10 Target beauty buys under $10

February 24, 2016
A Fit Mess

I firmly believe you don’t have to break the bank to feel good about your looks. Obviously, Target is my go-to place for a lot of things, but I’m always surprised by the variety of personal care items they offer. If you are like me then you don’t have a ton of time to dawdle in the beauty section, reading every label on every item (one can dream!).


I tend to buy personal care items that have been recommended by others or from a brand I have grown to trust. I thought it would be helpful to share with you some of my favorites from Target. I’ll link to the online products, but you can find all of these in stores.


Here are my top 10 beauty buys from Target. All are under $10!

Yes to coconut hair serum - 10 beauty buys under $10

Yes To Coconut Curl Defining Hair Serum ($7.99)

I don’t have curly hair (well, unless you count the time I rocked a perm in the 80s) but this smoothing serum makes my wavy hair really soft. It helps control the frizz and flyaway hairs that go hand-in-hand with living in the south. It also smells like coconut which reminds me of being at the beach!


Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Stem Cell Triple Moisture Conditioner ($9.99)

I mentioned loving this conditioner in an earlier post, but I’m still loving it. I definitely noticed a difference in my hair’s texture and strength after just a few washes. I love the smell (slightly nutty) and it gets a really good lather despite being a “natural” conditioner. PS: the Acure lotion and body wash are also really great! I don’t know where this line has been all my life.

Gud shampoo

Gud Pearanormal Activity Natural Nourishing Shampoo ($6.49)

I don’t wash my hair every day because I find that doing so can really dry it out quick. But, this shampoo is gentle enough to use multiple times per week. It’s not heavy so I don’t feel like it weighs my hair down. I sometimes add a drop or two of castor oil before washing my hair (I’ll share why in a future post).

Not your mother's beach babe

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray ($4.79)

Don’t you just love beach hair? I’m not sure if it’s because I end up not caring how I look on vacation or because the salt just dramatically improves the texture, but my hair rocks at the shore. I have really fine hair and this spray makes it a bit more dimensional. I have used it on wet and dry hair and find that it works well on both. I also spray it on my hair after I have been to the gym so it disguises the sweaty mess that I have created.

Big sexy hair

Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play ($5.99)

I have been using BSH for a few years now and really like the brand. Please note this price is for the travel size (1.5 oz), but I don’t use a lot of hair spray so this lasts awhile for me. It’s not heavy at all and my hair doesn’t feel sticky (or crunchy) afterwards.


EcoTools Powder Brush ($5.08)

I don’t like spending a lot on face brushes because I switch them out so often. This one is excellent quality, super soft, and doesn’t leave behind any brush bits when I use it. It’s a big brush and works well if you are using bronzer.


Essie nail color ($8.49)

I have been really successful with the Essie nail line. The colors are always fun and I don’t find it chipping as often as other polishes. With two toddlers at home, I find myself washing my hands constantly which usually means my nail polish wears away fast. The Essie line can hold up longer than other more expensive brands.

Dr. Teal's soak

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Relax & Relief ($4.89)

Nothing like a good Epsom salt bath. Dr. Teal nailed it with this one. The spearmint scent is very relaxing and restorative, while the eucalyptus is quite refreshing. The soak includes magnesium sulfate, which is known to revitalize tired, achy muscles and refresh skin’s appearance. PS: remember how we are all low in magnesium? This could definitely boost our levels!

pacifica lip

Pacifica Color Quench Mineral Lip Tint ($6.99)

I’m not a big lipstick person. In fact, I don’t own lipstick, but I do have a lot of Chapstick and lip gloss. I’m just getting started with the Pacifica brand, but these lip tints are amazing! They pack lots of moisture (thanks to the added avocado and coconut oil) and have subtle, sheer colors. I’m loving these.

alba sea algea scrub

Alba Even Advanced Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub ($7.46)

I purchased this after my most recent facial. It was recommended by the aesthetician I saw (I was so happy she recommended products other than the ones they sold). I don’t use it very often (maybe once every two weeks), but it helps to remove some of the grime that tends to build up on our skin. It’s not a harsh scrub – very gentle and mild. This would be a great choice if you have sensitive skin.


Ok, there you have it! I would love to hear if you have other items to add to this list.