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    Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Sep 10, 2020

    47 Cheap Ways To Change Up Your Beauty Routine

    Effective skincare that doesn't cost upwards of $189k is my heaven.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Moisturized hands = less hangnails, better cuticles, and a better at-home manicure. These moisturizing gloves are infused with collagen and shea butter and are a cheaper alternative to the bougie manicure you almost splurged on.

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    Promising review: "I get extremely dry, flaky skin seems like all times of the year but I love nail polish and having my nails done. These gloves are amazing. A sticky tab for all size hands, an outer cover that allows me to use my phone, and just the right amount of product make for a perfectly convenient use with divine results." —Rescue Dog Mom

    Get a set from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. Learning when to apply what is the 🔑 to skincare success because it effects the performance of each product. For example, applying eye cream *after* your moisturizer will decrease the effectiveness of the eye cream. So in conclusion: Study the below order. Memorize the below order. Live by the below order.

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    Check out more fun skincare tips on The Dermstore Blog and read "In What Order Do I Apply My Skin Care Products?"

    3. Upgrade your lash game with a clump-free, cruelty-free, smudge-proof Vivienne Sabó volumizing mascara. One coat gives you the whole "your lashes but better" look, but two coats? Everyone will just assume you're wearing falsies. It's that good.

    instagram.com / Via http://@viviennesabo.paris, amazon.com

    This is very likely the last mascara brand you'll ever want to purchase because of how freakin' well works to really separate and thicken your lashes.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and holy moly, I'm in love. I've found my new favorite mascara! It makes my lashes look longer and it looks the same all day long. Plus, it doesn't smudge during the day. It's wonderful and a total must-buy!" —Katherine Ochsman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    4. Repeat after me: Toner. This post-cleansing product ensures that your pores have been cleared of *all* the gunk your face wash missed, plus it helps balance your skins pH. Opt for an alcohol-free formula (this Neutrogena alcohol-free toner is fab and costs less than $4) to ensure your face isn't stripped of moisture.

    model pouring toner from blue bottle onto cotton pad
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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! Magic in a bottle. I wish I had started using it sooner. I added it to my new daily skincare routine and after just a few days, my face looks and feels so much better. I have redness on my cheeks and nose thanks to the starting of rosacea, and I'm usually very sensitive to anything applied to my face. This toner soothes my skin after cleansing, smells great, and makes my skin feel amazing. I moisturize with Neutrogena's oil-free moisturizer after and it seems to be a winning combo with my picky skin. I wish I knew about this years ago!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    5. Combat scarring and cystic acne indentations by incorporating a micro needle roller into the mix. This specific model is more affordable than other rollers on the market (we’re talking an $80 difference) but equally as effective. #bless

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    Plus, this can improve the effectiveness of all the products in your skincare regiment. Just roll this back and forth about four to five times on each problem area, and be sure to apply just a tiny touch of pressure to avoid hurting your skin.

    Also! Sterilize before and after use. When you’re done with it, be sure to store it in the provided case to keep it nice and protected.

    Promising review: "The older I get, the longer my skin takes to heal and it's brutal. I bought this on a whim and goodness, it's awesome. It has noticeably sped up my healing process. Indentations are filling in, raised patches are flattening out, and dark spots are lightening up. It is crazy effective." —Brittany Lynn Wolff

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    To learn more, check out "People With Acne Scars Try Micro-Rolling".

    6. Small changes often have the *biggest* impact when it comes to managing breakouts. Acne-causing bacteria loves to rest on your pillowcase, cell phone, and towel — so while I know that laundry day is a dreaded occasion, prioritize cleaning/swapping surfaces that your face comes in contact with every day.

    Chart saying to swap out pillowcase, disinfect your phone, and use a separate towel to dry and clean your face
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    To learn more, check out "Take BuzzFeed's 7-Day Better Skin Challenge".

