6 Drugstore Moisturizers That Are Gentle Yet Effective

We hardly even had a good fall season, and it’s already starting to feel like winter. I hope all you people who kept saying “I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear my sweaters and scarves!” over the summer are happy now. Me, not so much. The cold is a major buzzkill to my outfits, pregame routine, and my literal face. Walking in New York has started to feel like you’re walking through a wind tunnel, so by the time I get to my office, my face looks cracked. In order for me to avoid looking like the Sahara Desert, I need a life-changing moisturizer. And since I’m also trying not to kill my credit card bill, these have to be budget-friendly and easily accessible—aka cost no more than my favorite wine and also be stocked at my nearest CVS. Here are the 6 best drugstore moisturizers to combat dry skin.

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

This is one of my favorite drugstore moisturizers and one I use on a daily basis. And thank god it exists, because I would be looking like an ashy corpse otherwise. Cetaphil is honestly ah-maze for those with sensitive skin types (hi) because the moisturizer is quickly absorbed into the skin and feels v gentle when applied.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My friend swears by this and obviously, I don’t question her choices—or at least her sober ones. I used it for the first time recently and it literally felt like I just washed my face, except with just a facial gel. It dries in seconds and leaves your face feeling hydrated and ready for makeup.

3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

Aveeno’s products are all really great, TBH. They’re super gentle on skin and make your face feel instantly hydrated. So it should come as no surprise that their moisturizers are also bomb. This one is oil-free, hypoallergenic, and provides sun protection because even when it’s not summer, you should still be using SPF, okay?

4. Simple Hydrating Gel Cream

Simple’s line is full of hidden gems, this hydrating gel cream being one of them. It fills your skin with refreshing hydration and helps keep your skin free of any tightness so you can still move it by the time you walk out the door.

5. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

Burt’s Bees is the sh*t. There isn’t anything I’m not obsessed with from their line. This super soothing moisturizer is full of aloe extract and other natural ingredients to keep your face feeling soft AF without making it red, greasy, or irritated.

6. Olay Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer

This lightweight moisturizer makes you forget you’re wearing anything on your face. It instantly absorbs into your skin, making it hydrated and smooth without any sticky feeling. It also leaves a matte finish that’s perfect for makeup prep.
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8 Drugstore Eye Creams Under $25 That Work

Ugh, aging. It’s great that we’re slowing easing out of the acne phase. It blows that we’re running headfirst into the wrinkles phase. But, if you catch on early, you can help prevent having your eyes look like wrinkly old sacks on your face. The best time to start using an eye cream is actually now—like, in your 20s and 30s—if you want to prevent the look of lines and bags and dark circles later. Just add it to your already 18-step routine. It’ll be fine. The good thing is that when it comes to eye cream, you don’t need to empty your life savings to get good sh*t. There are tons of drugstore brands that’ll get the job done since we’re like, v poor right now. Look for creams and serums that’ll help de-puff, smooth, moisturize, and plump, depending what your issue is. Here are a few drugstore eye creams we like that are literally under $25.

1. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream

Aloe is my fav when the sun has done me wrong (v rude), and it works well on your eyes, too. Typical of Burt’s Bees, this eye cream has natural extracts that will make you feel one with nature. It’s also hypoallergenic, so it probably won’t bother your precious eyes.

2. Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream

Nicole Kidman keeps telling me that Olay is amazing, and I’ll be damned if I won’t listen to that eternally 30-year-old betch (like, I’m sure they don’t just keep putting soft lenses on her so she appears younger, right?). Sorcery or not, Olay is a formula that’s been worshipped for decades, and its eye cream stands up to the best of the department store brands. The cream actually has a teeeeny tiny bit of concealer in it along with vitamins and niacinamide, which help with circles over time. So, count this one in as the daytime eye savior.

3. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

CeraVe is one of the only drugstore brands I could find when I was in Le France, so, therefore, everything CeraVe does is très amazing. The formula is made with CeraVe’s combo of ceramides and hyaluronic acid with some other cool stuff I can’t pronounce. The best part? It doesn’t have any fragrances and is non-comedogenic so it’s perfect if you have sensitive skin.

4. Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Throw this sh*t in the fridge and apply when you watch something sad or are dealing with a late season allergy that’s f*cking your life up and now your eyes are puffy and omg I feel like Rocky after battling Apollo Creed. Anyway, this Garnier roller ball acts like a teeny massage for your eye and the gel, which has caffeine in it, can de-puff in a few minutes.

5. RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

Using retinol, a known fighter of wrinkles, this eye cream combats sagging. It also contains hyaluronic acid, so you’ll be fighting crow’s feet from two angles.

6. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream

I hate Jennifer Aniston, but I love Aveeno, which makes me feel all sorts of conflicted. Anyway, blackberry and dill extract plus a few other natural ingredients make the Aveeno eye cream a great choice to help strengthen the elastin around your eye before it gets droopy and gross.

7. Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream

The Yes To line is great for hippie girls who don’t shower yet still somehow have amazing skin (wtf, teach me your ways). The grapefruit line helps a lot with dark circles, thanks to fruit acids that will brighten your skin in a natural highlighter sort of way.

8. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

Neutrogena rules, and this gel cream is pumped full of hyaluronic acid, which I promise is not as scary as it sounds. Basically, it’s a gel formula that sinks into your skin and hydrates your eyes without it feeling like you just rubbed Vaseline into your corneas. Praise be.

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7 Drugstore Face Masks That Are Just As Good As The Expensive Ones

If there’s anything I love more than plopping myself on the couch while eating my weight in carbs, it’s giving my face some TLC with a good face mask. Face masks are fucking awesome. I mean, you literally just slather some bright-colored shit on your face and bask in the glory that your face will look and feel flawless after just a few minutes. There’s like, an overwhelming amount of choices sitting in our nearest Sephora, but the only thing stopping me from buying them all at once is that they cost more than a handle of Tito’s. My savior often comes in the form of CVS or Duane Reade (any fucking drugstore works) when I need a quick chaser or like, a face mask that works just well and costs twice as less. Praise be. Here are seven tried-and-true drugstore face masks that won’t make your bank account hate you.

1. Bioré Charcoal Self-Heating One Minute Mask

If you didn’t already know, natural charcoal is bomb for your skin. It’s not the charcoal you see at BBQ’s, fucking obviously. This thermal mask rids stress and excess oil from your face to reveal unclogged pores and cooler, smoother skin. Mix with water to feel twice as much heat and rinse off after just a minute.

2. Beauty 360 Detoxifying Antioxidant Tissue Facial Mask

Beauty 360 is exclusive to CVS, so unfortunately, if you don’t have one by you, you’re SOL (and should probably consider moving to civilization). Their face masks accommodate different needs, but if you’re like rest of us on the east coast, chances are you probs need something to moisturize and firm your skin. This has tons of vitamins and proteins to hydrate, soften, brighten, and firm sagging skin.

3. Soap & Glory What A Peeling! Purifying De-Clog Mask

So long as you don’t rip your face off, peeling masks are v convenient for getting rid of fugly shit ASAP. Packed with Vitamin C, fruits, and mood-boosting oil (so you can feel zen af), this pretty pink liquid gel turns into a strip you can peel off to remove dirt, greasy oil, and T-zone triggers.

4. Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask

I honestly love overnight masks, simply because I’m too lazy to wash my face before bed. This Olay mask absorbs into your skin as you catch up on beauty sleep, so it brightens, hydrates, and evens out your skin tone by the time you wake up in the morning.

5. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask

I feel like most people don’t realize Burt’s Bees makes other good stuff besides overpriced Chapstick. They have a pretty decent foundation line tbh, and a skincare line that actually produces results. You can use this up to twice a week for super hydrated and tighter skin before bed. You don’t even have to wash it off because its absorption is *that* good.

6. St. Ives Nourished And Smooth Oatmeal Scrub And Mask

From my personal experience, this scrub actually works and doesn’t irritate my skin. It exfoliates with gentle beads to smooth out uneven skin texture and remove dry, flaky skin. Feel free to rinse off afterwards if you want to use as a scrub, or leave on for a few minutes before rinsing to use as a mask.

7. L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort

This shit is so good, it’s even in the skincare routine for a few celebrities and models we stalk via social media. After 10 minutes of using, this clay mask infused with natural seaweed offers cleaner, relaxed, and refreshed skin. It’s v creamy, so it’s def perfect for those extra sensitive areas winter has ruined for your skin.

