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8 Great Drugstore Beauty Buys ...

By Jennifer

As much as I love boutique beauty brands, sometimes I just can’t afford them. That’s when I opt for a tried-and-true lesser-expensive drugstore brand, one I know will work just as well and make my beauty regimen just as successful. If you’re tightening your belt or if you’re just curious, keep reading! Here are 8 great drugstore beauty buys I can recommend. In fact, these are all Allure “Best of Beauty” products, as selected by the magazine’s editors and readers… so a lot of other women can recommend them, too!

1 Olay Regenerist Advanced anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Serum

Olay Regenerist Advanced anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting SerumPrice: $23.49 at drugstore.com
It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! No matter what your age, help your skin resist the effects of aging with this serum, rich and creamy and easy to find at almost any drugstore. It contains an amino-peptide + B3 complex, which makes skin look firmer in as little as five days. Marvelous!

2 Gillette Venus Embrace Razor for Women

Gillette Venus Embrace Razor for WomenPrice: $12.99 at drugstore.com
Cheap disposable razors might be convenient, but let’s face it — they don’t really work very well, and they tend to leave horrible razor burn! That’s why I spend a little extra for the Venus Embrace razor and replaceable blades. It leaves my skin smooth and doesn’t cause irritation.

3 CoverGirl Simply Ageless anti-Aging Foundation

CoverGirl Simply Ageless anti-Aging FoundationPrice: $13.99 at drugstore.com
Boutique beauty brands offer foundation, but it’s expensive, and doesn’t work any better than this one, available at most drugstores! It comes in a wide range of colors (15 of them!) so there’s bound to be one to match your own skin tone.

4 Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Haircolor

Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent HaircolorPrice: $11.99 at drugstore.com
I get compliments on my hair color all the time, and I’m proud to say I use home color. This Perfect 10 is available in 22 shades, from Lightest Blonde to Black, and everything in between, including my own color: Medium Golden Brown. The it’s easy to use, creates layers of shine, the color lasts without fading, and it’s available at the drugstore. What more could a girl ask for in a hair color?

5 Pantene Pro-V Medium - Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo, Flat to Volume

Pantene Pro-V Medium - Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo, Flat to VolumePrice: $8.99 at drugstore.com
Even if Pantene didn’t clean and condition my hair beautifully, I’d still want to buy it because it smells so good! But it does everything it should, leaving my hair clean, soft, and shiny — all for a cost that a third of that you’d pay for a salon brand.

6 Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant Advanced Solid, Sensitive Skin

Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant & Deodorant Advanced Solid, Sensitive SkinPrice: $8.29 at drugstore.com
If those teeny-bopper deodorants just don’t do the job for you, give this clinical-strength antiperspirant a go. Apply it at night before bed, and don’t worry about wetness or odor. It really works, and you don’t need a prescription for it!

7 CoverGirl LashBlast Length Water Resist Mascara

CoverGirl LashBlast Length Water Resist MascaraPrice: $7.79 at drugstore.com
I love trying new mascaras, but that habit can get pricey unless you buy the drugstore brands. This is one of the best I’ve found, available in three colors, and best of all, it’s water-resistant. My favorite is the blsck-brown.

8 CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner

CoverGirl Liquiline Blast EyelinerPrice: $8.79 at drugstore.com
I love the precision and durability of liquid liner, and this CoverGirl one is just as good as the boutique brands. Choose from six hot colors (I like the Violet Voltage best) and combine the liner with your favorite shadow and mascara for a gorgeous eye look!

Now that you’ve seen my list of great drugstore beauty buys, do you recognize any of them? I use the home hair color all of the time, and I love it! Which of these less-expensive drugstore beauty buys do you use? Or is there another one you’d like to add to my list?

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