Drugstore Beauty Products Every Woman Needs In Her Arsenal

Drugstore Beauty Products I Can’t – and You Shouldn’t- Live Without 

I’m a brainwashed beauty junkie who believes there is usually a positive correlation between price and quality. However, there are a handful of drugstore products that I actually PREFER to their luxury brand counterparts.  No matter what Benefit, Make Up Forever, Dior, Armani, MAC, Urban Decay or Hourglass throw at me, I keep coming back to these budget-friendly drugstore versions.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lacquer 24 Hour Eyeliner

This is my absolute favorite eyeliner. It blows away Smashbox, Hourglass, Urban Decay and Make Up For Ever. Highly pigmented, smudge proof and easy to apply, this gel liner is the better than any liquid or pencil liner I’ve tried. As a bonus, it wears well in the waterline!

L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black

Mascara has the shortest lifespan of all cosmetics, needing to be replaced about every 3-4 months, so splurging on it is usually a waste. While not all drugstore mascaras are created equal, I’ve found L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black is as good, if not better than its designer counterparts. Although I’ve enjoyed torrid affairs with Benefit They’re Real, Make Up Forever’s Smoky Extravagant Mascara, and Diorshow, I always return home to the non-flaking L’Oreal’s Voluminous in Carbon Black.

Maybelline New York Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrows have the power to transform your face.  This is the perfect brow pencil for soft, subtle, long-wearing definition in an instant. It’s comparable to Anastasia Brow Wiz, Caramel, 1 ea, for 1/4th the price.  A lot of women use eyebrow pencils in entirely the wrong shade — namely too dark. Go with a color that’s a shade or two lighter than the color of your hair.








Maybelline New York ColorSensational Lip Liner in Nude 20

Want bigger lips without the cost and pain of injections?  Line outside your lips, then gently fill in the rest of the lip.  I wore this for my bridal shower and had several people ask me where I had my lips done.  Also, notice Kylie Jenner’s larger lips as of late?  She’s lining the OUTSIDE of her lip line with a nude or slightly darker than nude pencil, creating the illusion of larger lips. This liner won’t smudge, smear, feather or bleed.  Best of all?  Nude goes with any lip color!

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the face and ages 36% faster.  Burt’s Intense Hydration Eye Cream helps slow the aging process by plumping skin and visibly reducing lines, bags and dark circles.

Whatever your concern- fine lines, dark circles, bags, puffiness- no cream will work magic. Hocus Pocus only comes in the way of lasers, fillers and/or surgery. Retinol products help eliminate fine lines by changing the skin on the cellular level, but can also dry out the area; accordingly, this cream works well in conjunction with retin-a.

I have a mild obsession with vaporizing fine lines that pop up around my eye area (I went as far as to have my under eyes CO2 lasered). I can tell you from personal experience: Burt has your back – errr – eyes.  This is a drugstore MUST HAVE!

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Dry, Sensitive Skin

Skip overpriced lotions and quench your body and face with Cetaphil. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream contains a superior system of extra-strength emollients and humectants clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. The result is long-lasting relief for even severely dry skin. The non-greasy formula is excellent for hands, feet, elbows, knees, and even your FACE! Mix with retina-a to reduce irritation.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Although I splurge on several Obagi products, I always use Cetaphil cleanser.

With or without water, cleanse, soften, and soothe with this fragrance and soap-free facial cleanser. Perfect even for sensitive skin, this non-alkaline, non-comedogenic formula won’t dry your skin, won’t dull your healthy glow.

Cerave Sa Renewing Skin Lotion

Improves the appearance of skin left challenged by the elements, problematic skin flare-ups, embarrassing chicken skin on the back of your arms (like keratosis pilaris), or even shaving bumps. Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion helps restore and repair extremely dry, rough skin. Its patented Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE®) provides controlled release over time with ceramides that moisturize and soften skin. Salicylic acid works to loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells, patented MVE® technology allows a controlled release of nourishing ceramides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant Vitamin D into the skin to help repair and maintain the barrier. Salicylic acid’s exfoliating action allows these moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily, leaving it smooth and touchable.

Compare to KP Duty products that retail for over $122 for a complete kit.

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