Myth: Expensive Products Always Work Better
Just this past week, Patrick threw his back out and I was standing at CVS trying to decide which medication to buy him. I was looking at the CVS brand of ibuprofen and the brand name (Motrin) and I was shocked at the price difference! You know what that little voice in my head told me? That expensive products always work better. UGH. So I bought the Motrin… #regrets.
After all my time experimenting with Certifiably Obsessed, I should’ve known that just because a product is more expensive…it doesn’t mean it’s destined to work better. DUH!
Truth: Affordable Products Can Work Better Than Expensive Ones
Trust us on this one. We’ve experimented with products that range from $8 to $120 and, not saying those pricey products don’t hold up the bargain, but usually we’d rather reach for our more wallet-friendly friends! And who doesn’t love a good deal, right?!
We’ve gathered our top five fav beauty products that are all under $30. We suggest you give ‘em a try if you haven’t already!!
#1 Cocokind Rosewater Facial Toner
Product: Cocokind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner
Ingredients: Organic rose hydrosol
Perks: USDA Organic | Certified Organic | Fair Trade Certified | Certified Vegan | Wallet-Friendly | Free Shipping on U.S. orders over $40
You know how people say you should always stop and smell the roses? Well my friends, you can now do that every single day from the comfort of your own vanity. Seriously! This Cocokind Rosewater Toner LITERALLY smells like roses in a bottle. It is so refreshing!
Every morning and night, after we’ve washed our faces, Claudia and I spray the toner onto a cotton pad and gently dab away. It helps to get rid of any lingering debris and also balances our skin’s pH (major key when it comes to clear skin!). This beauty in a bottle immediately soothes your skin and gives it a nice, healthy glow. I love using this toner to prep my skin for moisturizer and makeup! Best of all, this product is only made with one simple ingredient: organic rose hydrosol. #Micdrop.
Want to know more? You can read our full review of this must-have, along with other Cocokind products, here!
#2 Glossier Balm Dot Com
Product: Glossier Balm Dot Com
Ingredients*: Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’Abeille, Lanolin, Dipalmithoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract *Ingredients vary by flavor
Price: $12 for a single, $40 for a 4-flavor pack.
Perks: Cruelty-free | Paraben-free | Hypoallergenic
I’m definitely a “lip balm addict”. I keep lip balm everywhere; all my purses and bags, the cup holder in my car, my bedside table, and just about every coat pocket. I used to be highly loyal to Burt’s Bees in the summer and Blistex in the winter… until I met Balm Dotcom. Bye-bye never-ending need for chapstick, hello long-lasting moisture!
I heard Claudia complain about her wintery-dry lips at work one day and immediately turned her onto Glossier. “Get rid of your Burt’s Bees…trust me!” She obeyed. Claudia purchased the 4-flavor Glossier balm pack and is now a Glossier addict like me! She keeps the rose flavor in her makeup bag, the coconut in her work bag, the cherry in her everyday purse and the mint in her medicine cabinet.
To read our full review on Glossier Balm Dot Com, click here!
#3 NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel
Product: NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel
Stylus Pencil Ingredients: Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Coco-glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hexylene Glycol [+/- Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)]
Gel Ingredients: Aqua, Vp/Va Copolymer, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Hexylene Glycol [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)
Perks: Waterproof | Vegan | Hypoallergenic | Gluten Free | Cruelty Free | Certified USDA Organic | Fragrance Free | Paraben Free | Sulfate Free | Phthalates Free
Claudia finds this stuff to be amazing. Seriously. The pencil is perfectly shaped to match the direction in which brow hairs grow making it really easy to get that natural, filled-in brow look. You can lightly feather the color on for a lighter look or give it a little more pressure for a bolder look. Finish it off with the ultra powerful clear gel and you’re done. No messy brow hairs in sight!
Not to mention the color and gel are actually longwearing. This stuff stays on until you decide you want it off. Don’t worry though, the color and gel come off super easy with a little face wash or coconut oil (Claudia’s new favorite makeup remover!).
Want to read Claudia’s full review on how she went from browless to browtastic?! Click here.
#4 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Product: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Ingredients: Aqua / Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Fil B162919/3
Price: $8.99 (13.5 oz.)
Perks: Wallet Friendly | In-Store & Online | No Alcohol | No Perfume | All Skin Types
This stuff works wonders. Just a little on a cotton pad goes a long, long way! One cotton pad, front and back, cleans off my face makeup and eye makeup. Just a couple wipes and poof! Seriously guys, this stuff is magical. Even after washing my face, there was plenty of nastiness that had yet to come off. GROSS. And don’t get me started with the residue that comes off after my night shower. Let’s just say that cotton pad is about 10x dirtier…you think you got your makeup off with your face wash? HA! Think again. Not only does it leave your face nice and clean (You don’t even need to rinse after!), but it also moisturizes it thanks to those molecular oils.
We actually experimented with multiple micellar waters (all with varying price tags and perks!) before we landed on our fav! You can read all about that experiment here.
#5 Billie Razor
Product: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water
Ingredients: 5 sharp blades (made from stainless steel), encased in 360° of aloe shave soap, with rounded edges to help you navigate those curves
Price: Starter Kit: $9 (includes razor, magnetic holder, two replacement blade cartridges) | Ongoing Subscription: $9 for 4 blade replacement cartridges
Perks: Safe for Sensitive Skin | Dermatologically Approved | Natural Ingredients | Toxin Free | Free Shipping
You know how they say when you find that perfect person, you just know? That’s the feeling I had with my Billie razor. Nope, I’m not being even the slightest bit dramatic. This razor is life changing! Since the razor is encased in aloe soap, I thought it would be best to give it a full trial run. So, I shaved without soap…(GASP!) And you know what happened? Since that day, I have never shaved with soap again. That’s how amazing this razor is you guys! My legs have never been more silky smooth.
My Billie razor and subscription has been nothing short of amazing! The replacement blade cartridges always arrive on time. Honestly, the greatest thing is just never having to think about buying razors anymore.
Want more details on these life-changing razors?! Click here for our full review.
This one’s simple, friends. Good, dependable beauty products shouldn’t break the bank. These must-try beauty products under $30 are affordable, but effective, and have most definitely earned our CO Stamp of Approval!