Back-to-school beauty picks for $15 or less

Back-to-School! Back-to-School! Back-to-School! Back-to-School! Ha! Make it stop, right? That is what I would be saying IF I was going back to school!

I have been trying, like I said earlier, to keep the whole back-to-school talk quiet. I remember growing up, that was the LAST thing I wanted to talk about, when I was still enjoying my summer. So, I will take care of the back-to-school stuff and not talk about it and let my babies ENJOY their summer!

I have been purchasing their clothing, backpacks, socks and underwear, behind their backs so to speak 🙂 They are about done with school shopping, but they don’t know it yet 🙂 I am SNEAKY!!

When I was a teenager, it was all about the best back-to-school styles AND of course makeup!! I had to have my beauty products! But, growing up in a ginormous family, my mom and dad had budgets and those budgets did not allow for much beauty stuff. I had to skimp on a lot of stuff, but I was also really good with finding deals!

So, if you have any teen daughters that are going back to school this fall, I wanted to give you a list of Back-to-school beauty picks for $15 or less. I hope it helps some of you!!!

Some value-priced beauty buys from Whole Foods Market®:

Prepping skin

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Scrub with Revitalizing Sea Salt (SRP*: $12.49) – Scrub off dry, flaky skin with this grapefruit peel oil scrub and start the new school year with a healthy glow.  Revitalizing Pacific sea salts detox while a burst of citrus awakens and renews. A medley of jojoba, macadamia, avocado and sweet almond oils lavish moisture to soften and hydrate. Apply liberally in the shower for clean, exfoliated skin.

365 Everyday Value® Daily Facial Cleanser (SRP*: $5.99) Instead of rinsing with tap water, treat summer skin with a facial cleanser like this one that uses mild ingredients for a gentle cleanse that can be used daily without stripping skin of natural moisturizers. Plus, the cleanser comes in a huge 16 fl oz – a total steal!

Alba Botanica Acnedote Invisible Treatment Gel (SRP: $9.99) – Don’t panic because of an unexpected zit.  Target zits with maximum strength 2% Salicylic Acid and anti-inflammatory willow bar extract. This powerfully natural, botanically effective gel can produce clearer skin in just hours. Use it before bed so you can wake up to clearer skin in the morning.

EveryDay Coconut Face Scrub (SRP *: $9.99) –The best back-to-school beauty statement is a fresh face. This face scrub restores skin leaving it revived and glowing. It’s a two-in-one treatment that gently exfoliates skin with organic sugar and moisturizes with pure fair trade coconut oil.

365 Everyday Maximum Moisture Lotion (SRP: $9.99) – This value-sized, softly scented formula delivers maximum hydration with macadamia oil and shea butter. Great for sealing in moisture immediately after a bath or shower.

Earth Science Multi-Therapy Ceramide Healthy Skin (SRP*: $11.99) – Made with sheabutter and sunflower seed oil, this fast-absorbing body lotion delivers nourishing plant oils to help skin retain moisture.

Hair Care

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Anti-Frizz Serum (SRP*: $8.99) – The answer to bad hair days is here – Alba Botanica’s anti-frizz serum helps seal hair cuticles and weightlessly smoothes locks for a sleek, polished look. Made with argan oil and plant sourced keratin, the serum is 100 percent vegetarian and doesn’t contain silicones, phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, animal testing, artificial colors, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or sodium myreth sulfate. Frizz-free without all those heavy chemicals!

Everyday Coconut Texture Spray Volumizing Sea Salt (SRP*: $9.99) – Keep the summer vibes alive with a hairstyle to match.  Everyday Coconut Texture Spray with Volumizing Sea Salt gives hair the same full-body look it has after a day at the beach. Natural sea salt adds volume and shape, while certified fair trade coconut water protects hair from drying out.

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner (SRP*: $9.99 each)  – For A-grade hair, try Acure’s shampoo and conditioner duo. Organic arganoil and organic sea buckthorn oil offer a powerhouse combo that provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair. Pumpkin seed oil, high in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, adds shine.

Beautiful Curls Leave-In Conditioner (SRP*: $12.00) – To enhance naturally curly hair, try this light, leave-in conditioner formulated with certified fair trade shea butter and virgin coconut oil. Chamomile and yarrow extracts calm the scalp, enhance natural highlights and normalize scalp oil production. Natural minerals and vitamins smooth the cuticle and remove tangles for beautiful, frizz-free curls.


Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tints (SRP*: $9.99) – Crayons with a twist – these handy 100 percent mineral pigment lip tints offer the perfect array of colors for a school day look. They add sheer, hydrating lip color with cocoa butter, lip-firming peptide and a natural vanilla mint flavor. Comes in eight new shades – Glow (bright pink), Glisten (caramel shimmer), Flicker (berry), Twinkle (rosy pink), Adorn (plum), Shimmer (coral shimmer), Blush (pale pink) and Smolder (red).

ZuZu Luxe Pencil Eyeliner (SRP*: $14.99) – Another pencil to add to backpacks is the ZuzuLuxe pencil eyeliner. This eyeliner glides on ultra-smooth and is ideal for everyday use. Experiment with eight different shades including indigo, blue or dark green.

Gabriel Eye Shadow (SRP*: $14.99) – Soft and creamy powder eye shadows provide a perfect matte finish without the look or feel of dryness.  Completely free of mineral oil and talc, these easy to blend shades glide on smoothly and evenly for rich, long lasting color that will not crease or fade throughout class periods. Try Dove (pictured) for a polished school look.

New Mineral Fusion Nail Polish – Spring colors (SRP*: $7.99 each) –   Add pops of fun, bright colors to nails without chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate commonly found in other polishes.  The new colors in Treasure (golden yellow iridescent), Lagoon (teal), Blaze (burnt orange), Tiara (nude pink shimmer), Trinket (berry) and Bubble (semi-sheer lavender) are all eye-catchers for the first day back.

Personal care

Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes (SRP*: $5.99) –Post PE class or need to remove makeup? These pineapple and aloe-infused towelettes will take care of it. These wipes deliver three purifying steps to remove dirt or makeup, cleanse pores and tone skin.

 Azaela Organic Cotton Tampons (SRP*: $6.99) – This semester make the switch to organic cotton tampons. Care for your body gently and naturally with Azaela’s feminine care products. Azalea chlorine-free tampons are made with 100% organic cotton. That means they contain no persistent pesticides, super absorbents, latex, plastic or perfumes.

Weleda Citrus Deodorant (SRP*: $13.99) – Beat locker room smells with this deodorant spray that invigorates and refreshes as it eliminates the sources of unpleasant body odor. It’s lightly scented with organic lemon peel oil and acts as a purifying disinfectant without risky antiperspirants such as aluminum salts or artificial fragrances.

365 Everyday Value® Organic Cotton Balls (SRP*: $2.99) – These cotton balls are great for wiping makeup or removing nail polishes. It’s made with organic cotton and is gentle and soft. Keep them handy in makeup bags for quick beauty fixes in between classes.

365 Everyday Value® Organic Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil (SRP: $9.99) – Add coconut oil to a student’s must-have supplies list. Coconut oil is a great face moisturizer, hair serum and body lotion because of its ability to maintain deep moisture and shine. A beauty Swiss knife, coconut oil can also be used as a makeup remover, shaving cream, cuticle oil and frizz tamer.

 Good Soap (SRP*: $2.59) – This moisturizing, luxurious and affordable soap is made with certified fair trade shea butter and coconut oil. Exclusive to Whole Foods Market, Good Soap comes in Lavender, Fresh Mint, Sunshine, Prairie Rose, Sweet Vanilla, Coconut and African Black Soap scents.

365 Everyday Value Bubble Bath (SRP*:  $9.99) –  Relax in a bubble bath after school, soaking in  irresistible scents  like Relaxing Lavender, Sweet Apple, Uplifting Citrus and Very Berry . Luxurious, long-lasting suds contain moisturizing shea butter and aloe vera and are hypoallergenic, doesn’t contain parabens, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.

You can find all of these wonderful products at


  1. Lily Kwan says:

    sunscreen and moisturizer

  2. I like Burt’s Bees products.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Buddy Garrett says:

    My wife loves Oil of Olay, Pantene products and Dove products.

  4. I like Philosophy and Lancome products.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway… we like Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Pure-Castile Liquid Soap.

  6. I know this sounds silly but my favorites are homemade! The easiest is the regular olive oil moisturizer/cleanser.

  7. I love Ponds, Kiss My Face, Lush…

  8. Bethany Wuebker says:

    Bath & Body Works ALL the way! 🙂 Pretty much an kind of spray and shower gel from there!

  9. I have to have body butters!!!! Thank you

  10. Charlene Kuser says:

    I like Aveeno skin care products.The Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer is very good.

  11. I love Sephora’s FABP (First Aid Beauty Products)

  12. Patricia C. says:

    My favorite beauty product is coconut oil. You can use it as the main ingredient in so many different things, such as deodorant or a body scrub. I really like Dr. Bronners soaps too.

