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    37 Surprisingly Cheap And Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Beauty Routine In 2020

    I don't know what will be shining more: your skin, your hair, or your happy bank account.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Study up on your makeup brushes β€” each one has a specific function and purpose to make your overall look appear ~perfectly done~. For example, a kabuki brush will give you an airbrushed effect, while a contour brush brings out your angles (hello, cheekbones).


    This highly-rated makeup brush set ($11.99+ on Amazon; available in three colors) has everything you need: a powder brush, angled brush, fan brush, flat angled brush, face flat brush, round brush, angled detail brush, precise brush, two concealer brushes, classic eyeshadow brush, blending brush, angled eyeshadow brush, lash and eyebrow brush, eyeliner brush, and tapered brush! I'm out of breath, are you out of breath?

    Plus! This cult-favorite makeup sponge ($6.97 on Amazon) already has 1,769 five-star reviews for quickly becoming everyone's go-to for blending foundation smoothly and giving makeup an ~airbrushed effect~.

    2. Opt for a holographic peel-off mask that'll allow a luxurious dose of ~self-care~ many more times than you would if you only bought sheet masks (this formula comes in a tub). Plus, it brightens your complexion, minimizes pores, AND hydrates, meaning you get more bang πŸ‘ for πŸ‘ your πŸ‘ buck πŸ‘ than expensive routines.


    Promising review: "I love this mask. Overall, it does everything I hoped it would. I have super sensitive skin that reacts to almost everything, but this mask has kept my skin super soft, and blemish-free. Even when I do get a blemish, I use the mask, and it’s basically gone by the next day. Oh, and best of all for a peel off mask β€” IT ACTUALLY PEELS OFF IN ONE PIECE! Overall, great mask, highly suggest, and will buy again." β€”kmf95

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    3. And! Apply it with a set of face mask brushes to easily upgrade your beauty routine with tools that'll feel like h-e-a-v-e-n on your skin *and* prevent you from wasting product, therefore cash.

    Plus, their silicone bristles help prevent breakouts (fingers = bacteria) and are easier to clean than traditional brushes and distribute product more evenly!

    Promising review: "I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don't want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly." β€”Marisol Porrata-oviedo

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $3.98.

    4. Conquer your fears of the cat-eye by secretly stamping in the winged tip with a double-sided eyeliner. Apparently it *is* this easy to look extra sharp.

    This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. 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." β€”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". And! Check out what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    5. Dry your natural curls with a diffuser (and hold it at an upwards angle) instead of air drying so that your ringlets have more volume, yet a heck of a lot less frizz. Overpriced hair products? NOT ANYMORE. A future of deceptively sleek blowouts is calling.

    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    Faster blowout = no more tired arms. Btw, this diffuser has a 1.8 inch diameter (which will fit *most* hairdryers).

    Promising review: "Forget those $200 dryers with their proprietary diffusers that claim to fix all of your curly hair frustrations. This diffuser reduces the amount of hair blowing your hair around (and therefore frizz), reduces the amount of times you need to move your dryer around your head, and distributes air and heat more evenly to your roots and ends. I have the standard Conair Infinity Pro blowdryer ($32.89) and removing the plastic ring inside the attachment let this diffuser attach securely to my dryer." β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    Check out "15 Simple But Life-Changing Tips For Anyone With Curly Hair" for even more advice from a celeb hairstylist.

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    Taylor Miller / BuzzFeed

    6. Add some Radha rosehip oil to your nightly routine that requires merely a few drops to tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers use this before bed and wake up to ✨glowing✨, healing skin! Nothing will get in your way of clear skin again...not on this bb's watch.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. My skin has virtually no breakouts, appears smoother, and feels smoother now that I use this. I’m 32 and still get cystic acne, been on Accutane twice, and nothing worked. I’m so happy BuzzFeed had an article about it, I’m sold! Yes, its pretty oily, but it soaks in. I use it in the a.m. as my moisturizer and at p.m. before bed. It has a yellow tint, but fades after soaking in. I highly recommend it." β€”Emily Jacob

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems".

