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    31 Cheap Beauty Products That Could Make A Huge Difference

    Why spend $$$ when these products will do just as good of a job (if not better)?

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    1. Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamps tackles the seemingly impossible task of drawing the perfect cat-eye by simply stamping on pro-level wings. Will you get all the credit? Obviously.

    It has two sides: one that has a stamp to MAKE. THE. WINGS. FOR. US (!!!) and another side to draw a steady, smudge-proof line that's extremely hard to mess up thanks to its thick felt tip. It's even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat-eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out....but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line." —LadyMeow

    Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye".

    2. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo hits the reset button for dull, damaged hair. Just a weekly rinse with this will remove dulling residues (hello, styling products) and bring your mane back to its previous ✨shiny✨ state.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! It removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    3. Coty Airspun Loose Powder works as both a setting and face powder so oily T-zones, acne, and scars are basically nonexistent from the minute you put it on. If 24/7 shine control and steadfast makeup sound good to you, then you just found yourself a new best friend.,

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can't believe it. I'm never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67+ (available in six shades and two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless".

    4. Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil features two tips: one to fill in and shape the hairs, and the other to brush and blend for a ~natural~ finish. Tl;dr: your brows will finally look related (dare I say sisters?!), but this little tool will do all of the work. You just raise your wrist.

    Promising review: "I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something with a tiny tip is pointless, takes forever, and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over" —Duchess

    Get it from Amazon for $5.58 (available in four shades).

    5. Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patches drain 👏 those 👏 zits 👏 so you can avoid picking or any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout. They're gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.

    Promising review: "I do not understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my work day 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 scars on my face, because my previous method of dealing with them was to pick, pick, pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $11.88.

    6. Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler pumps up your lashes' volume without ~maxing out~ your card — all before you even put on mascara. Reviewers with short lashes swear by these, because they effectively lengthen without tugging or pulling!, Amazon

    It's recommended to hold down the eyelash curler for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times — one second per pulse.

    Promising review: "I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last lash curler was twice the price and this is 1000 times better. The product is very well made and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors).

    7. HerStyler Hair Repair Serum takes matters into its own hands when it comes to treating fried, damaged tresses. Infused with vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil, this bb works overtime to restore shine, flatten frizz, and overall bring that tired mane back to LIFE. And all it takes a few swipes of your fingers.

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT, PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    To learn more, check out "Thousands Of People Say This Serum *Actually* Has Helped Their Dry And Frizzy Hair".

    8. Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo washes away months (years?) of gunk off your brushes, and conditions old bristles back to their original form in a matter of minutes. Even if you're lazy you can handle this, I promise.

    Did I mention it's all-natural and cruelty-free?

    Promising review: "This stuff is great. I had never cleaned my brushes before (gross, I know) and this stuff got them so clean so fast. I didn't even remember most brushes were two-toned because they were all makeup colored for so long. I can't believe the nastiness that came off my brushes. I was putting all that old stuff all over my face!" —Echo

    Get it Amazon for $5.99.

    To learn more, check out "I Tried The Makeup Remover With Over 1,000 5-Star Reviews From Amazon To See If It Really Works".

    9. NYX Epic Ink Liner checks off all the boxes needed to win the champion drugstore title: it's super-pigmented (this ink is blacker than black), has a smooth formula for easy application, and boasts a tip so fine, you can play with graphic line designs.

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    This is a great dupe for higher-end eyeliners! Its waterproof formula is SUPER long-lasting, plus its flexible brush tips lets you decide the thickness of your lines.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic eyeliner. "I was never very good at applying a cat eye, but this is eyeliner makes it incredibly easy for me to get it on my first try." Additionally, it absolutely is waterproof. I've worn this through long workouts and my eyeliner didn't run at all!" —megs

    Get it from Amazon for $6.30.

    To learn more, check out "This $6 Liquid Eyeliner Gives You The Best Cat Eyes Of Your Life". And! See why this won best lowest-priced liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    10. Schick Silk Touch-Up Dermaplaning Tools remove peach fuzz and shape brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They're gentle, precise, and won't leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby's bottom and you'll never have to pay the price.


