Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Favorite Beauty Products Under $10

Not only are Jayme and I thrifty when it comes to the fashion department, but we choose our beauty splurges and steals wisely as well.  For sure, some products that cost a lot work a lot better than comparable cheap products, but there are some things you just don't have to splurge on to look great. Here are my ten favorites right now (I am a little bit of a beauty product junkie--though I'm working on curbing that habit--so it's good I don't spend a ton!):

1.  Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $5.99
I use this as a mask once or twice a week, and for breakouts, you can mix it with a little apple cider vinegar instead of water as a spot treatment.

2.  Garnier BB Cream, $9.99
I don't even use foundation anymore--just BB cream with some concealer where I need it. I have tried a few brands of BB Cream, and this one takes the cake.

3.  St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub, $5.60
I love a good facial scrub, and this one is gentle for acne, but still feels like you're scrubbing. As a bonus: it smells yummy.

4.  Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting , $6.99
I love adding a little color to my cheeks, and this shade looks like my natural blush--the creamy formula goes on smoothly and evenly and lasts all day, so I don't have to re-apply. (For olive skin tones, try it in the Hot Tamale shade!)

5.  Spectrum Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil, $8.99
I definitely have a pregnancy glow happening, but I've also started using coconut oil as my go-to moisturizer and cleanser (and cuticle cream and hair smoother...). Just go read about the benefits if you don't believe me! I'll never go back!

6.  Smith's Minted Rosebud Salve (I love the mint, but original and strawberry are great too!), $5.59
You'll never need another lip moisturizer. And these tins last a really long time!

7.  Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, $5.39
I've tried so many different mascaras, but I keep coming back to this one. I love the tiny brush, this dramatic pigment, and of course, the price. Can't beat it.

8.  Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains (in Adore and Sweetheart), $7.49
I read about these on a friend's blog, and I had to try them...I was so satisfied with my first one (the darker, wine-colored Adore) that I picked up a pretty pink shade for spring (Sweetheart).  They are moisturizing, but they last like a stain! Almost too good to be true, but I promise, it's not.

9.  Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black, $8.79
For the perfect cat-eye--though it takes a little practice.

10.  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear (in Lacy Lilac and Mint Sorbet), $2.49
For the price, this Sally Hansen formula really does last me a long time (I do two coats), and they have so many pretty colors (love these two for spring and summer!).

I mostly pick up my beauty products at CVS or The coconut oil can be found a variety of places (look for the best deals online!).

What are you favorite go-to beauty cheapies?


P.S. I am not being paid or sponsored by any of these brands or companies, but I wanted to try something new and share some beauty tips and tricks on the blog occasionally!


  1. I like this new feature! I too go for the cheap stuff since it seems to work just fine. I like to see what other people are trying too & that it's affordable. I need to do more coconut oil treatments, since I have 2 jars in my house! Good thing it has many uses!

    1. Thank you, Mel...I'm not sure they're all vegan. Tarte is still my favorite brand of vegan makeup, but $$ (I have the Amazonian clay concealer, which I adore). I read your post about the E.L.F. products, and plan on trying some once I run out of these!

  2. I've noticed the Sally Hansen polishes to last a long time too, especially on my clumsy hands. And I just so happen to have those two shades! <3

    1. Honestly, these lasted longer than an OPI that I have..and for a quarter of the price? Yes, please. Great minds think alike...I want to find a bright pink or orange for summer toes!

  3. Yay! I love cheap beauty products. :) I love that nail polish too--especially those colors....hmmm..might need to take a trip to CVS on my lunch break. :)

    1. Did you end up getting some??? I'm hoping to pick up a new summery one when I'm there this weekend...we have a 30% off coupon! (Woo!)

  4. Me which aisle at CVS can I find the Aztec mask? I looked today in the "face" aisle, but maybe my store is just too small....

    1. You know what? I may have gotten that one on (which I highly recommend...lots of sales, and you can almost always get free shipping!)

  5. You literally named every one of my favourites, especially the St.Ives Green Tea Scrub. That stuff is amazing.

    1. Great minds think alike!!! I get excited to wash my face at night because of that scrub! ha.



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