Stylish+Geek’s List of Fab and Cheap Beauty Products

Fab and cheap. Who wouldn’t want that?

For the past few years since I started blogging I have been trying a lot more kinds of beauty products.

Some I purchased from my own purse. Some were given to me to try (note: If you find a post of it in my blog that means it passed my scrutiny. If you don’t, then that means I wrote back to the company and let them know I do not care to endorse it).

While I do use a lot…okay…A TON of stuff, there are some that made me feel incredulously good, as if I stumbled upon a skincare treasure.

And most often the criteria is simple: (1) Using it has been tried, tested, and looks and feels great on my skin and (2) It is affordable.

Although I am partial to organic,use of natural ingredients, and non-toxic brands, I did not include it just yet in my judgement. There are not that many brands out there that would meet criteria (2), so for now it will not be included.

Here it is…the Stylish+Geek Fab and Cheap Beauty Products (mostly under $10 a pop!):

Skin Care:

(1) Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover, 13.5 Fluid Ounce ($6.99)


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover, 13.5 Fluid Ounce

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is an all-in-1 bi-phase cleanser that’s surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean and refreshed without over-drying.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water:

  • All-in-1
  • Removes makeup, even waterproof mascara + cleanses + refreshes
  • No rinse, no harsh rubbing
  • Face, lips, eyes
  • No oil, alcohol, fragrance
  • Dermatologist tested for safety
  • Ophthalmologist tested

Instructions: Saturate a cotton pad. To Remove Eye Makeup: Hold pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe without harsh rubbing. To Clean Skin & Remove Face Makeup: Gently wipe all over until skin is completely clean from makeup and impurities. Use daily, am/PM. No need to rinse.


(2) Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner ($8.50)

Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera

Thayer’s rose petal alcohol-free witch hazel with aloe vera formula toner will make your skin bloom. Rose Thayer’s remarkably soothing toner is made with rose-petal water, vitamin e and a proprietary witch hazel extract.
Other features:
Soft rose fragrance
Un-distilled witch hazel cleanses and moisturizes
Certified organic aloe vera
Free of alcohol, parabens and propylene glycol







(3) Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($8)

Smith’s Multi-purpose Rosebud Salve

Smith’s Rosebud Salve’s formula was prepared by druggist back in 1892. It is the original rosebud salve made for chapped lips, skin blemishes, diaper rash, and detergent burn!


  • Outline lips with lip liner of you choice about 1/4 inches from the outside of your lips toward the center. Then use a lip brush to blend the salve to achieve a “pouty look”.
  • Use Rosebud Salve alone or over your favorite hue of lipstick to moisturize and give a “dewy effect”.
  • Apply Rosebud Salve to eyebrows to tame an unruly brow line while also giving sheen.
  • Rosebud Salve is great on fly-away or frizzy hair. Dab a small amount on the palms of your hands and apply

(4) Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen With Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face ($6)

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen With Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face

Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face combines Enviroguard Technology and Active Naturals Colloidal Oatmeal to deliver superior broad spectrum UVA/ UVB sun protection while hydrating skin to keep it soft, smooth and feeling healthier than before you went in the sun.

For use on face and body, this exclusive sunscreen formula is fast absorbing, oil free, noncomedogenic, and sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.


  • Helps protect and hydrate
  • Nourishing oat helps hydrate skin
  • Sweat- and water-resistant
  • Fast-absorbing




(5) Queen Helene Facial Masque Mint Julep ($6)

Queen Helene Facial Masque Mint Julep

The Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque is an original natural home treatment to help dry up pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores. This refreshing beauty product is easy-to-use and safe enough to apply daily. It can help give your face a cleaner and smoother look. Dry out the unwanted oil from your skin with this mask.

Simply apply the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque to a clean face and neck. Let the mask stay on for several minutes. As it firms and hardens within minutes, it draws out the impurities from your pores. Enjoy the gentle and refreshing mint scent as the solution purifies and cleanses your skin. After the masque is washed away, your face will feel clean and smooth. Even for individuals who are fortunate to be free of dermatological problems, Queen Helene Mint Masque is a refreshing facial treatment.

