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25 Award-Winning Beauty Products Under $10

Little fact about me: My first gig in the magazine industry was working on the SELF Healthy Beauty Awards — so I have a soft spot for it every year, considering I know how much work goes into it. (A lot of work, people.)

SELF recently announced their 2012 winners, with top picks from from anti-agers to bar soap. (Almost 100 winners in total.) Here are SELF’s picks for award-winning beauty products that cost less than $10:


  • Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract 1 of 25
    Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
    One SELF tester noted the towelette's great smell and effective results. And I'm sure SELF loved the botanical ingredients.
    Buy here for $6
  • Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Hydrating Facial Cleanser 2 of 25
    Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Hydrating Facial Cleanser
    This won SELF's "Best Hydrating Cleanser" category
    Buy here for $6
  • Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick 3 of 25
    Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Spot Stick
    SELF's winner for "Best Acne Spot Treatment" is made with natural ingredients! Yes!
    Buy it here for $9.99
  • Rimmel London Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lipgloss 4 of 25
    Rimmel London Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lipgloss
    The 2012 winner for "Best Long-Wear Lip Gloss" can be found in your drugstore's aisle — and it costs 5 bucks, people.
    Buy it here for $5
  • Ulta Beauty Brilliance Color Lip Gloss 5 of 25
    Ulta Beauty Brilliance Color Lip Gloss
    I've never heard of this brand, but it must be good to win the overall "Best Lip Gloss" category. One SELF tester swears it isn't sticky at all. And although it usually costs $8 (under $10!), it's now on sale for 3 DOLLARS! Go! Buy! Now!
    Buy it here for $3
  • Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eye Shadow 6 of 25
    Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eye Shadow
    Another drugstore beauty pick landing in a top spot. Landing the esteemed "Best Eyeshadow" spot, one SELF tester said that this eyeshadow seems pricier than it is. And SELF noted that this eyeshadow was spotted all over Spring Fashion Week.
    Buy it here for $5
  • NYX Cosmetics Slide on Pencil 7 of 25
    NYX Cosmetics Slide on Pencil
    Move over Chanel, this year's Best Eye Pencil goes to an $8 smudgeproof pencil with a long-lasting, easy-glide formula.
    Buy it here for $8
  • Maybelline New York Volum’ Express One by One Mascara 8 of 25
    Maybelline New York Volum' Express One by One Mascara
    I almost picked up this mascara the last time I was at the drugstore, and now I regret my hesitation. Winning the "Best Volumizing Mascara" spot, I should know better than to question Maybelline's mascara.
    Buy it here for $8
  • CoverGirl LashBlast 4HR Mascara 9 of 25
    CoverGirl LashBlast 4HR Mascara
    For $1 more, this mascara will keep your mascara put without causing the well-known "raccoon eye" look. The SELF tester claimed that one coat kept her mascara looking fresh from morning to night.
    Buy it here for $9
  • Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter 10 of 25
    Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter
    SELF originally introduced me to Sonia Kashuk makeup, and I've been a fan ever since. So I was happy to see this affordable highlighter land the top "Best Highlighter" spot. (Perfect for summer!)
    Buy it here for $10
  • Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel 11 of 25
    Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel
    Treatment on one end, concealer on the other — and it's affordable!
    Buy it here for $10
  • Shatter by OPI (for only $9!) 12 of 25
    Shatter by OPI (for only $9!)
    If you're looking for the best shatter nail polish, you just can't beat OPI. And SELF testers agree.
    Read more here
  • Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color + Care 13 of 25
    Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color + Care
    Beating out the more-expected OPI and Essie, affordable Sally Hansen took the win for "Best Nail Polish" this year.
    Buy it here for $6
  • Essie No Chips Ahead Chip-Free Top Coat 14 of 25
    Essie No Chips Ahead Chip-Free Top Coat
    But Essie wasn't left out of the list completely, landing in the "Best Top Coat" category.
    Buy it here for $8
  • Jergens Natural Glow & Protect 15 of 25
    Jergens Natural Glow & Protect
    A consistent SELF favorite, this color-building lotion is updated with protective SPF 20.
    Buy it here for $9
  • Güd Pearanormal Activity Natural Nourishing Shampoo 16 of 25
    Güd Pearanormal Activity Natural Nourishing Shampoo
    The "Best All-Around Shampoo" award didn't go to Redken or even Herbal Essence, but this paraben- and sulfate-free formula. And they sell it at Target! (Their conditioner won for Best All-Around Conditioner, too!)
    Buy it here for $6
  • Tresemmé Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo 17 of 25
    Tresemmé Fresh Start Smoothing Dry Shampoo
    The best dry shampoo isn't at your local salon — it's right on your drugstore's shelf.
    Buy it here for $5
  • Alaffia Shea Butter & Rosemary Shining Curl Oil for Wavy to Curly Hair 18 of 25
    Alaffia Shea Butter & Rosemary Shining Curl Oil for Wavy to Curly Hair
    If you're looking for the best hair oil, look no further.
    Buy it here for $9
  • Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum 19 of 25
    Dove Style + Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum
    The surprising win for Best Hair Serum — apparently beating out Frizz-Ease — goes to Dove. Yes, Dove!
    Buy it here for $4
  • Garnier Fructis Style UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray 20 of 25
    Garnier Fructis Style UV Color Shield Anti-Humidity Hairspray
    This multi-tasking hairspray costs a mere 4 bucks.
    Buy it here for $4
  • Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash 21 of 25
    Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash
    A SELF tester claimed that she could skip lotion and perfume after washing with this affordable body wash.
    Buy it here for $4
  • Olay Soothing Cucumber Body Bar with Massaging Design 22 of 25
    Olay Soothing Cucumber Body Bar with Massaging Design
    Get clean and soothe aching muscles in the shower? I'm sold.
    Buy it here for $4
  • Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion 23 of 25
    Eucerin Professional Repair Lotion
    It wouldn't be a "Best Of" round-up without the appearance of budget-friendly, skin-saving Eucerin.
    Buy it here for $6
  • Earth Therapeutics Intensive Hand Repair 24 of 25
    Earth Therapeutics Intensive Hand Repair
    Hydration without the greasy film. Plus it's made with certified organic ingredients!
    Buy it here for $8
  • Dr. Teal Epsom Salt Foot Scrub 25 of 25
    Dr. Teal Epsom Salt Foot Scrub
    This formula uses salt and tea tree oil to exfoliate and nourish.
    Buy it here for $6

Find more SELF Healthy Beauty Award winners under $10, and read more about these products. Also check out the full SELF Healthy Beauty Awards 2012 feature.

Also see: Eco-friendly beauty finds under $10.

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