8 Beauty Products To Get If You’re On A Budget

We all have something that is constantly in stock at our home. When the toilet paper is running low, there’s no “I can get by without it” mindset. That’s how I feel about 8 beauty products which were used to help create the look in the picture above. The best part is, you can find half of these items at the drug store.

1. Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner – Mary Kayimg_4828-1

I’ve been using this product twice a day, everyday for several years. My, oh my, does it work! If your skin is oily and prone to acne, I recommend trying it.

I experimented with so many acne products since high school and nothing was strong enough. With this toner, I noticed it picked up dirt that was left after washing my face. If you use it how I do, it lasts for at least two months and is $15 on Mary Kay.

Cotton rounds should have some exfoliating element – like a firmer side. Soft, flimsy ones won’t work.
Makeup left on my face after washing that Clear Proof Blemish Toner got up.

Look how much makeup was left on my face after washing and drying! The toner was able to pick up dirt that washing and drying couldn’t. I do, however, think these cotton rounds are just as essential in getting up the dirt as the toner is.

Usage: Put a nickel size amount of toner on the cotton rounds. Rub cotton rounds in circular motion across entire face and neck. I use it every morning and night before applying coconut oil.

2. Better Body Foods Organic Coconut Oil


I use it as a moisturizer day and night – primarily on my face, eyelids, neck and lips. I also will occasionally use it on my cuticles and as an eye makeup remover.

Coconut oil can help with the appearance of wrinkles and it encourages the production of collagen. It also has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.

I like Better Body Foods Organic Coconut Oil because it doesn’t have that overwhelming coconut smell. That gets old real fast. It’s $7.56 at Walmart.


3. L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Pencil

First off, you do not need a $20 brow pencil to get the job done. I use the ultra-fine tip shaping pencil in “Brunette” and it works perfectly. Get the ultra-fine tip so you can really control the strokes. It’s $6.63 on Amazon or a similar price at your drug store.

4. Kiss Ever EZ Lashes 11

Being on television, I’ve tried many lashes to help give my eyes an extra pop. This brand and style is by far the best if you’re on a budget.


The thing I love most about them is how natural they look. They have a thin base so they blend into your real lashes well. They are extremely light and don’t weigh down your eyelid and usually won’t peal off.

I can easily use the same pair for up to a week. Make sure to get #11 which you can find for $7.82 at Walmart.

I use the same brand for lash glue and it works pretty well.

5. Hello Flawless Powder Foundation – Benefit Cosmetics


An image consultant told meimg_4778 about this and I now use it everyday I wear foundation.

It gives your face an even, matted and truthfully… flawless look. The key is to use it as a second foundation and skip powder cover up all together. Apply your foundation like normal then use a rounded foundation brush (which I recommend below) to apply Hello Flawless. Apply evenly in a circular motion across entire face. Do not use the brush that comes with it. It simply won’t work as well.

I use the shade “What I Crave” Toasted Beige, which you can find for $34 at Ulta.

6. Classic Multitasker Brush #45 – Sephora Collection


This was another image consultant recommendation. It’s a rounded foundation brush so you can use it for multiple purposes.

The tip comes fully white.

However, I only use it for applying Hello Flawless.

But unlike a lot of foundation brushes, it is as soft as a cloud.  You can get this brush for $24 dollars at Sephora.

7. Well-Rested Eye Brightener – bareMinerals


I have used this concealer since high school and for good reason!

Applying under the eyes gives you a, wait for it…. well rested look ;). I apply this product on top of my eye lids and under the eyes until I reach the top of the cheek bone.

It also has SPF 20 and you can get it for $20 at Ulta.

8. Hair scrunchie…

img_4786I kid you not. I use a hair scrunchie every day/night because that is how I get my ends “curled”. NO CURLING IRONS!

I do not use a curling iron anymore and the only hot tools I use are a blow dryer and a straightener, occasionally. I do a blow out then straighten the roots at the front of my face when needed. The rest of my roots, I just let the curls be. It’s less heat and gives my hair body.

img_4879How does a scrunchie curl my ends? Originally, I did it by accident…

I put my hair in a messy bun at the top of my head -making sure the ends of my hair reach the tip of the scrunchie in the first pull through. I sleep on it then put my hair down, straightened the front roots, put some oil on the ends, brush it and then do minimal teasing.

Note: You may have a lovely cowlick at the top of your head but just tease that baby into shape! You can get a pack of 8 scrunchies at Walmart for $4.88.

You can get all these items for $119.89 plus tax!




2 Replies to “8 Beauty Products To Get If You’re On A Budget”

  1. Hi Courtney! New follower from TC =) Thanks for sharing your routine! I want to try the toner and Benefit foundation. Do you purchase the toner strictly online or is it sold in stores also?

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