It helps relax tired muscles and ease tension lines on the face and neck. Help keep your skin looking bright and vibrant with this exquisitely scented mask. This Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque formula is suitable for use with normal, oily and acne-prone complexions.
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque:

  • Complexion solution deeply cleans and refreshes
  • For oily and acne prone skin
  • Queen Helene Mint Masque will help dry pimples and erase blackheads
  • Shrinks pores
  • Natural home remedy
  • Developed by a dermatologist


(6) St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

Made with collagen and elastin proteins, St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer hydrates and visibly softens dry skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Applying this moisturizing cream to your face and neck twice daily will help your skin looking noticeably younger, smoother, and softer. Dermatologist tested, this rich face cream contains natural safflower seed oil and is non-comedogenic, so it won’t block pores.

St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer is enriched with natural moisturizers sourced from plants to hydrate, smooth, and protect. Collagen and elastin proteins help improve elasticity so skin looks younger and more vibrant. Safflower seed oil and glycerin nourish and protect skin so it won’t look or feel dry or tight.


Hair Care:

(1) L’Oreal Paris Hair Care Expertise EverPure Cleansing Balm, 16.8 Fluid Ounce ($9)


L’Oreal Paris Hair Care Expertise EverPure Cleansing Balm, 16.8 Fluid Ounce

Ever Cleansing Balm from L’Oreal is a sulfate-free conditioner that transforms into a gentle cleanser. These low-lather balms are a full haircare regimen in one step. They clean, condition, treat, detangle, soften and add shine. No stripping, no drying, no build up.

  • 6-in-1 benefits
  • Nourishes color treated hair, non-stripping
  • For color-treated hair
  • Sulfate-free, silicone-free, dye-free
  • Cleanse, condition, treat, detangle, soften, shineHow to UseApply 6-8 pumps to wet hair thoroughly and massage gently.
    Leave in 3-5 minutes.
    Rinse completely. No need to use a separate conditioner.




(2) Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color ($7)


Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color

Unlike traditional haircolor, Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Haircolor uses an exclusive 60% oil blend with natural flower oils in the colorant.

The unique oil-based formula propels colorants deep into the hair, without ammonia, for pure, vivid, long-lasting color.

Garnier Olia achieves maximum color performance while the oils help reverse roughness and dullness, visibly improving and restoring hair.

Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Haircolor:

  • 60% oil blend with natural flower oils
  • Pure, vivid, long-lasting color with 100% gray coverage
  • Visibly improves and restores hair
  • No ammonia





(3) L’Oreal Paris Multifaceted Shimmering Colour Feria Haircolor ($9)


L’Oreal Paris Multifaceted Shimmering Colour Feria Haircolor

L’Oreal Paris Feria Haircolor masters the art of the shimmer. It delivers 3X highlights for intensified, brilliant results. This multi-faceted hair color is custom-blended by professionals. The advanced deep conditioning formula hydrates and conditions week after week for a soft, silky touch. Plus, it has an aromatic scent for a pleasant experience. This shimmering hair color is available in your choice of assorted colors.

L’Oreal Paris Feria Hair Color:

  • Multi-faceted shimmering color
  • Shimmering hair color provides 3x highlights
  • Gentle, deep conditioning formula
  • Pleasant, aromatic scent
  • Permanent color gel
  • Multi-faceted hair color includes shimmering colour permanent haircolour gel, shimmering colour developing crème in applicator, aromatic shimmer serum, shimmer enhancing conditioner, colourist gloves, insert.
  • Available colors: black leather 20, Brazilian brown 51, brilliant bordeaux 56, bronze shimmer 58, caramel kiss 72, champagne cocktail 91, chocolate cherry 36, crushed garnet 41, crystal brown 60, deep copper 74, downtown brown b61, espresso 40, extra bleach blonde 205, French roast 45, golden sunset 73, Havana brown 50, midnight ruby 32, moonlit tortoise t53, ruby fusion 66, ruby rush r68, sparkling amber 63, starlet 110, starry night 21, very lt natural blonde 100


(1) L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette ($15)


L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette

Enhance your every day look with the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette.

