Drugstore decoded: the best drugstore beauty products

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Drugstore decoded: the best drugstore beauty products

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Feeling a little lazy in the makeup-removing department? That doesn’t mean you should fall asleep without wiping that face full of makeup off. That would be totally unacceptable. Have no fear, because these wipes are alcohol-free, odorless, super soft and remove everything from the comfort of your own bed. I like to keep these wipes in my drawer for easy access.

Pantene Pro-V Ultimate BB Creme 

I know what you are thinking…another BB crème. But this is not what you are thinking. This BB is for your hair. That’s right. This revolutionary multitasker does all. It repairs rough hair,strengthens against damage, smoothes, moisturizes, tames flyaways, and more. This little gem is perfect for travel, because it’s an all-in-one. Oh, and it can be applied on wet and dry hair, which is why I find myself asking what doesn’t this do? 

L'Oreal Revitalift MiracleBlur

Channel your inner Kim Kardasian and apply L’Oreal’s MiracleBlur. Think primer. On steroids. MiracleBlur instantly erases the look of lines, wrinkles, and pores. It can be used all over the face, or as a spot treatment. Its waxy formula instantly smooths your skin, leaving a velvet soft matte finish. I like to apply the tiniest bit on the little horizontal lines that have popped out of nowhere on my forehead and magically…they are gone. I’m not kidding. If you want a creamy flawless face, then apply everywhere. Everyone needs this.

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm

Amazing in just about every color, these stains give you just the right amount of tint at half the price. I actually like these lipstains better than any other. I love to stock up on these babies every time I hit up Duane Reade. Oh and do you know the “popsicle” lip look? Ok so you know the way your lips looks after you suck down a bright red icy treat? It looks good right? Well I apply more stain on the insides of my lips, less on the outer corners to achieve this cute little look.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in Pink Punch

These are like candy to my lips and I cant get enough of them. Each delightful little flavor is packed with SPF 20 and promises eight-hour hydration. Who doesn't want juicier younger more hydrated looking lips? Right? There’s something for everyone in this cute little collection. My current fave is Pink Punch, a bright and happy balm that provides full-bodied color in a highly pigmented and super moisturizing formula. The Peppermint is perfect if you’re looking for something without color.

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub

I will never forget the way Bridget Jones scrubbed down her body to prep for her big date with Darcy, and I have to admit, nothing feels as satisfying as silky smooth skin. St. Ives classic body scrub gently exfoliates dull surface cells to reveal smooth, radiant, and glowing skin. This is one area, where you definitely don’t need to spend the big bucks. St. Ives Apricot Scrub gets the job done at a fraction of the price.

Almay Oil Free Makeup Removing Sticks

These little Q-tip looking wonders saved me during Fashion Week. These genius little sticks can easily be thrown into your beauty bag to for on-the-go touchups. One little snap, the oil-free makeup removing solution drops to one end of the stick for precise makeup removal. I especially love these for removing stubborn liner, waterproof mascara and whatever else has gone a little crazy. Round cotton swabs never seem to do the trick to get those hard to reach and delicate places around the eye.

Vitabath Bath & Shower Moisturizing Gelee, Original Spring Green

Need to unwind after the long week? Indulge your senses and take a relaxing bath with the scent of patchouli, pine, and rosewood. Enriched with vitamins A, C, and E, it helps to smooth the skin's surface and texture as it moisturizes. I’ve been using this gel since I was little and while I’ve tried many different ones over the years, nothing beats Vitabath’s version.

Sonia Kashuk Fall Brush Set

These luxe, professional quality set of 10 makeup brushes include everything you need to handle all of your makeup application needs. At $27, (this is typically the cost of one makeup brush) this is a damn good deal—and the quality is amazing.

Burt's Bees Carrot Nutritive Night Cream

I know what you are thinking…carrots on the face? But wait, does anyone remember Burt’s Bee insanely amazing carrot body dream that smelled so delicious you almost wanted to eat it? Well, inspired for my love for carrot cake, this deliciously smelling cream is packed with beta carotene and carrot seed oil to work all night to replenish and revive tired skin. The vitamin E and rosemary extract help nourish while aloe, avocado and almond oils help to soften your skin, naturally. It’s super thick and concentrated and a little goes a long way. I like to apply this whenever I look in the mirror and notice that my face is looking a little dry. This is the best cream to use whenever you need that extra jolt of moisture.

Things happen. The airline lost your luggage. All your makeup melted in the backseat of your car. Someone swiped your favorite gloss and concealer. Such is life.

But have no fear. There's no need to be crybaby about it all. As much as we love all our chichi beauty products, the drugstore can actually solve whatever beauty emergency you might be dealing with.

Also... We're all for a big splurge, but the real excitement? Finding a true steal-one that really works. You don't always need to spend big bucks to get results. In fact, some of the most amazing beauty products are found right in the aisles of Duane Reade (or Walgreens, wherever your loyalty lies).

Here, we put together an essential list for your beauty records: the best drugstore beauty products, ever.

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