My Favorite Budget Beauty Buys

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I went to Target the other day and spent a boatload of money. You know how it goes: Go into Target for a few things. Leave with $100 worth of stuff. It happens every time.


Anyway, one of the things that I obviously needed to buy (and actually inspired this post) was a bottle of amazing-smelling coconut body wash, which only cost a couple of bucks. Awesome. I love finding awesome beauty products on the cheap. With that said, here are some of my favorite budget beauty buys!

Suave Naturals Creamy Tropical Coconut Body Wash

Here’s the coconut body wash that inspired this post. OMG, it smells so good, and it’s “creamy” and moisturizing, so it feels so nice. I actually think the bottle was on sale for just $2.33, which is quite a steal considering its size (18 ounces) and how wonderful it smells. Clearly, I’m a big fan of this stuff. I will definitely buy it again.

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Reviva 10% Glycolic Acid Night Cream and Reviva Collagen Night Cream

My sister got me hooked on these two products. She bought them around this time last year and raved about them to me. I had just purchased a bunch of face products, so I wasn’t really in the market for anything new. A good 6 months passed and my sister was still raving about them, so I finally bought them for myself. And, boy, was she right! Both of these products are awesome. I love the way they make my skin feel and the combination of glycolic acid and collagen makes my skin look so nice! And, the best part, they’re totally affordable!

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Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

I love these things! Mal originally bought them for me back in February before our trip to Hawaii, but I have seriously fallen in love with them since. They’re perfect for travel, especially long flights, but they’re also great for removing make-up when I’m feeling too lazy to wash my face. They’re moisturizing, refreshing, and work really well.

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I’ve written about the next few products in the past, but they’re cheap and I love them, so I figured they’re worth another mention.

Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deeeeep Liquid Conditioner

I bought this product on a whim, but ended up loving it. It smells amazing (I’m coconut crazy), and it’s incredibly moisturizing. It’s supposed to be used as a deep conditioner, but it’s so affordable, I use it as an everyday conditioner. Even when I’ve abused my hair””like when I spend the day at the beach and it gets all gross and dry or when I come home from CrossFit and it’s a tangled mess, it always seems to work “miracles” and leaves my hair nice and soft.


Old Spice Fresh High Endurance Deodorant

Yup, I totally wear men’s deodorant. You guys know how much I sweat, so I don’t mess around when it comes to deodorant. I also wear tank tops a lot when I work out, and I don’t want that messy white residue all over my clothes. I know some deodorant brands say they go on “clear,” but they really don’t. It’s more like like sort of go on clear. Anyway, Old Spice works great and the “Fresh” scent is the least manly-smelling in my opinion. I’ve worn it for years. I love it.

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub

This is an oldie, but goodie! I’ve actually blogged about this Nuetrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub a couple of times in the past, and I think it’s the best face wash ever.

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Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunblock

I just blogged about this sunblock the other day, but it’s affordable and works really well.

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Red Carpet Professional LED Light

Ok, this Red Carpet Professional LED Light isn’t a budget buy upfront (LED light + kit = $80), but it’s WELL WORTH the investment. I always tell Mal it’s “the best $80 I’ve ever spent.” I use it all the time, and I have saved so much money on manicures. You can buy the Red Carpet Professional LED Light and Starter Kit at ULTA or (rumor has it) Target. I’ve blogged about this gel manicure system (and my obsession with it) in the past, so be sure to check out my review.


Tip: The Red Carpet nail polishes work fine, but the CND Shellac polishes work so much better. They’re more expensive, but they’re worth it. The Red Carpet stuff usually peels off in 5 or 6 days, but the CND polish lasts over a week, no problem.

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