‘Tis the season to…be financially responsible and stick to a budget? During the holidays, and especially afterwards, finances can get a little tricky and stressful to think about—let alone navigate. Come January, many of us resolve to pack our lunches every day, spend less money on booze, and cut back on online shopping.
But one often neglected (but seriously easy) place to reduce your spending is none other than your bathroom cabinet. There are so many high-quality-yet-affordable beauty brands on the market (hello, The Ordinary and NYX Cosmetics) that rebuilding your entire skincare and makeup routine for under $100 is actually more doable than it’s ever been. In fact, follow our suggestions below and you’ll have seven new products to enjoy in 2019, plus a few dollars left over.
Browse the gallery below to see how to overhaul your beauty routine so it’s cost-efficient while remaining full of great, super effective products that total just $83.89 before taxes.
How to rebuild your entire skincare and makeup routine for under $100
Gentle CleanserThe foundation of any skincare routine is a great cleanser. This one from CeraVe is a cult favourite, and is so gentle that dermatologists have been recommending it for years.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $14.97 at Walmart. Cerave
Everyday MoisturizerThe updated version of Clinique’s iconic Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (you know, the one in the yellow bottle) is an ultra-hydrating, lightweight, oil-free jelly that’s perfect for all skin types.
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, $19 at Sephora. Clinique
Matte FoundationThis NYX foundation has rave reviews for its matte, full-coverage finish and great price point. The oil-free, water-based formula is comfortable and won’t budge throughout the day. Plus it comes in 30 shades!
NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation, $11 at NYX. NYX
Vitamin C SerumIf you use only one serum in your routine, make it a vitamin C serum. The Ordinary’s 8% Ascorbic Acid (aka vitamin C) is mixed with 2% Alpha Arbutin (double the standard 1% concentration that’s in most serums). The vitamin C brightens skin and Alpha Arbutin tackles uneven skin tone and dark spots. What more could you ask for from a $10 (!!!) serum?
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%, $10 at The Ordinary. The Ordinary
SPFYou didn’t think we’d forget about SPF, did you? Sure, there are cheaper sunscreens than this $17 Neutrogena pick, but the best sunscreen is the one you’ll actually wear, and as far as comfort goes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better SPF on the market. It’s extremely thin and moisturizing and doesn’t leave a white cast. Plus, it smells so pleasant you’ll actually want to re-apply throughout the day.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50, $16.97 at Walmart. Neutrogena
All-Purpose Multi-StickA multi-stick you can use on your eyes, lips and cheeks, and then throw in your bag with no risk of it breaking or leaking? Check, check and check.
Wet n’ Wild Megaglo Makeup Stick in “Floral Majority,” $5.97 at Walmart. Wet N' Wild
Volumizing MascaraA foolproof everyday mascara, for only $6, this Hard Candy pick won’t clump or flake, and is buildable so you can choose how intense (or not) you’d like to go.
Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Coloured Mascara in “Jet Black,” $5.98 at Walmart. Hard Candy