5 Best Beauty Buys Under $10

5 Beauty Products Under 10 5 Best Beauty Buys Under $10

“You get what you pay for.” It’s a phrase that may be true in many realms, but with makeup, I’ve found that it simply isn’t always the case.  There are many high-quality products on the market that are also budget buys. This post highlights just five of them. With the exception of the eyeliners and oil, all the items in this post are actually under $5. These are all long-time staples in my collection.



Hair conditioner, body moisturizer, cuticle cream, lip balm, natural fragrance oil – honestly, what isn’t coconut oil good for? Without a doubt, it’s one of the most versatile skincare products I’ve had the pleasure to discover. When my hair is feeling particularly dry, I can even use a tiny bit of this on the very ends as a leave-in frizz-smoother. My go-to brand is NOW Foods Virgin Coconut Oil ($9.99 for 12 oz).



I know I mention it all the time, but Burt’s Bees Pom Balm ($3.29) remains my HG lip balm (my review). If you catch me on random days, at least half the time, this is what’s on my lips. I buy this stuff in bulk and keep one in every bag, glove compartment, and jacket pocket I own.



I’m all about making the most of your lashes and these curlers play a huge role in that. The elf Mechanical Eyelash Curlers ($1.29) are my most used curlers. I’m even a bit surprised by this myself – how can a $1.00 item beat out cult-favorites retailing at $20+? Honestly, I don’t know, but somehow these just fit my eye shape and impart a lasting curl better than any other curler I’ve tried. At the moment, it’s only available on the elf site in sets, which I hope isn’t a sign that it’s getting discontinued.



I’m convinced the Essence Dual Sharpener ($1.99) is the exact same product as the original Urban Decay Grindhouse sharpener, just with a different label. If you think all sharpeners are the same, trust me, I did too. It was only after I started using this sharpener that I realized how much product I had been wasting. This sharpener does an incredible job of just sharpening, not totally butchering the pencil.



Two of my absolute favorite black liners at any price point. The Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner Pencil ($5.50) and Milani Liquid Eye Pencils ($6.99) both deliver smoldering, creamy, smudgable black pigment that never tugs or skips.


What are your favorite wallet-friendly products?

  • Soccerrocker1234

    I’ve heard mixed things about the ELF Lash curler! After reading this I might give it a go :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      If you do, let me know how you like it! ♥

  • Martha

    I’ll have to try that Milani pencil! And I LOVE coconut oil! It leaves my skin and hair so, so soft–much more so than any other conventional store-bought beauty product!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Martha! I know, it’s such a staple for me. It’s like a gift from the heavens for skin and hair haha ♥

  • Christine

    I love your picks!!! :) I’ve been thinking about doing a post like this too because they seem really useful. Who doesn’t want inexpensive, but great products! :)
    Coconut oil is amazing for virtually everything AND you can DIY pretty much any kind of product with it. Love coconut oil. The Milani liners are insanely good too.The new Jordana ones look pretty much identical, but I haven’t tried them yet.
    I think different eyelash curlers work best for different people. It’s one of those products where one size doesn’t fit all. I’ve been wanting to try the elf one, so I hope it’s not being discontinued! :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Christine! Thanks for stopping by! I agree…. coconut oil is pretty much the best thing for skin and hair to ever exist (and I’m barely exaggerating). I’ve done some DIY recipes with it, but I guess I’m kind of impatient, because I still prefer it on its own the best. I should try the Jordana liners, I never see that brand in stores but it seems to get good reviews, thanks for the heads up. I have a feeling the curlers may be discontinued, though I’m sure there will be residual stock left in stores for a while still even if that’s the case. Or maybe they just haven’t restocked the website ♥

  • http://beautybyarielle.blogspot.com/ Beauty by Arielle

    I love the ELF curler myself. I am surprised by how amazing it is. I have also been using a lot of coconut oil.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Arielle! It seems like a lot of people like the elf curler, though I’ve also heard some negative reviews, so I guess it’s hit or miss. But I agree with you, I find it amazing. And coconut oil is the best. ♥

  • Memoiselle

    I love Burt’s Bees replenishing lip balm too. They’re affordable and works very well!
    That virgin coconut oil looks interesting too :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Coconut oil is a game-changer, honestly! And hooray for the pom balm! ♥