    7. Enlist the help of Londontown Kur correcting polish if you have *absolutely had it up to here* with smudges. Enough is enough! Sheet marks and digging into your purse before lacquer has completely dried will no longer be your burden to bear. Fresh manicures await.

    before photo of model with smudged blue nails; after photo of same nails with no smudges
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    Promising review: "This refreshes my worn-out manicure very well. I apply this as a topcoat over my old manicure. It respreads and smooths out the polish and leaves it fresh and shiny. It's a bit pricey, but it does save me a lot of time and trouble not having to repolish my nails." —SoniaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    8. A word that strikes fear into your heart: Backne. Tackle it with an exfoliating towel to remove layers of dead skin that lead to scarring — use it in combo with Mario Badescu botanical body soap and your back will be all but invincible to breakouts.

    BuzzFeed Editor Emma McAnaw wearing an open back dress
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    Promising review: "I've only been using this for a week. I have severe back acne discoloration and scarring, and I've already noticed a DRAMATIC difference in how my skin looks and feels! I'm thrilled with the results. I use this every night with the Mario Badesco AHA body wash." —Mariah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    9. If you want a bright complexion that requires exactly zero effort, then try some L'Oreal ~glotion~. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while an illuminating tint adds instant illumination.

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    Promising review: "This is great for a quick and easy daily look. As a mom of both human and animal children that is constantly on the go, this highlighting lotion is honestly the only thing I've been putting on each day. It makes me feel awake and look like I tried without all the effort." —ALEX

    Get it from Amazon for $11.44 (available in four shades).

    10. Minimize 'do damage by drying your hair with a cotton t-shirt, a gentle alternative to your blow dryer that's also a superstar when it comes to preventing frizz.

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    Get a cotton T-shirt from Amazon for $4.05+.

    To learn more tips, check out "Women With Curly Hair Perfect Their Curls."

    11. Speaking of healthy hair, follow these simple rules when it comes to growing it out — trim often (these cutting shears are great for at-home trims), switch up hairstyles to prevent consistent breakage at the same spots, and keep it moisturized (let's get a round of applause for this Garnier leave-in conditioning cream).

    Victoria Vouloumanos / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "It is a breeze cutting my own hair with these scissors. I just trim off the tips to get the split ends off; nothing fancy. The scissors cleanly and easily cuts through my hair." —Ana

    Get the cutting shears from Amazon for $24.97.

    Promising review: "I have been using this leave in for years! It is cheap and keeps the frizz down unlike any other leave in I have tried." —Allison

    Get a pack of two Garnier leave-in conditioning creams from Amazon for $5.98.

    To learn more, check out "I Grew Out My Hair And Here Are The Popular Tips That Actually Worked".

    12. Use Vaseline if you're tired of waking up to yesterday's makeup smeared all over your pillowcase. This tub of tried-and-true petroleum jelly is here to get rid of all the mascara (even the waterproof kind) that your cleanser left behind.

    BuzzFeed writer Crystal Ro removing eye makeup with vaseline
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    Get it from Target for $3.49.

    To learn more, check out "I Tried A Bunch Of Vaseline Beauty Hacks And Was Seriously Impressed".

    13. Give matte formulas a break! Glossier's Lip Gloss is packed with vitamin e and jojoba oil for maximum shine and moisture, but thankfully *none* of the typical stickiness (#ew) that comes along with most glosses.

    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed, Glossier

    "I hate any product that makes my lips feel sticky or goopy, so lip glosses have been mostly off limits since I was a kid and I had those awful fruit-flavored roll-on lip glosses. I made an exception when Pat McGrath released her lip glosses because damn her Instagram videos convinced me I NEEDED one, but they unfortunately have been gathering dust in my makeup bag.

    Fast forward to today and I was again convinced by slick Instagram advertising that I NEEDED Glossier’s Lip Gloss. I actually really ended up liking this product; it’s nice and thick without making my lips feel like I’ve got bits of bubblegum stuck to them every time I open my mouth. It isn’t a product that I would wear everyday, but it would look nice at a fancy event either on its own or layered over another product. Of course, you have to play Lil’ Mama’s 'Lip Gloss' while applying it. (I don’t make the rules!)" —Melanie Aman, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Glossier for $14 (available in three shades).