    Promising review: "I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up." —I & S. Stark

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.

    11. Maybelline Instant Rewind Treatment Concealer uses a sponge applicator tip and goji berry extracts to treat dark circles and puffy under-eyes très vite so you can forget all about your 2 a.m. Netflix binge in one quick, easy step.

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    Promising review: "This is the best under-eye concealer ever. I am 67-years-old and have tried them all. It blends nicely with my foundation and has never caked. The sponge applicator is soft and makes application quick and easy. I will continue to use this product and hope, like many products I've used over the years, that it doesn't get discontinued." —Morty

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94+ (available in 12 shades).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review on why she loves this concealer in "Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love" (#4).

    12. Shadow Shields by Michelle Villanueva prevents powder fallout when doing eye makeup so your foundation remains safe and untouched. OR you can use these as a stencil to help you make a clean cat-eye!


    Promising review: "I'm so glad I found these! I've always had trouble with fallout under my eyes, even with good brushes and quality makeup. Now I don't have to worry at all. When I use these I can do my foundation first and then my eye makeup. I would hate having to wipe away shadow from my cheeks and apply more concealer. I'll be buying more boxes of these." —Tasha

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $8.95.

    13. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream helps you flake on super dry and red skin with literally just this product. It's so thick yet effective that it's earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, which you'll definitely understand when your complexion finally feels hydrated for 24 hours.

    Promising review: "I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried Cerave and it worked! It was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.31.

    14. Undone Beauty Lip + Cheek Cream allows you to maintain a rosy glow all day in the easiest way possible. It'll give you the same effects as both a designer creamy blush and lip tint, but lets you decide how much you'd like to build., Amazon

    Each of the three shades is a three-in-one palette for blending, highlighting and tinting of both your lips and cheeks.

    Promising review: "I loved this! It's my favorite of the Undone Beauty products! When applied to the cheek it makes you look super rosy and fresh and I received so many compliments on my makeup when I wore this for the first time. It applies much more matte on your lips, but makes for a great base underneath gloss or other lipstick. It reminded me of a much more expensive cream blush. This is the best buy!" —cecily knee

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in three shades).

    15. Shany Cosmetics Natural Fusion Eyeshadow Palette features a whopping 88 shades of highly-pigmented eye shadows, highlighters, and eyeliners so you can experiment with new makeup trends to your heart's content without breaking the bank.

    AND it's cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical because you usually get what you pay for with makeup, however this set is amazing. I am honestly shocked at the depth of the colors and their staying power. They are better than some of my more expensive makeup for a fraction of the cost. If you are on the fence, you won't be disappointed if you just go ahead and order it." —Autumn

    Get it from Amazon for $16.39.

    16. Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strips draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a freaking magnet. Deep clean does not even BEGIN to define these.

    Promising review: "I have scrubbed the center of my forehead for months but the 'field of black dots' just remained no matter what. So finally I decided to give this a try. I followed instructions exactly (removed after 10 minutes) and after I peeled it off I looked and not a dot in sight — until I looked at the strip! That looked like a forest with all those 'dots' standing up on end. Highly recommend!" —David G.

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $7.14 (available in four styles).

    To learn more, check out "These Amazingly Satisfying Pore Strips Are A Cult Favorite For A Reason".

    17. Batiste Dry Shampoo adds major volume and shine to days-old hair, because we're only human and sometimes we don't wash our hair! TV bingeing is so time consuming, you know? But this rewards you with salon-level tresses so no one's the wiser.

    Not only does this time-saver absorb excess oil, but it also adds *major* body and texture! Tldr: you are very much rewarded for sleeping in all week.

    Promising review: "Oh. My. Gosh. This is the dry shampoo I've been waiting for! I have literally tried almost every drugstore brand. I'm all about buying cheap, but when all of the drugstore brands left my hair feeling sticky, flat, and cakey, it was time to turn to Amazon for a quality dry shampoo. I have thin, long, and oily hair. My whole life, I've been forced to shower every single morning because if I didn't, then my hair looked so gross! This definitely works well for me. It gives me the 'just-washed,' 'full-bodied-hair' look. My hair looks great! I would even say that now it looks better the second day, all because of Batiste!" —CherylVW

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    See why this won best lowest-priced dry shampoo on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. L'Oréal Paris Makeup Double Extend Mascara dramatizes your lashes while keeping your morning simple with its two-sided design. The first end conditions your lashes with a primer to effectively lengthen, and the second applies smudge-free mascara for a full, luxe finish.

