8 Must-Buy Drugstore Beauty Products
2016 may still be young, but there’s already a whole crop of new amazing beauty bounty to be found…at the drugstore. Try these eight amazing picks—from strand savers to complexion smoothers—to get completely gorgeous, without having to shell out the big bucks.
Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water, $8
Is your skin on the sensitive side? Reach for this mega-mild cleanser, free of harsh detergents. The micelle technology—already super popular overseas and with makeup artists—gently but effectively removes all traces of makeup, dirt, and oil, while vitamins hydrate and nourish your skin. Use it as you would a makeup remover; apply on a cotton pad and swipe over skin, no need to rinse.
Pantene Pro-V Style Series AirSpray, $7
The first of its kind! This alcohol-free aerosol hairspray and lightweight styler delivers all the setting prowess of a traditional hairspray without stickiness, heaviness, or sharp alcohol scent. Available in three different varieties (strong hold, flexible hold, and anti-humidity), it’s an ideal way to achieve all of your hair goals.
Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Blur Perfection Primer, $14
The oh-so-gorgeous (and totally ageless) starlet’s line touts botanical ingredients combined with top-notch beauty innovations. Take this complexion smoother: Spherical particles and special optic technology create a soft-focus finish (a lá an Instagram filter), while Tepezcohuite (derived from a Brazilian tree) tones skin and blurs imperfections.
Physicans Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Cheek & Lip SPF 20, $7
You’ve heard of BB creams for your complexion, and now this newbie from Physicans Formula offers the same multi-tasking benefits for your cheeks and pout. Like a traditional BB, you get skincare benefits (sun protection, a hit of hydration, and antioxidants) plus color—a perfectly pretty tint that enhances the natural glow of cheeks and hue of lips. Available in two shades (pink and peach) that are sheer yet buildable.
Garnier Whole Blends Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Smoothing Oil, $7
The latest line from Garnier features all sorts of good for your locks ingredients in a range of products, but we can’t get enough of this hydrator meets frizz fighter. Unlike many other smoothing and moisturizing ingredients (which simply sit on top of the hair), coconut oil penetrates the shaft, moisturizing hair from the inside out—and also calms errant frizz. Bonus points for the day at the beach scent!
Dove Dry Spray, $6.49
If you associate spray deodorants with those old cans in the locker room at the gym, here’s the antidote: This goes on instantly dry, for a super clean and fresh feeling right away—and no visible white residue! Plus, it’s made with ¼ moisturizing ingredients, so it helps prevent annoying and unsightly underarm irritation. Take your pick from eight scents—we’re fans of the new, original clean variant.
Roc Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream, $29
Good skincare shouldn’t be restricted to just your face. Luckily, Roc’s latest multi-tasker makes it easy to take care of the skin below your chin. Broad-spectrum SPF 30 protects against sun damage, while anti-aging ingredients help amp up radiance and smooth away the look of fine lines and wrinkles on your face, neck, and chest.
TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner, $5
When your goal is sky-high strands, conditioning poses a tricky conundrum: Of course you’re not going to skip it, but too much can weigh down your hair and make it super challenging to achieve va-va-voom volume. Enter this newbie, a super smart solution: First condition to leave locks soft and smooth, then shampoo with the accompanying sudser to remove any excess weight from hair. Brilliant!