    7. Say a final farewell to frizz by turning to an Elizavecca hair treatment. Just pack on collagen-infused ingredients to undo heat and bleaching damage, and bring back the shine you DESERVE. Five minutes of wearing this mask, and your mane will be ready for its shampoo commercial debut. Commence slow-mo hair toss.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    It's packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really shiny. Then I had purple hair for a year, followed by blue for six months. My stylist had to bleach the beejeebers out of my hair to remove all of the funky colors. Ever since, my hair has been dry, crispy, and definitely not shiny. This stuff really makes a difference! I used it maybe 10-14 days ago, and I just redid it tonight. After shampooing, I towel-dried my hair and then put a big blob throughout my long-ish hair and clipped it up. I left it on for quite a while, just puttering around and getting chores done. Then I rinsed it and my hair feels soft and looks much shinier. I will keep using this as long as I need to (it will take a few years to grow out all the damage while maintaining length). I'm really glad that I read that article and bought the product" β€”SHANNON FRASER

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review in "7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We're Currently Obsessing Over".

    8. Compare popular makeup dupes to their more expensive versions before making any splurges. Chances are a highly-reviewed drugstore product does the exact same job and makes you feel just as ~sophisticated~!

    Lauren Zaser / Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

    A big winner: NYX Micro Brow ($4.31) vs. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21). Both are great products, but if you're looking to save, NYX is for you!

    Lauren Zaser / Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

    Get NYX Micro Brow Pencil from Amazon for $4.31+ (available in ash brown, black, espresso, and blond, listed separately) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz from Sephora for $21 (available in nine shades).

    Check out even more suggestions from "We Compared Popular Drug Store Makeup To Expensive Makeup And Here's What Happened".

    9. Bring out clearer skin with just a flick of the wrist by adding some Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads to your nightly routine. Not only will it feel like a ~luxurious~ last step, but their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel will get you a brighter complexion before January is even over.,

    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you're a skincare obsessive like me, I don't have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" β€”Mitzy McMillion

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $6.89.

    10. Keep your brushes clean to ensure a flawless makeup application. An easy-to-use scrubber will help you avoid breakouts (hello, bacteria) and apply makeup a whole lot better when there isn't icky residue in the way. Your eyeshadow deserves to SHINE β€” and you should start your day with nothing short of super soft, clean bristles.

    Glossy Box

    Promising review: "I hate cleaning my makeup brushes by hand. It makes my hands soggy, which is why I was excited when I found this gem. I use soap on my brushes, which breaks down any grease on the brushes. This glove helps get all of the product out of the brush. It's also easy to clean, I just put it in my dishwasher." β€”Brittnee Belt

    Get it from Amazon for $2.50.

    Read more from Glossy Box for "How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like A Pro".

    11. Update the updo (can you say that three times fast?) with wrap-around braids. If you have curly hair, there's no pre-styling required, and within 10 minutes, some bobby pins, and a little styling paste, you'll look effortlessly polished.

    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    What you'll need: mini hair elastics ($5.99 on Amazon), bobby pins ($1.15 on Amazon), and styling paste ($4.48 on Amazon).

    Check out more ideas in "26 Incredible Hairstyles You Can Learn In 10 Steps Or Less".

    Here it is broken down for you:

    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    12. Keep pro-level nails ~on hand~ without the hefty bill by using a powder mani starter kit so you can drastically reduce the amount you spend on manicures (especially if you get regular or even gel). This'll last three to six weeks every time you use it, look professional, take 15 minutes to soak off (with water!), and won't make your nails as weak as gel.,

    I get powder manis to save money and even THIS is a better a deal (for reference, I pay $40 every three to four weeks). My nails never feel brittle or weak, like they did when I got gel manis. This kit comes with three powder jars (one is your base and finish, the other two light pink and white) and four polishes, which are numbered to tell you the order you'll need to use 'em.

    Promising review: "Get this. It's sooo, sooo worth it. It comes with more than enough product to last for the foreseeable future and getting additional colors is about the same as getting a new bottle of nail polish. I personally don’t do French tip, but I has been using the base and pink color to strengthen and build my naturally peel-y and soft nails. It's sooooo much cheaper than salon visits and beyond easy to do at home if you have even a basic understanding of nail polish." β€”Michelle Gadbury

    Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

    You can also pick other colored starter kits or colored dip powders!

    13. Bolden your eye game *without* tricky eyeliner by simply applying a highly-pigmented, colorful eyeshadow and swiping on lots (and lots) of volumizing mascara.

    Taylor Miller / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    This L'OrΓ©al eyeshadow ($4.95+ on Amazon) comes in 22 dramatic shades, lasts ~24 hours~, and is waterproof and crease-resistant. Meaning it's ready for you to bring on the (good kind) of drama all darn day.

