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    34 Surprisingly Cheap Ways To Make Your Beauty Routine Feel Luxe

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

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    1. Keep pro-level nails ~on hand~ without the hefty bill by finishing at-home manis with a layer of Sally Hansen gel effect top coat. Basically, you'll get all the perks of a fancy gel mani straight from your couch — it's fast-dry, high-shine, and will make your hard work last (and last).

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    It doesn't even require UV or LED light!

    Promising review: "This worked just as well as the nail salon's gel polish. I needed the top coat to help keep my Swarovski crystals from coming off my nails (I used in addition to nail glue). And they are not coming off, unless I drill them off. Next I plan on using it to help my chrome and halo nail powder stick to my nails. Overall, this gets the job done without having to go to the salon or buy expensive gel polish and a UV lamp." —Crystal Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $5.69.

    2. Nix oily T-zones from your life without disrupting your makeup routine. Etude House's sebum drying powder seamlessly blends with your foundation to create a matte finish that lasts alllll day, meaning you can say adieu to hourly blotting sheets. Not mention, your makeup will look and feel much more put-together and polished without dreaded shine.

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    How, you say? It uses sugar polymer to control excess oil and cotton extract to help improve your skin's overall health! Plus, its minerals work overtime to keep your complexion matte all darn day. Btw, the makeup artist above only blots the T-zone to keep the rest of the face *dewy*. BUT if you want allover control, that works too!

    Promising review: "Ohhhhh my god. I'm two weeks in with this product and let me tell you....wow. My skin was so oily to the point where I had been asked on multiple occasions if I was hot, because my face looked sweaty. I legit could not wear makeup without having to start my blotting one hour into a full face of makeup. When I apply this powder, I look like a perfect matte china doll. Then after two hours I'm STILL MATTE. After four hours, I'm mostly matte (light amount of oil). But people, after I blot my face is sooooo matte still that it looks like I put on a fresh face of makeup. There's no stickiness after, no having to reapply, and it's still kicking ass after a full eight hours. They now have a forever customer. Instant love affair." —zhanna

    Get it from Amazon for $6.85.

    Check out "A Pro Makeup Artist Gave Us A Bunch Of Really Good Tips For Every Skill Level" to learn more about how to make your makeup look more expensive.

    3. 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.

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    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." —Mark Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    Need a serum? This highly-rated — we're talking 7,461 five-star reviews — 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.

    4. Put your *foot down* on overpriced salon charges and learn the process of a quality pedicure yourself. An Amope electric foot file transforms rough soles into extra smooth and soft works of art so you'll feel fully refreshed right in your own bathroom. Add a little polish and voilà: your piggies are perfection.

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    What you'll need: electronic foot file ($39.98 on Walmart), moisturizer ($7.97 on Walmart), toenail clippers ($2.67 on Walmart), and nail polish ($4.49+ on Walmart; available in 17 shades).

    Promising review (for the foot file): "When I saw this product on TV I smirked thinking it was your typical gimmicky product that didn't really work — until two women in my Pilates class were raving about the Amope so I went home and bought one that day. Now I wouldn't live without one, EVER. Today I went for a pedicure and the pedicurist hardly spent any time on my feet since they were in such good condition." —Cindy327

    Check out even more from Advice From A Twenty-Something Year Old for "5 Steps To An At-Home Pedicure".

    5. 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 — and the hairstyle to prove it.

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    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!" —Stephanie M. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90.

    See what won best dry shampoos on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    6. Take your *glow up* into your own hands — 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.

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    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 $7 (available in three shades).

    7. 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~!

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    A big winner: NYX Micro Brow ($6.99) vs. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21). Both are great products, but if you're looking to save, NYX is for you!

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    Promising review (for NYX): "This is a great brow pencil, especially for the price! It is very easy to apply, not too hard or too soft, and the color is perfectly pigmented. I am really happy with this purchase and will continue to buy this brand! There is no need to spend a ton more money on Sephora-brand-type brow pencils when this one works just as well!" —Jgoff

    Get NYX Micro Brow Pencil from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in five shades) 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".

    8. 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*.

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    The Cosyx overnight mask uses nourishing rice extract to deeply moisturize and brighten your skin while you catch up on your zzz's. *Or* you can use it as wash-off mask — both will leave your complexion glowing and smooth. 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." —Audrey B. Smith

    Get them from Amazon: Cosrx overnight mask for $12.69 and a pack of two satin pillows for $9.99 (available in sizes standard-king and 15 colors).