    14. Adult acne is garbage and according to reviewers, this Eva Naturals face serum genuinely helps. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide work in harmony to solve your most annoying skin problems — say goodbye to everything from acne and dark spots to dehydration and redness.

    on the left a person with moderate acne labeled "lt cheek day 1" and in the middle the same person with slightly less acne labeled "week 1 left" and in the right the same person with significantly less acne labeled "lt cheek 3 1/2 wks"
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    Promising review: "I have never felt more compelled to write a product review before. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have tried almost everything to improve my skin. I continue to get acne in my mid-thirties and literally everything else I've tried has not worked, including prescription topical cream and oral medication. This has saved my skin! I have had very few breakouts, and if anything pops up, this takes care of it quickly! My skin feels moisturized and looks smoother and healthier overall. This is truly one of the best purchases I've ever made. I'm thankful I stumbled upon this serum!" —J.C. Denton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    15. Invest in a dual-ended eyeliner stamp because, despite your best efforts, achieving the perfect cat eye is hard and this easy-to-use tool makes it about 1000x easier. All you'll have to do is apply the stamp to your lashline and your wing will be done in mere seconds. You won't even have to waste 10 makeup wipes and several years of your life in order to achieve it.

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    Promising review: "Okay, so I am as shakey as shakey gets when it comes to putting eyeliner on...but this is a miracle sent from above! It honestly is the most amazing eye makeup product I own at the moment. It is as easy as it sounds. Literally. I like that it is double-ended and you have two pens: one for the left eye and one for the right. The opposite end on both is just every day liquid liner pen, but it goes on soooo much smoother than any other liquid liner I've tried or owned." —ˑMerkuryˑVolkanicˑ.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in three colors).

    16. Before shopping for any new products, take a quick skin-identity quiz to determine whether your skin is actually dry or just dehydrated (there's a difference). Questions regarding everything from stress levels to daily routine will allow you to more accurately pin down your skin type and, as a result, the most beneficial routine.

    Soko Glam

    Take Soko Glam's "What's My Skin Type?" quiz to discover what your complexion is looking for!

    17. Prep your lids with Elizabeth Mott eye primer, which is capable of keeping your shadow and liner in tact all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. That's right, folks! No creasing, smudging, fallout, or crying under the watch of this cruelty-free must-have.

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    This primer is paraben-free and lightweight, plus it's infused with pearl powder to enhance the vibrancy of your shadow AND a sebum-controlling powder to stop oily lids in their tracks.

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From expensive to cheap...none of them hold a candle to this. I have very oily skin, but this primer lets my shadow last a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I'm lucky! Thank you to Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I seriously love this stuff." —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    18. Pantene treatment ampoules are dubbed ~rescue shots~ because they bring dried, fried, dead hair back to life. Pro-vitamin b5 guarantees a deep condition, repairing split-ends and leaving a shiny, frizz-free 'do behind.

    two tubes of product labeled "intense rescue shots"
    instagram.com / Via @pantene

    Promising review: "This is great for frizzy hair. I have coarse, frizzy, wavy hair that gets routinely box-dyed. This product is basically a miracle. It doesn’t fix my hair, but I notice improvement after I use it. Much softer and more tame. Definitely recommend it!" —TheReviewer

    Get a two packs of three from Amazon for $9.56.

    19. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnaturally Barbie pink cheek, which is where this gel-cream blush shines: it’s got a buildable formula that allows you to manipulate the color to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.

    @glossier / Via instagram.com, Jessica Seib / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I got this blush in the puff tint and HOLY COW, it is amazing! It goes on easily and is super buildable for a more dramatic look. I've been getting compliments on my complexion and it's because of this. It stays on well even when I'm sweating, plus it doesn't feel greasy at all. This is the holy grail of blushes." —Sydney

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    To learn more, check out "Here's Why Glossier Cloud Paint Is Totally Worth Your Money".

