5 Amazing Drugstore Beauty Products That Really, Really Work​

drugstore beautyBy no means am I rich, but when it comes to beauty products, I don't mess around. I've tried a million and one drugstore products, and, for me at least, the pricier stuff just works better. When I want makeup or face washes or hair serums, I typically head to Sephora, Amazon, or department stores, because I'm not one of you lucky women who can thrown any old thing on my face and not have it break out or dry up. Also, fancy packages are pretty.

But! There are a few exceptions when it comes to drugstore items; things that really, truly, actually work -- even on the most sensitive-skinned/haired folk. (And I'm not just talking about the classic "Great Lash mascara" answer here.)

After years and years of testing, here are the 5 best drugstore beauty items, as told by a beauty junkie.

What's your favorite drug store beauty product?

 

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  • CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion (The Purple Tube), $8.29

    1

    Last year, I conducted the "great mascara test," and the winner, by a long shot, was CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion (the one in the purple tube!). With the exception of Benefit's They're Real, I've never seen a mascara lengthen and thicken like this.

  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, $12.99

    2

    La Roche-Posay is a fancy French brand, and it's available at Rite-Aid and Duane Reade. Pretty much all of their products are great, but I'm a big fan of their thermal spring water. It's just like one of those little Evian mists.

  • Essie Nail Polishes, Around $8.50

    3

    Target now sells Essie nail polishes, which, in my opinion, are by far the best, most long-lasting polishes in the prettiest colors. I recently picked up Resort Fling (pictured) and love it.

  • St. Ives Apricot Scrub, $4.29

    4

    For anyone confused as to why I, a self-proclaimed sensitive-skinned person, would use St. Ives Apricot Scrub, allow me to clarify: I don't use it on my skin.

    For years, I've used this super cheap exfoliator, which is marketed for your face, as a body scrub, and it works wonders. Way better than any super expensive body exfoliator sold at Sephora.

  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, $7.49

    5

    Although marketed as a hair mask, in the winter, this is my go-to conditioner every time I wash my hair. It's super thick and can help even the driest hair look silky and not fried.

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