Beauty Essentials: Hair and Body

Brush. Iron. Style. File. Protect. Remove. Sounds a little intimidating, right? Sometimes that is exactly what establishing a beauty routine is intimidating. It is more than just make-up and skin care; there are many more steps, products, and gadgets out there, so figuring out what you need–and don’t need–can be a little overwhelming. It’s important though; how you treat and what you use on your hair, face, body, and nails affect what you will look like five, ten, even fifteen years from now.

Similar to part 1 of Beauty Essentials, we have both a low-cost product and investment products. You might have to try a few different brands until you find the one that works for you. Trust us, once you find the right fit, your beauty routine will never be the same.

1. Paddle Brush

BUDGET: The Body Shop Paddle Hairbrush, $6
INVEST: Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, $20

2. Round Brush
BUDGET: Spornette Porcupine Rounder Brush, $6.95
INVEST: Sephora Boar Round Brush, $22

3. Comb
BUDGET: Nexxus Style Effexx Detangler Comb, $4.99
INVEST: Mason Pearson Detangling Comb, $29

4. Blow Dryer
BUDGET: Revlon 875 Watt Tourmaline Ionic Lightweight Dryer, $19.99
INVEST: Parlux 3200 Compact 1900 Watts Hair Dryer, $124

5. Straightening Iron
BUDGET: Sephora Tourmaline Flat Iron, $48
INVEST: T3 Luminous Tourmaline Flat Iron, $99

6. Curling Iron
BUDGET: Belson Mega Hot Nano Ceramic Curling Iron, $24.99
INVEST: Drybar The 3-Day Bender Curling Iron, $125

7. Shampoo and Conditioner
BUDGET: Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo and Conditioner, $25 each
INVEST: Giovanni Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, $8.49 and $7.99

8. Dry Shampoo
BUDGET: Acure Dry Shampoo, $12.99
INVEST: Drybar Detox Shampoo, $20

9. Hair Spray
BUDGET: Beauty Without Cruelty Hair Spray, $8.63
INVEST: Aveda “Air Control” Hair Spray, $24

10. Anti-Frizz Serum
BUDGET: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Serum, $7.07
INVEST: Davines Momo Anti-Frizz Fluid, $22

11. Heat Protector
BUDGET: Frizz-Ease Ultra Violet & Thermal Protection, $6.75
INVEST: Kerastasae Nutritive Nectar Thermique Leave-In, $38

12. Makeup Remover
BUDGET: Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing and Makeup Remover, $6.79
INVEST: Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover, $25

13. Body Scrub
BUDGET: Tree Hut Lavender and Chamomile Body Scrub, $6.99
INVEST: Nars Skin Double Refining Exfoliator, $34

14. Self Tanner
BUDGET: Jergens Natural Glow and Protect SPF 20, $8.49
INVEST: Clarins Self Tanning Milk SPF 6, $35

15. Sunscreen
BUDGET: Alba Botanica Very Emolliant Sunscreen, $8.88
INVEST: Supergoop Continuous Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $19

16. Lip Balm
BUDGET: Alba Hawaiian Lip Balm, $2.99
INVEST: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, $22.50

17. Makeup Brushes
BUDGET: Sephora Skinny Brush Wrap, $36
INVEST: Bobbi Brown Luxe Brush Set, $125

18. Manicure Kit
BUDGET: Cheeky 10 pc Manicure Set, $11.99
INVEST: Sephora Deluxe Manicure Kit, $30

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