This professional makeup palette helps you create a flawless, high-fashion look that can take you from day to night in runway style.

The L’Oreal palette includes a wide range of natural, nude colors for a professional looking makeup job after every application.

The eye-designer brush and mirror provide effortless application anytime, anywhere. Whether the desired look is soft or bold, classic or trendy, natural or dramatic, the new La Palette Nude offers a gorgeous range of shadows designed to create an endless sophisticated eye looks. The L’Oreal hair color palette includes three shadow finishes: shimmery satin, buttery matte, and lustrous sheens in 10 highly pigmented shades curated to blend harmoniously for looks that range from neutral to high drama. The dual-tip brush has a foam side for application & a bristle side for blending & layering.

(2) Maybelline New York Expert Wear Shadow Palette: The Blushed Nudes ($9)


Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes

The Maybelline Expert Wear Shadow Palette, Maybelline’s newest 12-shade collection curated to create infinite sensuous looks, is infused with rose gold pigments for bolder blushes, provocative plums, and risque roses.

Maybelline Expert Wear Shadow Palette:

  • Expertly curated shade collection
  • 12 shades, 13 looks, for endless possibilities

Instructions: Quads: 1. Color entire eye area. 2. Shade lid. 3. Contour crease. 4. Line around eye. Trios: 1. Color entire eye area. 2. Shade lid. 3. Contour crease. Duos: 1. Shade lid. 2. Contour crease.

(3) Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Drama Pro Palette Compact ($8)


Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Drama Pro Palette Compact

The Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Drama Pro Palette Compact is the first brow kit to offer everything you need for brow perfection. The sculpting wax sets brows in place while the smooth pigment powder fills & colors in brows.

To finish the look, reflective highlighting powder creates strong arch definition. Three simple steps for the ultimate brow look.

Maybelline EyeStudio Brow Drama Pro Palette Compact:

  • Pigment powder, highlighting powder, and setting wax
  • Dual-ended applicator with angled and sponge brushes for expert application
  • Includes a spooly brushInstructions: For best results: 1. Sculpt brows with wax 2. Color brows with powder 3. Highlight browbone under arch


(4) CoverGirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara, Black Brown ($4)


CoverGirl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara, Black Brown

Get 200% more volume and zero clumps in a water-resistant, no-clump mascara formula.

Features an innovative double-sided brush with lash-loading and clump-combing zones for perfect lashes.

How to Apply:
Step 1
If desired, use an eyelash curler BEFORE you apply mascara.

Step 2
Apply one coat of mascara to your upper lashes. Coat brush again and reapply, focusing on the outer edges of your lash line. Do not pump the wand – it adds air bubbles that can dry your mascara.

Step 3
For a more dramatic look, apply one coat of mascara to lower lashes.

(5) L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara ($6)


L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L’Oreal Paris introduces new Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara now with a breakthrough double wing tip brush that charges your lashes with extreme volume for an intense fanned out look.

The Double Wing Butterfly Brush: L’Oreal Paris creates a revolutionary brush with an exclusive double wing shape. Begin with either wing to load lashes with super charged volume.

Then use other wing to catch and fan out lashes for an extraordinary lift and extreme spread.

The Butterfly Formula: Fiber infused formula instantly coats the lashes with a rich veil of color for longer looking, intensely charged lashes with up to 9x the volume. The Butterfly Intenza Effect: Super charged volume meets intense spread for an extreme fanned out look.

Place brush at base of lashes and gently sweep up to tip. Twist to use the other wing. Removes easily with soap and water.




