These past few days I've been sick with a sinus infection, which means that along with being stuck on the couch getting ahead on my reading assignments, I've spent a lot of time roaming the aisles in my local CVS while waiting on the pharmacy. It got me thinking about my favorite drugstore finds, some new, some that I've repurchased again and again. Obviously I think there are some instances where you get what you pay for, but these days, drugstore brands have improved their formulas so much that it's almost ridiculous to pay Sephora prices. However, if you want to know what I will pay a little more for, aka the best bronzer/contour EVER, you can read up on that in this The Balm Haul + Review. These are my drugstore favorites split into skincare, hair care, and makeup.
Simple Replenishing Moisturizer
I wanted to try a cheaper alternative to my beloved Clinique moisturizer and I'm really happy with this one. It's a little thinner, which is good during the summer because it isn't overly hydrating, but it feels great on my skin and my sensitive skin loves it.
Soft Soap Coconut Scrub
This stuff smells SO good. I just use it with a loofah and it works well to cleanse and exfoliate my skin without being too sandpaper-y. I've repurchased twice, so 10/10.
L'Oreal Volume Filler Shampoo & Conditioner
I have very fine hair that either looks dry and frizzy or flat and shiny. I just wanted to find a mix of the two, shiny and voluminous, and this pair is so great! It gives my hair a nice texture without making it look like straw and it doesn't weigh it down, plus, it's affordable. I never really got into buying fancy shampoos and conditioners, but after spending lots of money trying them all, these are my favorite.
Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
I can't live a day without this stuff. When my hair is too shiny or needs a bit of help with volume I go to town with this stuff and it works great. No more of those terrible white/gray patches and I find it lasts pretty well, plus I love that you get a decent sized bottle.
Real Techniques Brushes
These are the first brushes I used since the good old triangle sponge days and I've never looked back. They've held up to regular cleaning for 3 years and they're still very soft and smooth. I love the different sets and combinations you can get, but also the single brushes, because you can build up a collection tailored just to what you need. I have the core face set, as well as some singles, and I use them almost every day. LOVE.
Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown
I'll admit, when I first bought this stuff I was really nervous. It looks like mascara for your brows and I didn't want that crunchy eyebrow look. However, after getting the technique down (use a very light hand), I love the way it holds my brows in place and gives them a little extra volume. I use this first and then fill in whatever looks spare with my brow pencil and VOILA!
Milani Rose Blush in Tea Rose
As much as I love the coral tones in my Balm blush, I sometimes like a more natural baby pink for when I'm having a no makeup makeup day. This one is very smooth and light and looks very natural. I think the one would look great on every skin tone and it's super affordable!
Ardell Brow Pencil in Soft Taupe/Brown
I got this pencil because it looked very similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz which I'd heard tons about. The nib is rectangular shaped, instead of like a pencil tip, which allows me to straighten the bottom and side of my brows. I love that it's a grey toned pencil instead of the warm tones I've found in other drugstore brow products and it doesn't budge throughout the day.
Maybelline True Match LUMI in W1-2
I was really pissed when I went to buy this stuff and saw that they didn't sell it in Cool 1 or 2. That's my usual color and I really don't understand why they're lightest cool shade is a 3, but anyhow... I brought this home in Warm 1-2 and it actually works really well to even out the redness in my skin. I like the silky look this leaves - I wouldn't say it's truly luminous - but it does stay all day and it's definitely not matte, so so far I like it.
Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof in Brown
I have a love hate relationship with mascara, so once I find a good one I stick with it. I used The Falsies for over a year, and then tried this one and now this is my go to. I already have long lashes, but this one adds even more length, plus volume. It's very wet when you first buy it, so I'd let it dry out a bit so as not to mark up you eyelids, but once it's dried out a little it's great and doesn't chip throughout the day!
Obviously there are probably SO many more great drugstore finds out there, but these are ones I'd found to be tried and true, so you don't have to worry when you purchase them! Any drugstore recommendations I should try?