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Trust me, I enjoy splurging on designer beauty products WAY too much. I’m easily suckered into the whole “this costs a fortune so it must be amazing” mentality. With that said, I’m sadly not made of money, so I can’t always spend as much as I’d like. In order to help you save some cash too, I thought I’d share some of the best drugstore beauty products with you.

Best Drugstore Beauty Products

These are items I continually repurchase and swear by. As much as I love saving money, I refuse to buy subpar products just because they cost less. I wouldn’t do that to myself and I wouldn’t recommend anything like that to you. #standards.

  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer – Not only is this my favorite drugstore under-eye concealer, but it’s my only under-eye concealer. It does such a great job of covering dark circles and brightening my face that I don’t feel the need to ever search out a high-end alternative … at least for now.
  • Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation – I almost exclusively purchase designer foundation. I just hadn’t found a drugstore foundation that I truly felt comfortable and confident in until this Better Skin foundation. It’s a semi-matte finish on my skin, lasts all day and matches my skin tone perfectly.
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – This is a great dupe for NARS Orgasm, but I might actually prefer it over NARS. It adds a lovely wash of color and seems to work great on a wide range of skin tones.

Skin Care
  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Waterproof Makeup Remover & Cleanser – This stuff is my jam. I used to use Bioderma’s micellar water, but it is seriously expensive and hard to find in the US. I started using this a month ago and I can’t get enough. It does an amazing job removing all of my makeup while still leaving my skin feeling moisturized and fresh.
  • Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Aveeno products. This is the only body lotion I use and I have easily five backup bottles at any given time.
  • Aveeno Daily Moisture Body Wash – Ditto. Read above.
  • DERMA E Purifying 2-In-1 Charcoal Mask – I’m lucky enough to have relatively easy skin. I don’t get too dry or too oily, and I barely ever break out. However, there are some times where I feel like my face is one giant oil spill and that my pores are clogged beyond believe. Lovely, I know. When this happens, I always reach for my DERMA E charcoal mask. It instantly makes me feel human again and it’s organic. How trendy is that?!

Hair Care
  • Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil – Having frizz-free hair is important to me, but I am also wary of using oils that weigh down my hair. I don’t want to look like a grease ball, for crying out loud! This oil from Nexxus is light enough to keep my hair voluminous while doing a good job of keeping it shiny and frizz-free. Plus, it smells lovely, which is always a plus.
  • Neutrogena Anti-residue Shampoo – I am addicted to my Living Proof Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner, but every once in a while I need to switch things up to save money and because I’m restless. Whenever I feel my hair getting a little bit weighed down by product, I reach for this anti-residue shampoo. It leaves my hair clean without feeling stripped. It’s so gentle, in fact, I could use it on a daily basis.

Tell me: What are your go-to drugstore beauty products?

20 Comments on Best Drugstore Beauty Products

  1. Lola Seicento
    February 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm (7 years ago)

    What a great selection of drugstore favorites, Kristin! I need to try that Nexus hair oil because frizz-free hair is super important to me as well! I will definitely put that one on my list!

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:26 am (6 years ago)

      Let me know what you think once you try it!

  2. Allison @neversaydiebeauty
    February 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Luminoso is one of my favorite blushes too, so where did I put it? Glad to read your mini-review of the derma e Charcoal Mask and especially the Garnier MW water that I have been wanting to try. Do/can you use the MW to remove your eye makeup? Does it sting?

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:27 am (6 years ago)

      Yes – the Garnier MW gets off ALL makeup – even waterproof mascara – and is sting-free.

  3. Phyrra
    February 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm (7 years ago)

    I love the Milani blushes

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:27 am (6 years ago)

      Aren’t they amazing!

  4. all_the_words025
    February 12, 2016 at 4:09 am (7 years ago)

    I need to try that Maybelline foundation. I’m using the matching concealer and really like the formula. Very pleased to hear the Garnier miceller is good, I just got a bottle today.

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:28 am (6 years ago)

      Oh – what do you think of the Garnier MW (once you get a chance to try it)?

  5. FabZilla_Kath
    February 12, 2016 at 6:41 am (7 years ago)

    I actually like that Garnier micellar!

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:28 am (6 years ago)

      I was skeptical at first – but I’ve been loving it.

    February 12, 2016 at 11:56 am (7 years ago)

    I love Aveeno body lotion. It’s a staple in my home.

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:29 am (6 years ago)

      Same – the only lotions I use.

  7. Honeygirlk
    February 12, 2016 at 6:43 pm (7 years ago)

    I am really enjoying the Garnier Micellar water and yes to Milani 😀

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:29 am (6 years ago)

      I’m really impressed with the Garnier MW – such an effective product, especially considering the price point.

  8. LilyBiscuit
    February 13, 2016 at 1:57 am (7 years ago)

    You really picked the best products! I also use Aveeno Positively Radiant spf 15 on my face, neck and hands daily 🙂

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:29 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Lily! I’m a daily Aveeno user, too 🙂

  9. Lisa Marie Heath
    February 13, 2016 at 4:17 am (7 years ago)

    Great picks! That Garnier Micellar Water is amazing and I have like 4 bottles of it

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:26 am (6 years ago)

      I’ve stocked up – just 2 bottles for me right now, but if they’re on sale, I’m buying everything in stock!

  10. Kristina | The Feminine Files
    February 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm (7 years ago)

    I need that blush, I always hear people talking about it. I tried the Simple Micellar water but the Garnier is next on my list!

    • Kristin Bassett
      February 17, 2016 at 12:23 am (6 years ago)

      Yes, you HAVE to get the blush. I think it’s mandatory for beauty bloggers 🙂 I like the Simple MW too, but prefer this Garnier sure.