(6) EmaxDesign 20 Pieces Professional Makeup Brush Set ($8)

EmaxDesign 20 Pieces Makeup Brush Set

This EmaxDesign cosmetic brush set will show your natural beauty and leave a flawless finish. Handmade brushes made of premium synthetic fiber materials provide an incredible touch and feel
These essential eye brushes are ideally for liquids, powders, or creams to produce a beautiful eye makeup application.

The set includes eye shadow brush, foundation brush, eyeliner brush, mascara brush, lip brush, concealer brush, eyebrow brush for daily use.

All brushes are extremely soft and easy to hold makeup, perfect for makeup lady and individuals with normal to sensitive skin and will not irritate you.
Each brushes was assembled by hand and packed individually. Highest quality material, high density bristle, Does Not Shed!

(7) Rimmel London #InstaFlawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint Perfector ($6.99)

Rimmel’s #InstaFlawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint

Get up and glow with Rimmel’s #InstaFlawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint that provides a natural looking radiant glow and erases signs of fatigue.

Rimmel’s skin tint can be worn alone for a radiant glow or under makeup to extend the wear.

This ultra lightweight formula leaves skin hydrated for up to 24 hours while helping to perfect and brighten skin tone.

Can be worn alone or under makeup to extend the wear. Using your fingertips, apply a small amount of Rimmel’s #InstaFlawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint Tint to the center of your cheeks and forehead. Blend toward the edges of your face.

Perfecting, radiant skin tint for a natural looking glow
SPF 15
24HR moisturization



(8) E.L.F. Eyeshadow Primer

E.L.F. Eyeshadow Primer

Preps your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eyeshadow. The lightweight liquid formula quickly absorbs into the skin for comfortable wear and increases eye color longevity.

How to Use:

  • Apply a thin coat of the e.l.f. Cosmetics shadow lock and eyelid primer to the eyelid and blend in using a blending brush.
  • Allow the formula to dry before applying eyeshadow.


82 Responses to Stylish+Geek’s List of Fab and Cheap Beauty Products

  1. GlamKaren says:

    I have been on Team L’Oreal mascara for years! I think it’s soooo similar to DiorShow, but at a much better price! I swear by the Volluminous one – perfection!!

  2. Ana De-Jesus says:

    I use the same miscellar water and I swear by it. Plus it does not inflame my skin like many face products seem to which is obviously great!

  3. CoCo says:

    Wow! all of these seem like such great options for such an affordable price. Also love the colors the eye palettes have to offer!

  4. Janel says:

    Save money where you can is my motto. I am going to look into some of these products which are new to me.

  5. Salt + Light says:

    I love a good bargain! I am always researching good dupes for high end makeup products. Thanks for sharing these! I’ll have to try out a few for myself! 🙂

  6. The loreal butterfly maswcara is my favorite! I like it better than some of my higher end mascaras that I have purchased

  7. I love miscellar water! It’s the best to cleanse your face with. I have to disagree with Feria. I have had the worst luck with that particular brand of hair color.

  8. Jacqui S says:

    I need to get into a better “Happy with me” routine. I’ve heard a lot of great things about that Micellar Water. I do want to try it. And I need a new mascara, will have to try that butterfly one! Thanks for sharing!

  9. So many people have that rosebud salve, I need to try it! It’s a pretty container, too.

  10. Debra says:

    I love the nude pallets they are so fun to play with, I also love the brushes – I need some new makeup brushes.

  11. Love your picks and I need to get me those brushes and eye shadow pallets. Love the colors of the palates too. I’ve heard so much of the Garnier Micellar Water.

  12. Back when i dyed my hair Feria was all i ever used! I really need some new make-up brushes on the cheap so i am def going to check those out!

  13. You have some great finds here! I swear by that Garnier micellar water – it’s my favourite. Much prefer it to Bioderma! x

  14. Lydia Monson says:

    I’ve heard amazing things about that micellar water! I just may have to try it. That blushed nudes palette from Maybelline is one of my favorites, too!

