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    27 Surprisingly Cheap Ways To Make Your Beauty Routine Feel Luxe AF

    Save money *and* feel like beauty royalty with seriously inexpensive keratin-infused hair products, contouring kits, and sneaky hacks that'll make you look like you dropped $$$!!

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    1. *Scrub away* chapped lips and excess flakes with an inexpensive lip exfoliator made with sugar, vitamin e, shea butter, avocado, grape, and jojoba oils to nourish that pucker back to perfection.

    Promising review: "This works so well! I've had really chapped, flaky lips and with just a couple uses of this exfoliator, all the dry flaky skin is gone! It's almost like magic!"—Patti Dillinger

    Get it from Amazon for $3.

    2. Remove dulling components (leftover shampoo, hairspray, etc.) that are getting in the way of an effortlessly shiny mane by using Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo.

    Use this once a week to effectively remove ~up to 90%~ of dulling residue (aka leftover shampoo, coloring treatments, etc.). Plus, it helps boost volume! Win-win.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! This shampoo removed 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." —Kat

    Get it from $8.78.

    3. Know every detail of your makeup palette — both before and after you apply it. There's a place for everything, and once you get the hang of it, you will look like an *artiste*.

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    Check out even more ever-so-helpful makeup charts to really just become a know-it-all on all things beauty.

    4. Drop a little bit of primer oil into your matte full-coverage concealer for a more dewy *glow*. Plus, now it's easier to blend and looks more like your natural complexion!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I wanted an oil primer that didn’t have all essential oils in it and this stuff is awesome. I love how smooth it makes my powder foundation go on — even my liquid foundation goes on better with this. It really hydrates my skin and lips and my makeup goes on flawlessly. It doesn’t make my face breakout, either! I’d give it ten stars if I could!" —Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    5. Put your ~foot down~ on hefty spa bills and learn the process of a quality pedicure, yourself. All it takes is a little exfoliating, moisturizing, and of course, polish.

    What you'll need: electronic foot file ($27.32 on Amazon), moisturizer ($12.69 on Amazon), nail clippers ($2.27 on Amazon), and nail polish ($10.50 on Amazon).

    Check out more from Advice From A Twenty Something Year Old for how to do a great home pedicure!

    6. Start from the inside out with Care/Of, a personalized vitamin regimen that'll cover all bases from shinier hair to healthier skin. Extra vitamin D? Yes, please. Fish oil? ABSOLUTELY.

    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!

    Get it from Care/Of for $5+ per supplement per month.

    7. Learn a ~smooth~ approach to makeup with a pore-erasing primer. It'll blur out any unevenness and leave your skin nice and moisturized (but still feel lightweight all day).

    Promising review: "This is AMAZING! I'm blown away by what this product can do. It seems to minimize and even completely erase the pores on my face! I am so glad I took a chance on this product, I really love it." —Sara Chiles

    Get it from Amazon for $5.94.

    8. Pamper yourself for with a slew of face masks that are loaded with skin benefits. Each are packed with vitamins and collagen that'll leave you feeling extra-perky and your wallet still full.

    This popular K-beauty set (it has over 1,800 five-star reviews) comes with *16* face masks to address every single finicky issue you may run into. You're covered no matter what: the different types are olive, bamboo, milk, bee venom, acerola, red ginseng, strawberry, apricot, wine, cherry blossoms, pomegranate, honey grapefruit, rose, grape, acai berry, and aqua. All contain vitamin E and collagen for a brightening and smoothing effect each and every time

    Promising review: "I didn't have high expectations just because of the price and the amount of masks you get, but I was WRONG! These are amazing. I have used four masks over the span of two weeks and have seen a major improvement of the hydration level of my skin. My skin looks plumper and softer. These add so much needed hydration back into the skin. The variety of benefits and targeted skin needs are great. They all smell lovely and are very, very wet. I have semi-sensitive skin and have had NO issues with any masks so far." —amy jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

    9. End your (probably expensive) quest for the perfect ready-made foundation shade and put matters into your *own hands* with a bottle of shade-adjusting drops.

    They come in two hues: white for lightening and neutralizing yellow and brown for darkening (while keeping natural depth)!

    Promising review: "So I'm a darker-skinned woman of color with mainly orange and yellow undertones. A couple of the foundations I have are a little too dark for me although their undertones are perfect. I got the lightening drops since I didn't want to buy whole new foundations to mix with them and I'm so glad I did! Just one drop was enough to match the foundations to my perfect shade and the best part: they didn't change the undertones so the new shade still had that golden yellow undertone that I loved so much!" —Zainycat

    Get them from The Body Shop for $20 (available in two colors).

