10 New Mom Splurges That Cost $35 or Less (PHOTOS)

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As new moms, we deserve to spend a million dollars on ourselves.
We carried a baby for almost 10 months, gave birth, and continue to lose nights of sleep -- and even our hair! -- for months after delivery. But the reality is that diapers and baby gear (not to mention college tuition) are pretty darn expensive, so we don't quite have that luxury.

Okay. So maybe this isn't the ideal time to buy the Gucci bag that makes your heart sing. Doesn't mean you can't stock up on some new mom necessities that won't break the bank and WILL keep you looking and feeling fantastic when you're running on 20 minutes of sleep.

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You're pressed for time, going through all kinds of hormonal nonsense, and strapped for cash. We know. And we've got you covered. Here are 10 "splurges" under $35 that are tailor-made for new mommies.

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  • Best Undereye Concealer

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    As a new mom, you see lots of body flaws that others never notice. But your poor, tired eyes - the result of many nights with little to no sleep -- are like a billboard announcing to the world that you're a new mom. There are lots of expensive and inexpensive eye concealers out there, but Benefit Erase Paste truly does what it says -- and it's great to use to cover up those pesky postpartum pimples ($26 at Sephora).

  • Combat Hair Shedding

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    One of the only times I freaked out after having my first baby was when my hair began falling out in clumps 3 months after giving birth. The only thing that's really going to help with hormonal hair shedding is time -- but Nioxin Scalp Therapy Conditioner renewed my faith in hair products and definitely made it feel like the shedding wasn't so dramatic ($24.95 at stylebell.com).

  • Bye, Bye Stretch Marks!

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    Pure cocoa butter and other natural ingredients like Rosehip oil and Kukui Nut oils make The Spolied Mama Tummy Butter one of the best stretch mark creams you've ever tried. This thick potion absorbs easily into the skin and leaves a sweet, natural fragrance ($34 at thespoiledmama.com).

  • Sore Nipple Therapy

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    Breastfeeding is one of the greatest things you can do for your baby. But, let's be honest: it can hurt like nobody's business. Mustela 9 Months Nursing Comfort Balm soothes sore nipples and repairs cracked skin in a jiffy so you can nurse with ease ($14 at diapers.com).

  • Hydration for You & Baby

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    Why spend money on two separate moisturizers when one great product does it all? L'Occitane Mom & Baby Cream softens your infant's scaly skin and keeps your sensitive postpartum skin well hydrated and glowing ($18 at loccitane.com).

  • Dry & Straighten Hair in 1 Step

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    Those days of drying, straightening, and styling your hair with product are over -- at least for the time being. But that's not such a bad thing, because Remington Wet2Straight Flat Iron allows you to cut down on precious time by both drying AND straightening your locks in one simple step. Added bonus: it totally eliminates frizz from your hair ($21.55 on amazon.com).

  • Red Eye Relief

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    Here's an oldie, but a goody: Visine drops. Too simple, you say? That's the beauty of these inexpensive eye drops: they work. Stay up all night with sick kiddies, tilt your head back and squeeze out a few drops, and voila -- your poor red eyes are crystal clear again ($1.99 at drugstore.com).

  • Your Pimple's Worst Enemy

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    I didn't get pimples until after I gave birth. My skin suddenly decided to make me pay for my pimple-free adolescence and I frantically tried every cream and even toothpaste on the market to clear up my skin. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion was the only thing that worked. Dab a Q-tip in the pretty pink lotion and let it dry and sit on your spot overnight. Don't be shocked when it magically disappears ($17 at mariobadescu.com).

  • Get a Rosy Glow

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    Fake like it's your "glowy" second trimester by using just a dab or two of Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush on your cheeks. This blush glides on easily and looks far more natural than powder blush, which won't do you any favors when your skin is going through postpartum dry hell. This line features a gorgeous selection of juicy hues, like the summery Coral Reef ($12.99 at Walgreens.com).

  • Skip Shampoo

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    As if lack of time isn't a good enough reason to skip your daily shampoo, Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray actually makes your hair look better -- and gives it a ton more voluminous oomph -- than your regular wash-and-dry routine. It works by absorbing oils on your scalp between shampoos and thickens your strands significantly so that stying becomes a breeze ($2.89 at target.com).

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