    20. Do a little digging (or simply reference the below chart) to figure out which oil is best suited for your skincare concerns: For example, chamomile oil reduces puffiness, tea tree oil curbs acne, and marula oil is a great moisturizing agent. Knowledge = power.

    the chart
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    21. Premature popping leads to scarring, so stop. picking. at. your. zits. Instead, make your own spot treatment by mixing a spoonful of baking soda and a bit of water to form a thick, acne-fighting paste.

    Jemima Skelley / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "...the beginnings of a huge pimple began to form on my forehead. It didn't have a head yet, but it was red and sore. After applying and washing off the baking soda paste, I was honestly amazed. It had completely reduced in size, wasn't red at all, and had no soreness. By the next morning, it had pretty much gone. THIS IS WITCHCRAFT." —Jemima Skelley

    To learn more, check out "I Tried Baking Soda Beauty Hacks And Was Surprisingly Impressed".

    22. Or! Slap on a hydrocolloid Hero Cosmetics pimple patch to prevent picking and speed up the ~draining~ zit process. Another ding ding we have a winner feature is that these transparent stickers won't leave behind any residue on your pillow (which is not the case for most spot treatments).

    model applying pimple patch to their chin
    instagram.com / Via @herocosmetics

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50.

    23. Banish frizz and protect your 'do by using a heat protectant spray every 👏 single 👏 time 👏 you apply heat. Every straightening or curing sesh should begin with this argan, coconut, and olive oil blend to prevent damage and maximize shine.

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    Promising review: "It smells great and actually makes my hair straighter. I used this product two days ago on dry hair before straightening with a flat iron and today my hair is just as straight and shiny. I mean REALLY shiny." —Dallyce.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    24. If you're sick of razor bumps, Eos shave cream is here to help: it's packed with vitamins E and C, shea butter, natural aloe, and natural oats that won't cause irritation. This inexpensive gem has over 1,700 positive reviews and is lauded for its rich lather, moisturizing properties, and three scent options that are nothing short of divine (vanilla, lavender, and pomegranate raspberry).

    the white bottle of shave cream with a white cap
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    Promising review: "I finally tried this product last night and I’m so happy I did. I’ll probably never use anything else again. I’ve always struggled with sensitive skin, razor bumps, and dry skin. First thing I noticed is how it literally feels like you’re applying the smoothest lotion ever and the scent wasn’t over powering, but JUST right. After shaving, I noticed how smooth and moisturized my legs were. Today I woke up and noticed my legs look much clearer, no razor bumps." —Victoria Luneau

    Get it from Amazon for $3.39.

    25. Kick your acne and oily t-zone to the curb with an oil-free, soap-free La Roche-Posay foaming gel. For a matte complexion that stays matte throughout the entire day, this morning and night cleanser is destined to become your new holy grail.

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    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS. I have very oily acne-prone skin and have tried all sorts of things with minimal success. I have been washing my face twice a day with this stuff for about two weeks now and the difference is incredible! I haven't gotten any new large pimples and everything I had has cleared up. When I first started washing my face with this, I would use it at night and in the morning the sores on my face were way less red and inflamed than when I went to bed. Super impressive." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. So, Amika blowout mist was definitely voted most likely to succeed in its high school yearbook. This affordable BB is truly a one-stop-shop for all your haircare concerns: it provides volume, adds texture, helps preserve style, and is even packed with Provitamin B5 to minimize breakage *and* provide heat protection.

    image of model split down the center; the left contains the text "before" while image on right is labeled "after" and shows the model with more voluminous hair
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    Promising review: "Do you want just one product to spray in your fine hair to give it volume and the perfect blow out at home? Of course you do, and that is why you should buy this stuff. I can spray four to five pumps in my hair, blow-dry, and it looks great. It gives volume without being sticky and hold without being stiff." —Beth Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    27. Combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of walnut oil, 5 drops of vanilla essential oil, and one-half cup of dried rose petals. Mix it all up! Store it in a jar with a seal-tight lid! And voila! You've got yourself a fancy body scrub. *contemplates opening an Etsy shop*

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    Psst, you may want to listen to this Goodful Instagram how-to on full blast — the ASMR is real.

