Cheap products that I didn't think would work...but actually do!
I like to consider myself both a "brand buyer" and a "budget buyer" when it comes to beauty products. When I was a broke college student I was a "budget buyer"and after I graduated and started making some money I became a "brand buyer". Now, I'm just a little bit of both.
I was pretty experimental when it came to beauty puchaces, mostly beause of my very stubborn and persistent acne, and never ending post acne scars- not to mention my legs and feet were always as dry as the Saharah. After spending, hundreds- yes hundreds- of dollars on higher ened products (while still remaining faithful to the cheaper things that I loved) what did I learn??-- that sometimes the cheaper things are acutally better than the fancier, expensive versions.
Case 1: I've always had an issue with the heels of my feet being SUPER dry. I like to get pedicures somewhat regularly because I love how soft my feet are afterward, and I just like to pamper myself occasionally. However, give or take a week or two and my feet are back to being bone dry again. When I couldn't make it to get a pedi, I'd to it myself- it didn't last as long but I'd made an effort which was better then letting my feet turn into hawk claws. Once, I was given this piece of advice (there on TB, no less) to put Vasaline on my feet and put on some thick socks before going to bed. I'd heard this advice before-I'd just never listened because I thought that my high end, fancy pants foot cream would do the job. When I realized it was going nowhere, I gave up and purchased some Vasaline. After doing this twice...for two days...my feet felt 50x more moisturized than they had just 3 days before- even after I got out of the shower. There is no peeling, no ashyness- nothing. I can even go a day or two without applying it and they still won't get as dry as they used to. I kick myself for waiting so long.
Case 2: My skin has been an issue for me since I'd hit puberty. It got worse after I turned 26 and deciced to get off the pill. Hundreds of dollars on acne treatments, dermatologists, acne kids, perscriptions, etc. and still no results. In 2010, my doctor helped me get rid of the acne, and I was left with the scars. I found a bar of Palmers Skin Success Even Tone Complexion Soap in a beauty supply store while waiting for my sister to purchase something for her hair. I started using it once a day, just to help remove makeup. After a few weeks some of the scars started to fade. I decided to use one on my forhead as an experiment. Give or take 3 months and the scar was gone. 100% G-O-N-E. I've sworn by this soap ever since. All of my scars are not completely gone (some of them were really deep) but they are almost gone, which is good enough for me because there were some products that I've used that showed ZERO change after months of use.
The moral of this very long story: don't judge a product by its price tag. Sometimes the most old fashioned remedy or unimportant looking product could be the thing you need to get the results you want.