My Favorite Beauty Products (under $20!)

Every girl has her favorite beauty products; but it can take a long time to find the perfect products. I know for myself, it took years to find the perfect products for my skin, hair, and make-up. In those years, I have tried and tested products from multiple brands with varying price ranges. When I was younger I used to think the more expensive the product, the better it must be. But oh, was I wrong! In recent years, I've truly learned there are quality products are very affordable prices. So I have rounded-up my 9 favorite beauty products, all under $20!

  • Redken Thermal Protecting Spray - $13.62 My hairstylist recommended this product to me nearly a year ago. Now I refuse to put any heat near my hair without it. I have definitely noticed a difference in my hair. There has been so much less breakage which is so important to me because I curl my hair everyday.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Mud Mask - $6.99 This is a more recent find of mine, but it has already made a huge difference on my skin. It's a miracle worker. I apply this mask 2-3 times a week. It amazes me how quickly my acne has disappeared!
  • Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Toner - $5.99 This is definitely the product I have been using for the longest amount of time. I pour a few drops on a cotton ball and rub it into my whole face. It picks up left over oil after I wash my face, which is important to me because I have very oily skin.
  • Dove Advance Care Skin Renew - $4.89 In my earlier 20s, I experienced some slight discoloration in my under arms. I began researching remedies. There were several, one of which was using color correcting deodorant. Not only did this deodorant bring my skin back to normal, but its truly the best deodorant I have ever used.
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener - $6.99 I naturally have thick nails, but they're not the strongest. Layers can peel off easily, which destroy my nails, sometimes forcing me to cut them short. But this nail strengthener has helped my nails stay stronger. Since I almost always have my nails painted, I use it as a base coat.
  • Curel Ultra Healing Lotion - $7.99 During college, my skin went through a very dry spell. It was painful and itchy and not attractive at all. Once I was able to heal my skin, I started to apply this lotion everyday, twice a day. I am very diligent about it, and have even mentioned before that I always carry lotion with me. But the benefit is I haven't had a problem with my skin since I started using this lotion.
  • Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin - $8.99 My favorite thing about this foundation is the coverage. It evens out my whole face to a beautiful, natural tone. I received this product from Influenster, and I'll admit I was nervous to try it. I am very loyal to the brands I use, and hadn't used any Maybelline products before. But I am so happy I tried this because I love it! It was a great Influenster VoxBox!
  • CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor -  $7.99 I mentioned this liquid lipstick in my What's In My Bag post, but I am completely obsessed with it! I cannot recommend this product enough! This product has given me the best, longlasting lip coverage I have ever seen. It's seriously the best!
  • Essence Make Me Brow - $2.99 The first time I heard about this product was in an EleventhGorgeous video. In this video they found the Essence Make Me Brown was a dupe of the Benefit Gimme Brow. The products work almost identically with one major difference. Essence is 1/8 of the price! This product fills in your brows and makes shaping them super easy.
  • If you have any favorite beauty products of your own I'd love to hear about them!

    As alway, thank you for reading. XO-

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    *I received Maybelline Better Skin products complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

    What's In My Bag?

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    I'm always fascinated by what others girls have stashed in their purses, so today I am sharing my own "What's In My Bag?". Whats_in_my_bag_2b

    1.  My Wallet. I love this wallet! I just got it a few weeks ago and it is the best. I got it at Charming Charlie. The interior has so many slots for cards, money, and receipts and an interior pouch for coins. My favorite part about this wallet is my phone fits perfectly in the front flap! I have gotten so many compliments on this wallet. One of the best parts of this wallet is the price!

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    2. Hand Sanitizer.
    3. Lotion. I have this weird fear that I am going to get an itch on the leg and not have lotion to help. The result became, me always carrying lotion.
    4. Compact Mirror.
    5. Cover-up.
    6. My iPhone. When it's not in my purse, it's glued to my hand!
    7. Gum. I try to always have gum on me. This particular one is flavored Rainbow Ice. I was just standing in the check-out line at Target and was so intrigued by the name of the flavor, I had to buy it! It's good too. Tastes like an icey rainbow. :P
    8. Sunglasses Case. I found having a sunglasses case to be a lifesaver since I am the queen of breaking sunglasses! I've stepped on them, sat on them, and scratched them to no end.
    9. Sunglasses. I've noticed cat-eye sunglasses becoming so popular lately. These are from Lulu's and they are so fabulous!
    10. My portable makeup/lipstick/toiletries bag. The amount of things I cramp into this little bag is endless!

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    11. Lipsticks. I always, always always, have lipstick in this bag. I can have anywhere from one to 5 different tubes of lipstick in that bag at a time. Weird? Not to me! My mom is the same way! I have my go-to lipstick: CoverGirl Outlast All-Day LipColor in Lingering Spice 619Lingering Spice 619. I cannot stress enough how amazing this color is! It's a beautiful, natural lipcolor that truly lasts all day! I also have Eternal Flame 521 for those time when I need a little extra flair!
    12. Band-Aids. Every girl should always have at least one in her purse
    13. Nail File.
    14. Cold Medicine.
    15. Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. I cannot recommend these sheets enough. They are great, especially for the summer, to just dab the extra oil off my face in the late afternoon. Bonus: it doesn't take off my make up!

    Finally, the bag! I've had this Kate Spade bag for a year now and it has proved to be a wonderful summer purse! The color is a beautiful soft, cream that goes with everything. It has three separate compartments inside of the bag, plus and extra small pocket for easy phone access. It fits perfectly on my shoulder, in the crook of my arm, and in my hand.

    Unfortunately, this bag is no longer available, but you can find similar here, here, and here.

    As always, thank you for reading, Helen

     

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