There’s nothing I love more than a great drugstore beauty bargain. With just a little trial and error, (ok, and a whole lot of patience!) it’s possible to find amazing products at your local pharmacy that are comparable to— and sometimes even surpass—luxury brands. You don’t always have to shell out a lot of cash on high end products when it’s not necessary! By learning how to buy some essentials at the drugstore, not only are you saving on products you use daily and therefore need to buy more often, but you’ll never be stuck in a jam without knowing where to grab a basic item that gets the job done.

But sorting through those long neon-lit aisles can get a tad overwhelming. So to help you navigate it all, here are some of my favorite drugstore finds that I use regularly and love.

1. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen
In the name of SPF, I hereby declare Neutrogena Sheer Zinc the absolute best! I’m all about preserving skin and avoiding (or rather, delaying) wrinkles and this gets the job done as well as any high end product. This sunscreen will make every and any dermatologist swoon when they hear you tell them that you use it on the daily. It’s also perfect for using under your makeup because it’s not too oily and will layer invisibly without the fear of clogging your pores. The zinc oxide goes on gently and sheer while still managing to deliver on the sun protection it promises. This works for all skin types, but especially for the sensitive kind.

2. e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush
This is such a good foundation brush. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll understand why it’s called ultimate! I’m a big fan of mostly all of the e.l.f brushes you can find at the pharmacy. The bristles are extremely smooth and it blends on the face really nicely for even coverage. I use it to blend out foundation, concealer, and even to blend out my contour and apply cream blush. I should probably pick up a couple more…

3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
If you’re searching for great coverage to help hide your ‘I binge watched Netflix last night’ under eye circles, then look no further than this concealer. I use the medium tone and it’s my all-time drugstore favorite. I usually apply it to the center of my face, under my eyes, and a little on my forehead before I blend it out. What I like most about this concealer is that it doesn’t crease or sink into your face lines like other liquid attempts. It’s long-lasting and won’t leave your skin looking cakey by the end of the day. It’s also more on the opaque, creamy side, so if you’re trying it out for the first time, make sure to use it as a buildable tool.

4. Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch-Up

Gray hairs are probably my biggest beauty challenge. And on almost-black hair, it’s unsightly and an all around pain in the ass. I’d spent the last couple of years using pro brands to dye my hair— the kind that instruct you to wait 50 minutes before rinsing out and still don’t get all the grays— until I tried out Clairol’s Root Touch-Up a few months ago. I could kick myself for not trying this out earlier! The box says it covers grays in 10 minutes, which I fully didn’t believe… Until I tried it myself! Ten minutes after I applied with the easy-to-use brush included in the kit, I washed and dried my hair to find not a trace of gray on my head.

5. Jordana Sculpt N Go Creamy Contour Stick
The Jordana contour stick is hands down the best drugstore contour product ever. It’s nice and creamy and in a stick form so it’s super easy to use—and pack—when applying it in all the usual spots: Hollows of the cheeks, around the forehead, and a little at the tip of the nose. It’s blendable and matte which I prefer for that extra definition. I buy it in deep color and the texture is comparable to any other high-end contour, so there’s really no need to splurge.

6. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Washable Mascara
I’ve got three words for you—drama, volume, and curl! I always prefer achieving the lifted look on the outer corners of my lashes when it comes to mascara, and this one does the trick. It scoops my lashes up root to tip, giving them that extra plumpness that helps give them that extra length. The wand is great and applies evenly, separating your lashes throughout. You can even use it with multiple coats, but make sure it’s still wet if you’re going for a second layer.

7. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof eyeliner
I use this black liner for the inner rims of my eyes to help define the eye line. It glides on seamlessly for a waterproof and smudge-proof look—my favorite! For a more natural look, I like to darken up my lash line using this product so it looks like I’m not actually wearing any mascara. You can also sharpen it using a regular, small pencil sharpener so you don’t have to have more than one sharpener hanging around in your makeup bag. But the best thing about this eyeliner is that it lasts and lasts.

8. Andrea Eye Q’s Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads
I’m almost too nervous to reveal this gem because these makeup remover pads are an old secret in my family. They can be a little hard to come by, so once I find them, I usually stock up. I’ve tried almost every eye makeup remover out there and I can easily say that this is the best one on the market. Andrea Eye Q’s are not only effective in removing both regular and waterproof products, but the pads also condition the eye area without causing any skin redness or irritation, so the skin above and below your eyes will never dry out. I usually just wipe the excess oil around my eyes with a tissue before washing my face and everything comes off without that burning feeling a lot of towelettes can cause.

9. Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Mask
If you have yet to enjoy the richness of this moisturizer mask, do yourselves (and your face!) a favor and run to your nearest drugstore to buy it. My skin basically thanks me every time I use this stuff. It isn’t overly greasy but a little does go a long way as it absorbs quickly. This is perfect for all skin types, but if you have dry skin or random dry patches, it’s especially helpful. I like to use it before bedtime but I also bring it with me on the airplane when I want to keep my skin extra hydrated inflight.

10. Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer
Eyebrows are everything! So I use this gel 24/7 no matter what makeup mood I’m in. My go-to is Auburn which I apply in short upward strokes to set my brows and give them a fuller look. It doesn’t clump and isn’t overly sticky so it goes on extra smooth. The volumizer is also quick drying and keeps my brows in place for the entire day. Happy brows = happy me.

You may also like


La Bijoux Bella | by mia 06/19/2017 at 6:03 am

Beautiful drugstore products … essential beauty finds for our daily lives! 🙂
Merci for sharing.

Sarah Kamassai 06/19/2017 at 8:24 pm

The Jordana Contour Stick!!! I was in Walgreens the other day and remember you mentioning one in a video a while ago and I knew it wasn’t the wet n wild one, I just couldn’t remember which one! THANK YOU! 🙂

Sonal 06/19/2017 at 10:42 pm

I need to try that Jordana Contour stick. I have been looking for a drugstore product like this that actually works well.

Julia Kawata 06/19/2017 at 11:35 pm

Elf Foundation brush?! You don’t say! *Runs to Target immediately*

Thanks for always updating us with the best drugstore faves! xo

Marjan Sacil 06/20/2017 at 3:34 am

Teni, love your page and YouTube and honestly love your hustle for you family!!!
Question about the 10 minute drugstore color, I’m middle eastern as well and have that dark blackish/dark brown hair color. What color did you use from the clariol root touch up???

Rachel 06/20/2017 at 3:13 pm

I’m Greek and Armenian with super dark brown hair and I use the Clariol root touch up in “4 dark brown”. It matches pretty great!

Rachel 06/20/2017 at 3:10 pm

I love drugstore beauty finds! I’ll have to give that Neutrogena sunscreen a try

Tyrá 06/20/2017 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations Teni on your new blog! I love looking at all of your new adventures and listening to your relatable rants #snapchatfam. As a 16 year old, I really admire your confidence, grace and humbleness and that strong feminine touch you bring to all your work. You made me feel confident In my own dark features and learn to love myself and my individuality. I have been watching your videos since I was 13 and love seeing you grow and giving my support as you are PERFECT😆. I love seeing you use your large platforms to share and bring happiness and positivity, ilysm and I hope you get this message.

Manju Matthew 06/20/2017 at 6:06 pm

I think you meant to put this in Beauty and not hair =(

On another note- you are the one who got me hooked on the push up drama mascara! I’m in love with it!

Manju Matthew 06/20/2017 at 6:13 pm

I totally missed the root touch up. Omg…I need that in my life.

You know how they say don’t go for box hair dye bc it damages your hair and only see a professional? What are your thoughts on that?

I always get hesitant, but I don’t want to dish out $50 for root touch up at the hair salon every other week. Let me know your thoughts!

Sonya 06/21/2017 at 6:07 am

I second the elf Ultimate Blending Brush–it’s amazing! I haven’t used my beauty blender since I bought it because it’s that good. Love the new blog btw!

sassy 06/24/2017 at 5:44 pm

Elf brush looks great & I’m going to buy it (that kind of brush shape is my fav for foundation)! Neutrogena sunscreen also sounds great & I’ll buy it while traveling because we don’t have Neutrogena in Croatia

Devon Young 07/13/2017 at 6:56 pm

I watched your YouTube video about your skin care routine including the Hymed products. I took your advice and tried those products plus the retinol reform by Shani Darden. I have to say those products work great for my skin and really cleared it up and I love how it looks and feels! I was wondering, however if you have any cheaper suggestions for a retinol and one that I can buy in a local store like Sephora or Ulta? I love the Shani Darden but I don’t think I can keep consistently buying it with my budget. Thanks for any help or advice you can give!

Nathalie Martin 08/27/2017 at 3:42 pm

Clairol is such a great product! I use Natural Instincts and it’s the only product that has gotten rid of my brass. I’ve tried purple shampoos and professional toning but Clairol is the only thing that has helped and I’ve been struggling with brass for a year and a half! I can totally see why the Root Touch up would work on you!

Blog beauté 10/05/2017 at 5:43 pm

Everything is on the list… Quite interesting…


Leave a Comment