Best Drugstore Skin & Beauty Must Haves?
It seems that everyone has the BEST drugstore skin and beauty hack or tip that they claim is the best and always works, but not for you, right? I fall in this category. It is especially hard when more of the beauty products aren’t for darker skin tones or my combination skin. I wear make-up every day, I LOVE make-up. I feel more confident, energetic, and love changing my look often. When it comes to a health and beauty I find that works I tend to keep those brands forever! Plus I hate looking like a messy mom/grad student/women. So as a woman on a budget these are my tips for the best drug store brand items to get the most bang for your buck. Here is a list of our best drugstore skin and beauty products that you shouldn’t live without.
Lip Gloss, Stains & Tints
Im sure we all have our favorites when it comes to what we put on our lips, I know I am. We even wrote another blog on just EOS vs. Burts Bees. When it comes to tinted lip glosses the two go to tried and true brands I use are Maybelline’s Baby Lips ($2.98) & Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm (6.97). I have all of the baby lips plus the electro line and use them everyday in addition to stains and sticks.
When it comes to lip stains its a love it or hate it relationship. I am a huge fan of E.L.F’s lips stains ($2) & NYC smooch proof 16 hr lip stain ($5.47). I love how you can can layer the intensity in your lip stain and add a gloss.
Lip sticks are hard to find that aren’t too waxy but also don’t smear everywhere. I also love being able to grab a handful of different colors to try without feeling like I blew the bank. NYC Ultra moist lip wear ($.99) and Wet n’ Wild mega shield lip color ($2.93). Personally love NYC #320 mahogany its a great dupe for Mac’s diva.
When it comes to lashes there has been an argument between Cover Girls Lash Blast: Clump Crusher extensions ($6.94) vs. Lash Fusion ($7.98) being the best. I love the Clump Crusher, I feel like it separates, coats my lashes to give me that wonderful wide eye.
When it comes to foundation it is really hard to find the right fit for your skin type. I personally really like Loreal’s true match foundation ($5.42- $10.97) & Neutrogena’s healthy skin foundation ($12.77)
As a girl who adores a good cat-eye or smudged liner and have found that E.L.F eyeliner ($3.00-$3.99) are by far the best! My personal favorites are the liquid and cream
I have acne and when I first heard of primer I thought it was just another item companies were trying to pitch. That was until I received a NYX primer sample and fell in LOVE! I love the way the NYX primer ($11.99) makes my foundation set perfectly.
When it comes to face wash I am a huge fan of Neutrogena’s redness soothing cleanser ($6.97) . For those nights that if you are like me either get home from work or school late Neutrogena’s night calming cleansing cloths ($6.47).
On those exfoliating days I really love Freeman’s charcoal and black sugar polishing scrub (3.99). The scrub gets slightly warm as you use it, the sugar isn’t abrasive, and your face is not overly dry afterward.
I am a moisturizer addict! I am in love with Cerave’s am & pm moisturizing facial lotion($12.98-$13.47). Works amazingly with spf and light without the greasy feeling.
This is a hard subject, of course everyone has their preferences. After I bleached my very black hair, blonde, I started using the Organix line of shampoo and conditioner($5.74-$6.71) and love it! Ive tried several of the shampoos and have not been disappointed.
For you curly haired ladies we have a couple of products we adore! John Frieda frizz-ease leave in conditioning spray ($7.97) and OGX extra strength moroccan argon oil ($6.72)
A Little D.I.Y
I am growing out my pixie so there is no hiding my bad hair days without a scarf or hat. If I didn’t have time to wash it I use a sprinkle of baby powder at the roots for a home dry shampoo substitute. If I have clean hair then I make my own surf spray for that cute bed head look. I use this recipe I pinned to our beauty board. What you’ll need
- 8 fl oz. water
- 2 tsp. coconut or avocado oil
- 2 tsp. coarse salt
- 1 sp. strong hold gel
This is just scratching the surface of our favorite drugstore buys. I realize that we all have our preferences but if you are looking to test new items out or need a change up: Target, Walmart, and Walgreens have all of the items listed. With the most expensive item listed at $14 mixing it up should be easy and a bargain.