    28. Nip brassiness in the bud with a cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.

    three photos of reviewer hair showing the loss of brassiness from left to right
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    Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

    Promising review: "Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I've tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It's nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance." —Audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.21.

    29. Lean on caffeine to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (because beauty sleep = overrated, am I right?). Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail like this ~$10 one from The Inkey List feels like striking gold.

    instagram.com / Via @theinkeylist, Sephora

    Psst, this formula is also paraben- and cruelty-free and is great for normal, dry, combo, and oily complexions.

    Promising review: "Best. Eye cream. Ever. I have tried every eye cream under the sun: you name it, Ive tried it. This is the first eye cream that I’ve fallen in love with, instantly. Overnight, my eyes looked brighter. It depuffs really fast too. This will forever be a staple for me. Really surprised and impressed by something this cheap. Love it!!" —nycr23

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

    30. Heal breakouts and absorb excess oil (we love a twofer) with this Mario Badescu powder, which is destined to become your new holy grail if you're pimple-prone and want some coverage. This sulfur-based formula will mattify and reduce redness, but won't clog pores in the process.

    the powder
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    If you want to use this cruelty-free concoction under makeup, be sure to use it after you apply your morning moisturizer to prevent it from looking caked-on. You can also slather it on at night prior to hitting the hay and it'll help dry up acne and prevent inflammation!

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible! I have now been using it for three years and every time I get close to running out, I go and buy another one right away. I have adult moderate cystic acne and this stuff really calms it down and helps with redness. Anytime I feel like I am getting a pimple or can see the under-the-skin bump, I will lather this healing powder all over it all day long. Definitely a go-to product and I highly recommend to anyone who suffers from incredibly painful and stubborn cystic acne." —justanothercollegestudent

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    31. I know, I know, you've already heard it a million times: drink eight glasses of water a day. But let's make it a million and one: HYDRATE. Making sure you consume enough H20 will brighten up your complexion and increase your skin's elasticity.

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    Check out some more before-and-after photos with "We Tried The 30 Day Water Challenge."

    32. Seek products with hyaluronic acid if you have dry *or* oily skin. This holy grail ingredient prevents excess oil production, adds hydration, and gives your skin a boost of brightness all with a few taps — the Cosmedica hyaluronic acid serum is a great way to try said holy grail for cheap.

    instagram.com / Via @cosmedica_skincare, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I already have super dry skin and being a flight attendant makes it worse, but after buying this my skin is glowing. I never get that tight feeling around my eyes anymore that I used to get. My skin does feel a lot softer as well. I use three drops, pat into my skin till it gets a bit sticky, then use a moisturizer on top. I absolutely love this. New holy grail product for sure." —maggiesticker

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    33. For all the coverage but none of the cake, Maybelline liquid foundation is truly *chef's kiss*. It feels thick upon application, but melts into your skin like butter for a creaseless finish that also prevents excess shine.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Holy grail of drug store foundations! It is truly a full coverage and blends into my skin flawlessly." —Excited NEWYORKER

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in 16 shades).

    To learn more, check out "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love".

    34. Coty translucent powder will set your makeup for a flawless, lightweight finish that truly lasts all day long. This is great (especially for makeup newbies!) because it goes on clear and won't leave behind a white cast that you'd have to blend and blend and blend.

    reviewer with matte makeup
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    If you've been contemplating splurging on those high-end, high-budget setting powders for a long time — don't. This is the perfect dupe.

    Also, this cult-favorite powder sets makeup has over 4,000 positive reviews. I'm not going to outright SAY that your beauty routine is suffering without it, but...

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I live in a warm climate and have oily skin, but by the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! I can't believe it." —Alexis Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in six colors, including translucent).

    35. Dress up your wrinkled white tee with some bold color. This cruelty-free wet 'n' wild liquid lipstick glides on like butter, lasts all day long, won't bleed, and costs about the same amount of $$$ as your cup of morning coffee.

