If you’re anything like me, I appreciate a good deal as much as the next gal. I definitely think there are some products that are totally splurge-worthy (I’m looking at you texturizing spray of my dreams!), but all beauty products are not created equal, and sometimes a budget beauty buy is just as good. Today, I’ve rounded up the best budget beauty buys – most of which can be found at your local drug store.
Loréal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve tried just about every product (high and low) in the hair department, but I’ve been set on this one by Loréal for a while now. It comes in a few different types that I tend to rotate between, depending on my specific needs at the time. All of these products are sulfate free, so they don’t dry out your hair. In fact, the shampoo and conditioner both really hydrate my hair – and it’s not easy to find a shampoo for naturally curly haired girls that will do that. This hair mask by the same brand is also a treat, and rings in under $5.
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer: This concealer has been in my arsenal for a few years now, and no matter what expensive concealer I am testing at the moment, this one stays in rotation. I always reach for a shade or two lighter than my natural skin tone, and cake the formula underneath my eyes. Once it sets for a few minutes, I blend in and set with powder. Works like a charm!
TRESemmé Heat Tamer: You might recall me asking for heat protectant spray recommendations on Instagram stories, the other day. I had been using heat tamer by TRESemmé for a while (and when I say “using”, I mean that VERY loosely. I’ve had the same bottle for probably two years). After multiple recent dye jobs, I decided it was finally time to get serious about protecting my locks from more damage, and I wanted to make sure I had a heat taming product that fit the bill. After some research on the interwebs, I actually found out that this one by TRESemmé has great ratings/reviews. I couldn’t justify splurging on something more expensive when so many industry buffs were raving about this one that’s only $5! Through my research, I also discovered this “Repair and Protect” spray by TRESemmé. It’s supposed to do just that…repair damaged hair, while protecting it from further heat damage. I snagged it to give it a try, too.
TruSkin Vitamin C Serum – I’m a big fan of Vitamin C serum, and if you’re not using it already, you should be! Vitamin C has a ton of benefits to the skin, such as improving elasticity, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing dark spots (goodbye hyperpigmentation!), and so much more. It also protects against free radicals and environmental damage. I recently came across this brand on Amazon, and for the price compared to other Vitamin C serums I’ve tried, I thought I’d give it a try. Well, I’m not alone in my efforts, as this product has over 9000 reviews on Amazon! Even Allure weighed in with their positive thoughts. Take it from someone who has tried Vitamin C serums across the spectrum (some close to $100 per bottle), this one is well worth the price at under $20. I also love that it has a natural, plant-based formula, and is free of harmful synthetic add-ons. I have this Vitamin C cleanser currently in my cart to try, as well.
Gold and Snail Under Eye Patches – If you have puffy eyes, these were made for you! I have always struggled more with dark circles, and I can’t say they really do anything to aid with that, but when I feel like I had a rough night’s sleep, these babies perk my eyes right up! At only $11 for 60 pieces, it’s money well spent!
Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara – I’ve been using this mascara for years now, on recommendation from Emily Gemma. I know some people use one mascara for fullness, and another for length, but I think this does the trick for both. It’s pretty much the only mascara I use and I swear by it!
Are there any drug store budget beauty buys in your makeup bag, that are absolute musts? Please share in the comments below!