Budget-Friendly Beauty Products That Work

Updated on November 10, 2017

Hair Envy

I'm not a hair care expert but I believe there is no such thing as "good hair" or "bad hair." There is well-maintained hair (properly cleansed, nourished, and protected), and then there is hair that is not well-managed, leaving it prone to all types of damage.

I heard it said that the only bad hair is the hair in the drain...I agree.

My people (Black Americans) make the distinction between "good hair" and "bad hair" based on hair type or curl pattern. This type of divisiveness was born in slavery and pulsated into the New Millennium.

"Good hair" is healthy hair. Any woman can have beautiful hair and skin no matter her canvas. But she must do the work to discover the best formulas and routines for her and her budget.


The Best Conditioner...Ever

The Best Conditioner...EVER

I've gotten fabulous results using an infusion of olive oil, coconut oil, and my favorite conditioner. And many of my friends are believers.

My hair has a combination of looser and tighter curls and is prone to breakage. It's also prone to dryness. Nothing ever really worked to combat this until I tried this. The Olive Oil deep conditions hair leaving it well nourished. The Coconut Oil adds strength, shine and hydration.

I melt the two oils together and keep the mixture in a container.

After I cleanse my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, I add the mixture to my conditioner and massage it into my hair and scalp.

I put on a conditioning cap for about an hour. Then I put my hair in a loose bun or clip for a few hours, or for the day if I don't have time to rinse and style.

I recommend using a good conditioner. I love Carol's Daughter Monoi when my hair is relaxed (chemically straightened). The Repairing Shampoo and Repairing Hair Mask are excellent. It's formulated to reduce breakage, strengthen hair, and promote growth.

This is a great brand for natural and transitioning hair as well. Other wonderful products are Monoi Leave-In Conditioner and Monoi Flexible Hold Spray after styling. The line smells heavenly and I highly recommend it.


Nurture Nature

For natural hair I recommend Miss Jessie's Creme de la Creme Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner. They soften and condition. Your hair will be squeaky clean.

For deep conditioning, try Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment. It lengthens and strengthens every hair type. It gives hair more softness and bounce.

One thing that annoys me about natural curls is that it makes an unwelcome appearance 'round about the edges when I'm wearing a straight do.

I tried several edge tamers. They are either too stiff or too oily. I always go back to my tried and true ECO Styling Gel Olive Oil formula.

I apply it to the edges of my hair and smooth it with a water-moist soft brush. It's alcohol-free and there's no tackiness because I don't need much to do the job.

When my hair is transitioning or natural, I apply it daily to my hair after I apply other product. It sets my hair, keeps it soft, and helps control frizz.

Our hair is our crowning glory. It's just like anything else that has life. If we nurture and love it, the results will be well worth the effort.


Face Value

My skin has always been sensitive. It made already impossible teen years even more daunting. My mom told me my skin would clear up when I turned twenty-one. It didn't.

I've discovered a few brands that keep my wishy-washy skin clear. Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega Mushroom brand is specially formulated for acne-prone skin. Origins has a higher price point, but it got my skin under control without stripping or drying.

The brand is certified natural and organic. I believe it will work for just about anybody. The blemishes on my face were occurring primarily along my jawline. Origins cleared this problem area. My skin is soft and supple. My pores appear smaller.

I suggest using the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion (feels more like a toner). Follow it up with the Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Advance Face Serum. Don't mind spending a little more? Add the Mega Mushroom Face Cleanser and Soothing Face Lotion.

Shea Moisture Problem Skin Facial Washes & Scrubs gently exfoliate the skin while releasing healing properties into the pores. They promote balance to moody skin. The combination of minerals purify and redefine the appearance to reveal a rejuvenated, healthy glow.

The great thing about Shea Moisture is there are a variety of infused minerals that address your skin issues. The luxurious effects of Shea Moisture far exceed its price point.

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Night Intense Retexturizing Moisturizer prevents those fine lines and wrinkles. It lives up to its name. It retexturized my skin to help it appear younger and more supple. I receive a lot of questions about what I do to look so fresh. This moisturizer deserves some of the credit.

My skin was difficult to manage. But when it misbehaved I never hid from it nor will I ever. I discover what works for me. I care for it and I keep it moving. My skin does not define me. I'm fabulous whether it cooperates or not.

