing your lips! For me, they seem to even make my lips appear fuller, and when is that ever a bad thing? Helpful Tip: Apply after kissing baby 😉
6. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play
There are some things in life that just go together. Peanut butter & jelly, cookies & milk, Texas & big hair. As you’ll probably hear from me too many times, I am a forever Texas girl. Though I currently reside in Oklahoma, and previously in South Carolina (where hair is also a big deal), I was born, raised, and resided the majority of my life in Texas, where the backcombs are something serious! Back in my ‘serious’ hair days, Big Sexy Hair was my favorite discovery. Now we are in a long term relationship and I can’t break up with it. (10+ years!) It has great hold & flexibility, a little mist goes a long ways, and you can get it from $8-$14. Enough said.
5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
When this mascara came out, I instantly fell in love with it! Then I told every female about it, then bought one as a stocking stuffer for every female in my family! I wowed my mother with an eye to eye comparison during a car ride to the lake that I basically turned into my personal, front seat infomercial for this mascara. I love bold, beautiful lashes with volume AND length. This baby does the trick! Plus the bottle is very appealing to me and my obsession with pale pink. $7
4. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder
This powder cracks me up because it still has a “NEW” sticker on it. Which I’m pretty sure I’ve been using it since some time in college, and that would have been more than 5 but less than 10 years ago. I keep waiting to see when they’ll remove that sticker. I’ll probably document it. Anyway, I became committed to this powder because of the “skin clearing” benefits. I’ve always had combination skin (just like my hair) and would always have an oily, shiny forehead in the days before handheld photo editing. It had to stop. This product not only prevented my shiny forehead in photos, but it really gave me a matte finish, and would speed up the clearing process of my face whenever I did have a breakout. I don’t have many breakouts now, but at the same time, I’ve been using this product for so long, I might just give it credit for keeping my skin decently clear. 🙂
Price Range: $9.99-$12.99
3. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum
I’ve been using anti-aging products since I was a teenager. Because I always had the theory that if I used them now, before I got “old” then I wouldn’t have a meltdown moment when did get old. But one day, along the way I started to notice that I still was developing crow’s feet anyway. I knew they would come, it was just a matter of time. So I found this sweet little serum and I loved it. Now listen! I don’t know much about the REAL expensive anti-aging serums or creams, (I’ll save that for my 40’s) but I have tried most of the Wal-Mart & Target options, and I keep finding my way back to this one. Neutrogena is another brand that I really do love because it has proven, over the years, and the course of trying out many, many products, to be tried and true. This wrinkle serum has a gel like feel, and has a faint vanilla/oat scent. It might sting a tiny tiny bit, but that tells me it’s working? I’ll say yes. I do know, that even if my fine lines and wrinkles are still minimum, I can definitely tell the difference the next morning after using this product. Now my husband uses it too…but don’t tell anyone 😉
Price Range: $15.00-$21.99
2. St. Ives Face Scrub
Ok, into the top 2! And this one really is a MUST-HAVE for me. I said earlier that I would give the skin clearing powder the credit for my skin being predominantly clear most of the time. I changed my mind. Well, not really changed my mind, but am giving it less credit, because this item deserves the MAJOR credit! With its 100% natural ingredients (yes, puh-lease!) it is just literally the best at exfoliating and refining your face– leaving it pure, soft, and glowing! I have used every single variation of this scrub and they are all perfect for whatever your facial need. I love it so much that sometimes I even will just rub it all over my body…TMI? Sorry. And listen to this…this face scrub is LESS than $4. Yes! I may or may not have bought it by the armfuls in the past. Just sayin’
1. It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner
Dun-Dun-Duuuun! My #1 beauty product that I also cannot live without is It’s a 10 Leave In Conditioner! Ok, ok, so maybe I stretched a little, and this product can get a little pricey. BUT you need to at least buy the travel size for $9-$12. Another item that I claim “A little goes a long way!” And by the time you finish this little bottle, you will want to splurge for the bigger size. Me and my hair can testify!
Once upon a time I worked at a Christian summer camp where I was outside AAALLLLLL day, in the sun, in the lake, in the pool, and showering in outdoor showers…yes, it’s true. (If you know me, you know this was a real call from the Lord to drink water from spigots and shower outdoors.) Nonetheless, my hair was suffering from it. Big time! I have always been a “hair-girl” and this realization was severely bothering me. The next time I had a day off, I went straight to a salon to beg for help. Here she comes, presenting me with this glorious bottle that does TEN things to help your hair! I had never used or even heard of leave in conditioner before (this was 2008), but I was desperate and gave it a try. A true O-M-G moment as my hair transformed to the most beautiful state it had ever been in! Now nearly 10 years later, I am still using this product religiously. If I have gotten complements on anything about my appearance, it is at least 7 times out of 10 about my hair. And for that, I really DO give the majority credit to this product for rescuing my, colored, hot tooled, teased, and sprayed strands since 2008! You da real MVP!