beauty on a budget: my summer drugstore picks

Beauty on a Budget: My Summer Drugstore Picks

If you’re anything like me, every time you stop at Walgreens for toilet paper and contact solution, you leave with a bag full of impulse beauty BOGO buys and at least one bottle of Essie polish. Over the years, I’ve probably tried hundreds of different drugstore cosmetics, and most of the time I’m left underwhelmed and broken out. But every now and then, I stumble upon an awesome product that restores my faith in the mass market beauty industry.

Keep reading for a rundown on the drugstore products I’ve added into my daily rotation this summer!

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio – Nude: ($11.99) Many eyeliners don’t stand a chance against Florida heat and humidity in the summer months, and there’s nothing worse than checking yourself in the mirror mid-day to find your liner smeared all over your lids and running down your face. I love that this product comes in a set of three, and the colors are all great neutrals for everyday wear. They’re perfect for creating a soft blended liner look, but you have to work quickly on the blending because once it dries it’s not going anywhere until you take it off with eye makeup remover.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow Boosting Pressed Powder: ($14.95) Bronzer is a must-have this time of year, and I prefer the ones that aren’t orange or too shimmery. This is great for adding natural warmth to the face, in a formula that blends easily and lasts all day.

Revlon Moon Drops Creme Lipstick in Orange Flip: ($8.99) For summer, I love the look of glowing skin with a bold lip. This bold orange is so pretty paired with bronzer and a simple gold smokey eye.

Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm: ($8.99) I love Clinique Chubby Sticks, but I’ve read reviews that said these were a pretty good dupe at half the price. I bought two on BOGO last week — Toffee Twist and Haute Pink Twist — and I’m really impressed! Like the Chubby Sticks, they’re moisturizing with good color payoff. The only thing that would make them better is an added SPF benefit, but Clinique doesn’t offer that, either.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow: ($6.99) I’ve been using Barely Branded and Bad to the Bronze. They’re great alone, or as a base for powder shadows. They last all day, and don’t crease or smear, even without a shadow primer.

Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara in Blackest Black: ($5.49) Great Lash is a cult classic, and I can completely understand why. Remember the humidity I mentioned earlier? It does awful things to mascara, too, like melting it onto your eyelids and turning you into a raccoon. This formula goes on easily without a clump, and lasts all day without smudging, smearing, or flaking. I’m having a hard time remembering why I ever paid more than $20 for mascara!

What are your favorite drugstore beauty buys this summer? Any BB or CC creams you’re swearing by?

About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

40 thoughts on “beauty on a budget: my summer drugstore picks

  1. skin 79 bb cream in vip gold collection is my absolute fav! you can get them a little less than the drug store brands. havent tried cc cream yet, next on my to do list.

  2. I love Cetaphil moisturizers. I have extremely sensitive skin and they’re the only thing that doesn’t add to my breakouts. I also really love Sonia Kashuk lipstick from Target. Great colors and moisture.

  3. I’m in love with the L’Oreal Nude Magique BB cream! It’s about 200 pesos which is about ten pounds, which is about eleven-ish euros, which is about… aaaargh I’m out of exchange rates! :P But it’s pretty cheap and I think it’s amazing. Great post, I do like a quality bargain. :)

  4. That’s a great list – will have to try the bronzer/pressed powder since I’ve been looking for one since last month. My current obsession is the Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother – it comes in 9 shades, SPF 20, about $6.

  5. I just had to nod in agreement like a bobblehead…for me, it’s when I go to Walgreens to pick up a prescription for a sick kiddo and, while waiting, I load up on 2 new shampoos, and a bag full of lipsticks as well (LOL)! So, I am right there with ya…I am a DIE HARD Maybelline Great Lash girl…mascara is probably my most important cosmetic so, I have TRIED.THEM.ALL. And, even with my allegiance to Great Lash, I’ve still given in to the magical advertising campaigns of more than one brand…still, absolutely NOTHING compares to Great Lash! Lengthens, doesn’t clump, goes on easy…I am dedicated, I tell ya! My only beef is that, over the last 3 years or so, I think they have been putting less in the bottle…I wear make up less often than I did before kids, yet I seem to run out/it dries out quicker than it used to. Still, at about $4 a pop, and sometimes a coupon, that is WELL within my monthly budget!!

  6. What a great list! I will date myself and admit that I grew up wearing Orange Flip!! It was a staple in every Texas girl’s makeup bag growing up. I have been wanting to try the Color Tattoo and will most certainly now.

    Enjoy your summer!

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