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Green Beauty Products $25 and Under: Guest Blogger

At first glance, you might think that Kathy Ong’s Beauty Palette blog is just your average beauty blogbut you’d be wrong. The underlying theme behind everything that she covers is this: what you put on your face is just as important as what you put into your body. In her own words, “a defining aspect of beauty is nutrition.” Hear hear! This week, she’s sharing her best beauty tips—for both inside and out—on the Birchbox blog.

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It makes me so happy that there are more luxurious options for those of us who want to clean up our beauty routine. Avoiding scary sounding chemicals no longer means you have to resort to giving up beautiful packaging or the latest and greatest technology in skincare. But don’t forget—natural beauty products don’t have to be pricy to be ridiculously effective. While I love my fancy serum as much as the next beauty blogger, these are my standbys that won’t break the bank:

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Petroleum Jelly: Ingredient Decoder

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Many of us think of Vaseline as a bathroom cabinet essential. A tub of the clear jelly only costs a few bucks and seems to last forever. On top of its status as a first aid kit staple, I can’t count the number of times I’ve picked up a magazine and read “insider” beauty tips touting Vaseline as a no-frills moisturizer. I’ve known girls who smear it on their elbows and knees every night to keep roughness at bay, and there was a time I used it regularly as a lip balm. With all the praise it receives, you’d think Vaseline is a true miracle product, right? Well, think again. This is one case where the popular consensus surrounding a product doesn’t necessarily mean it deserves such a glowing reputation. In fact, I’ve come to think of Vaseline as the beauty equivalent of white bread: cheap and widespread but bad for you over the long run.

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