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6 Drugstore Mascaras That Will Stay On All Day

When we have issues with mascara, we’re having general issues in life. Is your mascara running? Must be crying over too much Taco Bell. Is your mascara flaking? Too many hours spent ignoring work emails. Is your mascara becoming soft, sad rings around your eyes, making you look like a trash panda? Must have spent hours binging documentaries about gluten intolerance on Netflix. Whatever your mascara problem, we have the solution, and it isn’t spending $60 on a small tube full of black eyelash glue. Some of the best mascaras can be found right behind the magical doors of your local drug store, so thank us later when your lashes STILL look flawless.

1. L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara

This isn’t SUPER volumizing, but it does make your lashes look significantly longer AND keeps your lashes curled (if you’re taking this extra step during makeup application … bravo).

L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara

2. Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Mascara

Adds volume (as evidenced by its super creative name), fans out your lashes, and keeps em curled—this shit is great for thin lashes that need a little weight to them.

Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Mascara

3. L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara

Wanna look like you’re sporting falsies without actually gluing them on? Grab a tube of this, which also will make your lashes look SUPER dark… like, more so than the majority of other mascaras. Black like our souls is a good thing in this case.

L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara

4. Jordana Cosmetics Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

It’s cheap, it doesn’t flake, and it gives your lashes a boost—all things you should be packing in your makeup bag. Plus, at like $4 per tube, it’s INSANELY affordable. Shit, even if you hate it, you didn’t waste $10 on it. That’s like, a cup of coffee.

Jordana Cosmetics Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

5. CoverGirl LashBlast Plumpify BlastPro Mascara

Jesus Christ, can you just read the name of this mascara out loud for me? Who sits in these mascara naming meetings and comes up with this shit? Anyway, the thick brush lets you wrap every lash in mascara, leading to a stellar and fake-looking (in a good way) lashes.

CoverGirl Mascara

6. Almay One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara

Almay is great for people who are allergic to everything, and this mascara is included. It has a totally normal-sized brush, plus just a good all-around mascara that’s good after two coats AND buildable for more drama.

Almay One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara

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The Best Drugstore Concealers To Hide Your Under Eye Circles, Zits & Overall Life Choices

Yah, maybe you had a shitty morning. Maybe you partied a lil too hard on a Tuesday night. I know it was Taco Tuesday, but the bags under your eyes from lack of sleep and the chin zit that’s forming from sleeping in makeup and drooling on yourself (thanks, tequila) are not doing you any favors.

A betch needs an ally, and concealer is just that. It hides our deepest darkest secrets, be they zit, cold sore, or bruise from tripping and falling into a bar. Because we’re amazing, we rounded up the best drugstore concealers for you to dab on your face without breaking the bank.

1. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

This shit comes in about a billion shades ranging from warms to neutrals to cools. You can dab on a teeny bit for a zit or you can slather on lots for dark under eye circles. It’ll hide all your secrets.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

2. e.l.f. Concealer Pencil Brush

If you haven’t bought into the e.l.f. line yet, get on that shit. They don’t test on cute fuzzy animals and their products are actually legit. The concealer pencil brush is neat since it isn’t a liquid and works really well for concealing redness around your nose from snorting Adderall, discoloration near your eyes from all the shots you took, etc. Plus, it’s only $8, so, win.

ELF Concealer Pencil Brush

3. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser

Check the interwebs and you’ll find this shit on every list detailing amazing concealers. Why does it rule? The haloxyl (lol wut) helps de-puff your under eye circles and the micro-corrector smooths over fine lines without settling in. It’ll literally make you look bright and full of life AND it lasts for about 6 hours.

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser

4. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer

If getting “the London look” is on your agenda and diminishing large red pimples is part of that, grab this eight-hour concealer. It lasts all day and works especially well on acne and scars. It does a bitchin’ job on under eye circles too, if you suffer from that issue.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer

5. Neutrogena Skinclearing Blemish Concealer

What’s better than a concealer with zit meds literally in it? Nothing, betch. Neutrogena is a fave of dermatologists for a reason. This shit goes on smoothly and is amazing for dabbing on a zit so you don’t feel like you’re making it worse by adding makeup for the day.