    9. 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 — and you should start your day with nothing short of super soft, clean bristles.

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    Promising review: "I wash my brushes that I use every day and this little gadget works great and cuts my cleaning by half. It is hard rubber and fits two of my fingers to hold. I love the ease of use of this product — it really, really cleans your brushes well." —Internet Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

    10. 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.

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    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!" —Peter

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

    11. 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.

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    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." —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.

    Just 👏look👏 at 👏that👏 definition!

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    12. Apply makeup with a kabuki brush to a) pamper the heck out of your face with its incredibly soft bristles and b) evenly apply powder, mineral foundation, or bronzer. This simple technique helps give an airbrushed effect without any other products (or filters for that matter).

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    Promising review: "I never imagined how good this brush could be! It is surprisingly heavy, but the bristles are so soft. It's easy to grip and applies my liquid foundation flawlessly! I'm getting rid of my beauty blender ($20) NOW! This brush doesn't soak up ANY of the makeup. I'm a very frugal person, but everyone who wears foundation needs to invest in this brush! Very high quality! It's also saved me tons of time in application." —Andrea Julian

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    13. 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.

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    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!" —Amy

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.48.

    14. 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.

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    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 — it's shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in three colors).

    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~.

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

    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 👏 put 👏.

    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.

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    Check out even more game-changing beauty charts to learn alllll you need about makeup.

    Having trouble finding the right shade? Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation ($5.47+ on Amazon) is available in ~40~ shades so it's a great start to finding a fitting hue!

    16. Upgrade your shower habits with nothing more than a little Rituals foaming shower gel, because spa days are expensive but that won't stop you from getting the extra smooth skin you deserve thanks to its rice milk and cherry blossom formula. Let's not forget its HEAVENLY scent that'll instantly help you release all your *steam*.

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    Promising review: "I usually do not gravitate towards cherry-scented products, but this one smells AMAZING! The foaming gel is such a luxurious experience and feels super pampering. I will definitely be getting more, especially as gifts!" —Michy T

    Get it from Ulta for $9.50.

    17. Trick people into thinking you take regular trips to the salon by going blonder with some John Frieda lightening spray. It'll brighten your hair up to ~two shades~ thanks to a blend of citrus and chamomile — and leave your mane damage-free. Feel free to tip yourself for your brand-new 'do.

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    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 online to do some research. Every reviewer loved this product so I decided to try it. Four morning spritzes later, and my hair looked like I just got out of the salon! I use a couple sprays every couple weeks, and I haven't been back to the salon for months! This is a seriously cool product! You don't need too much, but if you get any brassiness, you can use the John Frieda purple shampoo ($8.19)." —Lisa Mchugh

    Get it from Amazon for $7.36.

    18. Master the art of contouring — or so it seems. By applying a double-ended shading 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.

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    This contouring stick has two sides: one for highlighting and one for dark shading!

    Promising review: "I really like this duo. I'm not a huge fan of spending a zillion hours trying to get my makeup right and this makes it so easy and fun." —Caitlin M.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $10 (originally $14; available in two 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".

    19. 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.

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    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 — 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!" —TJ

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    20. Start a holistic vitamin regimen from Care/Of to enhance your beauty routine from the inside out. You can even tailor your subscription to meet specific goals, like shinier hair. Their Glow Trio option includes biotin, astaxanthin, and sea buckthorn to strengthen and maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails!

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    Don't worry, you don't need to have a PhD in nutrition to come up with your vitamin plan — because the people who recommend yours already do! Basically you tell them your goals ("I want clearer skin, more energy, etc.") and they'll match your needs to a personalized combination of different nutrients. They'll come in packs of thirty a month, so each day you get a *dose* of kick-ass health!

    Start your subscription of Care/Of for $5+ per supplement per month.

    Or! Subscribe to their Glow Trio box for $19/month.

    21. Transform your smile with a charcoal toothpaste that'll give you fresh pearly whites without costing you a lot of *green*, making a mess of your sink, OR requiring any more effort than just regularly brushing. Splurge-worthy whitening or cheap toothpaste? We'll let our admirers decide.

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    It contains organic activated coconut charcoal, baking soda, tea tree oil, coconut oil, Xylitol, and spearmint oil to both remove stains and freshen your breath!

