Today I wanted to round up a few favorite products – all at very affordable price points! I know my taste (especially when it comes to skincare) can get a bit expensive, but I do try to test as many products across all price points and because of that have found some hidden gems. If you look at the nav bar of the site under beauty, I have an entire affordable beauty category that I try to keep filled with good recs. (And def check out this under $100 affordable but still fancy full beauty routine – I’m really proud of that post as it has some incredible, highly effective products!
9 Inexpensive Products I LOVE
This is one of my all time favorite holy grail baths. I wrote a longer review of it, but I probably do this bath at least once a week whenever I want to get in a good SWEAT. And at $12 for the jar (8 oz. = 4 baths), it’s pretty affordable, too!
This thing is amazing. It feels so good on your scalp and helps make sure that your shampoo gets your whole head! I’ve talked about it before and gotten some feedback that it tangles your hair but what I do is I place it on my scalp, massage an area, pick it up, and then massage another area. You just have to be careful and only do the scalp, don’t get your ends in there! And any tangles are fixed with conditioner and wide tooth comb. It makes you feel like you’re at the salon!
Weleda Skin Food is one of my holy grail favorite products. Once again, it has it’s own blog post but I will put this on my face (the key is to warm up a little bit between your fingers and THEN apply), for ultimate hydration. It’s been likened to La Mer – as a clean, affordable dupe. I also love the body butter!
I have talked about Olay’s Retinol24 eye cream before and it’s amazing – one of the best anti-aging eye creams I’ve ever tried. But my most recent obsession is their Ultimate Eye Cream for day. It brightens, de-puffs, fights wrinkles, the whole shebang. And it contains niacinamide which has become another fav ingredient of mine as it strengthens the skin (which is really the only topical way to help fade the look of dark circles – strengthening that delicate undereye skin. I’m working on a longer deep dive post about the undereye area but this eye cream is a new fav!
I know that not everyone is a fan of pore strips. And I know you have to be careful, but is there anything more satisfying? I like to give my face a good steam and then use one of these. I don’t do them very often but they are just SO SATISFYING.
This is another product I only use sparingly (maybe a couple times a month) but it is the BEST when you just want your hair and scalp to feel squeaky clean! It is like drain-o for your hair: it deep cleans the hair and scalp like no other, cutting through product buildup and just getting your hair really clean. I do find it drying (my hair is already very dry) which is why I don’t use it very often. I’ll do a hair mask afterward to put back any lost moisture!
I get my teeth professionally whitened at the dentist every 18 months or so (so every 3-4 cleanings?) but in between I love the 1 hour express whitening strips. They make a noticeable difference and are a good touch up since I drink quite a bit of both coffee and red wine!
It is no secret that I adore my ice roller. It’s one of the my favorite products, expensive or not! I recommend reading the full blog post if you’re not familiar but an ice roller is just incredible for inflammation and puffiness… it also just feels really good and is a wonderful way to wake up your skin in the morning. For extra credit, do it over a sheet mask or eye gel masks!
I bought this foot microplane four years ago and it’s still in great shape. I have tried a lot of pumice stones and foot files and sponges etc and this is just the absolute best for rough heels! I’ve been going for a lot of long walks wearing sandals and my feet are not looking so great. A few minutes with this thing (do it on dry skin, not wet skin… so before you shower, not after!) and they are baby soft again!
What are your favorite affordable beauty finds? Would love to know any more fun hidden gems!