There are some products that I splurge on, spending a little extra because I really love the way they work and haven't found a cheaper equivalent. But with so many different brands and companies catering to millions of skin care and cosmetic product buying women (and men), the quality of products sold at drug and discount stores has dramatically improved in the past 10 years. I've put together a list of 5 of my very favorites for you to try and hopefully, love as much as I do!
Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner - Not only does this give my face a clean, fresh canvas in the morning, but it also helps reduce the size of pores. How to use: Apply to face with a cotton ball, after washing, before moisturizer. Let dry before applying moisturizer.
Loreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heat Spray - I might have been a little behind the game on the whole heat spray thing, but now that I've caught on, I'm never going back! This stuff makes drying my hair (and I have LOTS of it) much faster, and it gets rid of the weird wave my hair has if I don't straighten or curl it. How to use: Section hair into 2-3 inch sections and spray mid-shaft to end. Comb through hair and blow dry. Style as usual - though I've found little to no need to straighten if I use this stuff!
Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil - Not a fan of the sharpie brows, but still wanting some definition, I love this stuff. Easy coloring to draw/fill in with a convenient brush on the other end. How to use: Use the colored end to fill in brows and define edges, then brush through with the other end.
e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer - To be honest, e.l.f. has several really good items for an inexpensive price, but this one is my favorite. It delivers on the hydration, which if you live in a dry climate like I do, you can never get enough skin hydration. It also goes on really easy and lays a great foundation for your foundation! How to use: Apply generously to entire face before foundation or BB cream.
Cover Girl Clump Crusher Extensions Lashblast Mascara - I cannot believe the incredible number of different mascaras in the world! I've definitely found it overwhelming, especially when so many of them don't deliver what they promise or what I want. Drugstore brand or not, this is seriously my very favorite mascara, to the point that I've even layered it and use the brush over the higher end mascaras that cost way more. This brush truly is a clump crusher and works amazingly. How to use: Apply even coat to your lashes. Layer until your desired length and thickness.
So there you have my top 5 choices for discount/drug store brands. What are some of your favortites?