Hey there, Beauties!! While I have my high end favorites of certain products, there are some products that I will always get at the drugstore first. I just don’t think that some things are worth spending crazy amounts of money for. I’ve found some things at the drugstore that work just as well, if not better, than their high end counterparts. If you want to know what things I only buy at the drugstore, just keep on reading.
Some products are worth the splurge, and some just aren’t. Certain things I just won’t spend a ton of money on, whether it’s because the item is something I go through quickly or something I just found works better than the high end version. Let me know in the comments what products you make it your business to get at the drugstore instead of buying the more expensive version.
Enough beating around the bush, let’s get into it!
The first things I buy exclusively at the drugstore are beauty sponges. I’ve never owned an official Beauty Blender. The thought of paying $20 for something that I’m just going to have to replace in a few months just makes zero sense to me. Thankfully, the drugstore has some amazing options for a fraction of the price of a Beauty Blender. My favorites are the Flower Beauty Blending Sponge, L’Oreal Foundation Blender, and the Maybelline FaceStudio Blender. These sponges are all fantastic and way cheaper than the Beauty Blender.
Another thing I mainly buy at the drugstore are eyeliner pencils. I’ve tried a few high end eyeliner pencils here and there, but I find that the drugstore ones I have perform just as well, in some cases better, than the few high end ones I have. The nude pencil shown, the Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer in the shade In the Nude is legit my favorite nude pencil for the waterline. It doesn’t move around or fade throughout the day and isn’t too light so it looks natural as it brightens the eyes. The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Liner is such a great black liner. It’s matte and lasts forever without smudging. It’s actually almost difficult to remove at the end of the night.
While I definitely have one or two high end mascaras that I adore, 95% of my ‘can’t live without’ mascaras are from the drugstore and I am always picking up backups so I never have to go without them. Since mascara is something you replace every 3-6 months (depending on use, of course), it’s not exactly cost effective to limit yourself to only higher end options. Plus, I have found that more drugstore mascaras impress me than a majority of the high end ones I’ve tried. A few of my favorites include the Essence Lash Princess False Effect, Maybelline Total Temptation and the L’Oreal Lash Paradise (not shown).
The final thing that I will only buy at the drugstore is facial cleanser. I go through so much so quickly that spending more than $20 on a cleanser would just make no sense for me. Plus, in my opinion anyway, cleanser is cleanser. The name on the bottle doesn’t really impress me. For other skincare items, like serums and such, I’ll spend the higher coins, but not for the soap I just use to wash my makeup off, you know? My current favorite cleanser is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. It is great for cleansing my face after I use my makeup removing balms and oils, but also is great on no makeup days. It cleanses the skin without drying it out. I have the hydrating version of this that I’m going to try as soon as I run out of the foaming one.
Those are the main things that I simply refuse to spend high amounts of money on that I feel perform just as well, if not better, than higher end products that cost way more money. Let me know in the comments below what items you prefer to buy at the drugstore.
Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo
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