Daily Dose of Design: Best Skincare Finds Under $50

Monday, August 20, 2018

Best Skincare Finds Under $50

Even if you love a good dupe and love to save where ever you can (who doesn't?) there's some things you should spend the extra money on, one of them being your skincare products. I'm a firm believer that you should buy what's best for your skin and individual needs and if it means spending a little extra to get something that really makes a difference, then it's worth it. That being said, there's so many great and affordable skincare products out there that don't break the bank, even if you are looking for a "holy grail" product that you'll love and that's going to do your skin wonders! These picks are all under $50 and are worth every penny:

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1. Watermelon Juice Moisturizer: I've been skeptical of this and I'm not sure why, but I got a sample to try before purchasing and I really, really like it! It's very hydrating and cooling - it's my favorite moisturizer to use after being in the sun just because it makes me feel so refreshed. Don't even get me started on the incredible smell!

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2. Glam Glow Mud Mask: if you haven't tried a GLAMGLOW mask yet, you are missing out! They're awesome and this is another product/brand I wasn't sure if the hype was worth it, but it is. It makes your face feel and look so refreshed! It's great to do once a week or a few times a month.

3. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydration Set: it's no secret that all I do is talk about the Moisture Surge line but I promise it's for good reason! This is the moisturizer I use daily and it is the absolute best. I included this set because it's an awesome deal - I like getting beauty buys at Sephora to rack up the points, but when it comes to Clinique ALWAYS check Macy's because they have great promotions almost always. This set is $39 - which is the same price as one tub of the moisturizer - and you get the moisturizer, overnight mask and eye cream. You basically get two full sized products for free!

4. Charcoal Sheet Mask: these sheet masks are the BEST ever! I love them all, but included this new charcoal one here because it works wonders for your skin! I also love this hydrating sleep sheet mask and this green tea one!

5. OLEKENRIKSEN Moisturizer: this is a great moisturizer if you're not looking to spend a lot, but want to see results. I used the entire tub (0.5 oz) in about 2 months when using it nightly and it made my skin softer and reduced any cheek redness (used it during the colder months earlier this year!) over that time period. Highly recommend - it's affordable and works great.

6. Clinique Eye De-Puffing Serum: say goodbye to tired, puffy eyes because this stuff is incredible! It's been especially great on vacations when you maybe don't get enough sleep, or have trouble sleeping away or at home. It's VERY cooling and very moisturizing for your eyes, so even if you don't deal with puffiness this is still great to use to soothe around your eyes.

7. Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Hydrating Gel: I don't want to call this a lotion, but it also is more than just a gel... Either way, it's heavenly and it's another one of those products I talk way too much about. But hey, at least you know how much I really love and recommend it. ;)

Read more about how much I love this stuff and when I use it most here!

8. Kopari Coconut Melt: you can use this coconut melt as a moisturizer, eye product, hair conditioner, shaving cream, in the bath... Should I continue? Because the list goes on and on! It's basically coconut oil 2.0 and it's a skin/hair/everything must buy.

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9. Rose Facial Roller: the more I've seen about facial rollers, the more I've wanted one and then I realized they are SO necessary. This is definitely one of the best beauty tools you could ever buy/would ever need! It's similar to the popular jade roller and it's great for toning, smoothing and refreshing your skin. It can be used to massage your serum into your skin or even over a sheet mask. I've been loving putting it in the freezer before using it - sooo cooling on your skin!

10. Fresh Deep Hydration Toner: this is one of those products that you don't really think you need to have, and then you try it and you don't know how you didn't always use it! It's beyond soothing and feels incredible on your skin.

11. Clarisonic Mia 2: this is by far the best cleansing brush ever. I know you've likely seen this before, but if you haven't gotten one yet - you have to! Nothing makes me feel better, my skin cleaner or more refreshed than when I use this. It's easy to travel with and completely necessary to use every day!

12. COOLA Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion: I just tried this and think I need to add it to my list of sunburn must haves! It's extremely cooling and a perfect post-sun product. Even if you aren't (which I hope you're not!) burned, this is a great product to have for the summer months or to bring on beach trips.

13. PTR Firming Peeling Gel: my favorite, go-to exfoliant by FAR. It doesn't dry you out like many exfoliators do and it just leaves your face feeling so clean. It's the best ever!

14. COOLA Sun Silk Drops: apply these to your face post being in the sun to help avoid aging later on. I've always been very mindful of sun safety and this is just another product that'll enhance your skincare routine, especially after being in the sun.

15. Ice Face Roller: this will be the best $12 you've spent in a long, long time! While it's awesome for soothing your skin, it's also really been a game changer for me when dealing with a headache. It's an all around great product and not one you'd expect for so cheap. Get this asap!