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    Promising review: "For the price, this product is amazing. I tested it to see if it would hold up at least during pictures for my wedding, so put it on first thing in the morning. I was super pleased that I only needed to touch it up once after I ate — to be expected — which was HOURS after I put it on. I tested pressing my lips against my hand, drinking from a glass and using a straw, and it didn't rub off on anything. It's a bit drying but the color was very vibrant, and didn't fade or chip throughout the day, which is a problem I've had with other brands of long-lasting lipstick." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $2.69 (available in nine colors).

    36. Presenting an easy way to groom your brows if you're done with the pains of plucking and expense of waxing: the Schick dermaplaning razor. This gentle tool rids stray hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, all while removing the dead skin build-up complexion on your complexion.

    on the left, reviewer with stray hairs around eyebrows and lip and on the right, same reviewer with noticeably less hair
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    Promising review: "This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn't make hair grow back coarser or darker." —Ellen R.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    37. This L’Oreal lamellar treatment makes good on its promise of shine, shine, shine. It banishes dullness in eight seconds flat, giving your mane all that lustrous bounce but thankfully *none* of the weigh-down.

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    Apply this directly to wet hair avoiding the roots, massage it in for eight seconds, then rinse. Effort required = practically zero.

    Promising review: "i have very thin, dry, and damaged hair due constantly dying it blonde. I’ve tried so many hair products and different types of shampoo and conditioners, and nothing seems to really help my hair. BUT this stuff literally is magic. I’ve used it three times and I haven’t seen my hair look this good (shiny, healthy, hydrated)." —Nikki Minnis

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    38. Add extra exfoliation to your daily cleanser via a Grace & Stella spin brush. This waterproof, rechargeable brush ~spins~ away dead skin cells and removes all the built-up gunk trapped in your pores — the kind you wouldn't be able to get rid of with just your hands.

    model using the white facial brush
    Amazon

    This brush set comes with a silicone head for sensitive skin, two soft bristle replacement brush heads, one massage head, a power stand, and two spin speed settings. All of that for less than $20 = wow.

    Promising review: "Okay this brush is SUCH a game changer!! It's completely elevated my skincare routine. Adds such awesome exfoliation and so easy to use!" —D'Anna C.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    39. If you're tired of your liquid liner fading before your second cup of coffee (#rude), then you probably should have invested in NYX liquid eyeliner, like, yesterday. This stuff seriously will not budge, plus the skinny felt tip makes cay eye precision a breeze.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is my all time favorite liner. It’s super affordable, lasts long, it’s jet black, and the best part is that the liner brush is really skinny so it’s easy to apply. My holy grail." —Alex Reese

    Get it from Amazon for $5.62.

    40. Exfoliate (and I mean, *really* exfoliate) even the most tired tootsies with cult-favorite Baby Foot. Get ready to break out the sandals, folks, because your feet are about to get the ultimate spa treatment.

    A reviewer before photo of feet peeling while using Baby Foot, and on the right, the same reviewer, showing how smooth their feet are after
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    Promising review: "WOAH! It definitely works! It's disgusting yet incredibly gratifying! My skin didn't REALLY start peeling until about five to seven days after the treatment and I'll admit that I was really bad about pulling it off as I saw it as opposed to letting it slough off naturally, but it still worked great. Just make sure to soak your feet daily for at least 10 minutes. There was no pain or discomfort at all. This process does take some patience and you're not going to want to show your tootsies during that week or so, but it's so worth it! It's by far the most effective exfoliation I've ever experienced. I kind of wish I could do this to my whole body, haha! I'll be using these regularly anytime my feet start to feel a little rough." —Wildflower

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    41. Skin, meet glycolic acid: a one-stop shop for exfoliation. These vegan Bliss resurfacing pads ~peel~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe and, thanks to the slow release of glycolic acid, will help reduce fine lines, even out discoloration, and improve brightness — and unlike your typical peel, these pads contain witch hazel, licorice, and calendula flower extract to keep irritation at bay.

    model pulling cloth out of blue packaging
    instagram.com / Via @bliss

    Promising review: "These are AMAZING. Makes my skin look fabulous and is a great exfoliating product. Just be sure to moisturize well after use!" —AB

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.99.

