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10 Ways to Update Your Winter Beauty Look on a Tight Budget

Dec 24 2016 - 7:11am

The drastic drop in temperature come January requires a beauty arsenal reboot (can you say polar vortex?). We're trading our silky lotions for creamy body butters, astringent toners for hydrating facial essences [1], lip glosses for matte lipsticks, and so on. But that doesn't mean we're blowing a whole paycheck on updating our makeup bag, though. We've found 10 Winter essentials that don't cost more than $10 — and trust us, they look chic, not cheap. Click through to discover your new beauty obsessions.

TokyoMilk Dark Clove Cigarette Lip Balm

With the brisk winds of Winter come dried-out, chapped lips. It's essential to hydrate because a supple pout is the perfect foundation for the season's dark lipsticks. Slick on this spicy TokyoMilk Dark Clove Cigarette Lip Balm [2] ($7) to nourish your lips with bee balm, aloe, and vitamin E. It's so addictive that you'll want one for every jacket pocket!

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Smoothing Serum

Gone are the days of your hair looking greasy and fried — instead, you have to worry about frizz, flyaways, static, and wind destroying your coif. Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Smoothing Serum [3] ($6) tames unruly strands without making your hair oily.

Dr. Jart's Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask

One of our favorite Winter beauty trends is a more matte face, but be careful! Dry skin is more prone to looking old and wrinkly. Lock in serious hydration with Dr. Jart's Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask [4] ($9). It's packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid to plump your skin.

Alba Botanica's Very Emollient Body Lotion

Scratchy sweaters and dry Winter air are leaving your skin feeling a little tight and uncomfortable. Alba Botanica's Very Emollient Body Lotion [5] ($6) is light enough that you don't feel slimy, but it still quenches your skin. It's hypoallergenic and unscented, too, meaning it's perfect for sensitive, eczema-ridden skin [6].

Elf Studio HD Blush

Cream blush is not only more natural-looking than powder formulas, but it also hydrates your skin. A little goes a long way with a deep hue like Elf Studio HD Blush in Showstopper [7] ($3). Use your fingers or a stippling blush to apply and blend thoroughly for a flushed, chic cheek.

Boots Botanics Hand Cream

You need a thick, nourishing hand cream when Winter rolls around to protect the skin on your hands (and don't forget your cuticles!). This luscious Boots Botanics Soothing Hand Cream [8] ($9) contains shea butter and almond oil to leave skin feeling soft and prevent pesky, painful cracking.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon

When we picture Winter beauty, the star is always a dark, dramatic lip. The deep red of Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard [9] ($9) dries to a matte finish but is formulated with shea butter and olive oil to keep lips silky smooth.

L'Oréal's Ideal Moisture Dry Skin Day Lotion

You need to protect your skin all year-round, not just when you're at seaside barbecues in the Summer months. L'Oréal's Ideal Moisture Dry Skin Day Lotion [10] ($7) contains SPF 25 and immediately softens skin. But don't worry — it's noncomedogenic, so you won't have to worry about breakouts.

Maybelline's Master Kajal

A sultry, smudgy, come-hither gaze is always in style, but it looks especially hot with flushed, windburned cheeks and a chunky-knit sweater. The shape of Maybelline's Master Kajal [11] ($8) makes it supereasy to line the insides of your eyelids for a huge boost in sex appeal.

OPI With a Nice Finn-ish

There's just something so sophisticated about a metallic manicure when it's paired with a fur jacket. Try OPI With a Nice Finn-ish [12] ($10) to make your nails look like you're wearing jewelry.

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