Remember how exciting a trip to the drugstore was when you were a tween? You weren't there to pick up prescriptions or buy birthday cards for grandma; you were there to score beauty loot. As much of it as your little zipper wallet of babysitting money could pay for. Maybe you’d get lucky and find some sample-size products for a buck each. Or that purple eye shadow all your friends had been dying over. The drugstore was beauty heaven — and it can make you just as giddy as an adult if you know what to go in for. Ahead, we've gathered the best little gems hidden on the Walgreens shelves (or, let's be real, on the website). Because if you're going in to buy stamps and trash bags, you deserve something luxe, too.
Our smoky eye for spring and summer isn’t dark and sooty — it’s bronzy and glimmery. Which is what makes this palette of eight (mostly shimmery) shades ranging from golden beige to not-even-a-bit-boring-brown a favorite. The possibilities are nearly endless. One option: Apply one of the shimmery golds all over your lids and then cover it with the khaki or copper, concentrating the color in your crease. Smudge it all out, then hit your bottom lashes in reverse. Use the darker color first, as liner, then go over it with the gold. Finish with an extra dose of gold at the inner eyes. Be sure you’ve smudged as much as you can. And you’re good to go — out for some summery cocktails, that is.
CoverGirl TruNaked Eye Shadow in Goldens, $11.99, available at Walgreens. More
Forget chocolate and peanut butter. The 2017 version of the world’s best duo is coconut- and argan oils. Together, the moisturizing coconut oil and the antioxidant-packed argan oil not only clean the most made-up and polluted of faces, they do so gently and without feeling like you’ve just smeared pepperoni pizza on your mug. The bonus here, of course, is that Burt’s Bees products are 100% natural, without anything that could possibly scare you like parabens, phthalates, petroleum, zombies, or vampires. A simple product that simply gets the job done is a beautiful thing.
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils for Dry Skin, $15.99, available at Walgreens. More
If you like bright lips but can’t quite make it out the door with an opaque one on your mouth, then meet your new best friend. We call these crayons “Lite Brites” (after the awesome toy of our youth) — a rainbow of everything from red to fuchsia to coral to violet dialed down to a sheer and moisturizing formula that’s easy to apply and pull off, no matter where you work. But most importantly, they’re fun and make wearing color a thing for those of us with irrational fears. That’ll be $7 for your session. See you same time next week.
Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayon, $6.99, available at Walgreens. More
To all those haters who say that waterproof mascaras flake all over your face, we say you haven’t tried the right waterproof mascara. This one not only won’t turn into black snow on your under-eyes and cheeks, it will make you look like J.Lo (or at least like you inherited her lashes). It lengthens and thickens while separating each and every hair like no mascara we’ve ever tried — and we've tried 'em all — to produce super jumbo-size lashes that are sexy and sultry as all hell.
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara, $9.49, available at Walgreens. More
Sometimes, you want your vitamin C served up fresh. And that’s what you get — well, metaphorically — with this all-natural, paraben-, fragrance-, and synthetic-color-free, not-tested-on-animals, serum. It brightens skin with the gold standard antioxidant and contains wonder moisturizer
hyaluronic acid, derm favorite ferulic acid (which ups the UV protection of vitamin C), and a boatload of other antioxidants to protect your skin from all that’s wrong in the world (except, you know, war, intolerance, people who cut pizza with a fork...). Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Vitamin C Serum, $33.99, available at Walgreens. More
If you, like pretty much every other woman who is obsessed with her hair, smother it with oils and creams and serums and dry shampoos and conditioners, then hold on up for a second. Because regular shampoo doesn’t remove all that gunk and eventually your hair looks dull and blah. Try this easy hairstylist trick once every week or two: While your hair is still dry, smooth in a quarter-size blob of this shampoo. (It won’t be easy to move it around, but do as much mooshing as you can.) Because the water hasn’t arrived yet to dilute the cleansing agents, your hair stands a better chance of getting super clean (which you want every once in awhile). Then take off your clothes and get in the shower. Wet your hair and scrub in the shampoo the way you usually would and rinse. That’s it. You just detoxed your head (or at least the hair on it.)
Neutrogena The Anti-Residue Shampoo, $6.49, available at Walgreens. More
What happens when you put baking soda (and a few other exfoliants and moisturizers) in a canister, sprinkle the mix into your palm, and add water? It goes all Mister Wizard on you! It starts sudsing up and fizzing — and just begs you to smear it all over your face for a gentle and cool way to remove dead, dry skin. The best part yet? As you’re smoothing the baking soda paste around your face, it gradually dissolves, so it’s nearly impossible to overdo it with this stuff. That said, it’s not
totally impossible. Tempting as it may be, don’t use it more than two or three times a week. And the less water you add to the powder, the grittier the scrub is going to be, so don’t skimp out unless you’re seriously hearty in the skin department. Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub, $10.79, available at Walgreens. More
Ok, you’re probably thinking right now that your eyebrows don’t need conditioning — and you would be right. But have you over-tweezed? Or just seen your brows thin out over time? Then this is your savior. Here’s the magic: When applied daily, we have witnessed — with our own exceptionally good eyesight — our brows grow in thicker and in places where they had previously lived but gone MIA. No joke. We’re talking sad tadpoles to full-on Cara Delevingne territory. (Frankly, we were surprised to find RevitaLash at Walgreens considering the nearly $90 price tag. But we can tell you from experience that that tiny tube will last you three months and work wonders.)
RevitaLash Rivitabrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner, $87.99, available at Walgreens. More
If you’re lazy as fuck like we are, then you either have face wipes on your nightstand or pillowcases that look like a clown’s face melted on them. We go for the face wipes. These cost just shy of three bucks for a pack of twenty and work their little butts scrubbing all the color — even the waterproof variety — off your face so you can concentrate on the things that matter (drinking wine while watching Netflix).
e.l.f. Studio Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths, $2.99, available at Walgreens. More
This line may have been created with darker skin tones in mind, but there is plenty for everyone, even the super-pale, to love here. Case in point: This deep, Bordeaux-red lip color that feels as coddling as a balm. It’s an elegant color we love for evening, but do your thing and wear it to brunch if you so desire, too.
Iman Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Scandalous, $10.99, available at Walgreens. More
So what that it’s marketed to dudes? This stuff delivers a seriously frothy lather that allows the razor to glide against your skin like Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir skating along the ice. It doesn’t irritate your skin (no matter where you use it). And we
love that it doesn’t leave any fragrance behind. Because do you really need pits that smell like a piña colada? Nivea Men Shaving Gel for Sensitive Skin, $3.99, available at Walgreens. More
Stock up on essentials and grab a pack of pantyliners the next time you find yourself at this drugstore beauty haven.
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