The drugstore is a utopia dedicated to the random, but necessary things we need in life. Sometimes, the finds are ordinary, but sometimes they’re good; really good. And if those rare gems fall under the makeup or skin category, it’s like spotting a needle in a haystack. You’ve got to buy at least five of it and share your discovery with an equally makeup-obsessed friend.
Today, we’re that friend. A new fall season has arrived and with it comes plenty of new affordable products to sift through and consider buying. And because we leave no bargain behind, these are the latest and greatest essentials that won’t cost you more than $10. Save your pretty pennies by shopping them all below.
Brandless Green Tea & Aloe Body Lotion
A brand that includes certified organic and vegan beauty essentials for $3 or less sounds too good to be true, but it actually exists. Brandless' beauty line just launched on Oct. 11 and in addition to toting hair and skin basics, it also sells everything you'll need for an eco-friendly home, including groceries. And the best part is they've also eliminated 400 (!) potentially toxic ingredients from their extensive lineup. Technically, it's not a "drugstore" brand, but the price sure is!
$3; at Brandless
CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara
Anyone who shops at the drugstore has tried at least one CoverGirl product. The brand's newest innovation is this vibrantly packaged mascara, made with a set of nourishing ingredients (sea buckthorn, vitamins) and wax blend that helps prevent smudging while promoting volume.
$8.99; at Ulta
Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is the underrated hair product that deserves a lot more love. This unscented version from Dove's lineup won't clash with your other fragrant styling products and can be used to volumize and revive days-old hair. Pro-tip: if you have textured/natural hair, soak up excess oils by applying directly to the roots.
$4.49; at Target
EOS Holiday Peppermint Mocha Lip Balm
Your purse is simply incomplete without an EOS balm on deck. This new scent will get you revved up for the holiday season and of course--keep your lips from drying out in the winter elements. Pucker up!
$6.33; at Walmart
Jergens Nourishing Honey Moisturizer
Prepare to lay it on thick this fall and winter by immersing your skin in this luxurious lotion. It's infused with honey and orange blossom essence, both of which work together to deliver another level of hydration to your skin; a godsend after you've been exposed to snow, sleet, and other extreme weather conditions.
$5.99; at Target
L.A. Girl Velvet Blush Contour Stick
L.A. Girl's entire Contour Stick Collection includes highlighter, blush, and bronzer, ensuring that you can apply a full face of makeup with just a few swipes. Besides the incredibly affordable price range, you can also be sure that your skin is being spoiled. Each stick is paraben-free and made with a slew of nourishing ingredients (jojoba seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil) that won't flake on your face.
$6; at L.A. Girl Cosmetics
L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Cleanser
The brand's pure clay masks flew off shelves, so it only made sense that they would expand the popular range into cleansers. This clay-to-mousse formula is made with three different clays and charcoal, delivering the ultimate detox to skin that's been covered in heavy makeup or simply needs a little extra love.
$6.99; at Walgreens
Maybelline The City Mini Palette
Available in eight different color combinations, this mini kit is small enough to not leave you completely overwhelmed, but expansive enough for mixing and matching different looks.
$7.49; at Jet
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Neutrogena's newest oil-free range was made specifically for acne prone skin and utilizes salicylic acid--a super popular breakout zapper--to exfoliate the face. Those with more sensitive skin can use the corresponding gel cleanser for the same results.
$9.99; at Neutrogena
NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Lipstick
The newest version of NYX's long-running Liquid Suede lip line is a set of 12 deeply pigmented metallic shades that pack as much staying power as the brand's Suede Cream lipstick.
$7.50; at NYX Cosmetics