    10. Skip the hairdresser's $$$ method of repairing damaged hair and turn to a keratin-infused shampoo and conditioner set.

    Both are packed with keratin proteins that reinforce and repair each strand that have suffered from heat damage (sorry!), while their argon oil conditions and smoothes so you can get your *shine* on. AND they work hard so you can kiss those split ends and fly-a-ways goodbye.

    Promising review: "This shampoo is amazing. I've been through so many shampoos and conditioners but none have made the difference quite like this one. It leaves my hair feeling soft, looking shiny, and has even helped my hair grow. I love it! I've been using it for about a year and a half and it's still my one and only." —Gabriela Arce

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. Gain some pearly whites without dropping too much green with an inexpensive yet effective charcoal powder.

    It's gourmet USP Food Grade, vegan, and gluten free!! You can even use it as a face mask when you're not brushing your teeth!

    Promising review: "I love this! I have extremely sensitive teeth and so I was using a $30 prescription toothpaste. That prescription toothpaste still made my teeth hurt. So I switched to charcoal and not only is there no pain, but it has whitened my teeth!" —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. Wash away breakout-inducing grime from your brushes in no time with a silicone cleaning pad. It's fast, easy, and extremely helpful in the long run (au revoir icky gunk).

    Promising review: "I have been cleaning my brushes by hand for years and it took forever. This thing allowed me to clean all my brushes in a tenth of the time and I believe this is the first time my beauty blender has actually been clean since I bought it." —Caroline

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three colors).

    13. Treat yourself and your tired tresses with an easy DIY hair mask. Tldr: TWO ingredients = countless hair tosses.

    What you'll need: 1/2 cup honey ($7.99 on Amazon), 1/4 cup Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel in Shae and Cocoa Better ($4.92 on Amazon), 1/4 cup warm water.

    Check out more on Advice From A Twenty Something Year Old for this easy-peasy DIY hair mask!

    Or if that sounds like too much work, get an argan oil hair mask from Amazon for $12.95.

    14. Try out new beauty trends without blowing money on each and every one (I don't need to tell you it adds up!). Instead, subscribe to Birchbox and sample high-end, newly-released products every month for a whole lot less.

    Each box has five sample-sized products that were chosen based off of the "Beauty Profile" that you fill out when signing up. You can go with a skin theme to clear up finicky breakouts, a hair theme to get shiny tresses, or a makeup theme for a professional-level glow up.

    Get a subscription from Birchbox for $10/month.

    15. Say farewell to puffy eyes (why don't I just s l e e p) with gold and snail hydrogel eye masks. Yes, they sound like they'd cost an arm and a leg, but they DON'T and will make you look like you actually know what hydrating and resting is.

    Yes, hello, I don't get eye bags I can facial carry-on luggage. Check out how I keep those pups at bay in this very honest review!

    Promising review: "These have made their way into my daily routine. They leave my eyes looking bright, hydrated, and give them a youthful glow. They're also safe for sensitive skin. I haven't had any breakouts or clogged pores. They stay up really well too without getting dry too quickly. I love them and their other products!" —MsCake

    Get it from Amazon for $11.90.

    16. Wake every bit of your body up with a coffee and coconut oil scrub to tighten and refresh skin (it also just smells really, really good). Bathe, lather, admire, repeat.


    Get it from Free People for $10.

    17. Conquer breakouts, fine lines, and dull skin (oh my!) with a seriously-popular vitamin C serum that's also 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.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full investigation as to why this serum is so darn good!

    Promising review: "I bought this product about a month ago and I use it at least once a day, sometimes twice. I started noticing a difference in my skin within a week! For the record, I have terrible skin. It's red, blotchy, uneven, and on top of that I would get terrible breakouts. This helped reduce the redness of my breakouts within a few days of using it and I'm convinced that it has also helped prevent more breakouts. This past month I've only had about two bad pimples (which is great for me since I used to get a new pimple every couple of days), but other than that my face has been doing great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. Remove your makeup and improve your skincare at the same time with moisturizing cleansing facial wipes. Not only are they 98% all-natural, but they restore dry, damaged skin thanks to hydrating coconut oil.

    Promising review: "I love these babies. They are so moisturizing that my skin is super soft after using them. Sometimes I forget to use my moisturizer!" —E W Puddle

    Get it from Amazon for $4.27.

