For my last post, I shared some of my favourite splurge worthy cosmetic items with you so for this post I thought I would explore the opposite end of the spectrum and talk to you about some of my favourite less expensive items- under $20! Now, I will be talking about 10 of my favourite products here and then I collaborated with Beauty by Birdy, who will be talking about 10 of her favourites under $20 as well! So don’t forget to head over to Kelly’s page and check out her list. I will link her post for you guys here. I have known Kelly for years and she actually helped me to get my website up and running (because she’s such a sweetheart!) so we thought it would be fun to work on this together! I hope you enjoy both our posts and find something that you may want to give a try- even on a budget!
1. Invisibobble ($10.00-3 pack)
Okay so- please just open another tab right now and go to Amazon and order a three pack of these bad boys. Just do it and you can thank me later. These hair elastics have changed the game. For $10, you can get a pack of 3 from Sephora and Amazon. Those are the two places I choose to buy from them from because as I was discussing with my friend last week- the imposters are NOT the same! The invisibobble holds a ton of hair (and well, I should add), you get far less headaches, less breakage and split ends, and they leave no marks on your hair. As someone who wears their hair up often and wears it up in a big loose bun to sleep, these are forever my hair elastic of choice!
2. Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals ($6.99)
I feel like this goes without saying, but I have tried lots of highlighting products. I have tried powders, creams, bronzers, liquids, and blushes that give the highlighted and dewy effect. This one definitely deserves a shoutout. It gives a beautiful glow without adding sparkle or glitter, and it applies to evenly and effortlessly. I picked mine up at Walmart for I believe $7, but the website link is showing a different price so I will give you guys the link for another website to buy it from here.They have a few different shades available now, but this one is my favourite because it’s the most versatile. I can use this when I’m very fair and when I have a bit more colour in the summer months.
3. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso ($9.97)
So, as far as I know…Milani is new to us in Canada. Maybe I’m wrong, but regardless I am happy to have discovered that it is now available to us. I found this blush at Shoppers drug mart on a whim, but I was just looking to give you guys a link and I found that Milani is also available through Walmart. I am so happy I finally got to try this formula after hearing the girls I watch on youtube rave about it for years. It certainly lived up to it’s promise. It looks so radiant on the cheeks and the colour is very pigmented. A little bit of this blush goes along way so use with a light hand! Typically I gravitate towards cool tone blushes, but I just love the warm glow of this one. I am looking forward to trying some of the other shades of blushes in this collection.
From left: Luminoso by Milani, Precious Petals by Wet N Wild, Butter Highlighter in Pearl by Physicians Formula
4. Nyx Butter Gloss ($8.00)
There are so many product lines that are easily accessible now that were so difficult to come by a few years ago and Nyx is one of them. I used to have my best friend who was living in BC at the time buy these butter glosses at London Drugs- which I assume is the Shopper’s Drug mart of the west coast. Now there is a NYX store in Mississauga and you can buy it at Shoppers drug mart, as well as online right here! Anyway, sorry for that little rant. These glosses were worth all of the hoop jumping that my friend and I went through. I am not typically a fan of lip gloss to be honest. I usually just find them to be more bothersome than anything. I prefer a balm or a lipstick. These are the exception for me. They are so incredibly soft on the lips, so comfortable to wear, and they smell so yummy. I have about 8 shades- my favourite being creme brule which is a great nude that I wear alone, or with a lipstick or lip liner. They are most definitely my favourite lip gloss of all time.
5. Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer ($9.96)
I bought my first one of these lipsticks at Christmas time. I am a sucker for wanting a new holiday red every year. I picked up the colour Pioneer and I really like it. The formula is great because it’s long lasting but I don’t find it to be drying. Whenever I use a liquid lipstick I try to put a balm underneath a little while before I apply my lipstick, and I did the same with this one and it lasted longer than any other liquid lipstick I have used! Great value for a low price! I picked mine up at Walmart.
6. Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer in 305 Soft Brown ($9.96)
I love this brow pencil! reminds me a lot of the brow definer by Anastasia Beverly Hills but it’s less than half the price. It’s a thicker pencil that glides on really easily and I can fill my brows in so quickly. It has a small spoolie on the other end of the retractable pencil to make blending more convenient. I believe there are four colour options available- I chose the soft brown because I would always rather build up the lighter colour than be stuck with a dark colour that I have to soften. I am so happy to have found an inexpensive eyebrow pencil that I love- for myself and my clients.
7. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater ($11.00)
You guys know how much I love this facial spray because I mentioned it in my first post about winter skincare. Not only do I use this to moisturize and tone, but I also use it as a final step in my makeup application process. I spray it on my face after I have finished my skincare routine, whether at night or in the morning, and again after my makeup is complete and one extra time after I have set my whole face with setting powder. I find it helps to make my skin look dewy and not powder-y or cake-y.
8. Schmidt Deodorant ($15.29)
Ever since it leaked that deodorant is chalk full of dangerous ingredients- cancer causing ingredients- I have been obsessed with finding a natural alternative. After trying I would say 5 or 6, I stumbled across this gem. Now, I have bought it on Amazon a couple times and I definitely will again, but I want to let you guys know that I can often find it at Winners, Homesense, or Marshall’s in the section where you find body lotions and soaps. When I luck out and find it there, it’s usually about $7.00 and they have different scents as well. A month ago I picked it up in the scent rose vanilla. It protects against odours like no deodorant I have ever used and because of it’s gentle formula, my sensitive skin is not bothered by it in the slightest. It’s the best natural deodorant and my hunt has been over for a few years now.
9. Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl ($15.99)
For my dry skin, this highlighter is like a dream. I will be honest- I have only been using this highlighter for about a week but in that short time it has become one of my favourites. The formula is so interesting- it feels wet to the touch but it applies like a powder that still gives me a beautiful glow-y highlight. It’s such a hydrating formula- packed with murumuru butter, capuacu butter, and tucuma butter which gives it that melted into the skin look. I layer it with other highlighters that have more of a pink or gold tone because it’s basically white and I love the finish. It will be a new staple in my collection- I can’t wait to try the other shades.
10. Nyx Wonder Pencil ($6.00)
I love this handy, multifunctional little pencil. I use it to highlight my brow bone, spot conceal on the go, and as a reverse lip liner. It’s a staple in my makeup kit now as it’s so versatile. I got mine in light, but It comes in a couple different shades on their website as well for different skin tones. The packaging has changed since I purchased mine, so they do look different now in case you visit the website link I gave you and notice they look different.
Thanks for stopping in. Please let us know what some your favourite products under $20 are- I’m always looking for new things to try!