I have this game with my 4-year-old daughter where we ask each other what our favorite section is at Walmart. (I know, fun huh?) Without fail, her response is always the toy section! My response, on the other hand, is always the beauty section! She yells it out with me now LOL.
It’s the truth. I can literally spend hours perusing any drugstore beauty and makeup aisle as I’m sure many of you are guilty of doing too.
Gosh, why do we love drugstore beauty so much? Well, because you can really find some hair and skincare gems there. Very affordable ones at that.
So for this post, my twin sister Colleen and I have put together our list of the best drugstore beauty products we can’t live without.
If drugstore makeup is your thing, check out our post The Best Drugstore Makeup Products Ever. This post will be strictly about hair, body and skincare must-haves at the drugstore. With that said, let’s dive in!
1- Garnier SkinActive The Gentle Sulfate-Free Cleanser
This has been my go-to daily cleanser for a few years now. It has a gel cream consistency that slightly foams to effectively remove makeup, oil, dirt and other impurities. It’s super gentle which is a must for my sensitive and problematic skin but is suitable for pretty much all skin types. Amazon Price $8.07 | SHOP NOW |
2- Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Face Scrub
As far as face scrubs go, this is THE ONE. While most scrubs can be harsh, this one is very gentle and effective. Just ask my sister Colleen who uses it daily and swears by its complexion brightening and skin smoothing powers. Amazon Price $6.37 | SHOP NOW |
3- Neutrogena Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer SPF-35
With summer here, sun protection is first and foremost on my mind. If I know I’ll be spending a good amount of time outside, I reach for this facial moisturizer with SPF 35. I also love that the formula is lightweight so it can be worn under my makeup. Amazon Price $8.64 | SHOP NOW |
4- Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream
This is an old faithful that you’ve seen in our other must-have beauty posts. The Simple Water Boost Hydrating Gel Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that’s suitable for any skin type. It’s also great for skin prep before makeup application. Amazon Price $7.50 | SHOP NOW |
5- Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water
Use this refreshing facial mist to soothe dry dehydrated skin. You can also do like Colleen and set your makeup in place with it, or use it to hydrate and prep your skin before applying makeup. Amazon Price $6.25 | SHOP NOW |
6- Biore Witch Hazel Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
Free your pores from all that built-up gunk and let them breathe! These deep cleansing pore strips are a must have for Colleen before a special event or makeup video shoot when her skin needs to look flawless. Amazon Price $5.99 | SHOP NOW |
7- Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Shea Butter Lip Balm
The delectably juicy scent of this lip balm alone is enough to make it a must have. Wear it on its own to keep your lips moisturized or amp up any lip look by wearing it over your favorite lip color. Amazon Price $5.44 | SHOP NOW |
8- Eos Active Lip Balm Sphere With SPF
I love the super cute packaging and the citrus scent is good enough to eat! Need I say more? Fine. It’s also water resistant and has SPF so it’s great for outdoorsy activities. I smother it on my lips before hitting the pool or going for a run. Amazon Price $3 | SHOP NOW |
9- Maui Moisture Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner
I first tried these on our Las Vegas girls trip and I’ve been hooked ever since. Even with the the dry and cigarette smoky Las Vegas air, my hair felt silky smooth and looked healthy for the entire trip. The shea butter and coconut oil scent is also aromatherapy heaven! Amazon Price $6.97 Each | SHOP NOW |
10- Hask Charcoal With Citrus Purifying Dry Shampoo
This was another go-to hair product on our Vegas girls trip. It saved us so much time getting ready. On days when you’re short on time time or don’t feel like washing your hair, spray this in and watch the oils, odor and sweat vanish! Amazon Price $6.99 | SHOP NOW |
11- L’Oreal CURVE IT Curl Elastic Mousse
I have extremely unruly wavy hair so I when I’m just not in the mood for a one hour arm workout with my flat iron, I reach for this mousse. It provides the right amount of hold, defines my waves beautifully and doesn’t make my hair “crunchy” later on in the day. The fresh clean scent is a nice bonus too. Amazon Price $3.97 | SHOP NOW |
12- Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash
Colleen claims this is the only body wash she’ll ever buy from now on. (Fingers crossed that it never gets discontinued, as tends to happen with great products.) She says her skin feels drenched in luxurious moisture and smells great long after her shower. She’s convinced me to grab one on my next run to Walmart. Amazon Price $8.20 | SHOP NOW |
13- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen
Ever wondered how J.Lo gets that gorgeous body glow? Well, her makeup artist reveals the secret in this video on Tati’s YouTube channel. The secret is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist! I know right?! A $9 bottle of sunscreen mist? It’s true. It just so happens Colleen’s been using it too when she wants that luminous body glow without having to battle harmful UV-Rays on those gorgeous Hawaiian beaches. Amazon Price $18.90 | SHOP NOW |
FINAL THOUGHTS ON DRUGSTORE BEAUTY
Have you tried any products on the list or do you have your own drugstore beauty products you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you get notified whenever we post something new. Cheers!