Beauty on a Budget: My Summer Drugstore Picks

A Pretty Penny | My 2014 Summer Drugstore Picks

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers – If you’re looking for an inexpensive tinted moisturizer with SPF, this is an awesome option. It’s really sheer, and dries to a soft natural glow. Bonus: it has an antioxidant blend in the formula for an extra shot of skincare.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm – These easy-to-apply lip crayons give lots of color payoff in bright, bold hues for summer; #210 Unapologetic is my favorite shade.

Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadow  – I’ve been wearing Geranium every day for about two weeks. It’s the lazy girl’s answer to eyeshadow: swipe it on your lids with clean fingertips and you’re good to go. It holds up surprisingly well to heat and humidity with minimal creasing or slippage, but use an eyeshadow primer for extra “insurance.”

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator – I have this in Bronze Light and Peach Light, and I love that they’re illuminating without being sparkly. I use them as highlighters, or mix them with sunscreen for an easy all-over glow.

Maui Babe Browning Lotion – My girlfriend keeps a bottle of this stashed in her beach bag. This java-scented tanning accelerator oil is safe for use over sunscreen, promises a golden tan in less time, and moisturizes your skin with natural oils and aloe. I like that the built-in tint gives you a little extra glow while you’re soaking up rays.

Yes to Coconuts Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion – I love a light, quick-absorbing moisturizer after long days in the sun. This one gets extra points for coming in a mess-free spray bottle; just spritz it all over, rub it in, and go. Plus it smells like fresh coconut, which is quintessential summer.

Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant – I feel like I talk about armpits way too often on this blog; I just really want everyone to get on board with exploring aluminum-free deodorant options. I prefer the unscented version of this baking-soda-based deodorant because it gets the job done without interfering with any fragrance I’m wearing.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Body Wash – If you’re prone to body acne, or get breakouts on your back and arms from sunscreen and tanning oils, this natural healing cleanser can help clear skin without dryness or irritation.

Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray – This is a good wallet-friendly beach spray for fine hair that needs a little roughin’ up and grip to achieve those coveted “beach waves.” I went through an entire bottle last summer; I’d curl my hair all over with a 1.5″ curling iron, pull the curls out with my fingers, and spray this texturizing spray throughout.

Eco Tools Konjac Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – My husband, the first morning he spotted it drying on the bathroom counter: “Hey, what’s that rock thing that looks like it came from outer space?” I don’t know if the new konjac craze is all it’s hyped up to be, but I do know that I could use a little extra muscle when I’m cleansing my face in the summer; there’s a lot of SPF and makeup primer buildup to contend with. This handheld sponge is really gentle and gets my face squeaky clean with minimal effort.

I love reading recommendations for drugstore diamonds-in-the-rough. Share your summer favorites in the comments! 


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  2. 8.1.14
    alyoung23 said:

    Yes! I love this! Another inexpensive trick that I use is to use coconut oil as if it were a conditioning mask for my hair.
    Also, always shopping the deals! Drugstores almost always have cosmetic deals going on. Actually, my last post is a guide to the large Nordstrom sale. Check it out and let me know what you think!

  3. 7.30.14

    Love this! Always trying to find deals at drug stores…when I am ballin on a budget!

  4. 7.30.14
    kimmy221b said:

    Love this, thank you! Can’t wait to try a few of these out :)

  5. 7.29.14

    Keep these coming! Do you have a dry shampoo preference?

  6. 7.28.14

    I’ve been a lover of the Maui Brown tan ever since I was little and my mom would put it on while I played in the pool, the smell brings back so many memories!

  7. 7.28.14

    This is a great list with a lot of products I’ve never heard of. Thanks for sharing! I too love the Revlon lip crayons…they last a surprisingly long time and don’t dry out my lips. My favorite eyeliner is from the drugstore…Covergirl Liquiline in dark brown. Works just as well as the Urban Decay ones everyone loves with none of the glitter.

    Love, Gigi
    Dolce and Gabriella

  8. 7.28.14

    Thanks for sharing this.

  9. 7.28.14

    I never thought about curling THEN applying a beach spray. I’ve been using a beach spray at least twice a week this summer. I’m excited to try it this weekend for date night :)

  10. 7.28.14

    great advice x

  11. 7.28.14
    Monica said:

    Great post and great recommendations! I want to try the neutrogena tinted moisturizer now 😊😊😊

  12. 7.28.14
    renata877 said:

    love this post! always looking for new products to try! i am your newest follower! Do check out my blog as well!

  13. 7.28.14

    Great post! I might actually have to buy the African Black Soap for the boyfriend :)

    • 7.28.14

      It worked really well for my husband, who has issues with breakouts from sweat and sunscreen when we spend a lot of time outside in the summer.

  14. 7.28.14

    Wow so many products I need to try! Thanks for the post! I love using a sheer CC cream during the summer; Olay has a great one!!!

    Xx Bee

    • 7.28.14

      Thanks for the recommendation, Bee! My mom LOVES Olay’s CC cream and has been telling me I need to give it a try.

  15. 7.28.14

    I have never heard of that brand of texture spray before. I’ll have to give it a try! Great post!

    • 7.28.14

      I bought it on a whim when I saw it at Walgreens last year, and it ended up being pretty awesome!

  16. 7.28.14

    I love using Aveno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser! It’s so great for my face. I want to try the lip balm from Revlon and the cream eye shadow from Flower you suggested!

  17. 7.28.14

    These are great! Can’t wait to try the texture spray and didn’t know about the arm and hammer deo, been making my own for same reasons – with baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils – but I want to try that too. Thanks

    • 7.28.14

      I’ve tried homemade deodorant before, too, and really liked it! The good thing about this one is it’s easier to travel with.

  18. 7.28.14
    Bhavika said:

    Thanks this was very useful for me! :)

  19. 7.28.14
    rhiannon said:

    love this! thanks for the product recommendations! love the revlon colorbursts!