Makeup Monday: Drug Store Beauty Buys

After working in corporate retail for over five years and cosmetics for two of them, it should come as no surprise that I am a total beauty junkie. However, I’m totally not a fan of paying crazy prices for my addiction. I am not the kind of beauty junkie that has a great youtube channel of videos that will blow your mind with insane makeup techniques. I am the kind of junkie that knows a good product and is always curious about what’s new. In my experience, I have found more often than not, there is a “generic” equivalent to the pricey brands you would find in a department store.  By equivalent, I mean they may as well be twins in different clothing. A lot of the drug store brands are owned by the same parent companies that own several of the department store brands. The products are scary similar in appearance and quality but the price tags are drastically different. For today’s Makeup Monday I’m sharing my drug store beauty picks. Since I’m already thinking Spring, I’m sharing a few of the items I use in warmer months when I don’t wear as much makeup.

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I am all about the highlighters, bronzers and items that give you a dewy summer glow. If I only go for the bare minimum when leaving the house, I put on my highlighter, mascara and a lip. Tinted lip oils are super hot right now and after a long run of the matte lip, the gloss is making a come back. I can’t say I’m mad about it at all. If you’re in a hurry and just want something easy, you’ll definitely want a gloss you can swipe on without a mirror.

Everything is very reasonably priced and can be found at your local drugstore. If you prefer to shop online, just hover over the image and click on any icon to add to cart. If you are one of those #blessed individuals that doesn’t need any makeup at all then be sure to check out my skincare picks in this post here. Hope you guys have the happiest Monday!



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NYX is such a great and affordable brand!

Berniedette of Petite And Toned

I love how the drug store brands are coming up. It’s a great way for me to try out new colors!

Berniedette of Petite And Toned

Christina | From Under a Palm Tree

I couldn’t agree more! Once in a while, I will splurge on a high-end product but drugstore makeup is just as good most of the time. NYX is one of my favorites! and elf too. I also love them because they’re cruelty-free :). Oh and I love those pinks you’ve picked! Those will be perfect for spring!


I like the NYX lip colors but have yet to try their lip butter. I’ll keep an eye out for it!

Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

I love drugstore brands! I get more compliments when I wear drugstore eye shadow than all the years I wore Chanel 🙂

Destinee Nicole

I have not been into makeup in some time, but this post makes me want to get back into it.

Crystal // Dreams, etc.

I’m all about tinted lip oils right now! Is that one from Cover Girl? I didn’t realize they had one!


I love drugstore makeup! I use Covergirl foundation and a drugstore mascara!


Love how this focused on quality and affordability. Love the NYX brand!


Love the affordable options! I recently did an affordable drug store makeup haul also and featured NYX! Love this post!! Definitely trying that pink lipstick!


Great list and mix of products. I love mixing drugstore beauty products with my tried and true products.


What a great list! I feel like NYX has a lot of amazing products that don’t break the bank. I want to try that gorgeous pink lipstick!


I feel like NYX has a bunch of great products for the price! One of my fav drugstore brands.


I will definitely be making these product purchases in the future!!! Thank you for sharing!!!


I love this post!! I just came across your blog and I am loving it! I definitely agree with you though… I am all for the dewy and glowy makeup looks. 🙂


I love good drugstore beauty finds! I just picked up the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor myself and am loving it!


I love drugstore products! Sometimes they’re better.


I love finding a perfect drugstore product that works better than the elite brands!


I love finding great drugstore products that rival the more expensive brands! I haven’t tried any of these products but I’m definitely going to check some of them out.

    You definitely have to! Start with the NYX ! They have a wide variety of products and all perform really well. You can also google the parent companies to see what brands fall under them. Estee Lauder & L’Oreal are two of the biggest.


I’m not a fan of paying a lot of money for makeup either! I love the formula of those Revlon lipcolors

Sarah Belanger | Sincerely Anchored

I love that there are so many affordable options! Im a fan of highlighters these days too. Something about a fresh glow.