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My All-Time Favorite Affordable Beauty Products

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I’m so excited about today’s post! I’ve actually never done a beauty product haul or roundup before, so my excitement levels are through the roof! I definitely wouldn’t consider myself a beauty or fashion blogger (hence the fact that there are like zero pictures of me on my site- okay, there’s a few, but not many) but I do love my beauty products. I’ve been loving them even more lately, as I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new products!

So, here’s a little beauty/self-care product roundup of all of the products I use every day and will be purchasing for the rest of my life. These are the products that I absolutely LOVE, the ones I rave about to my family/friends/random strangers on the street. These are the products I couldn’t live without (aka: I couldn’t feel put together without).


1. Sensodyne Extra Whitening Toothpaste // This is a great product for anyone who gets canker sores! I used to get really bad ones quite frequently. They’d form in my mouth anytime I ate too much sugar or was stressed (so aka: ALL THE TIME). Because Sensodyne is SLS free and is a very sensitive toothpaste, it has reduced the amount of canker sores I get by 99.9%. I get maybe 1 or 2 canker sores a year since I started using it, compared to 2 or 3 per month that I used to get! My teeth have also become a lot whiter and my sensitivity to cold drinks and ice-cream has decreased, as well. I love love love this product!

2. Zapzyt // Zapzyt has become my #1 favorite adult acne treatment. I’ve honestly never had a product work so well for me… I believe in it so much that I often chase my husband around the house trying to lather it on his pimples (what is it with boys not liking creams on their bodies… or is it just my husband!?) But seriously, this stuff really works! I use the face wash every day and put the cream directly onto my pimples (but I haven’t had many pimples since I started using the wash regularly!) You can pick Zapzyt up in Walmart or simply order it online here!

3. L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara // I went through a phase of getting my eyelashes done regularly, but it was pretty pricey so I eventually stopped doing it. It was a difficult transition because those fake eyelashes give you MUCHO confidence! After I quit the fake lashes, I ended up going on on a rampage trying to find mascaras that made my eyelashes look as full and lengthy as they could get without being fake. I tried about a dozen different ones that were recommended by beauty bloggers/friends and eventually discovered L’oreal’s Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. Thank goodness for this product! It’s seriously AMAZING!

I don’t even feel the desire to get my eyelashes done anymore because this product makes them look almost as full and lengthy as fake lashes do. Oh, and it’s super affordable! It’s the best affordable drugstore mascara I’ve ever used.

4. Beauty Counter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation // I LOVE this foundation because it doesn’t dry out my skin like other products have done. It’s so important to use a foundation that also moisturizes your skin, or it’ll be left feeling and looking dry. My philosophy is that foundation is the one product I’m willing to pay a bit more for because I wear it so often and it has a huge effect on the overall look and health of my skin. Using cheap products always always leads me to having more breakouts, dryer skin, and it looks more caked on and gross than higher quality products. I’ve tried out several different higher quality foundations and this one is my favorite one because it’s worked the best for me AND is still super affordable!

Also, if you spend up to $120 on Beauty Counter products with my friend Ashley over at Beauty Counter, you can get 10% off your entire purchase! All of their products are AMAZING so I’d definitely take up this offer to do a little beauty haul on some great products.

5. Sparkoal Beauty Toothbrush // I love this toothbrush because it’s affordable, eco friendly, and it’s extra gentle on my teeth/gums. Having a soft toothbrush helps me have less gum sensitivity and helps protect the enamel on my teeth. You can take a look at this article to read more about why using a soft toothbrush is better for your teeth and gums!

6. Hair Food Shampoo & Conditioner // I’ve been trying to use better products for my hair lately and finally came across a product that has really brought some life back into my hair and helped it grow! They also smell great, without being overbearing. I’m also loving Suzanne Somers shampoo & conditioner. Suzanne Somers hair products leave my hair feeling SO healthy, volumized, and smooth.

7. Suzanne Somers Nail Polish (& all of her other products, as well) // I seriously love ALL of Suzanne Somers products. They’re all organic and very high quality! I especially love her nail polish. I’m used to buying nail polish from the store that ends up chipping after a day, so when I started using this nail polish I was amazed at how long it lasts! I can go a full week without getting a single chip. And the colors are BEAUTIFUL! My favorite nail polish color lately is white, so I’m loving that she offers that color. It goes on thick enough that you don’t have to do two coats, stays on extremely well, and looks great!

