8 Inexpensive Beauty Products That Actually Work

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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)

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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.


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5. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara, Waterproof ($5)

Learning how to use the plastic wand takes a little practice. But once you get the hang of it, your lashes will be long enough to take flight. Whether you’re busting your ass at the gym or he took you swimming on the first date, even when sopping wet, your eyelashes will still look as fabulous as a drag queen’s freshly applied falsies.


6. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer ($2)



For two measly dollars, your eyeshadow can look super pigmented and stay put all damn day. TWO DOLLARS! What do you have to lose?


7. Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm ($8)

Another great Pixi product, this stuff keeps my lips soft, and the subtle vanilla scent is lovely. The colors are very pigmented but still natural enough for a daytime look. A little goes a long way, especially with the brighter shades. Go a little overboard and you’ll look straight out of a 1980s pop video.


8. Plus White 5 Minute Premier Speed Whitening Gel ($5)

As a coffee and red wine devotee, this little miracle worker is my secret. I’m quite proud of my white chompers.


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