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I have been known to spend a pretty penny at Sephora (seriously, I am their highest level of loyalty, yikes!) trying out the latest and greatest in skin and haircare. But while I like expensive makeup and beauty products as much as the next girl, there are a few drugstore beauty buys I can’t live without.
Some of them I have been using for decades (yes, several) and some I have just discovered recently, but oh what would I do if they were ever discontinued? These are my trusty pals, my go-to gets, and my beauty best friends that I have to share with you, my virtual best friends. Weird? Probably. Anyway….
Drugstore Beauty Buys : Face
Ok, so most of my makeup you cannot buy at a drugstore, but the real essentials… the items I reach for again and again, come be found at any drugstore. From left to right…
Say YES to Tomatoes Wipes: Using for 4 years, $6.5o
My husband and I keep these in our suitcase for travel. Whenever we are on a plane, train, bus, we whip one of these out to clean our skin. It’s great to remove makeup and any toxins, and the salicylic acid cleans up my pores and prevents any acne that yes, at 31, we still have.
Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water: Using for 3 months, $9
An easy peasy way to remove my makeup, even my waterproof mascara, without harsh rubbing. I simply use a cotton ball or toilet paper (if I’m being honest) and its gone.
Clean & Clear Continuous Control 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser: Using for 15 years, $7
As aforementioned, I still have a lot of acne, than can be cleared and prevented with the use of this cleanser daily. I tend to wash my face a lot, typically 3 times a day if I work out, so I keep this one in the shower for a post-sweat sesh cleanse. I have other fancy cleansers that I use here and there for hydration, purifying etc., but I can’t go even one single day without this one.
Olay Professional PRO-X Cleansing System: Using for 2.5 years, $25
I remember picking this up right after I got engaged, when I really started to focus on my skin. I couldn’t afford the more expensive version, so I figured I would try this. And? In love. If you aren’t using a cleansing brush already, let today be the day you change that. You would think I wear a ton of makeup with all the makeup cleaning I’m talking about, but I really don’t. However, if you wash your face first with your hands and then do a second round with this brush, you will be shocked at how much makeup it is still able to clean off. So why waste time with the first step? I use this in the shower with my Clean & Clear Cleanser.
Drugstore Beauty Buys : Makeup, Hair, Nails
L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Towelettes: Using for 2 years, $9.50
Gosh I love these for travel. When you don’t have 3 oz mini’s of every single product you own, a towelette is the way to go. Plus, they are easy to apply and give a much longer lasting tan than the lotion. I even turned my mom on to them and she says she’s able to get 2 uses out of one wipe! Talk about a bang for your buck!
Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat: Using for 4 years, $5
While I never use apply a base coat when I paint my nails, I’m pretty religious about my top coat. So much so, that I apply another layer of topcoat two days after my (at home) manicure to keep it fresh. Again this is Mom verified- I recently did her nails and she texted me 7 days later saying how good they still looked!
Blistex Medicated SPF 15: Using for over 20 years, $3 for 3
There is almost nothing in my possession I have as much love or need for, as this lip balm. Some may say I’m addicted, but I have one in every one of my 57289 purses as well as my makeup bag, my bedside table, and my snowboard pants. Which brings me to why I love it so much. I discovered it decades ago as the best, easiest way to keep my lips from burning while skiing or on the water in lake Tahoe’s altitude. It’s medicated in case you already have a burn, and has a barely noticeable clean scent so it’s not aggravating to the nose or taste buds at all. I’ve tried other brands and they just don’t do the trick… what will I do if they ever discontinue it???
E.L.F Bronzer : Using for 1.5 years, $4
Although I only use bronzer in the summer, every year I am reminded as to why I use it. I am so very pale that the second I put it on my face feels brighter, my hair seems blonder, and my eyes pop. Since I only use it a few months out of the year I always buy a new one, and at $4 you can’t really complain. In general I really love E.L.F. products for the pigments and the price. I know it’s probably got all sorts of dangerous chemicals in it, but what can I say? I’m a work in progress.
John Frieda Go Blonder Spray: Using a variation for at least 15 years, $8.50
I just got back from the hairstylist so they are going to cringe if they ever read this. In fact, I really shouldn’t be sharing it with you guys because it’s a habit I just can’t seem to break. But then all my friends would shame me because they know I haven’t gone a month since junior prom without using some form of lightening spray, and #letsbereal, right?When lemons didn’t do the trick, my mom introduced me to Sun in, which then morphed into A Touch of Sun! and then eventually became the current iteration, John Frieda. Since my good buddy John is like, a legit name, it must be ok right? Ah… the things we tell ourselves. Anyway I use every month or so in a blow out, aiming at my roots. It evens out my color as it grows out provides more texture (as ALL bleaching does) which helps with body and volume. #NoShameInMyGame
What are your favorite drugstore beauty buys and guilty primping pleasures? Would love to hear!!