My Drugstore Beauty Essentials

In one of my earlier posts, I talked about how painfully expensive Sephora can be.

While I do rely on several high-price-point products, that’s not how my beauty career started out. I remember buying my first makeup products to wear to junior high when I was 12 (in Catholic grade school we weren’t allowed to wear makeup, duh). I wasn’t at the mall or a department store, nothing like that – I was at Walmart.

Over the years I’ve fallen in love with brands like tarte and Benefit and Urban Decay, but here’s a few drugstore products that I just can’t quit:

1) Maybelline Concealer

maybelline Age rewind concealer
$7.54 and up on Amazon

Color correcting just exploded on beauty blogs recently, but Maybelline has been on this trend for way longer. I use the yellow Neutralizer on my under-eyes and the areas of my cheeks that are broken out. The yellow color neutralizes purples and redness. Then I use the pink Brightener on the lower part of my under-eye and above my cheekbones to further conceal my dark circles and highlight my cheeks.

2) SheaMoisture Shampoo and Conditioner

shea moisture shampoo and conditioner
$17.54 and up on Amazon

SheaMoisture is the hidden gem brand of drugstores. I love that the shampoo is sulfate-free, the conditioner is ethyl-free, and both list all-natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce. This is the ONLY shampoo and conditioner I will use – I’m obsessed! The only downside is that it’s not heavily scented like other brands, so you don’t have that clean hair smell getting out of the shower.

3) Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Original 13 oz
$4.19 and up on Amazon

I could write an entire post on what I use Vaseline for (note to self). Vaseline goes on my lips to heal winter chap, and on my knees and elbows when I’m moisturizing. This especially comes in handy when I’m using self-tanner, because it prevents the dryer areas of my skin from over-absorbing the tint.

4) Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 16 oz for Daily Face Washing, Dry to Normal Skin
$12.53 and up on Amazon

I got a sample of this face wash from my dermatologist and I’ve never looked back. My prescription creams for my acne are very drying, so this cleanser gently restores moisture while it cleans. I’m a huge fan of this brand in general – I use their moisturizer, their face wipes – but this cleanser is an absolute staple.

5) Jergens Natural Glow Lotion

Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Moisturizer, Fair to Medium Skin Tones, 7.5 Ounce
$8.49 and up on Amazon

There are plenty of fancy self-tanners I could buy at Sephora – I know. I’m not coordinated enough to use any of those without streaks and orange palms, though. I’ve tried several times. Jergen’s Natural Glow is the only self-tanning lotion I’ve used that looks natural (read: not orange) and doesn’t streak or stain my palms. It’s 1000% necessary in the summer, but I use it year-round!

Have you tried any of these? What are your drugstore essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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