Looking and feeling your most beautiful doesn't require a glam squad and needn't cost a fortune. Some of the best products for helping you look gorgeous are inexpensive and can be found right at your local drugstore. Aside from their beauty benefits, many of these 10 items can be used in more than one step of your routine, saving you even more! The next time you stop into the drugstore, add these beauties to your basket.
1. Lip Balm
Lip balm is great for so much more than healing chapped lips. Use a clear formula to keep wayward brows in place. Apply one with a pinkish tint to the apples of your checks for a natural rosy glow. Repair dry cuticles with a touch of balm around the nails. And of course, use it on your lips even when they're feeling fine as an alternative to a gloss.
2. Baby Wipes
If you don't have a baby, you probably wouldn't think of dropping a package of baby wipes into your shopping cart. Think again. These gentle wipes can work for you too. Use them as makeup remover for even the most sensitive skin. Dab away excess blush or other makeup if you were a little heavy handed. Keep some in your purse if you find yourself in a bind when there's no toilet tissue in sight. You can also consider them hand wipes when you can't get to a sink to wash up before eating.
3. Scented Lotion
There's nothing quite like smelling fresh. Instead of heavy perfume on those days you want a lighter scent, a fresh smelling lotion is a great option. Along with how inviting you'll smell, you'll have smooth, soft skin all day. Take a travel size in your purse to keep your hands moisturized all day.
4. Cotton Swabs
We all use cotton swabs to clean our ears, but they're a useful makeup tool as well. Clean up your cat eye with a dampened swab. You can also use a swab to blend out shadow for a smoky eye. Make your lips perfect by removing excess lipstick with a swab. Once your polish is dry, dip a swab in nail polish remover to get that perfect 10 mani.
5. Petroleum Jelly
That tub of petroleum jelly is full of beauty uses. Go for a natural lip with a swipe of jelly on your pout. Tame flyaway hair by smoothing a small amount of jelly to the area. Like lip balm, jelly is great for controlling wild eyebrows. Use it on rough patches of skin for smooth skin in a jiffy.
6. Leave-in Conditioner
Luscious locks are a beauty basic. Keeping hair from getting dry can be a struggle when we're constantly drying, styling, or coloring our hair. Pick up a leave-in conditioner to keep your strands well-hydrated all day long. Plus, it will help style your hair naturally. Overnight, slather on a heavy coat and cover with a silk scarf for even more touchable hair the next day.
7. Elastic Headband
A cheap cotton headband can be found at any drugstore. Use one while you wash your face and do your makeup. When you remove it, your hair will have extra volume at the roots. The headband is also useful in keeping sweat off your face while working out, preventing makeup from running down your face.
8. Baby Shampoo
There is no need to spend a fortune on shampoo. A baby shampoo is gentle enough to use every day and is lightly scented or even unscented so it won't complete with your fragrance. Baby shampoo even makes for a great body wash with a loofah or sponge.
9. Aloe Vera Gel
You don't need a horrible sunburn to reap the benefits of aloe vera. Use it as a daily moisturizer to keep skin healthy. It's great under makeup since it's not greasy. After shaving, the healing properties of the aloe vera keep you from getting those pesky red razor bumps too.
10. Spray Deodorant
Consider a spray on deodorant rather than a solid, roll-on, or gel to get the most bang for your buck. Obviously, you'll use it for underarm protection, but you can spray it in other areas too. Before you slip on your shoes when you're going socks-less, a spray of deodorant will keep your feet dry and odor-free. Try some under your sports bra too!
Ready for your next trip to the drugstore? Now you know what will get you looking great on a budget!