Beauty On A Budget: 8 Delicious Drugstore Products You Can’t Live Without

August 19, 2012  |  
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While pricier personal care products tend to work almost like magic, blowing your entire paycheck on items you can’t really afford isn’t the only way you can tap into quality skin, hair and nail care. There are tons of brands carried in drugstores that retail at reasonable price points and will work well as supplements to your splurge-worthy items. Here are some of the best beauty products currently lining drugstore shelves.



EOS Lip Balm

Shea butter and jojoba oil are the active ingredients that make this lip balm ridiculously moisturizing. It comes in a variety of ultra feminine flavors like “honeysuckle honeydew” and “summer fruit”; and best of all–the shape fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and is large enough that it won’t get lost in the bottom of your bag. It is 100% natural, paraben free, and petroleum free; and with its USDA Organic certification, it’s a product you can feel good about putting on your lips.

Walgreens $3.29




Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturizer

In the past Cetaphil was a brand mostly utilized by consumers with eczema and other issues of extreme dry skin. However, their cleanser’s formula is so gentle on the skin, and the moisturizer so supple without being greasy—that they’ve become a product that every girl can enjoy.

Wal-Mart $9.27



Sinful Colors Nail Polishes

Sinful Colors are available in an almost overwhelming array of hues, ranging from deep dark blues to neon yellows. The depth of the color collections makes them great for mixing and matching colors—perfect for ombre or accent nails. Sinful Colors are Toluene, formaldehyde & DBP free.

Walgreens $1.99



Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar

Neutrogena is a reliable skin care brand, and their fragrance-free facial cleanser doesn’t stray from that reputation. It’s a great deep cleansing bar that helps to clear acne up very quickly. It dissolves easily (which is great for your skin—no residue!), so you’ll run out quickly. But at such a low price, you can afford to restock often.

Walgreens $2.99



Curls Crème Brule

Though it is rumored that the formula for Target’s version of this natural hair care line differs slightly from that of the original product (which is still carried online), the result is still highly moisturizing and great at helping to define natural curls. For best results, use in tandem with a curling smoothie or pudding.

Target approximately $10



Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock

There are No. White. Streaks. Ever. with this drugstore brand sunblock. It is super light, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a second layer of moisturizer; you don’t have to worry about sweating it off; and you won’t see those pesky white streaks across your skin that can remain even after rubbing in other brand’s product for what seems like hours. It ranges from SPF 30 all the way to SPF 100 so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect coverage.

Wal-Mart $7 – 11



COS Bar Cleansing Towelettes

Cos Bar cleansing towelettes are super soft, they smell delightful, and they get your face clean of makeup without making it feel dry. They even come in really cute packaging to boot! What’s not to love?

Target $3.50



ELF Cosmetics

Eyes Lips Face (ELF) Cosmetics has existed online for years, and though the product pricing was super affordable, you’d often end up paying more in shipping than the total of your purchase. Enter their partnership with Target, and they’ve become a budget babe’s lifesaver. They produce a wide range of products including a range of eyeshadow colors and palettes, as well as a liquid liner that goes on smooth and dries quickly so you worry less about smudging.

Target $3 – 10 for most products


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