Top Twelve Drug Store Cosmetics

Who says beauty has to be expensive? In this article you’ll find dupes of expensive products, and cheap but great products-a real bang for your buck!


1.Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner:I absolutely adore this product. It’s alcohol free so it won’t dry out your skin, it’s organic, is cruelty free, comes in different scents(rose petal, lavender, cucumber) and it is a wonderful product to put on your skin after cleansing, and it doubles as a makeup remover! This product is good for all skin types-I have oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin and this product calms my skin down immensely-I’m less oily and my skin is has cleared up tremendously. Even my mom, who is in her fifties, uses this and her skin looks great-she has absolutely no wrinkles whatsoever. If you want a decently priced holy grail toner, I highly recommend Thayers!



2.L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara-This product is a dupe for the coveted Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara-from the packaging to the wand to the formula-for a fraction of the price! The wand coats your lashes easily and adds volume and length to even the shortest lashes, and it’s long lasting and easy to remove If you’re looking for a cheap mascara that gets the job done, I highly recommend Lash Paradise!



3.NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray:As I’ve said earlier, I have oily skin so my face can look shiny or my makeup will melt off, but not when I use this! I use this to set my makeup into place, and let me tell you, after hours of school, running around town in the heat, and going to a football game with friends, my makeup stayed on shine free and I didn’t even have to reapply once! If you have oily skin and you don’t have the time to be fixing your makeup throughout the day, this product is for you!



4.Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment:This is my go to spot treat for stubborn breakouts. The vanishing cream formula and 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide helps clear my breakouts and reduce redness without drying out my skin. I apply it twice daily-after I’ve washed my face and right before bed-and it has helped fight my breakouts and it works wonders, highly recommended for those with acne prone/sensitive skin.$7.49


5.Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer:A specially formulated face lotion for oily and acne prone skin-a product I’ve been using since middle school. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, unscented, and it has SPF 30, so I use this as a sunscreen during summer days also. It hydrates the skin while keeping the oil at bay, leaving a matte finish. Highly recommended for my fellow oily skinned people!


6.ELF Cosmetics Makeup Brushes: I’m the kind of girl who can spend $50 on an eyeshadow palette without batting an eye-but if a makeup brush costs over $20, I feel like I’m getting robbed. ELF’s makeup brushes are cheap, vegan, and get the job done as well as $50 brush from Sephora. They have a large range of brushes that are affordable and easily cleaned, if you like spending money on foundation but not brushes-ELF brushes are for you.

Brushes range from $1.00-$12.00


7.Garnier Skin Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover:French women have been using micellar water to take their makeup for ages-no wonder American brands caught on! This makeup remover is easy to use, you just apply the product on a cotton ball, rub it on your face and viola! Your makeup-including eye makeup-is gone using just one cotton ball! This product comes in ranges from original, waterproof, and sensitive, and even mattifying for oily skin! It doesn’t leave a gross residue on your skin after using it and nor rinsing afterward required! It’s quick, cheap, easy, and removes all of your makeup easily.


8.Nivea In Shower Nourishing Body Lotion:This product is wonderful, all you have to do is shower, apply the lotion, rinse it off and you’re done! Your skin will be extremely soft and it will save you some time in the morning when you’re getting ready. With this, even the driest skin will be smooth and supple!(I recommend applying this lotion after having too, no more irritating itchy legs and shaving bumps!)


9.NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick:Like anyone who wears makeup, I am a sucker for a nude, matte liquid lipstick. NYX’s Lip Lingerie line carries all sorts of ranges of nudes lipstick-taupe nudes, brown nudes, pinky nudes, mauve nudes-and they all apply evenly and dry matte. However, make sure you do a lip scrub before applying this and apply some lip balm-matte liquid lipstick tends to be a bit drying! If your lips are moisturized, once this liquid lipstick dries, it doesn’t budge or get all over your cups when you’re drinking something!  Just make sure to reapply after eating though!

$6.99 each

10.Pond’s Cold Cream:This stuff has been around for ages, your grandma probably has a jar of it in her bathroom, and old Hollywood starlets used to use it as face cream! Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s not great! Cold Cream is a multi use product- a great moisturizer, makeup primer and remover, shaving cream,face cleanser,  lip balm, anti-aging cream, it helps take out the sting from sunburn-if you can think of it-cold cream can do it!


11.Batiste Dry Shampoo:This dry shampoo is ranked number one in the UK for multiple reasons. It’s cheap, easy to use, and comes with a huge variety of scents. It also adds volume to your hair while absorbing the grease and oil, it makes your unwashed hair look, smell, and feel clean!


12.Vaseline Lip Therapy:Another classic, you can never go wrong with a tub of Vaseline. This formula however is richer than regular Vaseline, it heals chapped lips, protects them dryness, and is long lasting. It comes in different flavors and in cute, convenient little tub that’s perfect for on the go!If your lips are in need of serious moisture, grab yourself a little tub of this!