4 Drugstore Beauty Products Every Woman Will Use For the Rest of Her Life
I’m very, very good at finding incredible things that aren’t expensive. I’m an unapologetic fast-fashion advocate, I can forage any cheesy mall store and emerge with a respectable outfit, and I understand the thrill of a particularly successful Marshall’s or TJ Maxx run.
That skill also applies to beauty.
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As much as I cherish the feeling of unboxing a beautifully packaged Chanel lipstick or slathering on a ridiculously overpriced skin cream, I know for a fact there’s a cheaper version out there somewhere. It may not come in a gilded package, but it’s made with the same ingredients and does the exact same thing.
As somebody who spends an alarmingly large amount of time testing out (and compulsively hoarding) beauty products, browsing the aisles at pharmacies (and Sephora), and posting reviews on MakeupAlley.com (hey, no judgment — we all need a hobby), I feel qualified — nay, compelled — to share with you four drugstore products I’ll never, ever upgrade. And most are well below $25.
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Check out these epic must-haves below:
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strip
Few activities are more pleasurable in life than dampening your nose, applying a Boiré strip, peeling it off, and looking at the residue. Gross? A little, but I've been loyal to seeing what ends up on these guys since high school — and I swear they keep my nose relatively blackhead-free. ($7.99, Target.com)
Essie Go Ginza Nail Polish
Essie is pretty much the OG of nail polish, and Go Ginza — a super-hip white-based lavender — is my all-time favorite shade. It's a bit hard to use by myself — it needs two to three solid coats to make sure it's totally unstreaky and as bold as I like it — but I often bring it with me to the nail salon just in case they don't have it. ($8.59, Target.com)
Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pack
I hoard these packets like they're being discontinued, and use them every single time my wavy color-treated hair feels parched, brittle or just meh. The gentle, hydrating nutrients — including soybean oil, glycerin and olive oil — always leave my hair silkier and easier to manage. Tip: I also like to run it through my ends at the beach during the summer. ($1.39, SallyBeauty.com)
Revlon Expert Tweezer Slant Tip
Tweezers are tweezers, right? Wrong. I've been living my life in a haze of "whatever works" until I recently asked a makeup artist which tweezer she swears by, and discovered it's Revlon's slant tip — or bust. I now keep the slanted version in my bag at all times and find it gets closer to the root than any other brand I've tried. ($6.93, Jet.com)