    It uses the technique "tubing" to effectively lengthen and thicken your lashes naturally. It's totally streak-free, but is still easy to remove with just warm water!

    Promising review: "I love this mascara so much. I had this exact mascara about five years ago and once I ran out, I struggled with using other kinds that just couldn't measure up. I finally hunted this one down again here on Amazon and I'm so glad I did. I've yet to find a mascara that so easily gives me length and volume. The extensions this mascara creates are long, fluttery, and simply awesome. To remove this mascara, I simply get the tips of my fingers wet with warm water and gently grip my eyelashes." —Sarah Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    19. CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Moisturizing Lip Color uses two sides to work as a team and make sure reapplying throughout the day is totally unnecessary. Its conditioning topcoat moisturizes chapped lips, while the gloss lasts ~24 hours~. Color. Me. Impressed.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing. It stands up to even the higher-end brands! You can't beat the price and the colors are beautiful. It lasted through all my meals. I can't believe such an awesome product is made by Covergirl!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.75+ (available in 33 shades).

    More of a matte lover? See what won best matte lipsticks at BuzzFeed Reviews.

    20. Cosmedica Skincare Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum treats your skin to this widely loved, holy grail ingredient...for cheap! It addresses really every general skincare goal — an even skin tone, brightness, hydration, and a smooth and soft complexion. Think of this as an easy-peasy form of TLC.,

    Btw, this is used by both people with oily and dry skin (and is safe for sensitive skin!) — it counteracts oil overproduction with natural hydration *and* gently restores moisture to parched complexions.

    Promising review: "It works so well! I've been using the hyaluronic acid for about two weeks now, and my skin has felt full and smooth ever since! It also seems to have reduced oil production and eliminated the formation of whiteheads; I credit that to this helping my skin retain water and not having to produce so much oil." —J. Morris

    Get it from Amazon for $10.40

    21. PleasingCare Natural Bamboo Charcoal Oil Absorbing Tissues confront midday shiny T-zones head on by absorbing excess oil, controlling shine, AND soothing irritated complexions with bamboo charcoal. Blotting has never been so satisfying.

    They're even all-natural! They're made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They're a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I'll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they're completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.60.

    22. Diane Fromm Twist Flex Rods style your hair into gorgeous ringlets while you catch up on your beauty sleep (and give your locks a needed break from heat tools). Consider these to be your overnight hairstylist that you absolutely do not need to tip.

    Just twist them to your liking (a loop, C-, or S-shape)!

    Promising review: "As someone who colors their hair, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to style my hair without further damaging it. I therefore try to stay away from heated methods of styling hair as much as possible. I prefer heat-less methods like this, because the curls seem to set for longer and stay bouncy. Let me preface by saying this: the 'before' photos of my hair were taken after having the curlers in my hair for only two hours. I have pretty thick hair and was looking for a casual, wavy look...the fact that my hair took to curling in such a short period of time is AMAZING!! I also love the fun assorted colors." —kiana

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in two styles).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Use These $8 Twist Rods To Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls".

    23. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion hydrates dry skin in the fastest way possible — right from your shower. Its water-activated formula with almond oil lasts ~24 hours~ so your legs can feel soft and smooth all day, even after just slapping this on mid singing solo.

    Promising review: "I do not have the time to moisturize daily. I hate doing it right after the shower when I’m still wet and I hate putting clothes on right after putting on lotion. If you are like me, then this is definitely the solution. You put it on in the shower and you rinse it off. You get out of the shower without that sticky feel of lotion and it keeps your skin moisturized until your next shower. I subscribe and save it — my husband and I use it multiple times a week and it lasts us about two months. It's a great product." —Maggie Berke

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    24. John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray uses a heat-activated formula of citrus and chamomile to lighten hair up to ~two shades~ in only three to five uses! For under $10, you just prolonged (if not *replaced*) coloring treatments that cost you HUNDREDS of dollars!