    19. Avoid using your fingers while applying makeup (hello, pimple-causing bacteria) with an incredibly-soft makeup brush set. Not only will they feel like heaven on your face, but will create a practically airbrushed effect.

    Each brush is densely-packed with ultra-fine fiber hairs that deliver streak-free coverage for everything from powder, foundation, and eyeshadow!

    Promising review: "Despite seeing makeup gurus on YouTube saying these were actually almost as good as the more expensive brushes, I still couldn't expect much for the price so I didn't even try them out for a few days. Then I did, and oh my gosh, I was flabbergasted! They blend out my foundations, blushes, and powder like nothing I've ever experienced! I'm a beauty junkie with copious amounts of beauty products and many are high-end, so that's saying a lot." —Dale Oyler

    Get a ten-pack from Amazon for $10.98+.

    20. Pay attention to your products' expiration dates! Sometimes you use them for way too long, but even worse you throw them out before you need too! No more wasting those precious dollars.

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    Check out even more useful makeup charts to become an *expert* on just about everything!

    21. Discover entirely new uses for your groceries by making all-natural face masks. Avocados with oatmeal would taste weird together, but actually make a great team for moisturizing dry skin!

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    Just cook the oatmeal, mash the avocado, and mix the two. Leave the mask on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse off with warm water! IT'S THAT EASY, FOLKS. Or if you're feeling lazy, get at ten-pack of all-natural face masks from Amazon for $11.90.

    Check out all the best ingredients for easy DIY face masks!

    22. Perfect your cat eye and avoid eyeshadow fallout with minimal effort thanks to adhesive shadow shields. Raccoon eyes? I don't know her.

    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. Some palettes have colors with fallout, some don't. Now I don't have to worry at all. Now 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 30-pack from Amazon for $7.89.

    23. Create a nightly regimen that feels as lavish as it is effective with a set of cult-favorite Pixi skin care products. Yes, I DID wake up like this, because my evening routine does it all.

    With ingredeints like 5% glyolic acid, aloe vera, and ginseng these soothing masks, toners, and serums gently exfoliate and nourish to bring out skin's natural glow. Not only that, but they're also cruelty-free!!

    Get them from Target: Mud cleanser for $18, glow tonic for $15, and glow serum for $24.

    24. Master the art of contouring (yes, you can) with a guided contour and highlighting kit. It'll take you by the hand and give you step-by-step instructions on how to bring out those cheekbones.

    It comes with six blendable, silky creams, guided instructions, face shape diagrams, and a contour mapping guide! Insta-fame, here I come.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love Aesthetica Contour kits. This is the second time I’ve purchased the cream kit and I can’t say enough about it! At first, I had no idea how to contour, but this kit made it so easy!" —Shira

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    25. Hydrate on the go with a soothing face mist that'll (lightly) shower you with rose water and aloe so you feel fresh and rejuvenated even on the grossest days.

    It can also give your makeup new life throughout the day!! No more omg-I-am-a-sponge mid-day moments.

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    26. Confront your pesky blackheads with a set of oil-absorbing nose strips that'll tell pores to get their act together once and for all. All you need to do is stick 'em on and go to sleep.

    These magic strips (there are four pore strips and four blackhead strips) are double trouble: They detoxify with hydrocolloid technology that'll lift dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells. Their pore-minimizing ingredients extract any trapped oil and shrink any enlarged pores. THEN, their vitamin A soothes the skin and helps prevent those blackheads from coming back. GOODBYE TO YOU.

    Promising review: "I’ve only used these once so far and am already buying more. They’re seriously amazing. The pores on my cheeks and by my nose tend to be very noticeable which of course is frustrating, but even after using these just once I see a world of difference. My skin feels so smooth and soft and my pores look so much smaller." —Phobalob

    Get and eight-pack from Sephora for $19.

    27. Glow up your routine (for cheap!) with nothing more than a little gentle exfoliating by using a brightening facial scrub.

    This one is even vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free! Its ingredients like sea kelp and French green clay removes dirt and oil while nourishingly exfoliating. Not to mention it feeds and restores cells, stimulates new cell growth, and brightens your complexion!

    Promising review: "The results are immediate — I have been using this product for only two weeks and I am already in love. Unlike costlier scrubs, this one manages to be far more effective while feeling less abrasive due to smaller yet more polishing granules. I use it every other day in the shower, massaging over wet skin for about a minute. My skin is immediately smoother and has an even tone." —LL

    Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

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