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Whether it’s in your closet or your makeup bag, I believe a good mix of high and low end items can make a big difference. While I love shopping at Sephora or Ulta for many of my makeup splurges, there are so many drugstore products that I think are just as great, and sometimes better than the high-end brands. In fact, many of the drugstore brands we all know and love are owned by the same parent-company, like L’Oreal. The company owns expensive brands like Lancome and Urban Decay, but also owns drugstore brands like Maybelline and NYX, so you know you’re getting a good quality product at a decent price from a very trusty brand.
It takes time and many trials and errors, but the most important thing is to find the right products that work best for you. For me, I have learned over time that I prefer drugstore mascara, eyeliner, lip products and sometimes foundations, but I will always splurge on bronzer, eyebrow pencils and setting powder. While your needs might be totally different than mine, I wanted to share some tried-and-true drugstore makeup products that I think work just as well as the expensive brands, and maybe even better!
Finding the right mascara can be like finding a good pair of jeans- it can be a long hunt, so once you find a good one, you stick to it. I have been using this drugstore mascara for years and always regret it if I buy a different one. This mascara thickens, darkens and lengthens my fine, light lashes and is easily build-able without clumping or flaking off.
For those of you who are particular about your eyebrows, this gel will hold your brows and brow products in place all day long, and is half the price of the more popular, expensive brow gels. I do wish it came in colors other than clear for those no-makeup days when you just need a little brow tint, but it is fantastic if you have dark brows or for layering on top of pencil or powder.
A few years ago this product was raved about by all of the beauty gurus on YouTube, and for good reason. It has become a staple in my makeup bag and is smooth, easily blend-able and brightening without looking obnoxiously bright. To get more use out of the product, take off the little sponge applicator and use your fingers, brush or beauty blender to apply.
There are so many great drugstore blushes out there and this one has become my go-to summer color. It’s a beautiful bronzey-rose gold toned blush with a hint a shimmer and looks so nice on tan skin. I’ll even use this as an eyeshadow and blend with bronzer in the crease for an easy summertime look.
Another NYX product- this has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore brands, and honestly about half of my makeup bag is filled with their products. This is the best, cheapest, easiest, most non-sticky and not sickly-sweet smelling lip gloss. I love this light pink color that’s not shimmery or too heavy and goes perfectly with a smoky eye.
What are some of your favorite drugstore makeup products? Let me know in the comments below!
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One of my biggest skincare focuses lately has been on brightening and resurfacing my skin at night, which is when I tend to use the majority of my products. Let me start off by saying that I have clear skin with the occasional breakout, my skin gets dry if I don’t use a heavy moisturizer, and it’s also extremely sensitive and eczema prone. That being said, I have to be somewhat picky about what products I use, especially when it comes to peels or brightening treatments.
After trying a sample of these, I was very intrigued by the idea of a simple, nightly peel pad, and they didn’t burn or break me out in hives (sensitive skin problems.) The only downside was the $78 price tag for just 30 pads...no, thanks. After spying me wandering around the skincare section at Ulta, a nice saleslady convinced me that the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads were just as effective as the expensive ones, but half the price. Of course I was sold and bought them immediately.
Fast forward about 2 months (there’s 60 pads in the container) and sadly, I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my skin. I really wanted to love this product- it’s organic, filled with brightening ingredients like vitamin B3 and hyaluronic acid, it’s not crazy expensive and is super easy and quick to use. While the product description claims to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone and texture with daily use, I didn’t see that happen.
While I will definitely try some other products from Juice Beauty, I don’t think I would repurchase these peel pads. I haven’t lost hope in this concept of a super easy way to rejuvenate the skin, so here are a few replacements that are on my radar to try next!