November 10, 2014

Budget Beauty - Quality Beauty Items Without the Hefty Price Tag

      You don't always have to spend a pretty penny to get quality! I'm all about bargain finds so my philosophy applies to beauty products as well. Sometimes the drugstore has items that I prefer to department store brands because they do the same job but at a fraction of the price. Click through to see some of the products I always buy and rebuy at the drugstore.


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1. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion - Besides the Body Shop's body butters, my absolute favorite body lotion is by Aveeno. At Costco, they sell the lotion in humongous 2-packs and I always repurchase there when I am running low. The lotion is scentless and it really does make a difference on your skin when you use it regularly.

2. Dove Pistachio & Magnolia Body Wash -  I don't really buy high-end body washes since the drugstore carries some great options. Ever since Dove came out with this new scent I've been hooked. I'm already on my third bottle! I always like the body washes by Dove because they lather up really well, are moisturizing, and have great scents. 

3. Cetaphil Gentle Facial Wash - The Gentle Facial Wash by Cetaphil is one of the most notoriously popular drugstore products out there. It's so versatile that both men and women of all ages can use it. The face wash lives up to its name, and it's a very gentle non-lathering face wash that is suitable to use every day.

4. Maybelline Color Tattoos - I've already mentioned the Color Tattoos in my favorite everyday makeup post. It can be hard to find a good cream drugstore eyeshadow, but the Color Tattoos are probably one of the best drugstore cream eyeshadows in terms of formula, color selection, and color-payoff. Unless I need a specific or more unique color, I'll see if the Color Tattoos have the color I need first.

5. Revlon Lip Butters - Since their release, the lip butters from Revlon are probably in every beauty enthusiast's makeup bag. It's a no-brainer really since the formula and color selection is amazing. I'm personally guilty of owning a few (okay I lied, it's more like five) shades.

6. Neutrogena Hand Cream - I don't know how long I've been using this hand cream, I would say probably since late middle school or early high school. While it's heavy and a little hard to spread around your hands when you first squeeze it out of the bottle, your skin just soaks it in and it makes your hands supremely soft.

7. My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks - While they're not an American drugstore product, My Beauty Diary Masks (MBD for short) are frequently found in Asian supermarkets and drugstores. MBD masks are my little beauty secret that I always recommend to my friends who do not know about MBD because they're cheap ($12-$15 for a box of 10), immensely soaked with essence, and they have more than a dozen different types that target different skin concerns. If you love face masks, enter my giveaway to win a bundle of gel and fabric sheet masks!!

8. Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Spot Concealer - Another winner from Maybelline, the Age Rewind line is so convenient and fun to use because of its built in sponge. Before you cross off the product because you're afraid of bacteria on the sponge, the sponge on all the Age Rewind products are anti-bacterial. The color payoff is amazing and it's really pigmented. The only con is that the shades are fairly limited, so not everyone will be able to find a shade that suits them.

9. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush - Lastly, the Real Techniques line is also another beloved drugstore brush brand but the real star out of the entire brush line has to be the Expert Face Brush. It's the best drugstore foundation brush I've tried, and it gives results just as good as my higher end foundation brushes. At under $10, it's one of the best drugstore buys you can purchase.


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