Great Beauty: Top 25 Products Under $25

Let's face it, ladies. Very few of us have the cash flow to splurge on $40 lipsticks and super-fancy designer fragrances. The bright side? You don't have to spend big bucks to score top-notch beauty, body, and hair essentials. Some true gems can be found on the shelves at Target, Walmart, Walgreens or your local drugstore. From a genius lash-lengthening mascara to a foundation that makes you look a decade younger, here are twenty five beautifying products you can get on the cheap -- under twenty five dollars.
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These punchy-bright lip colors give lips a vampy, kissable finish ($9, drugstore.com).

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This creamy, full-coverage foundation stick totally erases imperfections while giving your skin a velvety-soft finish ($13.99, amazon.com).

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This finishing cream calms flyaways, fights frizz and generally transforms hair from dull to dazzling ($3.29, drugstore.com).

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A cult-favorite for good reason, this beloved mascara lengthens, curls and thickens ho-hum lashes ($4.99, drugstore.com).

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Perfect for a night on the town, this eyeshadow palette comes with all the hues you need to create a dangerous smokey eye ($16.99, target.com).

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This groundbreaking formula manages to encourage lash growth while providing fabulous definition ($10.99, ulta.com).

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This bright pink shade is right on trend for spring 2011 — and it looks stunning on brown skin ($14, sears.com)!

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Unlike most anti-dandruff shampoos, this formula gets rid of stubborn flakes while also leaving hair soft and smelling incredible ($9.99, amazon.com).

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This lightweight powder gives skin a flawless matte finish, and it comes in a zillion shades for brown skin ($8.29, drugstore.com)

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This gorgeous eyeshadow trio comes with a applicator designed to define, color and highlight your eyes in one fell swoop ($5, ulta.com).

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This bestselling at-home relaxer kit is loaded with shea butter to leave hair feeling and looking ultra-moisturized ($6.89, cvs.com).

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This sleek silver case comes stocked with a blush/powder brush, eyeshadow brush, angled eyeshadow brush, and a lash/brow comb ($21.99, target.com).

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This sheer lip color hydrates while providing the sheerest hint of a tint ($12, kohls.com).

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This adorable, two-sided palette comes stocked with eyeshadows, a bronzer, lip glosses and lip/cheek shadess — everything you need to look stunning this spring ($8, shop.meetmark.com).

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Spiked with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid, this organic moisturizer helps even out skin tone, hydrate dry skin and unblock pores ($5.38, amazon.com).

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This two-in-one brow pencil and brow gel enhances arches beautifully ($6.48, amazon.com).

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Spritz this cooling, nutrient-rich spray on your scalp after braiding, locking, twisting or weaving for instant relief ($8.95, amazon.com).

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This kit comes with hand-pampering products including: Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème, Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme, Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, and cotton gloves ($13, drugstore.com).

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These soft, creamy blush sticks give cheeks a subtle, glowy pop of color ($3.99, newyorkcolor.com).

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This ultra-pigmented concealer camouflages tattoos, scars, and hyperpigmentation all over the face and body ($7.95, houseofbeautyworld.com).

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These mini false lashes enhance your look in a subtle, “is she or isn’t she?” say ($3.49, drugstore.com).

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Made with pure shea butter and essential oils, this treatment protects hair from heat damage and helps strengthen weak strands ($4.99, drugstore.com).

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This sumptuous cream helps keep the undereye area looking youthful, supple and radiant ($21.24, ulta.com).

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This rich conditioner helps create instant shine without weighing hair down ($7.99, walgreens.com).

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Based on notes of green mango, juicy mandarin and lemon ice, this zesty scent just screams “spring” ($7.99, avon.com).