In the name of beauty, we try some pretty outrageous solutions, don’t we? Let’s not pretend a YouTube binge hasn’t led us to a “blending foundation with a spoon” video or two. After several failed attempts to DIY a solution, you end up with and looking like a mess; silently (or not-so-silently) sobbing, “Why isn’t there a product for this?”
Well, you’re in luck. Fashionistas, grab your credit cards and read below to discover seven beauty and skincare products that will make you say, “Where have you been all my life?!” If you still need more of an incentive to execute this beauty haul— all items are under $20!
A Liquid Exfoliator
How does one exfoliate without a rough, textured glove or the St. Ive’s Apricot Facewash we all swear by? Ladies, it’s time for an upgrade. This cult favorite cleanses, reveals new layers of glowy skin (without the harsh abrasion), and prepares your face for the active ingredients in following skincare products. After adopting toner into my own routine, I feel like my favorite moisturizers don’t absorb properly without it! Trust me— once you try it, it’ll be your must-have “step one” product too.Pixi Glow Tonic ($15)
The Konjac Sponge
Think of this sponge as your washcloth with superpowers. This heaven-sent tool is the perfect low-price, low-maintenance alternative for those $100 face brushes that have been popular lately. Its felt-like texture cleans the way your hands never could and makes any face wash feel like pure luxury on the skin (despite how rough they look at first)! Konjac Sponge ($12)
A Beauty Spatula
How much did you spend on your foundation or brow pomade? Way too much to let an ounce of it go to waste, right? It makes me cringe to think about how much perfectly-good product I’ve probably wasted before owning one of these. So, before you sprain a wrist twisting your concealer up like a tube of toothpaste, pick up a beauty spatula! A $5 device that will save you hundreds?— Fashionistas, you can’t beat that.
Fashionistas, get ready to change your life. What if I told you that you could have silky-smooth hair, creaseless, irritation-free skin, and lavish bedtime relaxation for less than $20? Bedhead, be gone.Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Pillowcase ($19), Photo via JasmineSilk
Ridge-Filling Nail Polish Base Coat
The title of this one is self-explanatory. At last, a nail polish base we will actually find purpose in!
Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat ($9), Photo via Ulta
A Shadow & Mascara Eye Shield
How many times have you finished applying the perfect second coat of mascara, only to have your blended masterpiece ruined by a blink or sneeze? (Darn you, allergy season!) That struggle is a thing of the past with this everyday essential of mine. It’s also super useful for applying glitter eyeshadow (to keep fallout from ruining under-eye concealer)!Elf Mascara & Shadow Shield ($3)
Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat
I know I’ve described every product here as a must-have, but seriously, how did I ever live without this one? How silly is it to think about deep cleaning makeup brushes—the tools that make or break our skin—without even having a proper cleaning surface? The grooves and ridges on this silicone tool is everything you need and more. If there’s only one item on this list you purchase, make it this one! Your beautiful complexion will totally thank you.KEDSUM Makeup Brush Cleaning Mats ($9), Photo via Sigma
I hope your shopping carts are full of these life-altering new items, Fashionistas! After all, two silk pillowcases is better than one, right?
What other must-have beauty products could you literally not survive without? Let us know in the comments below!