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Beauty Bargains That Work

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May 8, 2014 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment

More than half the products in our store — that is around 300 — cost under $50. Not only are they affordable, but there’s no compromise on quality. In fact, some of them are standouts at any price. Here are some beauty bargains that do a splendid job and will surely tempt you to add to your anti-aging arsenal. But you can do so guilt-free, as these won’t strain your wallet.

Michael Todd Antiox Serum with DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid ($37). Get Dr. Perricone’s favorite ingredient in an all-natural formula at a fraction of the price. In addition to DMAE, there’s the powerful antioxidant alpha lipoic acid, essential skincare vitamins, botanical antioxidants and skin brighteners. Read the full review.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer ($18) is a rich, textured lotion that goes on like a dream to hydrate without being greasy. It’s a rare body lotion that incorporates the anti-aging peptide, matrixyl, with its collagen-boosting powers. Plus there’s antioxidant green tea, borage, anti-inflammatory aloe and nourishing shea butter and honey. Not to mention, JB’s signature citrus cocktail. Read the full review.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($29.99). This little fellow packs a punch with a stable and non-irritating form of vitamin C (Stay-C 50), vitamin E and ferulic acid. Ferulic acid works to enhance the performance of vitamin C and E, as well as acting as a natural sun protector. This serum also includes mineral rich konjac root and is one of our bestsellers. Read the full review.

Sheer Miracle Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($22). With sodium hyaluronate and not much else, this is an economical way to deal with uneven skin tone while retaining the skin’s moisture. It’s a good choice for sensitive, breakout-prone skin. Read the full review.

BIAO Beauty Rejuvenating Night Cream ($25).This multitasking night cream is great for hands and neck as well as face. The core of Rejuvenating Night Creme's ingredients is a complex called EpiCalmin TMC. The TMC part is an acronym for traditional Chinese medicine and is the inspiration for three plant extracts: honeysuckle flower, xanthium sibiricum fruit and cyperus rotundus root. Read the full review.

Blissoma Smooth A+ Perfecting Serum ($25.99) is a heavy hitter with 4% niacinamide. It’s best used at night, as it has vitamin A and is on the rich side. There’s some great organic botanical extracts, such as and coriander, and absolutely nothing nasty. Read the full review.

Sweetsation Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Brightening Repair Treatment ($36) is a well-priced, all-natural dark spot treatment. This brightening serum combines vitamin C, alpha arbutin, kojic acid, niacinamide and milk thistle. Our reviewer Naheed saw an improvement in dark spots and was grateful (as we all are) for the lack of hydroquinone. Read the full review.

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil ($32). This is 100% olive-derived squalane and a really good skin and nail rescuer. Hydrating, non-greasy and a way to protect against sun damage, it is a useful product to have in your arsenal. I dab any surplus on my fingernails and am amazed by how healthy they have become (no more nail ridges for me). Read the full review.

Arcona Desert Mist ($35) is not a mist but a moisturizer and an unusual one at that. It doesn’t have conventional emollients but actives that boost the skin’s hydrating abilities. There’s also mucin for environmental protection. It’s a unique product that even my husband likes. Read the full review.

Prana Reflect Antioxidant Skin Cream SPF 45 ($39 in the shop). If you are looking for a lightweight day moisturizer with SPF 45, enhanced with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, then this is it. It’s a quality formula that won’t break the bank. Read the full review.

Your Best Face Hydrate B Concentrate ($45 in the shop) is a great introduction to the classy formulator that is YBF. If you’ve lusted after the more expensive serums in the range, then Hydrate B is a good place to start. It is a light soothing serum that firms and hydrates. Hydrate B is designed to help other products perform better, and there are no less than three forms of B vitamins. Read the full review.

By the way, this eye treatment sneaks in a bit past the $50 mark, but it is such an effective product for its affordable price that I felt it worth including:

Sciote Peptide+Defense Firming Eye Creme ($65 in the shop) is one of the best eye creams that I have found at this price point. It contains two alpha hydroxyl acids — glycolic acid and lactic acid — to help clarify and smooth the skin and encourage wrinkle repair. Other actives include the "universal antioxidant" alpha lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10. Read the full review.

  • May 8, 2014

    by imelda

    Great and informative list! thank you!

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