16. Dead Sea Mud Mask: this is a $9 mud mask that you can have shipped Prime and have it in two days, and will become your new favorite mask. Seriously. It's that good!

17. Coconut Water Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes: I'm kind of picky when it comes to what I use to take my makeup off and I normally won't use any other cleansing wipe than these Garnier wipes (love them for sensitive skin!) but these have been great and are such a good price!

18. Drunk Elephant Marula Oil: ok, you've likely heard the hype about this facial oil but it's for very good reason... This is the #1 skincare product for nearly every skin concern and will work absolute wonders on your skin. It is pricier, but it's worth it and this smaller size is $40 - I included it because it does so much good for your skin that you could occasionally use solely this and be good to go when it comes to daily skincare! You need such a little bit when you use it that this mini size is still well worth it.



  1. I agree! Clinique and Hawaiian tropic are always on my list!

  2. That rose facial roller sounds heavenly, as well as the other moisturizers you listed. I'm always looking for new skincare products.

  3. The Clinique Moisture Surge is my go-to moisturizer! I've repurchased it so many times. I always use the GlamGlow mud mask when I have breakouts!

  4. Oooh I love anything coconut so that Kopari product sounds up my alley!

    xoxo A

    1. I'm obsessed with coconut too!! <3 Have you tried the charcoal mask? It's highly recommended.


  5. I've been dying to try that ice roller! These are all great picks!

  6. Clinique is one of my faves! Thanks for this awesome round up!

  7. Thanks for sharing these! Or maybe I shouldn't say thank you.... because I'm a skincare junkie and I want them all haha!

  8. I have wanted to try that charcoal sheet mask! Love all of these recommendations!

  9. Loooove those wipes! Great for cleaning your face when you don't want to go through your whole routine haha.

  10. I love anything Clinique, and their moisture surge is incredible!! But as I was looking though the list I kept thinking, “oooh I want that... and that... and that..” lol

  11. Clinique was my first ever skincare line! And makeup, too! My mom was all about Clinique while I was growing up. I think that eye serum might be new, though – I love the packaging! I also reaaaally want to try the Kopari coconut melt for my hair!

  12. Great skincare list, I have a few already in my collection that you mentioned :)

  13. these are all so good! love the list!

  14. I am dying to try the Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturizer! I bet it smells amazing!

  15. Number 15 sounds interesting. I have never heard of an ice roller. I get migraines and it sounds very comforting.

  16. All of these products sound amazing!! I've heard so many good reviews about Drunk Elephant as well...definitely need to try this Marula oil!

    cute & little

  17. I'm all about products under $50! I want to try the Clinique ones.

  18. Clinque is one of my favorite brands, they have a really great line for ance!

  19. Peter Thomas Roth products are my absolute favorite! I also just tried those Sephora coconut wipes and like them! I need that roller!

    xo, L | ChangeWithUsBlog.com

  20. Love my Clarisonic - was a total game changer for my skincare routine! These products are awesome - thanks for sharing!!!

  21. Great picks! I LOVE that Fresh Rose toner, it's a skin/life changing product!!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  22. I definitely agree with the Clarisonic and the GlamGlow! I've never tried the others, but now I'm dreadfully curious. Guess I'm heading to Sephora ;)

  23. Clinique has so many great products that I love! Totally checking out a lot of these soon.

  24. The Clinique moisture surge has been my go-to for years! It works so well!

  25. This is such a great list, I love the Clinque and Fresh brands!

  26. I've tried a few of these, but I must try the others!

  27. I'm really familiar with Clinique products and absolutely love them. I can't wait to check out the others though :)

  28. I really need a rolller in my life. Coola and Clinique are such a great skincare brands!

  29. Love these! Such great picks! Some of my favorite beauty products are drugstore finds!

  30. i am all for good beauty products for under $50! what steals - thanks for sharing!

  31. GlamGlow is THE BEST. I got a Sephora sample of their 1-minute purple pore mask and it's pretty incredible.
    Tori || Victori Media

  32. Oooh what a great selection! I love the Charcoal mask!

    xo, Whitney

  33. I have recently become so obsessed with manual skin rollers! It blows my mind that something so simple can make such a monumental difference.

  34. I love these! I use sooo many of these products already... I swear by Clinique! I definitely just got a jade roller and I am obsessed!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  35. Clinique and GlamGlow are such great beauty brands. Affordable too! Love them. xo, Suzanne

  36. Great article. Useful and informative. I got some good ideas about this topic. Thanks for sharing this post. Cheers!

  37. That being said, there's so many great and affordable skincare products out there that don't break the bank, even if you are looking for a "holy grail" product that you'll love and that's going to do your skin wonders! These picks are all under $50 and are worth every penny
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