Beauty lovers know better than just about anyone that keeping our favorite products stocked is a critical part of staying in cosmic alignment. Much like chipping your fresh manicure, or getting a haircut that doesn't exactly suit your face shape, running out of your go-to beauty staples is a quick way to throw off your entire routine.
The solution? Keeping several of those holy-grail items on hand so as to never experience the dissonance of having to skip a single step in your curated beauty ritual. We all have those beauty splurge moments, of course, but the key to smart shopping is stocking up on the affordable finds when you can. I absolutely swear by this practice for seamless daily grooming.
To get you started on the road to beauty hoarderdom (totally kidding!), I've rounded up the best affordable skin, makeup, hair and nail items I buy in droves. Check them out ahead, and be sure to get your stock right ASAP.
$10 and under:
A curved brush with sturdy bristles makes for a prime separating and lengthening mascara situation. At just $5 a pop, this one from Maybelline is a great option to buy in bulk to keep in your gym bag, in your desk at work, and anywhere else where you might need to touch-up.
This popular hand cream is more like a salve, and it coats your hands to protect them from drying factors like extreme weather, water, and other forms of skin-harming manual manipulation. Buy a few to distribute throughout the house to keep your hands moisturized in every room.
This device's silicone prongs are just firm enough to make an impact but also soft enough that they'll never cause abrasions or irritation. Pro tip: Keep one in the shower to help get to your roots while shampooing your hair, and one in your nightstand for some relaxing head massages before bed.
Not only are these muslin cloths wonderful for providing light exfoliation and elevating your overall face0washing experience, but they can also replace single-use makeup remover wipes if you're looking to make your skincare routine more sustainable.
I'm not too proud to admit that single-use hair treatments may feel a little excessive in the packaging department, but they sure do make for excellent portion control. Especially for those with thick and textured hair types, an individual portion like this is great for ensuring that you don't accidentally use half a jar of a *very* expensive treatment all at once. Keep these on deck for those instances where you want to treat yourself to a luxe deep conditioning.
$20 and under:
This multi-use salve is well worth its affordable price tag, and even more so since it offers so much utility. As demonstrated by countless makeup artists and skin whisperers, you can apply it literally anywhere, and it's sure to offer soothing moisture from head to toe.
You never realize how much you need a collection of portable, LED light mirrors until you're stuck touching up your makeup under the harsh fluorescent lights in the office, or worse, in your dark car. Keeping a couple of these on hand might just save you some unfortunate makeup mishaps.
In a world where $300 HA serums exist, having a $16 option that actually gets the job done is a real blessing. This one has more than a thousand five-star reviews on Amazon, so I was fairly certain it would become one of my favorites even before I tried it out.
Don't let the price tag fool you: This powerful little potion is legit. It contains a very similar antioxidant blend to a beloved (and much pricier) version that graces the vanities of just about every beauty editor I know. Being that this one is so inexpensive, I love to travel with it, so that in the event that the bottle breaks, or it gets confiscated by TSA, I won't be quite as devastated.
This gorgeous lip tint is like two products in one. On the one hand, it's a soothing and deeply hydrating lip balm packed with hyaluronic acid and active botanicals. And on the other, it's a beautiful lip tint that imparts the perfect amount of flush. You'll want a couple of shades and maybe even the clear version for your collection.
$30 and under:
There are so many luxurious facial oil blends on the market, but sometimes it's nice to get back to basics with individual oils you know will interact well with your skin. Rosehip oil is incredibly soothing, moisturizing, and plays nicely on most skin types. It's also a great carrier oil, if you want to mix in essential oils or other nutritious skin ingredients to make your own tailored treatment oil.
So $25 isn't exactly cheap, but this clean body wash is so worth the extra coin. It's loaded with all the good stuff our skin loves, like vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils to keep your entire body feeling clean but not stripped. It lasts longer than you might think based on the size of the bottle. (Or maybe the price tag just inspires a subconscious conservation effort.)
You just can't get a proper full-glam beat without this OG makeup artist favorite. It locks in concealer and brightens up the face like you wouldn't believe. You might not think $26 is cheap, but I should also mention that I've only ever had to re-up on my supply of this world-class product a handful of times over the course of the last decade.
$40 and under:
From makeup artists to editors, this fragrant face cream is yet another French pharmacy favorite you'll want to keep in ample supply. It's wonderful under makeup or on its own, and a dime-sized amount will leave your entire face and neck feeling supple and smooth.
This multitasking face and body gloss is truly instant glow in a tube. It's not exactly cheap, but just a dab goes such an incredibly long way. I have it in two shades and truly believe that I'd have to cover my entire body several times over just to empty my supply.
$50 and under:
Sheet masks are one of those skincare practices that feels extra indulgent, because you can't really do anything else while wearing them. You're forced just sit there and soak up the luxury. What a life. Keeping multiples in your beauty collection will help you slow down and treat yourself a little more this year.
This modeling mask is an important part of my Sunday evening ritual. The box contains four treatments, so they really only cost about $5 a piece. Considering how incredibly plump and hydrated they make your face look and feel, I'd say that's a few bucks well spent.
This adorably chic hand lotion pod is a piece of the iconic heritage brand you can buy without putting a savings plan in place first.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.