It’s a new year, and with that comes all of the resolutions that make us want to put our best foot forward when it comes to our beauty regimen. This year, skip the heavy, overpriced creams and tell the gal behind the counter at your nearest fancy department store to take a hike because the best tricks of the trade can all be found at a drugstore in your local strip mall. Papierdoll picks out it’s fave cheap beauty products that will keep you looking fabulous all year long.
Carmex lip balm ($2, drugstore.com) can be used everywhere. Use it to smooth your brows, gloss your lips, and feel free to slather a callus in it because it’s chock full of vitamin E and will keep you moisturized well into the warmer months. While it was originally brought to you in a nifty little jar, it’s now available in a squeeze tube for extra easy application.
It’s been endorsed by Charlie Green, Kevyn Aucoin, and every other makeup great you can think of. Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara is the THE mascara of choice for celebrities and mortals alike, and has been since its launch in the ‘70s. The most modern version is Great Lash Blackest ($5, drugstore.com), which is one of the darkest, stark black mascaras on the market, making it easy (and inexpensive) to get those Twiggy lashes in a snap!
Bonne Bell was the makeup of choice in the early ‘90s. The brand has had several diffusion lines over the years, but the product that outperforms them all is Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper lipgloss ($2, drugstore.com). Modeled after the soft drink favorite, Dr. Pepper lipgloss has that distinct sweetness like the soft drink, and provides a rosy glow comparable to that of coming in from a Canadian winter. Best of all, this product can double as a blusher with a subtle sheen that will have everyone wondering what you’ve been up to.
Wet ‘n Wild is becoming increasingly hard to find, even at your local drugstore. We were never sure how the company turned a profit selling eye pencils and lip liners for literally .99, but somehow the brand manages to release limited edition colors and launch new products. Their lipstick is practically bulletproof and will put a minimal dent in your wallet versus some mall product that claims it can stay put for “hours.” Wet ‘n Wild’s Cherry Frost is a deliciously juicy red that looks fantastic for days when you need a pick-me-up.
When Jergens introduced their gradual self-tanner nearly two years ago, the company could have never anticipated the amount of success the product would bring. With self-tanning becoming a multi-billion dollar industry, the company struck at just the right time with their Jergens Natural Glow ($7.99, drugstore.com). When applied a few times a week, the lotion gradually gives skin a gorgeous, completely natural looking glow that looks as if you’ve been lounging by the pool for days.