    Promising review: "OMG, I NEVER write reviews, but this product has given me SO much JOY!!! I have been coloring my hair for 30 years, and I always hate sitting in the salon, the chemicals, and the BILL! I needed to get my hair done (full foil highlights) and my two regular hairdressers were not free, so I went on line to do some research. Every reviewer loved this product so I decided to try it. Four morning spritzes and my hair looked like I just got out of the salon! I spray every couple weeks, and I haven't been back to the salon for months! This is a seriously cool product!" —Lisa Mchugh

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25.

    To learn more, check out "John Frieda's $7 Lightening Spray For Blonder Hair Is Cheap, But Has Impressive Results".

    25. Tend Skin Care Solution nixes ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

    Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good".

    26. eBoot Hair Tie Bands are extra-thick to successfully hold especially heavy, curly, and full hair. If you spend every day battling to keep your ponytail in place, prepare to be SHOOK.


    Promising review: "These are a god-send! I have super long, thick, curly, hair, and before these I have only ever had the typical thin black rubber band type hair bands. These thick bands are so soft on your hair and easy to wrap around! When my hair is curly its massive and when I straighten it, it just feels super heavy. These bands work with any of my chosen hair days and I am about to order more, because as with all hairbands, I tend to lose them everywhere!" —Jill Skinner

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $7.89.

    27. Pro Beauty Makeup Blender Foundation Sponge applies makeup a heck of a lot better than your fingertips (hello smooth, even finish) so under-eye bags, zits, etc. can go *undercover* — and stay that way.


    They come in five different colors and two styles! You can try out the tri-purpose slanted sponge: its rounded side blots your whole face until fully blended, the flat edge contours, and the precision tip conquers any hard-to-reach areas. OR, go for the teardrop design that delivers a dewy application when you put on foundation, cream blush, or highlighter.

    Promising review: "This has been a great makeup sponge. I really had my doubts because I have always used the original Beauty Blender. However, this stands up to the test! It soaks up water when it is run under water. I am able to squeeze the excess water and use it damp. It blends my makeup beautifully!" —Donna Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (available in five styles).

    28. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is infused with murumuru butter to deliver a natural-looking glow with a creamy, soft texture. Its cream-to-powder finish goes on s m o o t h and leaves you looking sun-kissed straight into the evening.

    Promising review: "I've purchased so many bronzers in every price range and didn't have high hopes for this one, but based on the reviews and price I thought I'd give it a try. This is the first bronzer that doesn't make me look like I applied bronzers. It's just a subtle bronze glow and I love it! I like it so much that I'm thinking of stocking up just in case." —SoCalGal10

    Get it from Amazon for $8.26 (available in four shades).

    29. NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray works all day and night to ensure your face remains as flawless, fresh, and shine-free as when you left this morning. Take THAT humidity.

    Promising review: "I have a lot of acne and oily skin and I must say this setting spray is really the cherry on top! When I put this on after I finish applying makeup, I NEVER get oily! I have worn this through two shifts (I have two jobs), rode two buses to get home, and walked home, and I still looked flawless! This is a must-have." —Sasha

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    30. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub multitasks like no other exfoliant by clearing excess oil, treating breakouts, and bringing out a glowing complexion from underneath. Gone are the days of dimming your bank account in the name of brighter skin.

    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this facial scrub. I’ve had this for almost two weeks now and I love the way my skin is glowing! I have sensitive skin so I have to really be careful with the products I choose. Even after one use, you start to see a difference. It moisturizes, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smooth. I didn’t even need to apply a moisturizer afterwards! Definitely a must-have!" —Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    31. Teenitor False Eyelashes save you A LOT of money if you frequently wear falsies without making you sacrifice quality. They're full, natural-looking, soft, and the best part: they come in a pack of 20.


    Promising review: "I'm never one to really wear eyelashes because some lashes irritate my eyes and are often to heavy on my lids, but I love these eyelashes! This is my second time buying this product! They're very light, not too heavy on the eyelids, and give out a nice finish." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.99.

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