My Go-To (Affordable) Beauty Staples


I was looking for a new eye cream, and was surprised at how expensive all of the top-rated eye creams are! Thinking about it, I realized that the products I reach for over and over are typically pretty affordable. So I thought I’d do a roundup of my favorites in hopes that someone will share their affordable eye cream secret with me!

I’ve tried a few similar products but nothing stands up to these after a flight to New York, early wake up call, and day full of meetings ahead. 

I read about these in a beauty round up on The Cut and decided to give them a try. The little patches are thin and barely noticeable. They breakdown whatever’s irritating your skin and causing the pimple, and even help flatten acne, but don’t dry your skin out. This product seriously works wonders overnight.

I have a pretty deep side part and am trying to be a hat person, but have realized I need to also be better about protecting my scalp. This leave-in conditioner helps detangle my baby fine hair, smells like vacation, and has SPF which protects my scalp from being burnt and my color from fading. 

I’ve been reading about how good Vitamin C serum is for your skin but finally took note when my dermatologist recommended it. This affordable serum features Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Acid. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which blocks and then helps to repair the damage to our cells, caused by free radicals, while hyaluronic acid is essential to healing and repairing our tissues, as well as in moisture retention. That’s a lot of science but I can say my skin looks brighter and feels smoother.

This has been my go-to face wash for over a decade. It’s gentle but still removes my makeup and is really inexpensive (yet recommended by my dermatologist).

This has been such a lifesaver that I keep one at home and a travel one in my suitcase so I never travel without it. It detangles my hair in mere minutes.