Confidence looks good all day, every day. Beautiful skin is a confidence booster. Take good care of it.


Smooth Moves

I used to have prettier feet, but now I have feet that have worn too many wrong-fitting pumps and platforms.

I love to pamper my piggies with Carol's Daughter Sage and Shea Foot Butter. It's rejuvenating after ending a long day with a warm bath.

I apply it when I can kick back and relax. I slip on a pair of footies to help my feet absorb the moisture of the Shea Butter, the cooling sensation of the Sage, and Rosemary Essential Oils.

A less expensive, everyday, super effective lotion is Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Foot Cream infused with Aloe. This stuff really works. It penetrates fast, and it's non-greasy. I noticed a big difference after only one use. I haven't tried the Gold Bond Ultimate Pedi Smooth. It's popular because it's never in stock at Walmart. It extends your pedicure with an exfoliating complex and 7 intensive moisturizers to condition and soften your feet.

I coat my hands in Vaseline and slip on moisturizing gloves for a couple of hours (works for feet as well). This does the trick to hydrate and soften. Or you can use a pair of footies on your hands.

A constant in my beauty routine is the Shea Moisture Hand & Body Scrub available at your favorite drugstore. You can purchase it in a variety of minerals and scents at a reasonable price.

My favorite is Sacha Inchi Oil Omega 3,6,9 (builds a nourishing moisture barrier) Rescue Hand & Body Scrub. That's a lot of label for a jar. But this product lives up to it.

It's pure. Grainy, but not abrasive. Other infused minerals are Quinoa-rich in protein and vitamins. And Rose of Jericho extracts draw in and hold moisture. When you use this product, you'll have a wonderful emollient (not oily or slippery) left on your hands and skin.

This formula is for dry to extra dry skin.

I use it on my knees, elbows, and under my arms at least 3 times a week to gently remove dead skin cells and deodorant residue. I use all my favorites from the HUGE collection for skin and hair when I want to feel extra pampered.

The best shave cream is Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel. It's rich and lives up to its promise to smooth the skin.It helps prevent razor bumps. Added bonus: the more you shave the lighter hair reappears.

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel is a jewel of a discovery. I abandoned this product for other brands because I loved the scent only to return to Aveeno Shave Gel. It has a light, pleasant scent.

No other shave cream or gel works as well for me.

Body Party

Beautiful skin is always in. There is a billion dollar industry that is constantly creating products that promise you hard-to-resist, sexy skin.

I recently discovered the cure to my dry skin. It's reasonably priced, luxurious and it works. Especially for quick movers like me.

Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion is magic in a tube. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is also effective for smooth, hydrated skin. It's available in a variety of infused essential oils.

I also like Neutrogena Body Oil, but Nivea and Jergens moisturizers are better priced and just as effective on my dry skin.

I apply it to my wet skin right after I shower.

Then I air dry. You may not like to air dry. It took some getting use to for me. I pat lightly with a towel to help the process.

My dry skin transitioned into dewy wonderfulness in about two weeks.

I include more natural products into my daily beauty routine.

I use to love those super scented body washes that are very easy on the coins. Now I use Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shea Butter Soap.

It's a budget friendly beauty bar indeed. Infused with healing, moisturizing properties of the Shea Butter are Coconut Oil, Hibiscus, and Songyi Mushroom.

The Coconut Oil helps to maintain skin's suppleness. It aids in reducing fine lines.

The Hibiscus is an anti-inflammatory and an astringent agent. It improves the skin's tone and texture. Pores appear smaller.

Songyi Mushroom brightens and tones. It helps to reduce inflammation, irritation, and hyperpigmentation.

This brand is wonderful in the facial wash, mask, and moisturizer as well.

Sample all the body bars and discover your favorites.

These are a few of my favorite things that help me look and feel beautiful. They set the tone for beautiful makeup, hair, and attitude.

These brands have proven faithful for me and they don't cost the equivalent of small island off the coast of wherever.

Women love beauty brands. We're always looking for the thing to solve our beauty issue.

I hope something I've recommended helps to make your day, your skin, and your hair just a little bit brighter.

A Beautiful Homage To Every Woman

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