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Drugstore beauty product must-haves for any budget

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September 09, 2013 · 1.9k Views

This post was created for all those who have been blessed with “Champagne taste on a beer budget”. Don’t let your need to budget negatively affect your Fabulosity. We know you have an image to maintain, and drugstores (and other superstores such as Target) are loaded with an arsenal of must-have beauty products at affordable prices. Without further ado, here are the Plus Side’s drugstore beauty product must haves for 2013!

1. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer

I call this my miracle in a jar. I’m not a fan of primers that leave the slightest amount of residue on my face, and for this reason it has taken me years to find one that I swear by. This liquid based formula glides on effortlessly to create a bare canvas of smooth perfection. It can be worn with all types of foundations (from mineral powder to cream based) and its genius formula is designed for compatibility will all skin types.

2. Dickenson’s Witch Hazel All Natural Astringent

While the majority of cleansers on the market today claim to be balanced enough that we are able to alleviate the crucial step of toning, I am addicted to this all-natural product. Most toners and/or astringents leave my skin feeling tight and dry, however Dickinsons’s Witch Hazel provides a soft finish with a subtle glow. Since I’ve been using it in conjunction with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (a beauty splurge), my skin has never been healthier.

3. Neutrogena Bath Oil 8.5oz

Pre-pregnancy a moisturizing body cleanser would have left my skin smooth and glowing for the entire day, however these days my ever-changing skin requires much more nourishment. This lightweight oil provides just the right amount of hydration without leaving behind unnecessary greasy residue. I simply apply it to my damp body after showering and it evaporates instantly leaving soft and supple skin.

4. L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

Va-Va-Voom is the best way to describe this product! Just one coat of this volumizing, no-clump mascara will leave your lashes luxurious and camera ready. While most mascara brushes leave behind clumps as you build on layers, I have never had a problem with loading this product on. Each layer glides on as smoothly as the initial coat. The flake-free formula is extremely easy to remove and doesn’t irritate the delicate eye area.

5. CoverGirl LineExact Liquid Liner Pen 

If you can draw a straight line with a fine-tip sharpie you will master this product. The felt-tip on the LineExact Pen releases the perfect amount of liquid consistently creating an effortless application. Whether you want to channel Amy Winehouse for the day or create a subtle more natural look, this product does the trick. Just be sure to place the cap back on after using to prolong the product life.

6. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Blush

I have officially adapted the west coast mentality and have taken an effortlessly chic approach to my appearance. No longer do I spend hours on my hair and make-up, in fact, my entire routine takes 15 minutes. One product that I very rarely skip is my Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Sheerest Cream Blush. Not only is this blush non-transferable, it provides a natural healthy glow that I love.

**My personal faves are Bloom and Beaming

7. Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads 80 Count

I conveniently keep these pads in my purse and remove my lip product and eye makeup on the drive home in the evening. (It may be one of the highlights of my day) The moisturizing blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea conditions my lashes, invigorates my eyes and appears to remove the bags I’ve received as a result of staring at a computer screen for the majority of the day.

8.  Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs

On a recent trip back home to Maryland, the mosquitos had a field day on my legs and left me with tons of dark marks that needed concealing. I scoured Walgreen’s for my old faithful from my clubbing days – Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. This product is a Godsend for legs that have imperfections. It provides a subtle glow while perfectly concealing, and doesn’t transfer in extreme heat.  Oh, and did I mention it’s great for contouring!

9. Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation

I discovered this amazing collection when I suddenly discovered that my MAC Studio Tech foundation ran out as I was preparing for work one morning. I normally stray away from drugstore foundations because of the lack of shade options offered by brands, however Fit Me! boasts an 18-shade range that makes selecting your perfect match simple. The smooth liquid formula provides a medium to full coverage naturally concealing any imperfections.

10. Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash

 Bar soap is a thing of the past! This creamy body wash transforms any shower into a luxurious experience. The moisturizing beads provide a silkening effect that leaves your skin velvety smooth, while the delicious combination of rich vanilla and sandalwood lingers on the skin for hours after bathing. Go ahead, indulge yourself.

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