    And! This Maybelline mascara ($6.74 on Amazon) is a tried-and-true favorite for creating falsies-like lashes that put high-end brands to SHAME. Reviewers say this gives them long, thick lashes in as little as *one to two swipes*!

    To learn more easy-to-remember tricks, check out "A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Do".

    14. Brighten your smile with a teeth-whitening pen that'll give you pearly whites without costing you a lot of *green*. Plus, its soft-bristle brushes are easier to use on uneven teeth than strips, thanks to their 360Β° application.

    Did I mention it's mint-flavored?! AND reviewers say it doesn't cause sensitivity!

    Promising review: "Due to prior experiences with Crest and other whitening strips, I always deal with tooth sensitivity even after the first use. Naturally now, I only use this pen every other day thinking I was going to deal with the same issue and surprisingly I don't. I actually really like the way it whitens my teeth and love the fact that I'm not dealing with any tooth sensitivity pains." β€”Claudia Garcia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    15. Research what foundation methods are best for *you*, especially if your current routine just isn't cutting it. If you have oily skin, maybe a powder foundation is actually better than liquid. Not getting enough coverage? Time to start with a primer! One small change will have your makeup feeling ~custom-made~.

    ZoΓ« Burnett / BuzzFeed

    Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder ($5.97+ on Amazon; available in six shades) is a favorite as both a powder foundation *and* a setting powder. It lasts allll day, controls excess oil and shine, and if applied with its included sponge can be used as a concealer, as well.

    Maybelline Makeup Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Face Makeup Primer ($4.27 on Amazon) creates a smooth and long-lasting base for your foundation. Other benefits of using this primer? It drastically blurs pores, moisturizes your skin, and creates a soft, matte finish. Plus, it feels super lightweight so you're comfortable all day. Tldr: this will make your foundation stay πŸ‘ put πŸ‘.

    Learn more in "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Foundation".

    The easiest yet most important tip to remember? Test foundation on your neck, instead of your arm so that your makeup seamlessly matches the rest of you! Your ~look~ will seem 10 times more expensive when properly shaded.

    Lauren Zaser / Alice Mongkongllite

    Having trouble finding the right shade? Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation ($4.19+ on Amazon) is available in ~40~ shades so it's a great start to finding a fitting hue!

    Check out even more in "15 Game-Changing Beauty Charts If You Suck At Makeup".

    16. Take skincare up a level by incorporating a microneedle roller into your routine. When combined with a serum, it essentially *boosts* the product's usual benefits to exfoliate, brighten, and repair irritated skin so that you're left with a dewy glow. Plus, you get to end the day with a soothing yet effective ritual.

    Basically this is just a much more effective way of applying serum than just with your fingers. It only takes five minutes!

    Promising review: "I've been seeing a lot of positive changes as soon as I started using this. Using with a good topical product is a must. I had a few scars around the cheek area which are now mostly gone. I've also noticed a reduction in my pores which gives my skin a very smooth feel and look. It only takes me ten minutes a day to carry out the treatments (which are painless by the way) and it has benefited me more than I ever thought it would. If you're a beginner like me, I would really recommend this one." β€”Mark Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    Need a serum? This highly-rated β€” we're talking 7,461 five-star reviews β€” vitamin C serum ($19.99 on Amazon) is packed with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to improve clarity and brighten skin. It promotes collagen production, while the vitamin C synergistically blends with hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E targets fine lines, firmness, dark spots, and most importantly, ACNE.

    17. Switch to an all-natural dry shampoo that's formulated to perfectly match brunette hair (so long, annoying white streaks) AND add major volume between washes so you start every morning with the feeling of fresh blowout β€” and the hairstyle to prove it.


    Its rice powder, kaolin clay, charcoal, cocoa, lavender and peppermint oil combo provides volume, absorbs excess oil, and generally makes it look like we haven't waited a full week to wash our hair.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dry shampoo!!! I teach yoga and core fusion (sweaty, awesome workouts) full-time and this helps me go two or three days without having to wash my hair. I have really long, dark brown hair and this blends perfectly into my scalp, absorbs excess oil, and best of all, gives me a ton of volume!!! At the end of day two, after teaching six to eight sweaty classes, I can put this in and my hair looks fabulous!" β€”Stephanie M. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    See what won best dry shampoos on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. Groom your eyebrows to your liking, whether that means full, thin, bushy, WHATEVER to you. A Schick dermaplaning razor helps shape and neaten your brows in a way that's not only cheap, but super easy. It's a lot harder to mess up with this than with wax.

    Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed Life / Via Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed Design

    The above chart is particularly helpful for those with thick eyebrows, but this dermaplaning razor is a favorite among every darn kind of brow connoisseur. Plus! A popular Maybelline eyebrow pencil ($5.59+ on Amazon; available in four shades) will easily fill in and brush out your brows so they look neat, neat, neat.

    Promising review (for the dermaplaning razor): "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." β€”I & S. Stark

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    Check out more in "How To Fill In, Shape, Tweeze, Trim, And Transform Your Eyebrows".

    19. Spritz your way to clear, happy skin (all while scoring a luxe midday pick-me-up) with a Mario Badescu misting trio. Each formula addresses a different concern from dull skin to stubborn breakouts. Are you basically a derm now? Yes.

    Let's break down what each bb does:

    * Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: to wake up dull tired, skin, hydrate, tone, and reduce redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day.

    * Aloe, chamomile and lavender: to comfort irritated, dry skin, hydrate, overall de-stress both you and your complexion.

    * Aloe herbs and rosewater: to hydrate, and treat dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with these sprays! They're super hydrating and toning. I have a nice glow and my skin feels and looks visibly healthier. I spray first thing after my shower then moisturizer with lotion, apply makeup and spray to set it. My niece who is on Accutane recommended these to me, because of her dry skin and I love it." β€”Jessica Soliz

    Get them from Amazon for $21.

    Learn more about the cult-favorite rose water spray in "This Facial Spray Is $7 And Will Make You Feel Refreshed AF."

    20. Continue your newly luxe regimen even when you go to sleep! A Cosrx overnight mask plus a silky pillowcase will bring mornings of radiant skin and smooth hair *overnight*.


    The Cosyx overnight mask uses nourishing honey extract to deeply moisturize and brighten your skin while you catch up on your zzz's. And if you didn't know, sleeping with a silky pillow case helps to avoid hair breakage (and is gentler on sensitive skin) so you wake up with frizz-free tresses!

    Promising review (for the night mask): "I love this mask. I’ve been using it every night and waking up to hydrated and clear skin. I have sensitive combination/dry skin that has been kind of bad this winter. This has helped tremendously by diminishing dry flakes and redness. No more waking up to a face that feels tight because it’s dehydrated. This is something I’m always going to want to have on hand." β€”Audrey B. Smith

    Get them from Amazon: Cosrx overnight mask for $14.66 and a pack of two satin pillows for $9.99 (available in sizes standard-king and 15 colors).

    21. Trick people into thinking you take regular trips to the salon by maintaining blonde hair with some Fanola shampoo. Not only will it keep your hair from yellowing over time, but it'll actually INCREASE the brightness and platinum levels in your hair. *Color* me impressed.

    Just don't use it for more than three minutes (once a week), because then your hair will turn lavender (unless you're into that, which some reviewers are!!!).

    Promising review: "I have platinum blonde hair and harsh water. My hair easily gets discolored no matter how little I wash it. I have used a number of high-end purple shampoos and thought they were all great quality. Until now. I didn't realize what I was missing in my life. I left this shampoo on for maybe three minutes and now my hair looks freshly-toned to an icy blonde. I'll never live my life again without this shampoo." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.83+ (available in six sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo".

    22. Tackle only ~seemingly~ difficult hairdos that you see all over Pinterest β€” it's time to stop *pinning* and actually try one out! Most really only require a few steps (and a lot of patience). The end result: a very chic-looking you.

    Macey J. Foronda / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Before you say, "NO IT'S TOO HARD," check out some Pinterest-inspired braid tutorials! They're rated by difficulty so you can skip to the ~easiest~.

    Behold: the easiest of them all! The deceivingly complicated braid crown requires four simple steps: two thin hair ties and bobby pins. I will pass you some tissues if necessary, but I promise you won't need them!

    Macey J. Foronda / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    Have you been transformed into a certain queen who rules over dragons? Yes.

    What you'll need: Thin hair ties ($4.99 on Amazon) and bobby pins ($1.52 on Amazon).

    To learn how to get the ~full look~, check out "These Pretty Pinterest Braids Will Make It Look Like You Know How To Do Hair".

