20 Great Beauty Products for $10 or Less
Rummaging through a makeup bag for That One Particular Pencil can make anyone’s head spin. The Every Beauty Cosmetic Tool Organizer allows you to click in eight standard-size lip and eye pencils (not to mention thin makeup brushes) and corral the cosmetic clutter with style.
To buy: $8, everybeautybrand.com.
All-natural Clean George Skincare Balm Sticks don’t just moisturize; they also problem-solve. Infused with essential oils, like camphor, lavender, and antiseptic tea tree, the portable, mess-free salves calm nerves (Chill Out), cure dry patches (Skin), relieve congestion (Stuffed Up), and treat minor cuts and stings (Boo Boos and Bites).
To buy: $9 each, cleangeorge.com.
For Your Eyes Only
Removing eye makeup can be more of a hassle than applying it, leaving you with red, smudged, oil-slicked lids. To the rescue: InténsivEye pads. The durable wipes—one clears both eyes—take off makeup in a single pass, soothe with cucumber extract, and soften skin sans greasy residue.
To buy: $4.50 for 30, 347-586-0380.
Ideal for travelers (or the indecisive), the Flower Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet offers three cream eye shadows in a convenient stack. To switch colors, pull off the crayon-like tip and slide it into the bottom of the tube, which pushes up the next shade. In three color combinations.
To buy: $7, walmart.com.
If you need a hand with DIY manicures, slide each fingertip into the curve of the Sephora Perfect Manicure tool, which is like painter’s tape for nails. It keeps polish from getting all over your skin and leaves you with expertly finished edges.
To buy: $7, sephora.com for stores.
Back in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the secret to dramatic, full lashes à la Bette Davis was cake mascara. But, oh, the mess! New Avon Mega Effects Mascara offers the same eye-popping results in a neater package. To use, pull the pint-size wand out of the base and dab the viscous formula on lashes from roots to tips. You can take it off with regular eye-makeup remover.
To buy: $10, avon.com.
Hip to Be Square
With 30 spectrum-spanning shades in a variety of finishes, Revlon ColorStay Shadow Links can be clicked together into any configuration you please. Or toss a single shadow into your bag for touch-ups in the blink of an eye.
To buy: $3 each at drugstores.
Although it’s a small detail, size matters when it comes to gloss application. The head of the wand on the NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss is longer and wider than most, making for a faster distribution of color. Bonus: It’s enriched with antioxidant vitamin E. Available in 12 shades.
To buy: $4 at drugstores.
Although it functions a lot like a dry shampoo in that it absorbs oil, Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Protein Mist Restyler goes on wet, so you can blow-dry your hair after misting or completely restyle it. The keys: lightweight moisturizers, strengthening proteins, and a clean citrus scent that combine to make second-day hair look (and smell) like new.
To buy: $8 at drugstores.
Cool as a...
Not that you would ever need it, but Yes to Cucumbers Natural After-Sun Serum cools and nourishes sun-damaged skin with cucumber and green-tea extracts. A hint of shimmer makes you look less fried.
To buy: $10, yestocarrots.com.
Tender Lash Care
Scrubbing away at mascara can irritate your eyes—but so does sleeping in your makeup. Almay Lash Care Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads swiftly break down shadow, liner, and mascara—no need for vigorous rubbing and tugging. They also contain conditioning panthenol to help build stronger, healthier lashes.
To buy: $6.50 for 80 pads, drugstore.com.
If your regular moisturizer isn’t going the distance and you have chapped hands or ashen ankles midday, reach for Pacifica Hand & Body Lotion Wipes. Slim and spill-proof, the portable natural wipes contain exfoliating papaya extract to remove dead cells and soothing coconut milk, aloe vera, and calendula for extra hydration anytime, anywhere.
To buy: $7, pacificaperfume.com.
Salon gel manicures can be pricey, and paying an additional $10 to go back in and have the polish removed really stings. The Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Removal Kit has everything you need—foil wraps, remover, orangewood sticks, and buffer—to get the job done at home twice over. Even better: no wait time.
To buy: $10, ulta.com.
Rip It Good
Even the wimpiest waxers will chill out (a bit) with Completely Bare Not Feeling It Numbing & Cooling Spray. Applied pre- and post-waxing, it cools the area by up to 20 percent with botanical ingredients, so the only four-letter word your brain registers is cold.
To buy: $10, completelybare.com.
On the Flip Side
A fun take on the iconic lip balm, ChapStick Mixstix are deliciously double-ended. Apply one flavor at a time, or layer them to create a third treat. Combos include strawberry/banana smoothie, lemon/berry sorbet, and caramel/green apple.
To buy: $4 each, at Walgreens stores.
No need to choose between removing your toenail polish and preserving your manicure. The jaunty Cutex Cotton Ball Holder lets you get a grip on the situation. Just pinch it around a cotton ball and saturate with remover as usual, then use it to erase polish on toes (or a little one’s nails) without forsaking your fingertips.
To buy: $2.50 for three, cutexshop.com.
Works Like a Charm
Never again dig around in your bag for lip gloss. Willa Smile Shimmer handily clips onto a strap, so it’s always hanging around when you need it. In three sheer shades.
To buy: $6.50, willaskincare.com.
Finally, a way to create full, fluttery lashes even at the hard-to-get-at corners. Simply position the narrow end of the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara brush at the inner eye. Then apply, letting the longer, taller bristles catch and elongate the outermost lashes.
To buy: $9 at drugstores.
How many times have you tested a lip color on your hand in the store only to have it morph into a darker-than-expected version of itself once you put it on at home? To keep a lipstick shade true-to-tube, first apply Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Invite Only. Its subtle blue tint cuts the intensity of the lipstick’s pigment and virtually eliminates buyer’s remorse.
To buy: $7.50 at drugstores.
Best Week Ever
When you can’t commit to a gel mani but want something more lasting than the traditional kind, try CND Vinylux, a color-polish–and-topcoat combo that can go seven days chip-free, no LED light needed. The topcoat’s polymers harden over time when exposed to natural light, but the polish comes off easily with regular remover.
To buy: $10 for color, $10 for topcoat; in 62 shades; cnd.com for salons.