I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) that you pay for what you get.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good bargain every now and again. When you can find that sweet spot of price and quality, you’re in my happy place. Especially when it comes to cosmetics and skincare products.
Here are a few of the drugstore products I am loving right now:
Baby powder: You will never need to buy dry shampoo again. Seriously. Tap out a smudge of powder, pat it between your hands, flip your hair over and work into the roots. Aim a blow dryer at your roots and vigorously work in the powder. Voila! Instantly fabulous Day 2 hair. Low tech and low price! $2ish (or less) for the travel size.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Night Cleansing Pads: I love some Salicylic Acid — anything that can help tighten my pores, help reduce acne and promote exfoliation gets an A+ in my beauty book. These pads are life-savers for my finicky, oily-but-dry skin. I use them first thing in the morning (instead of washing my face with cleanser). Afterwards, my face is clean, bright and ready to accept tinted moisturizer. $7.99 for 60 pads
Lumene Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes: Yes, I’m sure we all know how important it is to really wash your face every night, but there are just some times when I am so beyond tired that the thought of pumping cleanser into my hand and splashing water on my face is enough to bring me to tears. Enter Lumene Cleansing Wipes: gentle and effective enough to remove waterproof eye makeup without scrubbing. It’s no surprise the product as chosen as a Beauty Best by Allure magazine in 2011. $6.99 for 25 wipes at CVS
Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact: As I’ve mentioned before, I discovered Jesse’s Girl at Cosmoprof last year, and my love of their products is deep and unwavering. The shadows in this palette are heavily pigmented, apply like a dream and don’t flake, crease or disappear on their own. The line regularly bests many other drugstore brands in quality and price. $3.99 at select Rite Aid locations