I have tried a ton of drugstore products.  I’m always on the search for new inexpensive products that perform just like their more expensive counterparts.  I’ve got to admit, I watch beauty videos on Youtube almost every single night on my iPad as I’m getting ready for bed.  It’s just turned into a routine and I enjoy learning from the beauty “gurus” I follow.  They are always featuring interesting products and introducing me to the latest “it” product.  In fact, I learned about every single one of these products below from the Youtube girls I follow.


Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin (Light/Medium) //  I wear this almost every single day and have barely made a dent in the tube after about three months of use.  A little goes a long way.  The coverage is better than any other BB Cream I’ve tried and unlike others, it doesn’t slip off my skin by the middle of the day.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (Color 210) // This product makes your skin look glowy from within.  I wouldn’t recommend it for very oily skin types.  It provides light to medium coverage, but really keeps your skin looking natural and fresh.  Plus, it has sunscreen – extra points!

Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer (Fair) // If you’re a lover of the YSL Touche Eclat, I dare you to try this.  For $5, you can’t go wrong.  It performs just as well as many high end brighteners I’ve tried.  This is not a full coverage concealer.  This is best to brighten the under eye area and to highlight other areas of the face, like the bridge of the nose, the cupids bow, etc.  This stays in my purse and is a great mid-afternoon refresher!

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance // This is a major dupe for Nars Laguna.  It’s not milled quite as fine, but to me, it looks just the same once applied to the face.  It’s not too brown, not too orange… just a perfect sunkissed color.  Did I mention it’s like $3?  


Maybelline Vivids Lipstick // These are too perfect.  Creamy and pigmented (although I always recommend wearing lip balm underneath lipstick).  They have a great color selection and stay put for a long time.  My newest favorite is a fuschia plum called “Brazen Berry.”


Maybelline Color Tattoo 24Hr // This product is so incredibly similar to MAC’s paint pots.  Maybe not quite as creamy, but they last wayyy longer on the eyelids than the paint pots.  These are beautiful to be worn alone or layered under other shadows.  My absolute faves are “Bad to the Bronze” and “Tough as Taupe.”

NYX Super Skinny Marker // I honestly didn’t expect to find an eyeliner I loved more than Clinique’s gel liner.  Well, I don’t know if I love this one more, but I do love it just as much.  This is a breeze to apply and lasts all day long.  I love how skinny the felt tip is because it really allows me to build up my line to whatever thickness I want.  Plus, it’s thin enough for me to wing out my liner pretty easily!

NYX Wonder Pencil (Light) // This is a multi-purpose pencil.  It’s basically a concealer pencil, but I use it to line my lower water line of my eyes.  It really brightens up my eyes and makes me look more awake on days I’m lacking in the Zzzz department.

Maybelline “The Rocket” Mascara // Lengthens, volumizes, curls, separates… it does it all.  Please don’t ever spend your money on expensive mascara.  Drugstores have such great options!

I had no idea I liked Maybelline so much before writing this post!  Do y’all own any of these products and like them just as much as I do?  Have any drugstore “holy grail” items in your collection?  Do tell!



  1. September 18, 2013 / 11:36 am

    I concur on the BB cream – such a deal because it lasts so long and really works great to boot!

  2. September 18, 2013 / 11:49 am

    I JUST did a post on some my favorite drugstore products yesterday! I also included the Color Tattoo in my list 🙂 I've also been using Maybelline's The Rocket and concealer and really like both of them so far! I'll have to give the BB cream a try since I'm almost out of mine from Clinique.

    Great post!
    Bespeckled With Freckles

  3. September 18, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    I love NYX products and am so happy Target started carrying them. Great list, love when I can get good products at an even better deal! Hope you are having a great week!

  4. September 18, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    These look amazing! I'm always on the hunt for the next greatest product. Thanks or sharing

  5. September 18, 2013 / 1:18 pm

    i love the color tattoo and the dream lumi concealer. they are both great maybelline products!

    NYC Sunny Bronzer is also a nice drugstore alternative very similar to Benefit Hula.

    Rimmel also makes a good nude eyeliner that is nice for the waterline!

  6. September 18, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    I love the Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting concealer, it is bang on in comparison to YSL Touche Eclat, love it!!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  7. September 18, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    i just bought Brazen Berry on Monday and i am in love! its the perfect purple/pink and i only put it on in the morning– lasts until after i leave work!

  8. September 18, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    Pretty sure I'm just going to print this list and bring it to Target with me.

    Wait, print? Who does that. I'll totally screenshot it, haha 🙂

  9. September 18, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    I do love Maybelline mascara. I always use Cover Girl blush because of the smell – my mom used it growing up and I always associate that smell with getting ready in the mornings.

  10. September 18, 2013 / 5:05 pm

    I'm obsessed the the Rocket mascara too, it's amazing! I'll definitely have to check out some of these other products as well! Also, I'm a huge fan of watching beauty videos on YouTube, so I'm curious, who are some of your fav "gurus"? I'm always looking for more channels to subscribe to!

  11. September 18, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    Just found you and love your blog! I've recently tried the Boots Botanical oil for the face and am amazed at the results for $10.
    Also, not available at a drugstore, but I won't buy any other eyeliner but Avon's Glimmersticks in Striking Emerald and Chocolate Brown. Always $2.99 and you don't need a sharpener.

  12. September 18, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    I just bought that mascara and I love it! I have been going back and forth on the color tattoos but I may have to go grab some! Great post!


  13. September 18, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    I love the BB cream I also have it but for dry skin I am wanting to try CC cream next great post

    simply sutter

  14. September 18, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    I love drugstore makeup- that's about all I ever wear. I'd love for you to share the Youtube channels that you follow. I'm in need of some inspiration.

  15. September 18, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    I use the same bronzer and BB Cream!

  16. September 19, 2013 / 1:55 am

    I almost bought NARS Laguna tonight when I was in Sephora…but I put it back remembering what you said about the Rimmel bronzer. I will be looking for that at my drugstore this week 🙂 Thanks for this post!!

  17. September 19, 2013 / 3:07 am

    I also love Maybelline's MegaPlush mascara! I have tiny lashes and it makes them so much bigger. I've had Garnier's BB cream for a while, so it does last forever! My only issue with it is that it feels super thick when I put it on (even when using a tiny bit), so sometimes it feels like too much for just the day. Good for going out though! Oh, and I like Sephora's Rouge line of lipsticks! I am definitely going to try the Color Tattoos (I've been looking for a lasting shadow) thanks for sharing!

  18. September 19, 2013 / 12:41 pm

    I purchased the Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer yesterday based on your review. I had been in the market for some concealer and couldn't get to Macy's to test out my go to Clinique options. I LOVE this concealer-and I love the price that much more!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. September 20, 2013 / 1:24 am

    I am a total YouTube Beauty Guru junkie, too! I might be a little obsessed! My favorites are Nicole Guerreiro, CiaoBellaXO, LisaLisaD1, Emily Noel, and Jaclyn Hill. Please share your favorites!

  20. September 20, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    Thank you for this! I need to try these products! My favorite drug store purchases as of late are the Aveeno BB Cream and Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara!

  21. September 22, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    I would love to know which youtube gurus you follow! I also use Maybelline's Rocket Mascara and it's amazing.. I like it better than my Benefit They're Real!

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