Living in NYC has really shown me a fast-paced lifestyle. There isn’t always time to run to your favorite department store or beauty boutique to get what you need. I’ve learned over the years that your beauty essentials do not have to break the bank! Just like you might mix high and low end pieces in your closet — the same can translate to your make-up bag!
I love a good drugstore find especially when it’s unexpected. Duane Reade’s are literally on every block in NYC so it’s hard not to come across one while being out and about. I’ve compiled my favorite drugstore finds I can’t live without that you can easily find on your next errand!
This is a classic. Not only can one wipe take off the smokiest of eyes but it is gentle enough on sensitive skin. I like using these before using a cleanser to make sure I get a really good clean. It’s extremely important to have make-up free skin before you head to bed. Even on your most lazy nights, keep these by your bedside for easy make-up removing. At under 10 bucks, there’s no excuse you can’t wake up like Queen B — flawless.
I was recommended this moisturizer by my dermatologist and never looked back! I have extremely sensitive skin and this works wonders to keep my skin feeling super hydrated. It also comes in a pretty large bottle for under 15 dollars which means you won’t have to restock for months! I’ve tried countless luxury brands of moisturizer and I always come back to this — you won’t be disappointed!
I was always one to use the Clinique Chubby Stick but came across this one day at my local CVS and thought why not give it a try! The Revlon Colorburst Balms come in so many colors and finishes — lacquer, matte and stain — there’s a perfect lip for everyone. The packaging is super cute and easy to apply and for under 10 dollars you can’t really go wrong. The pigment is pretty remarkable for a drugstore find and lasts for hours. If you’re not a lipstick person I think this is a great alternative because they wear like a lip balm and aren’t too drying. I like mixing mine with a bit of Aquaphor (another drugstore must-have!) for even more moisture and it tones down the color. At such a great price you won’t feel guilty when you buy more than one and you can have fun testing out new colors that you might be worried to splurge on otherwise!
For an evening look, I love a good smudgy eyeliner to play up my eyes. This eyeliner by L’Oreal is a steal! The color is really bold and lasts all day. It’s easy to smudge with a Q-tip and even comes with a sharpener which is a definite win-win. I’ve been using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Liner Pencil from Sephora which I still love but this L’Oreal one is a fraction of the cost.
I used to use this in college then tried the Dior Show‘s and Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras of the world which I still adore but recently re-discovered this drugstore gem! The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara gives a great full lash effect perfect for everyday. It doesn’t clump and two coats is all you need. At under $6, you have no excuse not to try it!
Photo Cred: Dea Jenkins, shot in NYC