Okay, my guilty pleasure is hoarding beauty products. Well, always itching to try the next best thing in the beauty world can get expensive. A trip or two to Sephora has definitely been the source of anxiety when paying my credit card bill a month later. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few go-to products that won’t break the bank.
Here Are 8 Inexpensive Beauty Products That Actually Work:
1. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner ($7)
Mastering winged liner takes patience, and one little mistake can result in a disaster. This gel liner is pretty forgiving for newbies. And the intensity is completely controllable. Also, it’s waterproof. This liner definitely means business if it can endure an entire day of swimming in the Texas summer heat.
2. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen ($12)
Raccoon eyes are not a good look, and they’re usually the ending result when wearing liner in the waterline. Pixi is the only liner I use on my waterline because it lasts for hours. It glides on so effortlessly, making it perfect for sensitive eyes.
3. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Carbon Black ($5)
I’m pretty blessed with long, full lashes. Still, L’Oreal’s Carbon Black does wonders for them. A girlfriend of mine with sparse lashes recommended this mascara a few years ago, and I always find myself going back to this brand. It’s usually a challenge to achieve darker lashes using cheaper mascaras. With this stuff, two coats and BAM! You’ll have eyelashes darker than your soul.
4. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque ($4)
You know that invigorating sensation your mouth experiences after swishing with Listerine? This mask does the equivalent for your face. I started using Queen Helene in high school to reduce swelling from pesky breakouts. The difference in my skin after a single application still amazes me. After one use, my pores appear smaller. The only con of this product is it’s messy and thick. Hours after rinsing, I’ll discover strands of green hair. The best is when someone points out the green patches I missed on my face.