8 Great Drugstore Beauty Buys

8 Great Drugstore Beauty Buys

We Budget Socialites know that looking great doesn’t have to come at a high price. Your local drugstore can be a haven for budget-friendly beauty products. Some work just as well as your favorite high-end products, but can be as much half the price, maybe more. These are my favorites drugstore beauty buys.

1.  Advantage Acne Spot Treatment – Clean & Clear
Price: $6.99. Clean & Clear says that 100% of people in a study showed improvements as early as day 1. While it didn’t work for me as fast as that, I can vouch for a pretty consistent 48 hour turn-around.

2. Full ‘N Soft Mascara – Maybelline
Price: $5.99. This is my go-to day mascara. I’ve tried many, more expensive mascaras and Full ‘N Soft can’t be beat. It gives your eyes great fringe, looks natural and doesn’t clump.

3. Daily Facial Cleanser – Cetaphil
Price: $8.80. Dermatologist recommended and they aren’t lying! I went for my yearly check up and asked about cleansers. Guess what she recommended, yup that’s right!

4. Chafing Gel as Make-Up Primer –  Monistat
Price: $8.99. I learned this trick on the wedding bee. This chafing gel, uses the same exact formula as Smashbox Photofinish Primer. I know it sounds nuts, but I did a side by side comparison and they look and feel the same. It’s a miracle and you get a big tube for like 1/15th of the price. Yes!

5. Mud Pack Masque – Queen Helene
Price: $3.99. An oldie but a goodie! Put this on your face, straight out of the shower (when your pores are open) and it will do stellar job of getting all the junk out of your pores.

6.  Shiny-licious Lip Gloss – Maybelline
Price: $6. Another great Maybelline product! This gloss has the benefit of being super shiny, long lasting and it’s not too sticky. Anyone who has gotten their hair stuck in their gloss, on a windy day can attest to the fact that not too sticky is a great thing in a lip gloss.

7. Rice Paper Blotting Tissues – Palladio
Price: $3.66. If you have an oily t-zone, these are a must! It’s an easy way to get rid of the shine without ruining your make up. No longer a drug-store buy because it was discontinued, I order 10 at a time on Amazon.com. Clean & Clear also makes Oil Absorbing Sheets. They are 2 bucks more and I don’t like them as much, but I will use them if Amazon ever stops selling the Palladio ones.

8.  Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System
Price: $22. This is the priciest thing on this list but it is well worth it. Exfoliation is key to having great skin. Kiss your dead skin cells good-bye with this product. I noticed a difference right away as soon as I started using this kit.

What did you think of our drugstore beauty buys? Did your favorite make the list? What what products can’t you live without?


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  1. Karen

    I love Cetaphil, use it everyday! Hmmm I need to try this Clean & Clear spot treatment. Sometimes I get a random breakout and hopefully this will help. I actually get my BB cream from the drugstore and I love it!
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  2. Kelly Wade

    Good list! I use Cetiphil on my face and it’s really helped a lot. I’ve tried the Clean and Clear spot treatment before as well but it wasn’t my favorite. The drug store has some good products you just have to know what to look for.

    • Trinidad Pena

      What’s your favorite, Kelly Wade? I’m always looking to try new products.

  3. Keta M.

    Great post! My face is a combination of dry and oily. I discovered Cetaphil a few years ago (a sample I recieved at a trunk show) in Philly and I have been hooked ever since!

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