  15. I loved this list of products that aren’t going to break the bank. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Catherine says:

    Great list of affordable products. Thanks for putting this together and including beyond the basics. I’m really loving the cheaper hair care products like dye!

  17. Nicola says:

    I love the sound of the Ever Cleansing balm…I have tried so many products on my hair and very few products stop it feeling dry and brittle. I will definitely give it a go!

  18. mybelleelle says:

    I would love to try the Aveeno lotion sunscreen. That is a brand I really trust and one that makes me feel like my money is being used wisely.

  19. reesann723 says:

    These all sound like great beauty products. Aveeno is my go to sun screen brand and lotion brand too!

  20. Heather L. says:

    I didn’t realize that there was a witch hazel with aloe in it. I need to pick some of that up as I always keep witch hazel on hand.

  21. cvnxena says:

    I love these ideas! Beauty products can be so expensive so it’s nice to know there are decent products out there for a budget!

  22. Loving the price on these items. What makes brushes great or desirable? Aveeno is a great time, I have super sensitive skin and it does wonders for me.

  23. Amber Nelson says:

    I would like to try that witch hazel. I have heard good things about it!

  24. Tara Holland says:

    I use and love the Aveeno sunscreen, will have to check out some of these other products too. Great prices make it easier to try something without worrying that you are wasting money!

  25. Jalisa Marie says:

    I’ve purchased that makeup brush set before and it has worked for the most part.

  26. I am truly grateful to come across this post. I love discovering and checking out new things. Will definitely try and check other products that I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for the awesome list!

  27. Everyone loves witch hazel and I have not tried it! I need to get to the store and put this on my list.

  28. I have heard good things about Thayers Witch Hazel but I haven’t used it before. And that sunscreen, yes!

  29. I love the Garnier Micellar Water – it’s definitely one of my favourite drugstore beauty products. Also, I really like the look of the CoverGirl mascara 🙂

  30. Fabulous pick and the prices are great deal! Smith’s Rosebud Salve is magic, would like to check this product in the local shop here.

  31. Amanda Love says:

    Beauty products doesn’t have to be expensive for them to be effective! I think these are all great! It’s nice to be able to buy products that work without spending too much.

  32. Jennifer Marx (JenuineMom) says:

    Oooh, that Aveeno Protect looks like a winner!! I love Aveeno products — they are so friendly to my skin. And SPF 50? Yeah baby!

  33. Robin Rue says:

    All of these products look amazing! I have not heard of a lot of them so it was great to read about them.

  34. Krystle Cook says:

    I love Aveeno products and so it was nice to see that on this list. I am going to have to look into more Loreal products.

  35. Alyssa Ruane says:

    A friend just recently introduced me to micellar water and I definitely think she converted me! Sometimes I don’t want products that are too harsh, yet I want my face to feel fresh. Thanks for the rec!

  36. I have never personally tried Smith’s Rosebud Salve before, but I have heard so much about it over the years. I definitely need to try it sometime!

  37. Chelsea | New Kid on The Blog says:

    I have that rosebud salve! I like to put it on my lips and then put a dab of lipstick on just to keep them moisturized with a bit of color.

  38. These are all great products! I love witch hazel and that blush eyeshadow pallet looks really nice!

  39. almostindianwife says:

    Ooh I haven’t used most of these! I’ll definitely have to pick up a few this month to try them out! I’ll let you know what I think!

  40. I’m obsessed with the Rosebud Salve! Definitely a must have! I’ve have also been wanting to try the witch hazel. I need to keep am eye out for it the next time I go to the store,

  41. I swear on rose bud salve! I buy it from Bath and body works and love it! I hate those stupid tins since sometimes they are impossible to open but I love the product so much I deal with the stupid tin! I haven’t seen a lot of these other products but you’ve definitely sold me on trying to find out more about them! Great list!

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