My Top 10 Drugstore Products

     I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I only buy my beauty products at the drugstore, because that’s just not true. I truly believe that certain products, especially when it comes to skincare, just work better if you’re willing to pay a little bit more (ok, sometimes a lot more, but still). However, you can find some real gems at the drugstore if you’re willing to take the time to test out lots of different items to see what works best for you. Here are my top 10 finds that I use consistently in my beauty routine. 

     Let’s start with skincare. In general, I find that my acne prone skin reacts better to high end products. But, there are two things from the drugstore that have made their way into my routine, and I don’t see them leaving it anytime soon. 

1. Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask: $3.99

     I recommend using this mask once a week, or whenever you feel like your skin is going to break out. It does a great job of halting breakouts without drying out your skin. It is very cooling and feels awesome! 

2. St. Ives Apricot Scrub: $4.29

     This exfoliator works far better than any high end exfoliator I have ever tried. Everyone raves on Kate Sommerville’s “Exfolikate” ($22), but I find this scrub to be much more effective at removing dead skin. Use 1-2 times weekly. 

     Next, let’s talk about body care.

3. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter: $4.79

     This is the only body wash I have ever used that makes me feel like I can skip lotion and still have silky, hydrated skin after my shower. Great stuff. 

4. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime: $6.99

     Body scrubs can get very pricey if you start looking at high end brands. And if you want my opinion, there’s no reason to shell out all that extra money on something that you’re going to rinse down the drain anyways. I use this scrub as an all-over exfoliator as well as on my legs before I shave. 

     The drugstore has a lot to offer when it comes to good hair products. I don’t use a lot of product in my hair, but the products I’m mentioning are things I use on a very regular basis, and have been part of my routine for about a year now. 

5. Tresemme Heat Tamer: $5.99

      If you're someone who heat styles your hair often, a great heat protectant is a must. This one gets the job done and leaves your hair feeling nice and smooth. 

6. L’oreal Evercream Shampoo and Conditioner: $5.99 each

     I'm obsessed with this stuff. It works as well as salon products that I've tried and is a fraction of the price! I have naturally dry and course hair, so taming it can be somewhat of a beast. If you have similar hair, give this stuff a try. You won't regret it. 

     And now to the good stuff- makeup. 

7. Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Chapstick: $3.99

      I have tried TONS of lip balms and, aside from straight vaseline, this is the only one that improves the overall health of my lips. A lot of other lip balms feel great when you first use them, but leave my lips feel dehydrated by the end of the day. 

8. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- Clear: $6.79

     I know what you’re thinking. But, let me stop you right there. I don’t actually use this as a mascara. Instead, I use it as a brow gel. It works just as well as any high end brow gel at a fraction of the cost. Save your splurges for fun stuff like eyeshadow or blush. 

9. Real Techniques Powder Brush: $9.99

     I’m not gonna say that expensive brushes aren’t awesome. I know as well as the next girl that good brushes can completely change the appearance of your makeup. But, we don’t all have $50 to shell out for a powder brush. If you’re like me, try this brush. It’s super soft, applies powder evenly, and holds up very well. I’ve washed mine countless times and it still looks brand new. 

10. Rimmel Stay Glossy Lipgloss: $3.79

     My favorite shade is called “Non-Stop Glamour.” This lipgloss is perfect if you’re someone who can’t stand super sticky glosses. It applies beautifully and has just enough color to brighten up your face. This gloss pretty much lives in my purse. 

     What are your favorite products from the drugstore? 

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