    23. Take your *glow up* into your own hands β€” or fingers that is. Just a dab of this lip and cheek palette 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!" β€”cecily knee

    Get it from Amazon for $7 (available in three shades).

    24. Brighten your complexion from face wash alone with some Acure brightening facial scrub. This'll become your go-to to exfoliate away excess oil and treat breakouts β€” all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath. Today is the day we all learned acne can't get in the way of making your routine feel high-end.

    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!" β€”Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    25. Master the art of contouring β€” or so it seems. By applying a darker foundation stick to highlight your features (aka your temples, cheekbones, etc.), you can easily create major definition with just a few swipes. Meaning you can look like you had your makeup professionally done every darn day with extremely little effort...or spending.

    Taylor Miller / Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I think I've bought about 30 tubes of this since it came out, it's my favorite foundation. It's so easy to apply (in the car, in a workplace bathroom, anywhere you have a mirror), never spills in your purse, and gives a nice smooth finish with good medium coverage." β€”wildebeest

    Get it from Amazon for $4.69 (available in eight shades).

    To learn more easy-to-learn tricks, check out "A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips We Can Actually Do".

    26. Put an end to painful brushing with a Lily England rose gold detangling hair brush. Its ergonomic handle and extra-gentle flexible bristles ensure you have a glossy mane without getting ~tangled~ up in bills. So long, teary unknotting. Hello, Rapunzel treatment.


    Its handle is designed to make sure your wrist never gets tired and its ~274~ flexible bristles are strictly gentle when brushing through knots. They create less friction than ordinary hairbrushes to reduce hair loss and breakage. AMAZING.

    Promising review: "Listen I don't know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! I'm not up to the times when it comes to beauty products and what not. Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. Honestly, I don't even know why I got the brush. It was a very impulsive, 'oooh that's shiny' purchase, but oh my lawd am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it β€” it's shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor." β€”Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three colors).

    27. Remove peach fuzz painlessly (and without paying for a wax) with a facial hair remover. It's 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.

    It also comes with a nose trimming attachment and is rechargeable!

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical about these portable facial and body hair removers, but I have blonde fuzz on my face that has always bothered me. I have tried waxing and threading that typically leave my skin irritated. I have used this multiple times in my face arms and legs, and I am extremely amazed. There's no pain and it got rid of all the fuzz in minutes. I used moisturizer afterwards and had zero irritation. I have also used the nose hair trimmer piece and got great results. Highly recommend!" β€”Peter

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in two colors).

    28. Enhance your makeup's radiance with some Physicians Formula illuminating primer. It won't cost you much money or time β€” it'll act as a concealer to reduce redness and blur pores, while also giving you a subtle *glow* (that works great under foundation!).

    You know so you look nice and sun-kissed even if you never leave the house. It has five filtering ~pearl formulas~ that work together to blur uneven skin tones. AND it's loaded with antioxidants to help improve your skin's health.

    Promising review: "This goes on smoothly, doesn't make me break out, and is super breathable under my foundation! It looks so luminous under my makeup!" β€”Andrea N.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39.

    29. Treat eye bags with a healthy dose of luxury, aka 24K gold eye masks. They'll reduce puffiness, hydrate your skin, and add shine to dull skin so your complexion matches how rich you feel while wearing these.

    Promising review: "I was searching for something to reduce the bags under my eyes and erase nine years of working nights and four years of raising toddlers. I talked to a friend who sells an expensive brand of face products and just couldn't fathom spending hundreds of dollars on face products. So I turned to Amazon and came across these! They feel amazing on my face and after a few uses, my skin seems less swollen, less discolored and even softer. They're definitely a bargain at this price!" β€”Amy

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $17.97.

    30. Bring costly blowouts right to your bathroom by creating sleek, frizz-free 'dos in half the time. How? This Revlon one-step hair styler and dryer has flexible tangle-free bristles to smooth and style your hair as you brush, while negative ions condition and reduce static as you dry. The result: an easy-peasy glossy mane.


    It has two heat and speed setting, plus a cool option!

