This $1 Product Is the Best Beauty Purchase I've Ever Made

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There are very few things that give me greater joy than pulling open the heavy doors of a makeup store and taking in the smell of perfume and the endless lines of beauty products. It's a beauty-obsessed girl's heaven and, if allowed, I could spend many hours and ungodly amounts of cash in that place.

That being said, there are some times when I don't have extra money to blow (let's face it, I never really do) and I actually only need one thing. But have you ever gone in there and come out with just one thing?!

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If you answered yes, you should be alarmed because there is no way you're human.

All of those little knick-knacks and travel-sized products are so conveniently placed right along the check-out line. And they're always around $6. "Only six dollars," you say to yourself. "I could totally add a few of these on." Next thing you know, you're walking out with two of the super large bags and lugging it home via subway.

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The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. The second step is avoiding the store unless you've mentally prepared yourself to make it rain on the cashier. The third? Finding products that work just as well—and are nicer on my wallet.

The best dupe I've ever found to date is Zote Laundry Soap to clean my brushes and sponges. You're probably instantly skeptical about using soap meant to clean your clothes on things meant for your face, but hear me out. It works like a charm, the bar is massive and will last you months, and it's only $1. Sold!

You can get this guy at your local Wal-Mart or Home Depot. (Note: It's pronounced *so-tay* because I had an embarrassing and confusing experience when asking the Home Depot salesman to point me in the right direction.)

When it's time to clean your tools, run warm water over the bar and swirl your brush or sponge in the soap. Work into a lather and rinse. Repeat if necessary, but honestly, it probably won't be. The pricier brush cleansers are, albeit prettier, plainly less effective. It usually takes me several applications of brand-name cleansers to get the water to run clear but after one go with Zote, everything is clean.

If you don't take my word for it. Turn your attention to exhibit A: Instagram proof.

There you have it folks. Good as new.

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