10 Hair & Beauty Favorites Under $30

Hallelujah, we made it through the week my friends. Whoot whoot!! How are you guys? I feel like we haven’t chatted in a while. I was thinking I need to do a little life update post to just share some things that have been going on lately and chat about a few ideas that have been swirling around in my head. Nothing serious, but just some things that I’d like to talk about. You guys know I’m a talker. Some might even call me a rambler. And honestly I’m ok with that, because it’s true. I like to talk through my feelings. My husband is so lucky, he gets to listen to me ramble every single day. And he loves it. (kidding!) Anyway, today I’m in the mood to chat about some fun things like hair and beauty products, so I’ve rounded up 10 of my absolute favorites and they’re all under $30. This is random mix of things–some are fairly new to me and some are products I’ve been using for years. Grab your coffee and let’s hop to it!

Hair and Beauty Favorites Under $30

Living Proof Dry Volume Blast--I recently started using this volume blast spray from Living Proof and I have been loving it. It’s basically like using dry shampoo, but it gives my hair a ton of volume and texture. Plus it smells amazing, which is nice too.

Dior 3D Triple Volume Lash Primer–OK, I have to confession. I really, really want eyelash extensions. I think they are SO pretty, but dang they are crazy expensive. A full set around here is at least $200 and many are closer to $300. Then you have to get them filled every two weeks! I’ve done lash lifts in the past, which I loved, but those run about $80 and I think they’re kind of damaging to my lashes. So I’ve found a cheaper alternative that I’ve been loving lately. This Dior lash primer is AMAZING and it seriously makes my lashes look 3x bigger. I just apply one thick coat right before my mascara. And I don’t use it every day, but when I do it makes a HUGE difference. It helps keep my lashes curled all day and they look so much thicker too. I’m obsessed. And at less than $30, it’s an awesome alternative to lash extensions or a lash lift.

NYX Butter Gloss–One of the most common questions I get over on Instagram stories is about my lip color. Well, 95% of the time it’s nothing but my beloved NYX butter gloss in the shade Cream Brûlée. This stuff is my go-to lip product and it’s only $4. I looooooove it. I like to keep a tube on me at all times, which means at any given point I own 312 tubes of this stuff.

Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Volume Gel–I’ve been using this volumizing gel for about 5 years now and I LOVE it. It’s what I use every single time I round brush my hair and blow it out. It’s great because it adds volume without weighing my hair down. I use a dime size amount on my wet hair and it works like a charm. And less than $10 too!

Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush PowderI’ve used this setting powder for several months now and I love it. It makes my skin look smooth and soft, plus it also helps my makeup stay on longer. And it doesn’t break me out, which is a HUGE plus.

Crest 3d WhiteStrips--I recently had to whiten my teeth before a dental procedure I needed done on one of my front teeth. I used these whitening strips and I LOVE them. I actually use these about once a year and they always do a great job. And they’re super affordable too!

Tarte Leave Your Mark Eyeshadow Palette–I mentioned this in a Friday Favorites post recently, but I have to include it in this list because I love it so much. This palette is what I’ve been using every single day for about two months now. It’s perfect because it has shades that work for both day and night time. You can do a brown smokey eye for a dramatic look or a more natural day-time look with the golden shades. It’s definitely a great buy at $30!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion--Lately I’ve been dealing with some super fun breakouts. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’ve been using this amazing drying lotion to help zap all those pesky little suckers. This stuff is great because you just dab it on any problem spots and leave it overnight. And when you wake up the spot is noticeably smaller. It’s like magic.

Tarte Waterproof Bronzer–This has been my favorite bronzer for SO long now. I love it because it doesn’t break me out and it’s long wearing, which I think is really hard to find when it comes to bronzer. It’s a bit pricey, but I think it’s totally worth it for those two reasons.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation–I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a foundation junkie. Growing up with breakouts and challenging skin, I fell in love with foundation because it helped me feel more confident in my skin. I’ve tried a TON of different foundations over the years and one of my all-time favorites is this one by Clinique. I love this because it’s really affordable for a higher-end foundation and it makes my skin look SO good. It’s full coverage, and most days I don’t even need concealer when I wear it. Plus it doesn’t break me out and it wears pretty well throughout the day too. It’s right under $30, which I think is a great deal.

I had so much fun putting this list together and I hope you enjoyed it too! Thank you SOOOOO much for hanging out with me today on the blog. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I’ll see you right back here bright and early Monday morning.

Here’s a few other lifestyle posts you might enjoy:

My Go-To Volumized Hair: A Step by Step Tutorial

What’s in My Makeup Bag: Favorite Products

My Current Skincare Routine


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  1. Becky wrote:

    Good Friday morning to you Sarah! You are beautiful, so darn cute you wouldn’t need a thing in my book, but I know how it is…….. We and really I mean meeeee….I need help! When age starts to creep up on you….. Ok Boom it’s here we need a little pick me up!!! Thanks great help!! xoxo not you in the age thing me!

    Posted 9.7.18 Reply
  2. Jess wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! I use the same foundation and used to work for clinique. It’s actually a foundation and concealer in one. 🙂

    Posted 9.7.18 Reply
  3. Jess wrote:

    Thank you for sharing! I am definitely getting the eyelash primer. Also, I use the same foundation and used to work for clinique. It’s actually a foundation and concealer in one. 🙂

    Posted 9.7.18 Reply
  4. Jenna Ruddell wrote:

    Instead of Lash Extensions – you need Lash Boost By Rodan+Fields. It’s WAY WAY CHEAPER & gives you the same results – longer, stronger, thicker lashes. I’d love to hook you up. https://jruddell.myrandf.com/

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply

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