I'm not gonna sit here and lie to you and pretend I don't love bougie makeup, because I do, and yet at the same time, I love me a good deal. Who doesn't right? I first got the idea for this segment when I was in Iceland on vacation. My makeup bag consisted of a few select affordable, yet reliable, beauty items. Best of all everything was travel-friendly because there was no way I'd be bringing my entire beauty arsenal with me to Iceland. I got together with WoahStyle beauty contributor, Diana Aldea, to bring you guys our current beauty faves at $20 and under, ranging from drug store finds to some of iconic makeup designer makeup that you wouldn't believe.
If you haven't tried a Tangle Teezer detangling brush yet, then you don't know what you're missing. Great for both wet and dry hair, this plastic brush glides through the thickest hair and the messiest tangles without tugging or breaking hair.
We swear Pantene's 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner was made for the Gods. It gives our hair life and leaves it manageable and frizz-free. We like to use it after every shampoo but once a week I use it as a hair mask. Ten minutes before jumping into the shower, just slather it onto dry hair and let it work its magic.
The Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Repair Creme Infused with Argan Oil has an amazing smell thanks to the exotic blend of citrus, warm spices, and vanilla. Just apply it to my wet hair right of the shower and let it do its thing.
We're always hiding something. Sometimes it's a 20lb weight gain - which is really hard to hide. Other times it's something that's got an easy fix, like some larger pores on your nose. Maybelline's Fit Me power has you covered for the latter. It comes in a bunch of shades, and it has a full coverage that doesn't weigh you down or make you look chalky. Don't believe me? Google it and see for yourself - people love this ish.
If you haven't tried NARS iconic creamy radiant concealer, we want to know where you've been living. Under a rock?! Seriously though, this stuff incredible and we love the fact its available in mini tubes for $16. It's great for travel and wallet-friendly if you're on a budget.
We heard the Fenty Beauty makeup sponge is the closest dupe to the original Beauty Blender so naturally, we had to try it for ourselves. It's softer and more spongey than a BB but it does the trick for $8 less.
If you wear makeup then you need this Real Techniques setting brush in your life. The synthetic bristle brush is high quality for $10 and is perfect for setting under eye concealer and glowing up your highlight. Nathalie has two in her makeup kit. Enough said.
The only thing better than discovering new cruelty-free makeup and is glowing the F up!!! Wet N Wild's MegaGlo Highlighting Powder includes six shades from lavender, to a golden glow and shimmery pink. At $6, we can't help but want them all.
Nude nails are timeless and classic and as much as we love edgy black, we always go back to nude. Essie's Bare With Me is the perfect shade for olive skin tones, it's a touch pink, a touch brown and very flattering. Make sure you seal your manicture with a top coat to make it last.
Before makeup and after skincare, we always moisturize our lips. It's the perfect base before lipstick and makes sure your lips stay hydrated and soft even under the driest of liquid lipsticks. EOS makes some great ones natural lip balms that are organic and packed with antioxidants like vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil.
MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ is incredible for making makeup last. Use it to prep your makeup before foundation and as a setting spray after your makeup is done. A full 100ml bottle will set you back about $30, but the mini version is about $14 for 30ml. It’s great way to try it out if you haven’t already and it’s awesome for travel because we love everything mini to fit in our carry on.
Dupe alert! If you’ve ever tried Dior Show mascara and loved it but hated the expensive price tag, fear not because CoverGirl has you covered. While every CG mascara will give you a different lash, they all perform at the top of the mascara game because they never smudge or flake. EVER. We are loving the new one called Peacock Flare for luscious, fat, dramatic lashes. Yesssss.
Speaking of travel and carry-ons, we love the clear train case from Tartan + Twine at Ulta because we can easily see what we’ve packed, and TSA won’t get mad at us. Best part, these plastic cases are super easy to clean up if anything spills.
MAC’s Strobe Cream is amazing under makeup, on top of makeup and heck, even mixed with our foundation. We love it because it makes our skin look luminous and radiant and never cakey. A mini version of the stuff will set you back $14 for 30ml and again, it’s perfect for travel for carrying in your purse for touch-ups.
We are putting not one, but two amazing hand creams on this list because it’s one of those items that we can’t live without. Seriously, Nathalie has a hand cream for every one of her bags! If you’re into scented, non-greasy formulas then you will love these new ones from Fresh. Available in Citron de Vigne and Honeysuckle, these will leave you with a light sparkling scent lingering that the brand is known so well for.
The other hand cream that we are loving is the Parisian favourite, Nuxe. This one is jam-packed with essential oils that nourish our hands and protect it from the dry cold air. It has a light comforting scent that reminds us of our grandmothers.
Finally, for those who shave because they’re too damn lazy to wax, like us, you will love Venus’s Spa razors that come with the shave cream built-in. This product was incredible in Iceland and we didn’t have to worry about hauling shave cream and everything else half way around the world. Best of all, we had silky smooth legs for the Blue Lagoon.
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