    Promising review: "This toothpaste is seriously amazing and exceeded my expectations. I have sensitive teeth and have tried using whitening strips, which all make my teeth and gums hurt. Not to mention, the strips are uncomfortable and taste awful. I'd pretty much lost hope, because even certain whitening toothpastes made my gums and teeth hurt and gave minimal results. I am not a smoker and I don't drink soda, however I do love drinking Earl grey tea and coffee which we all know tend to stain anything it comes in contact with, especially teeth. After one time of using this toothpaste, I saw instant whitening results. It tastes minty and clean, and because of the natural ingredients, it's gentle and did not cause any pain or extra sensitivity to my teeth or gums. After just three days, my teeth were so noticeably white that my coworkers were even commenting and asking what I use. This will always be my go-to from now on!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two flavors).

    See what won best teeth whiteners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    22. 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 👏 off 👏 those 👏 cheekbones.

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    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." —Joliefemme

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

    23. Tackle only ~seemingly~ difficult hairdos that you see all over Pinterest — 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.

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    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!

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    Have you been transformed into a certain queen who rules over dragons? Yes. Check out the full tutorial to *conquer* this look!

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

    24. Update your usual go-to makeup with something a little more glam. A double-sided Revlon liquid eyeshadow waves its wands and delivers whichever style you're in the mood for: a swipe of fun sparkle or a pigmented cream shadow. Either way, your new "skills" will be noted.

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    Ironically you will look more glamorous than ever before. Plus, the applicator is thin so you have full control.

    Promising review: "I love these by Revlon better than the Stila ones ($20.40 on Amazon), largely because they don't ONLY have a glitter component (which I rarely use). I LOVE the 'lip gloss'-ness of it, the applicator, and how it's easy to then blend. It's also easy to remove, no fallout." —Lori Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47+ (available in 10 shades).

    25. Toss dull, irritating blades in favor of a quality razor that takes close shaves to a whole new level. It has 🚨five blades🚨 to ensure comfort and precision, and even moisturizes your skin as you go. I do believe there will be a 100% chance of you singing in the shower while using this.

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    It comes with two five-blade refills. PLUS it has a non-slip grip handle to give you total control.

    Promising review: "This is a cute razor that takes care of business in one swipe. I love the grip on the razor and the teal color! The five blades also makes it such a close shave. I normally feel my hair growing back by the end of the day, but not with this razor. It's unlike any shave I've had before." —Tiffany

    Get it from Walmart for $8.97 (also available in pink).

    26. Turn your living room into your very own spa by subscripting 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.

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    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." —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.

    27. Lighten dark hair without paying big salon bucks for highlights by washing your tresses with John Frieda brightening shampoo and conditioner. They don't require $$$ bleaching — just a few lathers in the shower to enhance seemingly high-end highlights.

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    They're also great for extending the life of highlights you already have! PLUS! They work to nourish you hair so it never gets dried out from coloring.

    Promising review: "I love it! It definitely works. I have dark brown hair and now have subtle highlights of lighter brown, not red. At first I thought only I would notice the difference, but people have commented that my hair looks lighter from the sun. It smells good and my hair is soft and shiny. I would totally buy again! I'm obsessed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get the shampoo and conditioner set from Amazon for $18.

    Check out more from Song of Style for "How To Easily Go Lighter If You Have Color-Treated Brunette Hair."

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

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    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!" —Andrea N.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.39.

    29. 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.

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    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+) — 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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57 (available in three styles).

    30. 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." —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".

    31. 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 — 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.

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    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.

    32. Bend your mascara wand to fully fan out your lashes (pricey Givenchy mascaras do the same thing!). 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 some cheap spoolies ($3.55 on Amazon) instead! Or if you're feeling lazy, this Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara ($29 on Sephora) already has a wand that bends 90° to create buildable volume and a praise-worthy lash extension effect.

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

    33. Drop a little bit of primer oil into your foundation for a dewier effect and to prevent pesky dry patches. Did I mention its ✨gold flakes✨that'll increase your complexion's radiance? Talk about luxe.

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    PLUS it'll help to neutralize redness thanks to the honey in its formula.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff. I wear it under makeup, or just by itself when I'm not wearing makeup. It's very easy to apply, I just use the applicator to swipe it across my cheeks and forehead then rub it in with my fingers. It has a nice soft feel to it, not heavy, and gives your skin a lovely moisturized feel, while giving a little dewy look as well. I can definitely see this product lasting very long because you don't need a lot at all." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    34. Amp up your lashes volume with extremely little effort, courtesy of L'Oréal 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.

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    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." —Sarah Phillips

    Get it from Amazon for $7.83.

    See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Trying to live the ~high life~ for $5 like:

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

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