I have no problem investing mega moolah in a product that’s absolutely, truly phenomenal. However, when I find a stop-the-presses beauty product that’s brag-worthy and cheap as heck, I know my life has changed for the better.

Over the course of my beauty writing career, I’ve tried roughly a bajillion products. Some cost hundreds of dollars for only a few ounces and were not worth their packaging; others were so affordable and amazing that I got an overwhelming urge to run back to the store and buy them out.

The following products are not just my cheapie favorites, but they’ve been my favorites for many years, some since childhood. Check them out and let me know what your personal, long-time favorites are in the comment section below.

Let These Affordable Beauty Products Change Your Life!

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Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Dr. Pepper Lip Gloss

Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Dr. Pepper Lip Gloss, $1.99 from Drugstore.com
Brittany Murphy, may she rest in peace, gave an interview to a beauty magazine years ago where she talked about the items she kept in her purse. At first, I was befuddled over the fact that a grown woman kept a tube of Dr. Pepper lip gloss in her bag, but for $2 I decided to give it a go. Ladies: this one's a must-own. The sheer red color enhances your lip's natural pigment, creating that "I've just made out for an hour" lip glow.