    Promising review: "I have very thick, long and wavy hair and this hair dryer/straightener is the best ever at making it look like I just stepped out of a salon! I have a ton of different hair styling tools, mostly because I had not found one that really does what I need well β€” until I bought this one! It dries and straightens my hair in just 10-15 minutes and instead of a flat dry look I get from a hair straightener, it looks silky! People at work keep asking where I get my hair done. It is fabulous at helping get the hair in the back of my head. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dryer!" β€”TJ

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    31. Discover which oil works best with your skin. Adding an all-natural oil to your routine is great, because they feel *super* soothing at the end of a long day, and quickly target specific problems. For example, jojoba oil tackles breakouts by neutralizing the pH levels of your skin. Translation: both you and your pimple will be left saying ahhh not AHHH.

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    Promising review (for jojoba oil): "I've been using this for the past month now on my face. My skin is super sensitive and I haven't been able to find a single moisturizer that doesn't leave my face cherry red and burning. When I get out of the shower, I use a drop of this at a time (usually 3-4 drops total) to my fingers and rub into my face section by section. My face is soft, no irritation, it cleared up the majority of the acne, and it has left me feeling like my face glows. This stuff is amazing and it doesn't make my face oily at all. I love it." β€”Emily

    Get jojoba oil from Amazon for $9.99.

    OR! These inexpensive facial oils ($8.64+ on Amazon) come in three formulas for different goals (i.e. argan oil to restore an even texture and tone and Marula oil to reduce redness and chapped skin) and are super easy to apply thanks to their helpful pumps.

    To learn more, check out "Here’s How I Got Rid Of My Acne Once And For All".

    32. Amp up your glow for little with a highly-rated Maybelline metallic highlighter. Its SUPER-pigmented formula has won over thousands of typically high-end beauty shoppers thanks to its nearly identical ability to show πŸ‘ off πŸ‘ those πŸ‘ cheekbones.,

    Promising review: "Now I know what all the hype was about in the beauty community. This is a MUST and is a much cheaper alternative to the more expensive highlighters." β€”Joliefemme

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12 (available in four colors).

    33. Expand your makeup collection for cheap with a Jacob & Eli eyeshadow palette. It has 18 super pigmented nude shades, because you don't need to drop $100 to achieve the perfect smokey eye. Though your skills may lead people to believe you did.

    Promising review: "I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY. There's almost zero fallout, extremely pigmented colors, blends creamy like butter, and the colors are beautiful. This rivals any of my Too Faced palettes ($45+) β€” in fact far less fallout. These are the same quality if not better than my Urban Decay ($44+). Seriously not kidding. AND rivals my Kat Von D palettes ($39+). I rarely review anything, but this deserved a review." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two styles).

    34. Bend your mascara wand to fully fan out your lashes. The wand will be able to reach the base of your lash line and stamp the roots, instantly achieving full lashes and a widening effect. Drugstore beauty hacks > blowing all your money.

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    Don't want to bend your actual mascara's wand? Get a set of 100 individual mascara wands for $4.99.

    Check out even more from The Beauty Department for "Favorite Mascara Technique β€” Just Bend It!" for why you should bend your wands.

    35. Turn your living room into your very own spa by subscribing to a monthly delivery of Facetory sheet masks with four monthly K-beauty masks. It's essentially the cheapest way to explore cutting-edge Korean skincare, because it gives your skin benefits usually reserved for high-end derm brands.,

    Each kit comes with an insert with tips and explanations of the benefits of each mask! All the luxury of masking, zero of the "what is on my face" mystery.

    Promising review: "It's fun to try out new masks that are well-reviewed by experts (I'm definitely no expert), and I love the subscription model! This weekly face mask tradition has helped banish the Sunday scaries this fall/winter." β€”Emily Berglund

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $8.90 ($6.23 for the first box; includes four entry-level* masks) or $19.90 ($11.94 for the first box; includes seven premium* masks), both with free shipping.

    See what won best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    36. Experiment with different eyeliner styles so there's never a day you look the same β€” even when using the same products Monday through Friday (and of course, the same face). Pro tip: pick a liquid eyeliner with a thin tip so you have easier control while trying new looks.

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    NYX liquid eyeliner 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!" β€”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.

    37. Amp up your lashes volume with extremely little effort, courtesy of L'OrΓ©al double-sided mascara with both a conditioning primer and an ultra-lengthening topcoat. Pricey falsies or a few quick swipes of this? I'll keep your secret between us.

    The base coat (one end) is infused with ingredients to protect, nourish and strengthen lashes, while the other end acts as extensions to lengthen lashes. Did I mention there's no need for drying time after applying primer AND it's smudge-proof? Be still, my heart.

    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." β€”Sarah Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

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