Bargain Beauty

I feel like the ultimate question for women my age is.. what makeup products are actually worth the splurge? There are some products that you should consider splurging a little bit on. (i.e. a great foundation or concealer). However, it’s far more reasonable to pick up some items at the drugstore.

Let’s face it, as the semester goes on, your bank account just keeps shrinking and you have to find a way to save money. So in this week’s post, I am going to give you the low down on which beauty products you shouldn’t break the bank to buy.

There are times when I can walk up and down the makeup aisle of CVS for almost an hour checking out all of the new makeup. It’s basically the closest thing to a Sephora in the rural college town where I live (kinda sad… but true). So it’s safe to say that I have a decent understanding of the drugstore makeup scene.

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I’m constantly bulking up on this stuff. This mascara just never seems to get old!

I almost always buy my mascara from a drugstore. I go through it so quickly, so it’s dumb not to do so. I have two go-to’s: Covergirl’s Clump Crusher Extensions, and The Falsies by Maybelline. I swear, every time I use them, someone compliments my lashes. If these two don’t cut it for you, Allure has a list of the best mascaras under $20.

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One of the most perfect nude lip balms out there…

Another product that I love to splurge on at the drugstore is a good lip product. One of my favorite red lip liners is from Rimmel, and it’s definitely a go-to product of mine. The color goes on so smooth, and it lasts me all night. Plus, it’s 6 bucks, so that’s that.

I also really like e.l.f lip products. They are almost too cheap to pass up, and I just love the minimalistic and modern packaging. Anyway, I love their tinted lip balm. I have one in nude and I just love the subtle shimmer and sheen. It adds a little something extra to your basic SPF lip balm. I have also had good luck shopping for quality lipsticks at reasonable prices. The Super Lustrous Lipsticks by Revlon for example, go on SO smoothly and will provide lasting color all night. No complaints there…


Speaking of lip products… this Revlon lip stick has been my pop-of-color go-to for a few years now. I’m always buying lipsticks from the drugstore for a quick fix.

Besides actual makeup, the majority of my beauty products are on the less expensive side. Dry shampoo is my first example. The Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo is a savior. How many times have you forgotten to rub in your dry shampoo completely, and your left with spots of grey in your hair?? Uhm, too many to remember. This stuff is great because the subtle color creates a flawless application. And if you’re anything like me, dry shampoo is a MUST!!

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Some of my go-to necessities:I love the Simple eye makeup remover pads. They don’t irritate my skin like other makeup remover wipes, and they are the perfect size if you’re on the go. The Batiste dry shampoo is another product that I will keep buying for years to come.

Nail polish is another drugstore go-to. Besides the classic Essie polish, I am addicted to Revlon’s Gel Envy. I have never given myself a bad mani or pedi with this polish. The larger brush and thicker polish (when compared to Essie) gives way to a mistake-free polish application. Plus, it typically lasts me about a week/week and a half without chipping at all. For me, this is huge because my polish always seems to chip after a day or so. I have Double Down (light golden bronze) and Beginners Luck (the lightest iridescent pink) which I’ve had for a few months now, and they still remain my favorite nail polishes.


Out of my entire polish collection… these two take the lead. The super shiny finish definitely resembles a real gel mani.

I hope this has given you some ideas for your next drugstore “shopping spree.” When you start to think that you can’t find your beauty necessities on a budget, think again! Looking your best and feeling great isn’t about draining your bank account, it’s about experimenting with different products across the spectrum.

Talk to ya next week,

Alex B. 


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