    42. Masking = not just for nighttime. This SkinFood mask is perfect for your a.m. routine due to an immediate brightening effect that'll make it look like you *actually* got your beauty sleep last night! It also smells divine thanks to an ingredient trio of black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil.

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I usually use this in the mornings right after washing my face because it leaves my skin so soft and gives it a really nice glow. My makeup also applies a lot smoother as well, my skin absorbs my moisturizer way better than before, and my acne scars are now gone and it’s only been a little over two weeks since I bought it. This gave my skin the perfect boost." —Allisone

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    To learn more, check out "This Black Sugar Strawberry Mask Is Basically Heaven For Your Skin".

    43. Tackle pimples, redness, and dark circles with the vegan and cruelty-free Covergirl concealer; it's designed with an ~extra large~ applicator that will require nothing more than a single swipe. This formula provides a full coverage finish that is lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.

    reviewer wearing the concealer
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Not only is the packaging of this concealer cute and classic, but it also provides really great coverage. You only need to use a little bit to get great coverage, the applicator is great, and I don't have any problems with creasing (although I don't have any fine lines either). If you're wanting a concealer similar to expensive brands but at a drugstore price, you'll like this!" —Kayla Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $4.76+ (available in 30 shades).

    44. Opt for a gel-based moisturizer if your combination skin is the worst of both worlds: both dry *and* oily. Gel moisturizers provide instant relief for dry patches, but are lightweight enough to balance out the excess oil on your t-zone (reviewers swear by this one from Garnier).

    the moisturizer in a green jar with a white cap
    Amazon

    This formula (packed with vitamin C and antioxidants) feels super cool when it goes on your skin, and is non-comedogenic so it won't clog your pores.

    Promising review: "LOVE this stuff and I have for years, and I'll admit I'm not a fan of most Garnier products. This moisturizer doesn't feel greasy in the slightest, yet it is immediately soothing and it feels like your skin is drinking it in. You can wear it under makeup during the day or at night. I can't say enough good things about this product! I'm 43 and still get hormonal acne every month, and this product has never made it worse, and has actually helped clear it up when my skin, despite the pimples, has gotten too dry due from astringents and other facial cleansers for oily skin." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $6.59.

    45. Put down the disposable wipes and look toward greener pastures, i.e. the eco-friendly Makeup Eraser. This seemingly simple cloth actually swipes off all your makeup when combined with a bit of water — and yes, that includes waterproof mascara.

    Lynzy Billing / BuzzFeed

    Plus, you can throw this in the wash when it starts to get super dirty *and* rest assured that it has a life of up to five years.

    Promising review: "THIS. THING. IS. AMAZING. I have literally never had clearer skin. It does exactly what it says it does, erases your makeup. Waterproof or not, it all goes away with just a little water and a little bit of scrubbing. I will forever be amazed by this. Never buying another makeup remover product again." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    Psst, this product was voted a winner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    46. On an extra tight budget? Make like a high school sleepover and DIY your own face mask using stuff that's already in your kitchen. Be sure to focus on formulas that tackle your specific skin concerns: For example, canned pumpkin + brown sugar + vitamin E oil = great for soothing red, blotchy skin.

    four different masks being stored in clear jars
    BuzzFeed

    47. Fact: Polishing your nails is difficult, but taking care of your cuticles is not. If your cuticles look like they were mauled by a wild animal, it's time to start using Solaroil — this effective formula is what spinach is to Popeye in that it'll help your nails grow strong (with very little effort required on your part).

    before and after photo of reviewer with brittle nails and cuticles on left and strong, healthy nails on right
    amazon.com

    Just massage this oil into your nails and cuticles every night before going to bed. With daily use, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal/not look completely terrible.

    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. All my life, I've had super weak and brittle nails that would instantly break the second they grew out a tiny bit. This oil has changed EVERYTHING!! I’m shocked. I noticed after about a week of nightly use that my nails are growing (fast) and not breaking." —K. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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