If you are a skincare fanatic like me, you definitely understand the struggle of finding affordable high-quality products that do not leave your skin broken out and irritated by morning. We all love the expensive products like Drunk Elephant, Tatcha and La Mer but these products not only break the bank but also leave you feeling tons of guilt after purchasing (not to mention the fact that you have to hide it from your spouse for a couple days before they question how much you spent on skincare this time!).
I have spent years sampling drugstore products so after tons of trial and error, morning breakouts and irritated skin, I have finally found drugstore skincare and makeup which I love and feel confident enough to recommend.
Here are my five, most loved and most re-purchased drugstore products which I use on a daily basis.
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner
This one is actually not a recent first purchase. I have been using this toner for about four years and swear by it! The first and foremost most appealing thing about this toner is that it is effective but fits all budgets at a whopping $10.99. I've actually put about three friends onto this already who absolutely love it. It's perfect for sensitive skin and isn't too harsh (I have tried toners in the past which burn my skin and leave it irritated and this one does nothing close). This product also contains pore cleansing rose water which is great for the skin. You can purchase this for only $10.99 at Target.
Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream
Can we appreciate this packaging for a second? Absolutely love everything about Jessica Alba's Honest Beauty Skincare and Makeup. I've been using this hydrogel cream for a while now and have yet to find another affordable one with the same quality. This is honestly the best cream you are going to find for this price. It helps to reduce fine lines and delivers firmer, smoother feeling skin. It's also cooling upon application which is amazing. The consistency is thick but does not weigh heavy on the skin which I love. It is also unscented which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. You can purchase this for $19.99 at Target.
Honest Beauty Organic Facial Oil
Another amazing find from this line. I seriously can't rave enough about this facial oil. First off, it smells exactly like a spa, so it leaves you feeling super relaxed and calm and delivers the most relaxing scent. I love using oils on my face in the morning and before bed, especially in the Winter, because this is when my skin is driest and needs that extra boost. I purchased this product last Winter and finished the entire bottle. The bottle lasted exactly one year (that is with using about 2-3 drops every day). This product is USDA-Certified Organic and uses botanical oils to help nourish and retain moisture. You can purchase this for $27.99 at Target.
Honest Beauty CC Cream with Vitamin C
I suppose it’s obvious now how much I love this line of skincare. This CC Cream delivers the most natural coverage I have found yet at an affordable price. It's perfect for your everyday no makeup, makeup look, and you can apply it very easily with your hands, which I prefer. It is also very buildable for extra coverage if needed. This is a 6-in-1 multitasker product that primes, perfects, protects, blurs, brightens and locks in moisture for up to 12 hours. It also contains SPF 30, which makes it perfect for the warmer days spent outdoors. Lastly, it also contains blue-light blocking defense which is an added luxury you don't find in most products, especially for individuals working from home or required to be in front of a screen for long periods of time. I wear shade "Light." You can purchase this for $21.99 at Target.
Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer
I purchased this mascara about three months ago and haven't touched any of my other mascara's since. I have also never used a lash primer, so this could also be the reason because I am now obsessed. This lash primer honestly changed my life (no pun intended). I should definitely be hired as an ambassador for Honest Beauty because I rave about their products almost every day on all of my social channels and have gotten many family and friends hooked on their products. This lash primer is truly one of the best mascaras I have ever tried and to top it off, you really can't beat the price. It resists clumping and with this product, my lashes have been the longest they've ever been! You can purchase this for $16.99 at Target.
Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub
Probably one of the most random items I can mention in this post, but this is my holy grail body scrub. I've been using this scrub for about six years now and it's the only one I will use. On occasion I will try different scents, but the Coconut Lime is my absolute favorite. If you struggle with Keratosis Pilaris (small bumps that appear on your legs) or visible pores on the skin, this is perfect for you! Personally, I have struggled with both and it was actually something I was super insecure about, especially during my teenage years. I began using this about once or twice weekly and definitely noticed improvements in my skin. The visible pores obviously have not disappeared completely, but they are surely better than they were years ago. After using, your skin is guaranteed to feel baby soft. You can purchase this for only $6.59 at Target.