6 Beauty Products Under $20 That Are Worth Every Penny

Keep your wallet full (and only spend up to $20!) with some of our favorite products!
Bridget_LewisBridget_Lewis
Mar. 19
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!It’s always super fun to play with makeup and beauty products. They can make you feel and look absolutely gorgeous. But sometimes, some of the best products out there can be extremely expensive. It may surprise you, however, that there are ways that you can look your best without going bankrupt. In this article, we’re going to go through some of our favorite products that will cost you $20 or less. So forget the saying “beauty isn’t cheap,” because we can definitely help you look and feel your best without breaking the bank! Covergirl’s Lashblast Volume MascaraThis baby is a tried and true product. It’s been around for years, and we all still love it! It’s not only award winning, but it’s also note going to break the bank when you pick it up, which you can typically do at your local grocery store or pharmacy. It’s a super large brush, so whether you have larger eyes or smaller eyes, this mascara is shore to coat every single lash you have. Best of all, you can get it in a waterproof formula, which will ensure that rain or shine, tears or no tears, your eyes and lashes are going to be looking gorgeous! Plus, it’s cruelty free, so you don’t have to feel bad for looking amazing! Aquaphor’s Advanced Therapy Healing OintmentThis stuff may not seem like a lot, but holy crap, you can use it for pretty much ANYTHING! It’s not only great for dry skin, but you can literally use it as a lip balm too. It’s dermatologist recommended as well. Essentially, it helps to keep moisture in your skin if you put it over old or new scars. That means that it helps to encourage recovery and reduce scarring. And, as if that isn’t enough – healing your scars and moisturizing your skin – it actually can even work as an on-the-go-highlighter and add some extra shine to your skin!
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AquaphorHealing Ointment$9.58
ESARORA’s Ice RollerThis ice roller is truly a miracle worker for anything red, puffy, or swelling. Essentially, you just remove the green, rolly part from the handle and pop it in your freezer. Then roll it back and forth across any areas where you want to reduce your swelling or redness. It’s especially good for your under-eye areas. Also, this thing is perfect for sinus headaches and migraines. The cold can help you feel like there isn’t a hammer pounding away in your face, while the roller will just plain make you feel better, since it feels so relaxing. You can snag it for around $12 on amazon!!
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ESARORAIce Roller$14.99
Maybelline’s Liquid Lipstick You guys, we CANNOT say enough about this amazing, matte, liquid lipstick. This stuff will stick on your lips literally all day without having to do too many touch ups. Literally, guaranteed for up to 16 hours! Not only does it come it super cute colors that are all matte, but it is also really good for moisturizing your lips. The applicator gets a little smaller at the tip, so it’s great for really precise applications that can contour your lips perfectly. All this, and you can pick up these beauts for $10 or less!NYX’s Epic LinerLet’s list the amazing things about this product: 1) it’s waterproof and super long lasting, so you don’t have to worry about smudges or a little bit of moisture messing up your fire liner look for the day; 2) it’s got a super precise application tip, that’s also flexible so you can make sure you hit those cat eyes with the utmost precision and detail; and 3) it’s cruelty free, so you don’t have to worry about this amazing makeup product hurting any of those cute little bunnies out there. I mean seriously, what else do you need, except for a low-price tag? And don’t worry, we even got you there! You can pick up these amazing liner pens at your local pharmacy, drug store, or grocery store usually for $10 or less. And if you don’t feel like leaving the house, they’re also available on amazon!Benefit’s BenetintThis product may be a little more expensive than the others on our list, but don’t worry, it’s still under our $20 requirement at $18! And believe us, it’s definitely worth it because it’s two in one! This stuff is prefect for tinting both your lips and your cheeks for an amazing look. Yes, you read that right. It’s both a lip and cheek coloring, and you don’t have to use a lot to get that amazing color. And because it’s a tint, that means it’s not going to smudge, and best yet, it’s also kiss proof. It also dries super-duper quickly, so you can ensure that you’re ready to go quickly! Just make sure you blend it quickly before it dries. We know that looking and feeling gorgeous takes work and time. But it shouldn’t also take all the money out of your bank account at the same time! These products – whether you use them for your makeup look or for a night in spa treatment – are going to make you look and feel amazing, but not emptying out your entire wallet. Trust us, you and your bank account will absolutely thank you!
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Double Masking!?
Double Masking!?
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Battle of the Hyped Sunscreens
Battle of the Hyped Sunscreens
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•2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser•
•2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser•
Body Merry - Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser was given to me as a gratis. The representative of this brand was saying great things about this cleanser and so I gave it a try Body Merry is a natural skincare brand that claims to use all natural ingredients. The purpose of this products is to unclog pores from impurities as well as remove dead skin cells because of glycolic acid. Helps brightening, nourish, and moisturize the skin. I am prone to acne and was a little skeptical using it because of olive and jojoba oil do not do well with my skin. However, after using it for almost a month I noticed some changes on my skin. Before using this my skin was looking dull, had a lot of oil buildup on my t-zone, dark spots from previous breakouts. After using for almost a month my skin looked radiant, I saw less oil around my t-zone, and I also had less breakouts. As for my dark spots some were still visible (but as we know sometimes we need a different product to help with those areas). What I love about it is that the beads (made out of jojoba wax see 2nd picture) were gentle. This product had a citrusy smell but it was not over powering were my skin felt irritation. In fact after cleansing my skincare felt moisturized,smooth, and radiant. As you read at the beginning my concern of suing this product was olive and jojoba oil however, because of the following ingredients my skin had no bad reaction. 🔅Glycolic Acid - a chemical exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells as well treats acne & scars, hyperpigmentation and more 🔅 Willow Bark - an alternative salicylic acid because it contains salicin (source of SA) helps treat acne and decrease excess oil. 🔅 Kojic Acid- helps with hyperpigmentation and dark spots ( however due to all these great ingredients it is less effective) 🔅 Tea tree oil - antibacterial & antibacterial properties 🔅 Oils such as rose hip, olive, & jojoba help moisturize & nourish skin 🔅 CICA- this ingredient is low but it has its effects helps soothe skin & one of my holy grail ingredients for acne My overall expensive I enjoyed it because it was gentle and I would use it 3 times a week when exfoliating. Price: Retail price - $19.99 Current the brand website is having a discount of a $1 off) *Remember not all will have the same skin reaction, be gentle to your skin and get to know your skin*
Your Skin But Better In A Bottle!
Your Skin But Better In A Bottle!
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HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
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