  13. I like the Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner. Also Yves Rochers products

  14. Nicole Lancaster says:

    Some of my favorite beauty products are Neutrogena Acne Facial Wash,Smashbox Primer and Jergen’s body lotion.

  15. Annemarie Z. says:

    I like the Yes To line of products!

  16. Lorena Keech says:

    I’m a fan of Olay products and Clinique products.

  17. I think I would like these two products:Every Day Coconut Face Scrub and their Good Soap.

  18. Michelle S says:

    I use raw honey on my face every morning.

  19. I love Neutrogena products, especially their Rain body wash and hand lotion.

  20. I don’t use any so I don’t have any favorites but I think I am going to start using something.

  21. Kim Keithline says:

    I like Olay CC cream

  22. I love the Aveeno line of products and Oil of Olay.

  23. Samii Meyer says:

    I currently love Olay products

  24. wendi watson says:

    i have this natural apple face cleanser for the evening it feels so good after i clean my face!

  25. I like Philosophy products.

  26. Jennifer R says:

    Some of my favorite beauty/skincare products are Paula’s Choice RESIST DAILY SMOOTHING TREATMENT WITH 5% AHA and Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream.

  27. I like Aussie conditioner.

  28. alice elzey says:

    I like Oil Of Olay.

  29. I heart Sea Breeze and Nexus shampoo!

  30. Audra O'Hara says:

    One of my favorites is Jason vitamin C cream.

  31. Sarah Hall says:

    I use Cover Girl makeup products.

  32. Karen Drake says:

    I love my Oil of Olay Moisturizer.

  33. I love using a nice face mask and body butters.

  34. My favorite skincare products are Aveeno and Olay!
    Thank You for the chance

  35. Michelle H. says:

    I love using facial and body oil.

  36. I like Burts Bees products.
    Thanks for the contest.

  37. Douglas Houston says:

    I use a shaving cream with a moisturizer

  38. I live in Florida, so I am obsessed with moisturizers (especially those that have sunscreen)! I am also big into anti-aging products — but I may have waited too late to start using them!

  39. I like using Jergens body lotion on my legs to help keep them soft and moist.

  40. Robin Wilson says:

    Body butters! I love them and salves. I have very dry skin.

  41. Elisabeth Ashley says:

    I like soap and deodorant. Stick with the basics.

  42. I love raw shea butter. It has totally changed my skin – for the better!

  43. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Weleda Calendula cream is one of my favorite products!

  44. janetfaye says:

    I like Oil Of Olay facial moisturizers.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. i’m a big fan of bare minerals makeup and mineral makeup in general.

  46. Jennifer Rote says:

    I like O’lay and Dove products.

  47. Denise B. says:

    I don’t have an actual favorite. I buy whatever I can get at the best price.

  48. ELIZABETH C. says:

    Some of my favorite products are from Garnier. The facial wipes, hair products, etc….

  49. Rhodalyn/cheapbebe says:

    can’t wait for free samples lol!

  50. Coconut oil, Seven Wonders Miracle oil and lotion.

  51. Nannypanpan says:

    I like neutrogena eye cream and revel on nail polish

  52. Anne Perry says:

    Primal pit and Aubrey products.

  53. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I like aveeno and Philosophy products.

  54. I love Living Libations. Their products are natural and beautiful.

  55. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I would like to have Weleda Citrus Deodorant!!!!!!!

  56. i love moisturizer, face scrub and eye cream. I have yet to find the perfect one of any of these

  57. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love a great moisturizer!

  58. Natalie F says:

    I like Maybelline BB Cream and great lash mascara. For face scrub, I like neautrogena grape fruit scrub.

  59. Deborah Dorris says:

    I like products that are more natural of ingredients better but when money tight I use St. Ives, or Eucerin, or Aveno, or coconut oil.

  60. Maryann D. says:

    I do like a lot of different skin care products. I am currently using Argan oil and I like using essential oils for my skin too. I use different moisturizers and coconut oil.

  61. Cynthia R says:

    Some of my favorite products are my aveeno facial lotion with spf 15 protection and my burt’s bees lip balm.

  62. Cynthia C says:

    I like Philosophy skin care products.

  63. Renee Walters says:

    I like benefits products.

  64. I love lipsmackers, st ives apricot scrub and eucerin lotion.

  65. Philosophy Hope In A Jar

  66. Linda romer says:

    I like vitamin c serum. I also like all philosophy products.

  67. I like B.A.S.K products

  68. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like Yes To products!

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