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6 Drugstore Staples I Can’t Live Without

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I spent my lean college years and early twenties pining for pricey beauty products. If it wasn’t available at Target, it wasn’t in the budget. Now that I’m older and wiser and have more disposable income with which to purchase fancy face creams and such, I realize that some of those drugstore brands weren’t so bad. In fact, I now get incredible satisfaction out of scoring something cheap that actually works better than its department-store counterpart. These six essentials have earned a regular spot on my vanity:

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($5.99): So unbelievably refreshing and hardworking, they remove makeup and grime so well you’ll almost forget they’re natural AND biodegradable. Product perfection.


Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation ($12): Whoa. That’s my response to this skin-perfecting, dewy dose of natural-looking coverage. It has me rethinking ALL of my award-winning fancy foundations—you know the ones I mean.



Cherry Carmex ($1.69): I have loads of $20 lip balms that smell lovely and make me feel pretty special. But if my lips are seriously chapped or cracked, nothing is going to fix them like Carmex. The new cherry flavor is sooo good.



Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat ($5): A celebrity manicurist tipped me off to this multitasker, and she’s right on the money. It keeps nails super shiny and chip-free, especially if you add another coat the next day.



Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99): I l-o-v-e dry shampoo. On day-old hair to keep it from looking greasy but also as a spritz at the roots of a fresh blow-out for extra volume. This cheapie is better than most professional brands so I can spray with abandon.



Maybelline Last Stiletto ($5.99): I have never understood the fascination with Great Lash, but this Maybelline mascara is another story. It doesn’t get goopy or dry up after a month like most drugstore brands, and it gives you the longest, cleanest, prettiest lashes ever.

Read more of Elizabeth’s musings at Beauty Bets.


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