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A SHANY liquid blush you’ll want to add to your daily beauty routine…right this second. Blush is tricky because just one swipe can result in an unnaturally Barbie pink cheek, which is where this cream-to-powder product shines: it’s got a buildable formula that allows you to manipulate the color to be as subtle or as prominent as you want.
NYX epic liner if you’re tired of your liquid liner fading before your second cup of coffee (#rude). This stuff seriously will not budge and won’t transfer/ruin your shadow if you have oily lids.
A non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic Aveeno daily scrub packed with soy extract to exfoliate (tldr; goodbye dullness and dead skin) while an impressive blend of jojoba and castor oils leave you soothed and moisturized. Victory! The best of both worlds is yours.
A coconut sugar Handmade Heroes lip scrub to prep your pout for bold lipstick. This will give you smooth, moisturized lips free of any flakes — and not the delicious, breakfast cereal kind.
A cotton and bamboo Ecotools cleansing brush capable of clearing away every speck of dirt, oil, and makeup residing on your face. Just pair this with your face wash for a deep pore cleanse and facial message all wrapped up in one.
An oil-free Physicians Formula serum packed with goji and kakadu plum (ingredients that contain your daily skincare dose of antioxidants and vitamin c). This combo will give your complexion a healthy, dewy glow and wears well under makeup.
A Coty translucent powder to set your makeup for a flawless finish — and one that will actually last.. Like, all day long! This is the perfect dupe for high-end products that also come with a high-end price tag (AKA way too high for my budget).
A Tony Moly ~mini house~ packed with five sheet masks that are perfect for gifting (to yourself). These inexpensive babies contain a generous helping collagen extract to give your complexion a boost of hydration, elasticity, and glow.
A Vivienne Sabó volumizing mascara with a clump-free, smudge-proof formula here to upgrade your lash game. One coat gives you the whole “your lashes but better” look, but two coats? Everyone will just assume you’re wearing falsies. It’s that good.
A Pond’s cold cream cleanser that is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive gem of a product is hypothetically the only item you’ll need to stash in your skincare travel bag: a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.
A Technic highlighting powder you can consider to be the makeup equivalent of an entire pot of coffee. Just a few swipes on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and inner corner of your eyes will make you look wide awake. Dare I say you’ll be able to fool *everyone* into thinking you actually got enough sleep last night?
A Mario Badescu lip balm that will melt into your lips (think ~the Wicked Witch of the West meets water~) and leave behind a soft, non-sticky surface that won’t trap any of your stray hairs.
A NYX palette packed with six color correcting hues: green to combat redness, peach to cover up those pesky dark circles (see below), light and medium to make blemishes all but vanish, and purple and pink to brighten your overall complexion.
An Italia Deluxe lip liner set your pout (and your wallet) will sincerely thank you for. Twelve gorgeous colors for less than $10? Be still, my very broke heart.
Bioderma micellar water that tackles both makeup and excess oil in the laziest way possible: with just a few swipes of a cotton pad. Not only will this gentle formula leave your skin feeling refreshed, but it’ll *also* prevent excess shine from creeping in mid-afternoon (at about the same time you’re in desperate need of caffeine).
A NYX setting spray to lock in your makeup, because it only took about three hours of blending to get it to look this way. So humidity, sweat, tears: it’s all irrelevant when you’ve topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to mattify your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess (no small feat).
A luxurious Bliss body butter with a price tag that is truly a steal for what you’re getting. This hydrating blend of shea butter, coconut oil, and algae extracts will leave you feeling moisturized from scalp to pinky toe, plus its non-greasy and won’t clog your pores (which means you can bid that back acne adieu).
A matte Maybelline SuperStay liquid lipstick you can hypothetically fall asleep whilst wearing and it will still look great when you wake up in the AM. This magic stuff has a staying power of up to 16 hours, which means it must be the byproduct of some sort of sorcery. I know.
A Schick dermaplaning razor sent from heaven for people who are done with the pains of plucking and the expense of waxing. This rids stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, all while ridding your complexion of dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion.
A hibiscus- and coconut-scented Shea Moisture cream ideal for thicker hair, as this adds all-day hydration and shine without weighing down your ‘do. It even works to tighten and define your curls in the process AKA Shirley Temple ringlets are in ? your ? future ?.
A Hask coconut oil you can apply for lightweight hydration that will smooth fried split-ends without turning your hair into a greasy mess (#important). It also smells divine enough to eat, although I don’t believe consuming it is a good idea.
A Maybelline foundation to answer your callout for medium-to-full coverage that looks both au naturale and has a matte finish to control even the greasiest of t-zones. It’s also inexpensive!? Someone pinch me. I’m pretty sure I’m hallucinating.
The Inkey List eye cream that uses an impressive caffeine blend to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (despite the amount of beauty sleep you’re getting)! Luxe eye creams such as this one usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.
A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It’s also an absolute ? superstar ? at fading scars and brightening your skin.
A formaldehyde-free Zoya polish designed with a wider brush, meaning you can disperse more polish onto your nail with just ? one ? stroke ?. The brush also fans out a teeny bit, allowing for application onto the pesky corners of your nail.
Bliss makeup wipes you’ll want for those nights in which you are way too tired to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. These oil-free wipes contain aloe, chamomile, and marshmallow root to both cleanse *and* hydrate your face at the same darn time. (If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to try these ASAP.)
A Maybelline eyebrow definer pencil with a dual-ended design that allows for natural-looking brows; just use one end for shading, and the opposite spoolie brush end for blending. The result? Facial caterpillars that look like twins (not sisters) with minimal effort/artistic skill required.
An Alba Botanica facial cleanser that sees a bright future ahead (by bright, I mean your complexion). This hypoallergenic wash enlists the help of pineapple enzymes to gently reveal glowing and radiant skin without any harsh rubbing required.
A ColourPop matte lipstick sent from heaven to be delivered into the paws of makeup newbies. On top of being super affordable, this pencil-like tube design allows for precise (and easy) application: use the pointed edge as a liner, use the rounded side to fill everything in.
A Hair Dance powder dry shampoo especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding body sans any leftover chalky white residue. Pro tip: If you add some into your roots before bed, you’ll wake up with a completely refreshed scalp that looks like it was shampooed five minutes ago (…as opposed to five days ago).
A Tweezerman curler guaranteed to get you the most coveted compliment of all time: Are you wearing falsies? This curls your lashes in a ~pinch~, is designed with an ergonomic handle that feels sturdy in your hand, and has a hypoallergenic silicone pad to prevent any tugging or pulling.
An Ecotools makeup cleaner because YES, you need to deep clean your brushes. Not only are your makeup tools a breeding ground for bacteria (and a pimple apocalypse waiting to happen), but applying foundation with a brush covered in built-up foundation? Not ideal.
A paraen-, silicone-, and cruelty-free Honest lip balm with a buildable color that can be as subtle or as dramatic as you’d like. Plus, a blend of avocado, acai, and pomegranate oils work OT to keep your pout feeling nourished and moisturized.
Solaroil to banish the bane of your existence: weak and brittle nails with cuticles that look like they were mauled by a wild animal. Just massage this oil into your nails and cuticles every night before going to bed. With daily use, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal/not look completely terrible.
A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo because that ten pounds of dry shampoo you used two days ago is still trapped in your roots, but have no fear! This anti-residue wash deep cleans build-up that would otherwise lead to lack of body, excessive grease, and *gulp* stringiness.
A spring water Avène facial spray that may seem like a regular can of water…but can a regular can of water soothe eczema, calm sunburn, reduce rosacea flare-ups, set your makeup, and refresh dull and tired skin? I think not.
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