8. Herpecin L // I love this product so much that I actually wrote a whole post about it over here but I just had to add it to this list, as well! Herpecin L has been a major lifesaver for my cold sores and chapped lips. It also protects your lips from harmful UV rays, which often cause cold sores. I love that it protects and heals!


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  • Leah

    I love the carbon black mascara! I’ve never tried anything from Susanne somers though! I’ll have to give it a go! Thanks for the recommendations!

    March 24, 2018 at 1:19 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      Yesss! The carbon black mascara is the best! No problem!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:06 PM Reply
  • Leah

    I love the carbon black mascara! I want to look into the Susanne somers products. I’ve never tried them before! Thanks for the recommendations!

    March 24, 2018 at 1:20 AM Reply
  • Alix Maza

    Sensodyne is the best! I need to try out Zaypt.

    March 24, 2018 at 2:41 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It really is the best! It’s helped me so much!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:07 PM Reply
  • Summer

    ZapZyt spot treatment is my FAV for stubborn acne! It’s one of the fastest acting products for acne ever. ALSO, I have been loving Hair Food products!

    March 24, 2018 at 3:56 PM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It really is! And yes, same here. I love that Hair Food is a more affordable brand but still works really well.

      March 29, 2018 at 10:07 PM Reply
  • Kellie

    I have the carbon black mascara in my drawer, but I never find myself reaching for it! I’m definitely reinspired to try it out again because I honestly can’t remember why I stopped using it haha. I also need to try that toothbrush and ZapZyt asap! I loved reading about these products 🙂

    March 26, 2018 at 1:12 PM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      I do the same thing with beauty products. They’re all the way in the bottom of my drawer… then I see someone talk about it and I remember that I have it and it actually worked well! I don’t know why I stop using some things that work well, haha! I’m so glad you liked reading about these products 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 10:09 PM Reply
  • Amy-Lynn

    I think you have a thing for Suzanne Somers 😉 not a weird obsessive thing, just an appreciation! I’ve never heard of hair food. It’s worth looking into and I have to say the marketing was good, the name has me intrigued!

    March 26, 2018 at 3:07 PM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      I definitely do have a thing for Suzanne Somers, haha! Yeah Hair Food’s marketing is really great and the name is awesome. The product really does work well, as well! 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 10:09 PM Reply
  • Jasmine

    Sensodyne is the best toothpaste for me. I have sensitive gums.

    March 26, 2018 at 3:13 PM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It works so well! I’ll never use another toothpaste!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:10 PM Reply
  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    You have some great products here! I’ve wanted to try that mascara and you’re the third person I’ve heard about it from. I’ll have to pick it up!

    March 26, 2018 at 3:14 PM Reply
  • Lily A.

    Zapzyt is one of my favorites too — works so well.

    March 26, 2018 at 4:26 PM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It does work so well! I’m so glad I found out about it!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:10 PM Reply
  • Chelsea

    I have always wanted to try Sensodyne!! My fave beauty products in the skin care line would have to be Cera Ve!

    March 27, 2018 at 12:06 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It’s so great! I highly recommend it! I’ll have to check out Cera Ve!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:11 PM Reply
  • Felicia Barnett

    The hair food shampoo and conditioner seem amazing! I’m going to have to check those out.

    March 27, 2018 at 1:27 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      Yes, check them out! They’re great!

      March 29, 2018 at 10:11 PM Reply
  • Jenny

    So many great products here but some I also haven’t tried. Need to check them out.

    March 27, 2018 at 2:32 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      Yay! I’m glad you’ll check them out! 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 10:11 PM Reply
  • Taylor Mobley

    I love sensodyne!! It’s my favorite toothpaste!!

    March 27, 2018 at 3:08 AM Reply
  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    I’ve seriously gotta pick up some Zapzyt on my next Walmart run – I’ve yet to try it!!

    March 27, 2018 at 10:58 AM Reply
    • Coral Allen

      It’s great! I love it! 🙂

      March 29, 2018 at 10:12 PM Reply

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