Favorite facial brush
The Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System consists of a two-speed facial cleansing brush and an exfoliating renewal cleanser that offers the same quality and effectiveness as competing department store brands at a fraction of the price. Designed by dermatologists to cleanse skin six times better than basic cleansing, this system retails for around $33 and comes with a money-back guarantee. (Olay, $33)
Best daily sunscreen
Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock (Drugstore.com, $10) is an absolute best-buy when it comes to general-use, daily sunscreens. It comes with an SPF of 55 and it provides UVA/UVB protection. Plus, it’s just as gentle on skin and as fast absorbing as many of the higher-end brands, and it dries with a matte finish that lasts all day.
Great for on-the-go
Garnier Nutritionist Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes (Garnier, $6) are oil-free and completely convenient for removing makeup and for cleansing skin at home or on-the-go. Made with vitamins B5 and E, along with green leaf extract, they detoxify skin without drying you out. They will leave your skin feeling fresh without leaving your wallet empty!
The cost for lip treatments and plumpers can run the gamut, costing anywhere from $20 to $50 at most department stores. Cake Delicious Kisser Lip Plumpers (AmeriLifeVitamin.com, $6) are much less of an investment, come in several fun flavors — like cookie dough, angel food, red velvet and devil's food — and they are so much fun. The Cake Delicious tingling gloss contains moisturizers, conditioners and vitamins E and C to help give lips a fuller, more youthful appearance. Did we mention they taste like cake?
Best blemish treatment
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (Burt's Bees, $8) is an all-natural skin treatment that combines tea tree leaf oil with willowbark — a natural source of salicylic acid — to remove oil and to clean pores. In addition, it contains healing herbs like Calendula to help soothe skin and reduce inflammation. Gentle but fast acting, this is the perfect item to take care of small skin emergencies in a pinch.