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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Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6 from Sephora
My mother introduced me to this product when I was in middle school, telling me it had been one of her favorites for years. I fell in love with the just-strong-enough rose scent, and it's been a staple ever since. Though I tend to use it mostly as a conditioning lip balm, it's actually a multi-purpose balm. Use it as a lotion, a cuticle softener and even a blemish blaster. It also does wonders on rashes.