My idea of a perfect Saturday? Perusing the aisles of Rite-Aid, without the kids, finding a new favorite nail polish color. I’m boring, I know, but it’s the little things–a new lipstick, a new moisturizer–that keep me happy these days.
What I love about drug store beauty products is that you don’t have to break your bank to get a totally new look. It’s a tiny pick-me-up in your day that only costs $5. And if it’s the wrong color? Give it to a friend and try again. Here are my favorite recent finds, most of which you can find at a drug store near you.
Maybelline Baby Lips is like your favorite chap stick, but with a hint of color. Stash one in your purse and you can forgo the lipstick altogether! $4
Cover Girl is now making a fabulous knockoff of the famous Clinique Chubby Stick–for less than half the price. Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm comes in awesome shades and works just as well as the pricier version, but for $7.
I just came across this J.R. Watkins Facial Cleanser this week, and already my skin is softer and smoother. Plus it smells great. $8.50
This Sally Hansen eyelash curler works just as well as the $30 versions–but it’s only $6. Plus, it’s lasted twice as long as the bank-breaking version I bought on a whim last year.
Ever get those tiny little bumps on the back of your arms? It’s keratin building up in your pores, and the alpha hydroxy acids in Amlactin lotion slough it all away. Summer-ready skin? Check. $16
I’m loving the wintry shades of Revlon nail polish right now, especially Stormy (left) and Midnight Affair (right). $5
A friend sent me this sample of 100% Pure coffee bean eye cream, and I don’t think I’ll ever use any other kind. It contains caffeine, so it instantly wakes up your eyes and de-puffs. Great for tired moms. $10
Okay, okay. This Too Faced Lash Injection mascara runs at a pricey $21, but the tube lasts twice as long as the drugstore brands. Plus, it seriously looks like you’re wearing fake lashes. I don’t use any other kind.
Another thing I don’t scrimp on? Foundation. Or, in this case, my daily go-to tinted moisturizer with SPF 20. Too Faced Beauty Balm leaves your skin soft and smooth, without looking shiny. It’s that dewey, fresh from the beach look. $32
What are your favorite beauty products of the moment?