Neutrogena Skinclearing Blemish Concealer

Now go forth and hide thy zits. 

6 Amazing Drugstore Mascaras That Cost Less Than What You’d Spend On Wine

Summer has barely started and I’m already calculating how much I’ve sabotaged my bank account with my swimsuit online shopping habit obsession. Spoiler: it’s not pretty. And because I’m an adult my parents refuse to fund my lifestyle, I now need to save money in other areas of my life by, like, cutting out regular meals, stealing toilet paper rolls from work, and buying my mascara at the drugstore. I really lead a charmed life. But luckily for us, there are actually tons of cheap mascara options out there so we can save money for something that really enhances a person’s beauty: alcohol. Blessings. So here are six drugstore mascaras that will please even your cheap ass:

The Best Mascara For Volume 

You may recognize this brand from middle school when you stayed up late watching wannabe aspiring models butcher the English language in an attempt to win over Tyra Banks in their commercial shoot. Aside from giving me valuable life hair lessons via the traumatizing makeover episodes, ANTM also brought CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara into my life and it really fucking works. Who knew. It’s a go-to for anyone who wants clump-free voluminous lashes (so everyone). Plus it’s v cheap, like cheaper than my $8 Uber Pool last night. Blessings. 

Covergirl LashBlast Mascara

The Best Mascara For Length

So this one is sort of a good news/bad news type deal. On the one hand, Butter London Lengthening Mascara will give you lengthy, voluminous looking lashes from roots to the ends, but on the other hand it’s kind of pricey. Like more than I’d pay for a shitty bottle of rosé so it’s probably not that expensive pretty fucking pricey. That being said, it’s life changing for anyone with short lashes as it adds 20% more length in two coats. But, like, it’s fine. I’ll just cut my gym membership for this month because we all know I wasn’t using that shit anyway.

Butter London Lengthening Mascara

The Best All-In-One Mascara

If you’re looking for a mascara to switch up your look depending on if Mercury is in retrograde your mood, then Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara is the best in the game. While it doesn’t look like much—the brush head is fucking tiny—size (apparently) doesn’t matter here because this mascara does it all. If you’re going to make out with your ex’s best friend for a more dramatic look, it can do that. Of if you’re asking for me to unfollow you on Instagram looking for the perfect #nofilter #sonatural selfie, then it can do that too. 

Revlon Ultimate All In One Mascara

The Best Mascara To Fake Eyelash Extensions

If you’re poor fiscally irresponsible but you still want your lashes to look like Ashley Iaconetti’s after three beach meltdowns and one sad makeout session with Jared (I assume), then you’re going to want to invest in a mascara that fakes eyelash extensions and Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extensions Kit is seriously the best one out there. It’s ideal for those who love false lashes but suffer from rage blackouts lack the patience for falsies and the sugar daddy money for extensions. The kit comes with two tubes, one that contains a lash-boosting mascara and the other that contains cotton fibers that attach to your lashes to add length and fullness. If that sounds like a process, that’s because it fucking is but that’s the price we pay for optimal Instagram selfies beauty. 

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extensions Kit

The Best Mascara For Nourishing Lashes

For anyone who fucked up their lashes last weekend by sleeping in their makeup and/or burning the shit out of them with an eyelash curler (hi), then L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lash Extension Effect Mascara will be key to restoring your lashes to their former glorious state. At one end of the wand is a base coat infused with nourishing agents to strengthen and protect, and at the the other, a top coat that covers lashes in a blacker-than-your-soul pigment.

L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Lash Extension Effect Mascara

The Best Mascara For Lash Growth

Almay One Coat Extreme Mascara is the best of both worlds because it makes you look good AF while also promoting lash growth. It’s sort of like that Nice Girl in your sorority who constantly tried to prove that she could be an athlete/sorority woman/faithful community volunteer/”fun time” at the bars but, in this case, we’re actually buying the bullshit hype. It’s a serum-mascara hybrid with a dark AF pigment that adds depth and drama to make lashes appear longer and more defined. Plus it defends against damage and prevents breakage all while growing your lashes. You really can have it all.  

Almay One Coat Mascara

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