Who doesn’t love a good list? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about, and we’re happy to be sharing on this week’s topic; Favorite Drugstore Products! Read on for my ten favorites, then click the logos below to see what items made fellow bloggers’ lists…
1. Maybelline Expert Eyes 100% Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover ($4.49)
I’ll let you in on my biggest drugstore secret…did you ever wonder what should be in the empty slot on the shelves next to oil-based Maybelline Expert Eyes in the pink bottle? THIS; oil-free Expert Eyes in the BLUE bottle. If you see it in-stock, buy as many as you can.
It’s cheap and it works on even longwear products. This is the one item on the list where I am completely faithful. Meaning, in a pinch I’ll buy other hairspray, lip balm, etc., but never drugstore eye makeup remover. Every time I have bought another (only when that coveted blue bottle is sold out!) I’ve regretted it.
2. Carmex Lip Balm ($1.50)
I have approximately 50 different types of lip balm in every scent and packaging combo available. But there’s nothing quite like the old school jar of original formula Carmex with its menthol scent and thick formula. It’s not only great on lips, it works wonders on cuticles too!
3. COVERGIRL LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara ($7)
Everything I want in a mascara; a plastic bristled wand that gives volume, zero clumps and long, spidery length. Hands down, my favorite drugstore mascara.
4. L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($11.99)
There’s a reason you see this on the table of EVERY professional hair stylist, even of those sponsored by other brands. (Don’t believe me? Look closely next time you watch Project Runway!) This cult classic, once import only hairspray is the absolute best. It holds strong, even after brushing, and is never stiff. Plus, I just feel like an industry insider using it, which is well worth 12 bucks.
5. Jordana 12HR Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil ($2.49)
This may just be the biggest bargain on the list. Confusingly named, until you try them; the pencils glide on smoothly, depositing creamy and intensely pigmented color. Then, they stay put. That’s the clincher: a pencil eyeliner that applies like a dream and stays put like a liquid. There’s a reason they made my favorite products of 2013 list.
6. Milani Nail Lacquer ($3.50 – $4.50)
Milani is a force to be reckoned with in the nail polish game. Jewels, glitter, neons, fast dry and more; available in shades that are always fashion forward. We heart them so much we even made a video a couple of years ago.
And wait until you see what’s coming next…(stay tuned!)
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo ($6.29)
Another product that was once import only, Batiste comes in a variety of scents and even colored versions. I love its pretty graphics and the fact that it not only absorbs oil, it gives me volume. But what I love most is its super powerful spray nozzle. Seriously, I never used a nozzle with so much oompf behind it! It feels like you are literally blasting the oil out of your hair.
8. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5.49)
An oily gal’s best friend! I love that these have no powder on them, so they leave no residue. They’re a blue plastic sheet that becomes see through as you blot; it’s gross and fascinating at the same time.
9. e.l.f. Studio Small Smudge Brush ($3)
Ok, I take it back. THIS is the biggest bargain on the list. I mean, c’mon, a brush for three bucks?! They work for lipstick, eyebrows and concealer too. But smudging liner is where they’re best. I have a half-dozen, color coded with a small strip of tape so that I’m ready no matter what color liner I have on. These first made an appearance on my best of 2010 list and they’re still one of my favorite brushes.
10. NYX Butter Gloss ($5)
I hoard these glosses like a squirrel with nuts! They’re buttery soft, super smooth, smell like sugar (but not overpoweringly so) and give you the most perfect creamy, sheer coverage.
we heartsters – what are your favorite drugstore products? Tell us in the comments!