If you saw the post about my overabundant makeup drawer, you know I have a full-on obsession with cosmetics. I don’t often buy designer bags or shoes, but one thing I do splurge on is good makeup and skincare. Mac to Murad, Anastasia to Bobbi Brown, Stila to Nars—you name it.
But there are 5 essential beauty products that I cannot live without. I’m ride-or-die for these products—you will literally find them in my beauty arsenal at ALL times.
And they’re all under $10.
Ready for the best beauty products for $10 or less? Here we go:
Organic Virtuoso Spearmint Lip Balm from Trader Joe’s
You guys. This lip balm is everything. You get them in a pack of 3 for just under $3. Amazing deal for an organic product. I have tried literally hundreds of lip balms at double the price, and Virtuoso is my absolute fave.
It’s silky smooth, incredibly comfortable and wearable, not at all sticky or tacky, and even has SPF. The fresh, minty scent is just a bonus. Perfection in a tube. I have a stick everywhere. My purse, my nightstand, my desk, my bathroom, my kitchen. I used to keep one in the car but it kept melting. Is it possible to be addicted to lip balm?
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
The Normal to Oily Skin version (not the sensitive skin cleanser). I remember when I was about 15 years old I went to a dermatologist who told me not to use foaming cleansers on my face because they stripped the natural oils. Great advice that I carried with me, and a big reason why I love Cetaphil. The Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin is a clear gel that barely lathers, but it leaves my skin feeling SO soft and clean without feeling tight and dry. I got my husband hooked on it, too. Don’t tell him I told you. The 8oz bottle has an easy access pump top, and it’s just around $7.
JASON Soothing Aloe Vera 98% Gel
This is one of my BEST beauty secrets. I use clear 98% aloe vera gel as my daily facial moisturizer, morning and night. I love it because it absorbs right into the skin—especially if you put it on fresh out of the shower while your skin is still damp. You can feel a moisture barrier on your face but it’s not at all greasy or shiny. It also has glycerin in it, which is one of the main ingredients in makeup primers, so makeup really seems to stick to my face after I put it on. A 4oz tube is $6.99 on Amazon. You have to try it. Let me know what you think. (Just be sure to use an additional SPF if you’re going outside.)
Sonia Kashuk® Dramatically Defining Eye Lash Curler
I’m the queen of eyelash curlers. I’ve sworn by eyelash curlers since high school and have tried many different kinds. The Sonia Kashuk eyelash curler rivals the pricier versions I’ve tried, and it only costs $8.99. Here’s my favorite trick: If you don’t feel like putting eye makeup on, curl your lashes and rub some Vaseline on them. It coats your eyelashes, makes them super shiny, and makes the curl stick. Wait for the Vaseline to dry, and then curl them again to really make your eyes pop. You’re welcome.
Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes
I buy Pond’s wipes in bulk. They are the only facial cleansing wipes I’ve found that are wet enough to actually lather on your face. I use them to freshen up / swipe away oil throughout the day, and to take off a full face of makeup on the days where I go all out. They don’t necessarily remove ALL my mascara, eyeliner, etc. (I pile it on good) so I’ll put a bit of liquid eye makeup remover onto these wipes to get rid of everything. And they’re just under $5 per pack. I always get the original blue pack, but they have a bunch of different varieties and scents.
I also swear by Great Lash Mascara (the Lots of Lashes kind in particular) but I find mascara to be a deeply personal choice, so you just gotta find what works for you there. Serious business, people.
I gotta know — what are your best budget beauty secrets?