Beauty products don't have to cost a lot of money When it comes to beauty products, there are bargains, and then there are bargains. Here are five cheapies that prove it's possible to get serious bang for your buck.
1. ELF Studio Collection Lip Exfoliator ($3, eyeslipsface.com)
Banish chapped lips for good! This lip scrub, housed in a convenient and mess-proof stick, contains sugar to slough off dry skin and natural oils to moisturize. Just swipe on, rub lips together, then wipe off excess with a damp tissue.
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2. Yes To Blueberries Wipes On-the-Go Brightening Facial Towelettes ($3, drugstores)
My ultimate essential, I use these wipes for everything from removing mascara to wiping up makeup spills. Antioxidant-rich blueberry brightens skin, and leaves behind a fresh scent. Stash a pack in your desk, purse, gym bag, car... everywhere!
3. Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask ($2, drugstores)
There's no need to spend big bucks on a spa trip. This luxe mask uses clay to deep-clean pores, then hydrates and softens with good-for-your skin avocado oil and oatmeal. The individual packet is great for travel (use it after a long flight), or pick-up the full-size tube-a steal at $4.
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4. NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact Smokey Eyes ($5, drugstores)
I've seen a lot of eye shadow palettes in my day, and this is definitely the crème de la crème. Not only do you get four wearable shadows, but, unlike others, it also includes a primer-apply it before shadow for extra staying power-and an illuminator. Genius.
5. EOS Everyday Hand Lotion ($4, drugstores)
Upgrade your cold-weather staple with these adorable hand creams. The 97% natural formula is moisturizing, not greasy, and comes in three yummy scents. Bonus: the bright colors make it easy to find in a cluttered purse!
What great beauty products have you found for $5 or less? Let me know in the comments!
-by Melanie Rud
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