Drugstore Beauty Finds Under $15

I recently discovered a fully loaded Sephora gift card in my purse and instantly at least ten different items came to mind that I wanted to buy. But, as anyone who is familiar with Sephora knows, just 1 or 2 items can quickly add up to a big chunk of change. So I began the process of narrowing down my list of what to buy, starting with items that I can get at the drugstore instead.

There are some items that I absolutely will not switch to a cheaper alternative for, mostly foundation and concealer. This is because I’m super pale and the drugstores don’t carry the shades that I need (seriously, I’m practically a ghost). I’m also hesitant to switch with primer, because I do find that paying a little bit more gets you a much smoother product.

That being said, there are a number of beauty products that I’ve found at drugstores that I absolutely love and keep going back for over and over again. Ready to save some cash and find some new staples? Keep reading!

Maybelline and Revlon Mascara

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My all time favorite mascara is Tarte’s “Lights, Camera, Lashes”. The packaging is gorgeous, it doesn’t clump, the wand doesn’t leave little black spots on my eyelids, and it gives the perfect combination of length and volume. But at $20 a tube, it’s hard to justify splurging on. To get the same effect, I use Maybelline’s “Lash Stiletto” and Revlon’s “Super Length”. Revlon’s gives me the volume I want in the first coat, and Maybelline’s gives an extra boost in length as the second coat. I’m still spending a little under $20 for both, but the tubes last twice as long!

OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner

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About two years ago I decided I wanted to try the shoulder length hair trend, and ended up with super short hair above my shoulders…I wasn’t a huge fan. The first thing I did was research shampoos and conditioners and other products to make my hair grow faster. Biotin was a key ingredient across all of the recommended products, and the reviews for this shampoo and conditioner claimed it made everyone’s hair stronger and shinier. I’m not sure how effective it was in making my hair grow faster, but it made my typically thin and frizzy hair feel noticeably thicker, so as a result it looked fuller and longer. I’ve since tried other shampoos and conditioners just to experiment, but none have made my hair feel as full and strong as these do!

Sally Hansen Nail Polish

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The main reason I love this nail polish is because the geniuses over at Sally Hansen have figured out how key it is to design an easy-to-use brush. Their brush is flat and wide with rounded edges, so the polish goes on fast and smooth. Just one swipe down the centre, one to the left, one to the right, and onto the next nail. It perfectly covers the nail for an easy application. The polish itself also lasts forever, especially their Miracle Gel line!

Burt’s Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm

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They had me at “coconut”, but there’s a few other reasons I love this lip balm other than the heavenly scent (it seriously smells like coconut, and not one of those supposedly-coconut-but–actually-smells-like-sunscreen scents). It feels amazing on; it hydrates without leaving a waxy feeling. Burt’s Bees also uses 100% natural ingredients and is cruelty free, so you can feel even better about using their products.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser

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I’m one of those lucky ladies that has a combination of both dry and oily skin. So I need to moisturise all the time, but all of that moisturiser can make my skin super oily which leads to breakouts. Neutrogena makes an amazing moisturiser, it cures my dry skin without making me breakout from excess oil. I’ve been using this for years; I even use it on sunburns because it is so gentle!

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36 Comments

  1. May 9, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    I’m absolutely obsessed with the OGXs shampoo and conditioner! They are the exact type that I use as well!

  2. May 16, 2017 / 12:13 am

    I love Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and had no idea that there was a Coconut & Pear scented lip balm by them! I definitely need to check it out! Which drugstore did you find yours at?
    – Berrz | http://beautybyberrz.blogspot.com

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      June 6, 2017 / 4:37 pm

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