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1.Cake Beauty The Curl Friend Defining Cream delivers glossy, frizz-free curls on second (or third or fourth or tenth) day hair. A blend of shea butter and lightweight natural oils provide a ton of moisture but thankfully none of the weigh-down.
2.NK Hydrating Lip Gels are worthy of a massive round of applause. Delicious scents and tints aside, you'll be able to confidently step out into wind knowing your hair won't get stuck to your mouth. That's right. This vitamin E formula is not even a tad sticky.
3.TonyMoly Egg Pore Nose Pack sheets act as a gunk magnet by using egg shell powder, charcoal, and sesame seed extract to banish blackheads and excess oil. Prepare to be simultaneously impressed and horrified by the results.
4.Buildable L'Oreal Paris Makeup Lash Paradise Mascara not only adds volume and length to your lashes, but it also does the unthinkable — and by unthinkable, I mean it won't smudge by mid-afternoon and create the dreaded ~panda eye~ effect. Like, I already have dark circles. I don't need mascara to enhance them.
5.Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick was probably formulated by a Hogwarts alum because, tbqh, this stuff has a staying power best described as magic — your pout will seriously retain color for up to 16 hours! Reviewers swear that this stuff is smooch-proof, snack-proof, and sweat-proof.
6.Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant confronts enlarged pores, pesky pimples, and fine lines with unmatched dedication. It also gently exfoliates with each swipe, so you can effectively wave ta ta to dullness and dead skin cells with every toss of a cotton round.
7.Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder sets makeup for a flawless, lightweight finish that truly lasts all day long. This is great for beginners because it won't leave behind a white cast, the kind you'd have to blend and blend (and blend) for it to go away.
8.e.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer blurs pores, mattifies excess oil, and offers light coverage with one swipe! It wears well under foundation, plus is great to slather on when you're pressed for time but want a bright, dewy complexion. This is widely considered an A+ dupe for more expensive primers on the market.
9.Silicone-free L’Oreal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar makes good on its promise of shine, shine, shine. This banishes dullness in eight seconds flat, giving your mane all that lustrous hydration and bounce but thankfully *none* of the weigh-down.
10.Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive cult product is hypothetically the only item you need in your skincare arsenal: Just a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.
11.Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream uses calcium, vitamins, and hydrogenated jojoba oil to revive weakened nails — and not only does this promote quicker nail growth, but it also prevent chipping and hangnails. Your messy at-home manicure just got *so* much better.
12.Hydrocolloid COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch speed up the ~draining process~, but more importantly? They 👏 prevent 👏 picking 👏. If you're looking for a no-frills way to stop cystic acne in its evil tracks, these transparent stickers are the way to go.
13.Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water cleanses and removes stubborn makeup with just a few swipes! This skincare staple leaves your complexion feeling squeaky clean and fresh, no aggressive scrubbing required. My eyelashes feel thankful already.
14.The Ordinary hyaluronic acid lets you try a holy grail ingredient for cheap. With just a few taps, this vegan formula will be able to prevent excess oil production, add hydration, and give your skin a boost of brightness — and for less than $7, to boot.
16.NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel grooms facial caterpillars to perfection, ensuring that each stray hair stays exactly in place — all without leaving any icky residue behind.
17.Covergirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer tackles pimples, redness, and dark circles with just one swipe of its ~extra large~ applicator. If you're looking to avoid the painstaking step of foundation, this formula provides a full coverage finish that is both lightweight, crease-resistant, and super easy to blend.
18.L'Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion provides a bright complexion that requires exactly *does double take* zero effort. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while an illuminating tint adds instant glow.
19.Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening is packed with soy extract to exfoliate (tl;dr: goodbye dullness and dead skin) while an impressive blend of jojoba and castor oils leave you soothed and moisturized. Victory! The best of both worlds is yours.
20.The Inkey List eye cream uses an impressive caffeine blend to de-puff your peepers and reduce pesky dark circles (despite the amount of beauty sleep you're getting)! Luxe eye creams such as this one usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a quality item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.
21.Milani Baked Bronzer gives your complexion an instant dose of “I absolutely spent some time in the sun this weekend” vibes, even if you did just binge The Office yet again. No judgement. A swipe of this means instant glow and enhanced cheekbones.
22.NYX Jumbo Eyeliner Pencil is waterproof and available in 23 vibrant hues. Hack time: Just a quick swipe of white on your waterline will instantly brighten your eyes and make you look more awake.
23.Burt's Bees Natural Tinted Lip Balm contains buildable color, so it can be as subtle or as dramatic as you'd like. Plus, this the perfect thing to bring on-the-go because you don't need a mirror for application. It goes on just like a regular balm!
24.Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser is formulated with goji berry and Haloxyl because no one on that Zoom call needs to know that you spent the entire night watching YouTube bloggers. Just a quick swipe of this (there's an attached sponge applicator so no need to worry about packing a brush) and *poof* your dark circles are now a thing of the past.
25.Palladio I'm Blushing two-in-one-tint makes it feel perfectly okay that you pressed snooze ten too many times this morning. Swipe this on your pout *and* your cheeks for a healthy flush that looks au naturale and takes about three seconds of your time.
27.Cotton Mediheal Blemish Control Mask are packed with ingredients like willow bark, rosemary, tea tree oil, chamomile, and asiatic pennywort to reveal a clear and calm complexion. Consider this the only 15-minute facial you'll ever want or need.
28.NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner for anyone that's tired of their perfect cat eye fading before that second cup of coffee (#rude). This stuff seriously will not budge, plus the skinny felt tip makes cat-eye precision a breeze.
29.Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo because that 10 pounds of dry shampoo you used two days ago is still trapped in your roots. Trust me. It didn't exactly run away. This anti-residue wash deep cleans build-up that would otherwise lead to lack of body, excessive grease, and *gulp* stringiness.
30.ColourPop Lippie Stix were sent from heaven to be delivered into the paws of makeup newbies. On top of being super affordable, this pencil-like tube design allows for precise (and easy) application: Use the pointed edge as a liner, use the rounded side to fill everything in.
32.NYX Matte Setting Spray locks in your makeup, because it only took about three hours of blending to get it to look this way. So humidity, sweat, tears: it's all irrelevant when you've topped your foundation with this magic stuff, which works to seal your makeup and prevent it from turning into a greasy mess (no small feat).
34.EcoTools Brush Set is packed with five brushes you'll use on the daily: an angled foundation brush, a concealer brush, an eyeshadow brush, an angled liner brush, and a blush brush. All for less than $10? HALLE- and I cannot stress this enough-LUJAH.
35.Neutrogena Facial Toner is truly fab *and* costs less than $4. This post-cleansing product contains no alcohol (plenty of toners do) to ensure you skin doesn't feel stripped of moisture, plus it removes all the gunk and trapped oil that your cleanser somehow missed.
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