1. Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil (under $5). Chock full of natural ingredients, moisturizing without being waxy, and with just a hint of tint, this balm is the bee's knees.
2. Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara ($9-10). The non-waterproof version stays put and doesn't smudge but still comes off easily with some cleanser and warm water at the end of the day, plus it gives you dramatic volume and length. It's everything you're looking for in a Holy Grail mascara, minus the hefty price tag.
3. Joe Fresh retractable lip brush ($8 Cdn at Superstore). With one pull, the fine-tipped brush shoots out; push both ends together to make the brush retract again. If ninjas wore lipstick, they'd use the Joe Fresh lip brush.
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4. Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover ($13). Online reviews swear that this eye makeup remover works as well as the legendary Lancome Bi-Facil remover but costs about a third of the price. Having never tried Lancome's version I can't confirm that, but it does do a good job of melting away my eyeliner and mascara in seconds at the end of the day.
5. Daiso blotting papers ($2 Cdn at Daiso or Yoko Yaya). Straightforward, no-nonsense, non-scented, non-powdered, and at a price that can't be beat.
6. Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Fortifying Base and Top Coat ($7-9 Cdn at drugstores). Save money (and space on your dresser top) with a product that does double duty on your nails.
7. Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick ($7-9). This creamy and blendable formula comes in a convenient stick form for quick touch-ups and provides natural-looking coverage for light-medium skin tones.
8. Lubriderm SPF 15 lotion ($7-9 Cdn). Moisturize and protect your skin from the sun in one step with this lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion. I find it a bit too light for the winter, but it's great in spring and summer.
9. Dove Beauty Bar (under $5). I think I've said all there is to say in my glowing review here.
10. Garnier Pure Daily Cleansing Gel (under $10). A little of this gel cleanser goes a long way. The formula lathers well, sweeps away every trace of my makeup, rinses away cleanly, and purifies my pores to prevent breakouts.
Next week I'm going to post my top 10 splurge-worthy beauty buys. But in the meantime, have you tried any of these products? Do you have any inexpensive but effective beauty and skincare products in your arsenal that you swear by? Please do share!