Drugstore Gems

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m a bit of a beauty snob. The majority of my makeup now comes from elite retailers, such as Sephora, Birchbox.com, and the right-hand side of Ulta. Same for my hair and skincare products. But seriously, there are some major finds lurking inside your corner Walgreens. I’m not talking about the ones with makeup boutiques within them {like this one}, either. Lately, I’ve tried to reduce my snootiness and open my mind to trying out some drugstore beauty products every once in a while. They are often insanely cheap, after all. Even the “fancy” brands, like Revlon and L’Oreal, are half the price of what you’d find at Sephora. I rounded up a bunch of my latest finds, and tell you which ones are worth it to purchase and which ones to pass on!


Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths–These are awesome for those days that you oversleep or can’t make it to the shower after an early-morning workout. They smell fresh, and the towelettes are thick. Your skin dries quickly, and with a silky finish. I love these for a quick wipe-down when I’m feeling not-so-fresh. Basically dry shampoo for your body, in a wipe form!  $2.99 at Target.

Garnier Clean Nourishing Cleansing Oil–I switched to a cleansing oil at the suggestion of a friend, and I’m so glad I did! This oil dissolves facial and eye makeup, and doesn’t dry your skin out at all. You apply a few pumps to your dry face {make sure your hands are dry too} and massage it into your skin for a few seconds. Then add a bit of water to your hands so it emulsifies, and continue rubbing. Rinse off and revel at the baby-softness of your skin. $5.99 at Target.

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel–I’m an avid user of Benefit’s Gimme Brow, but sometime the gel doesn’t cut it. I have a couple bare patches in my brow that require a little extra attention. My Anastasia eyebrow pencil finally ran out {after over two years of use!}, and I was looking for something to use in the interim. I picked this up at Walgreens, thinking for the low price, it didn’t really matter if I didn’t like it! Luckily for me, it’s a great eyebrow pencil. The color matches perfectly, and it only takes a few, gentle strokes to fill in the sparse spots in my brows. The only downside is the weird brush attached to the cap–it’s almost too big and bulky to use on your eyebrows, so I’ve stuck with the tiny spoolie brush attached to my Anastasia pencil {which I have yet to throw away, despite its emptiness}. $3.79 at Walgreens.

CoverGirl TruMagic Skin Perfector–This product is interesting. That’s the only way I could come up with to describe it. It’s a strange balm that you apply with a small compact sponge, and it mattifies your skin. I struggled with how to use it, at first–it’s easy to get too much on that sponge! I started out applying it on top of my foundation to achieve the matte, flawless look it promises, but my makeup rubbed off on the sponge. So then I tried it in lieu of a primer–better results, but it just feels weird. It makes my skin feel sort of dry and silky, but not in a good way? I don’t know, this is probably the most confusing review ever. I’m going to continue giving it a chance, but this is definitely a very odd product. $11.49 at Walgreens.

Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes–I bought these thinking that maybe I needed a product designed to remove my facial makeup before I washed my face. I’ve never used makeup remover towelettes before, and I probably won’t be purchasing these wipes again. First of all, the package says hypoallergenic, which is why I selected it. My skin can be very sensitive, especially on either side of my nose, and is irritated very easily. These wipes make that area burn a little, and causes redness. Also {and this could be due to the fact that I never use facial wipes}, I just don’t like how they make my face shiny and sticky. I’m annoyed just thinking about it. Even though I wash my face seconds later, it drives me crazy. These might be good for some people, but I will be eliminating them from my routine. $6.49 at CVS.

CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liquid Liner–I’m not a frequent user of liquid liner, but I’m experienced enough to know when I’ve got something good on my hands. This is a wonderful little liner. I say little–it really is tiny! It fits so easily in your hand, and the cap screws on and off to avoid any leakage mishaps. The felt tip is flexible but not too floppy and not too stiff–perfect for creating an easy, flawless swoop. $8.99 at Walgreens.

Maybelline Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick in Pink Fever and Just-Pinched Pink–I don’t usually spend too much time, energy, or money on blush. I just don’t see the point. Every now and then, though, I find my curiosity gets the better of me. I picked these two hues up at Target a few weeks ago, and have had a positive experience thus far! They’re smooth, creamy sticks of color; they glide onto your cheeks and blend to an impossibly silky finish. I’ve been favoring the paler of the two, but even the bright pink looks natural once applied. I may have been converted. $7.99 at Target.

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer–This primer has just been an inexpensive stand-in for some of the other, more expensive primers I’ve used. I have yet to find one that I LOVED, so in between trying new ones {and trying to save a buck or two}, I picked this guy up. My review: meh. It’s not good, not bad. Nothing special. I’ll continue to use it until I find my Primer Prince Charming, but it’s nothing I’m over the moon about. $8.79 at Walgreens.

Essie Nail Polish in Madison Ave-Hue–The way I feel about Essie polishes is reminiscent to me of the way the boys in my fifth grade class used to feel about Pokémon. Gotta catch em all! I can’t believe I actually just used that line. But it’s true! I will never tire of collecting new Essie shades. I picked up Madison Ave-Hue, because I felt my collection was lacking some bright pinks. {I slightly overdid it with the nude variation this fall/winter.} My favorite Essie pink is Mod Square, and this looked similar but different enough that I wanted it immediately. It’s a hot pink with a very faint silvery shimmer {more noticeable in the bottle than on your nails}. I applied it to my toenails and noted that it dries to a darker finish than it looks in the bottle, but that’s okay. It’s very pretty! And now my feet are summer-ready! $8.50 at CVS.


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