Not everyone is interested in signing up for monthly subscriptions for things like beauty products and cleaning supplies. I actually used to be afraid of signing up for monthly subscriptions after hearing so many complaints about auto-renewals and billing problems. I've been very fortunate to find such great companies to subscribe to (see the list here: My Subscriptions), but I understand that those products just aren't in the budget for everyone.
I've been asked to compile a list of my favorite drugstore brands. I spent a lot of time trying different things in search of the right product for my needs at the best price. Sometimes I never found it, but these are my favorite Drugstore/Major Retailer Beauty Products (not including nail products). What I've chosen might not work for everyone, but I hope you can find something that works for you!
Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner (pictured: Sweet Pomegranate) I tried to jump on the "No 'Poo" revolution for awhile and went in search of a good cleansing conditioner that wasn't being peddled by celebrities on late night TV. I'd tried a couple of different products, but many left my hair feeling heavy or looking over moisturized and when I used it I often felt like I needed to wash every day which is the last thing I want. I alternated between the Sweet Pomegranate and Original Coconut Creme (both smell amazing), washing every 3rd day (learn how to stop washing every day) for months before feeling like I needed a clarifying shampoo. My hair looked and felt good and the price was great.
PRICE: Around $10 Amazon's Price: 16 fl. oz. $6.99
Infusium 23 Repair & Renew Leave-In Treatment My first Leave-In treatment that I truly loved. I also think this is the best product at this price point. I've used a lot of things on my hair, this is one I can say I've used for years. It's light and can be used daily for detangling. I definitely find my hair is healthier when I use it.
PRICE: Around $6 Amazon's Price: 8 fl. oz, 2 pk: $9.09
it's a 10 miracle leave-in plus keratin I first received this in my Birchbox a few months ago. It's AMAZING! While you can purchase it in larger bottles, I've been using the small 4 oz. one for months now. It smells amazing. The detangling powers of this product are excellent. It definitely could be for daily use, but I think that is just a bit too much for my hair so I only use it on days after I've washed. It's definitely a ten.
PRICE: Around $21 Amazon's Price: 4 fl oz $11.00 (eligible for free shipping)
Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo I have a complicated relationship with dry shampoo. Dry shampoo days are, admittedly, not my favorite hair days. This is one of my favorite products because it is both effective and smells great. There are other options that are cheaper or comparable in price, but I found that this was the best at eliminating odor and absorbing excess oil at this price point.
PRICE: Around $6 Amazon's Price: 5.9 fl. oz (3 pack) $19.60
Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher is a wonder product. The first time I used this product, I used too much because I was so used to the Instant Dry action of the Psssst! I had been using. Since then, I've learn that a little bit goes a long, long way when it comes to this product. Sometimes with dry shampoos, I use them to get rid of some of the excess oil that's causing my hair to look greasy, but I still end up putting my hair up; I don't run into that problem with this product because the blowout spray is amazing for 2-3 day old hair that you actually want to wear down. If you can, I highly recommend splurging on this product.
PRICE: Around $20 Amazon's Price: 4.9 oz $14.16
SKIN: Simple Brand Skin Care From time to time I use different products on my face, including various masks and moisturizers. However, the products I keep purchasing for myself all come from Simple. While I don't have sensitive skin, I've heard that it is a great product for people who do. According to the Simple website, they have 18 products, and all Simple products have no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants and are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and pH balanced.
PRICE: Between $5-13 dollars, regularly on sale at Walgreens. Amazon: Simple Face Care Trial Set with facial wash, wipes and moisturizer $8.99
Mascara: There are only two kinds of mascara I've bought more than once in my life. This is for two reasons: I always use them way longer than recommended (which is a few months) and if I buy something I dislike I still use it as long as I can. I'm currently using Smashbox Full Exposure ($20.00 at Ulta). If I wasn't, I would be using one of these options:
Rimmel SCANDALEYES Waterproof Mascara Big, full lashes with a large applicator and waterproof formula. Not the best waterproof formula I've ever used, but your lashes will look huge. This didn't irritate my contacts and lasted a long time.
PRICE: priced on a store level, however they are often included in BOGO sales at Walgreens. Can usually be found for around $11.
Maybelline Great Lash Yes, this is a very basic mascara without the fancy bells and whistles and weird applicators. It's classic, comes in a variety of colors, and simple. This is what I would recommend for someone who doesn't use mascara often enough to use an entire tube of the expensive stuff before it goes bad or someone who just needs something simple.
PRICE: $6 or less
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo This stuff is badass. Highly pigmented and long wearing, I've applied this in the morning and it stayed strong and proud on my lids until I removed it. It comes in a variety of colors from tame to teal, is easy to use and suitable for every day looks. This stuff is serious and one of my favorite products.
PRICE: Under $7
FACE: Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup I fell in love with stick foundations when they came out in my teen years. However, they just weren't suitable for my skin at the time which was often too dry or pimply for a stick which seemed to make those flaws (and the fact that I tried to hide them) incredibly visible. I recently fell in love with Revlon's PhotoReady Insta-Fix... it's quick, portable and suitable for quick touch ups or all over application.
PRICE: Around $14, but frequent BOGO sale item at Walgreens Amazon's Price: $12.77
Revlon ColorStay Foundation Sometimes, you just need a liquid foundation. I've struggled with foundations that melt, wear off, highlight flaws, etc. I use the one for Oily/Combination skin. This gives me an absolutely flawless face, especially when I use it with my Beautyblender. It dries fast and flawlessly and it really does last all day. It feels pretty lightweight, but it is a medium/full coverage foundation.
PRICE: Around $14 but frequent BOGO sale item at Walgreens Amazon's Price: $7.79
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder This is the finishing touch that makes everything all come together. The ultra-fine formula looks great and helps your skin look flawless alone or over makeup. I've left the house wearing only this powder and some mascara. It's pretty amazing stuff and looks great applied with the applicator or a brush.
PRICE: Around $11 Amazon's Price: $8.54