20 Beauty Buys Under $20

ESSENCE.com rounded up the 20 best beauty buys this season. We’ve got the cult classics, new faves and editor’s picks. Best of all, every item is practical and under 20 bucks.
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 15, 2008

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A fave of ESSENCE women is Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Intensive Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, $4 each, drugstores nationwide, for keeping our strands cleansed and conditioned.

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Treat your loved ones to Olay Body Wash Plus Body Butter Ribbons With Jojoba Butter, $4, drugstores nationwide. Guaranteed to keep skin soft and moisturized while in the shower or bath.

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To ensure manis and pedis stay in check, sisters love OPI Chip Skip Nail Lacquer Chip Preventor, $10 select department stores nationwide. Your high-maintenance coworker will never complain about chipping nail polish again!

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Celebrity manicurist Lisa Logan relies on Zoya polishes to keep the digits of her red-carpet clients like Solange in check. Solange’s favorite? Zoya Nail Polish in Raven, $6, artofbeauty.com.

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Looking for a lipstick in color ranges for us with long lasting shine? Try Mary Kay Crème Lipstick in Rich Fig, Golden, Gingerbread Black Cherry or Amber Suede, $13 each, Marykay.com . Why not tie a festive ribbon around two or three for a Secret Santa gift?

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Sisters can’t get enough of St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub, about $4, drugstores nationwide. It magnificently exfoliates and thoroughly cleanses with a proven formula.

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Our favorite around-the-way girl gone Hollywood starlet Jada Pinkett Smith is a fan of Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Oil, $8.50, sephora.com, to help keep her tresses healthy and shiny at all times.

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Palmer’s Shea Butter Formula with Vitamin E, about $5, drugstores nationwide, gets rave reviews from readers far and wide. It’s great for healing scars and will be a thoughtful gift with a fresh pair of tube socks for baby-soft tootsies.

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This cult classic has long been a must-have for divas far and wide. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $6, drugstores nationwide, gives lashes that extra pizzazz we all need to complete our look.

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Screen stealer Gabrielle Union keeps her flawless chocolate complexion camera-ready with the help of Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, $5, drugstores nationwide.

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Fashionistas swear by Carmex, about $2.50, drugstores nationwide. It’s a great base for glosses and the tingle makes lips feel renewed. Beauty bonus: Men can use it too.

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Kissable lips are a must with Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lipgloss in Sugar High, Strawberry Fizz, Coconut Craze and Bubble it Up, $7 each,victoriasecret.com Your girlfriends will definitely thank you.

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Miss “Eva the Diva” relies on Ponds Cold Cream for radiant, picture-perfect skin at all times. The damage for this insider beauty buy? $3.14 at drugstore.com.

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Give L’Oreal Paris HIP Shadow Duos in Brazen, Dynamic, Saucy and Charisma, $7 each, drugstores nationwide, to all the divas in your life.

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Beauty editors adore the AMBI Complexion Cleansing Bar, about $2, drugstores nationwide, for its enriching cleansing agents that wash away surface impurities and makeup. It’s a perfect item to include in your book club’s grab bag.

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Ladies, Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel With Lavender, about $4, drugstores nationwide, applied to slightly damp legs has been known to stop traffic. Share the wealth with your best single girlfriends this holiday.

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Who wouldn’t want to shine like Queen Latifah? CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer, about $8, drugstores nationwide, is mineral rich and available in light, brown and ebony, a perfect match for everyone on your list. 

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Even your picky great aunt will appreciate a yummy bar of soap from Nubian Heritage. While an array of scents are available, the invigorating Lemongrass & Tea Tree and ultra-moisturizing Coconut & Papaya, $5 each, <a href=http://www.nubianheritage.com/products/typeid/1/bar-soap target=“_blank” alt="Read">nubianheritage.com are certainly must-tries.

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Wanna thank that someone in your life who never takes any time for herself? Surprise her with a couple of Lush Bath Bombs, about $5 each, <a href=http://www.lushusa.com/cgi-bin/shop/scan/MM=aa221fdb363874ea5ea2c4a86b32fde8:18:35:18.html?mv_more_ip=1&mv_nextpage=catzoom%2findex%2ehtml&pf=sql&mv_arg=&cat=Bath%20Bombs&expand=&sexpand=&itemcount=&sort_field= target=“_blank” alt="Read">lushusa.com and suggest that she take a relaxing bath with the BlackBerry off. Sexy Bomb Bath Bomb and Mr. Butterball Bath Bomb are best-sellers.

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ESSENCE.com rounded up the 20 best beauty buys for this holiday season. We’ve got the cult classics, new faves and editor’s picks that will make perfect stocking stuffers. Or if you’re feeling generous, select a few for the ultimate beauty basket. Best of all, every item is practical and under 20 bucks.