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A Reader's Question Answered: Sharing the Best Drugstore Beauty Products

Sara emailed recently with a question and I thought we'd talk about it today.

Q: Are there any drugstore skincare products that you can recommend?

A: Hi Sara! You absolutely can find some really great skincare products in the aisles of Target, Wegmans, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc. In fact, I use a mix of drugstore and luxury beauty products myself. In fact, a few months back I switched out my daytime AND nighttime eye care products in favor of two products from the drugstore. My face cleanser is from Target. One of my go-to products for winter skin is a drugstore item. Here are my top drugstore products for skin and makeup:

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser - I use this in the morning and I also use it as Step 2 of my nighttime skincare routine, after removing my makeup with Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. This is the perfect gentle cleanser for all skin types. I have two teenagers, one of whom is using Differin for acne, and this is the cleanser I have both boys using.

L'Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Eye Gel- This is a soothing, cooling delight! It applies with an applicator that leaves the skin underneath the eye area feeling more awake. It sinks in well and allows for my undereye concealer to blend beautifully.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - You won't find a better drugstore lipstick. If they ever discontinue Iced Amethyst I will be DEVASTATED. This is my go to. While I like other lipsticks (especially L'Oreal), the texture, pigmentation, and longevity of this formula from Revlon cannot be beat.

NYX Precision Eye Pencil - I have tried so many brow products, from Anastasia to Thrive Causemetics to Chanel and everything in between. Most of them still aren't as good as this $10 gem. I use Ash Brown. This looks natural, is easy to apply, resists humidity, and is long-lasting.

Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette - Hands down, the best neutral eyeshadow palette at the drugstore. I am a sucker for neutral palettes. Since I am in my mid 40s, I prefer matte eye shadows or those with only a slight shimmer. This palette is a perfect mix of both. I have a hard time finding cool-toned neutrals and this one is definitely stellar.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel -- Okay, water gel moisturizers have been all the rage lately. I have shared that I have been a fan of Water Drench from Peter Thomas Roth. More recently, I have replaced that with a new favorite, Paula's Choice. However, I must confess that this is a solid choice for those looking to spend less money. You can frequently find it on sale, use coupons from the Sunday paper or at Ulta, etc.

Aquaphor Ointment Spray is one of my most favorite products on God's green earth. This spray formula is NOT what you are thinking of if you have ever tried the tube often used for diaper rash. This lightly sprays on without dripping, sinks right in, has no scent, doesn't feel sticky and leaves skin buttery soft for hours and hours. I cannot be without it.

An aside -- But it has mineral oil! It is a widespread myth that mineral oil is bad. I used to fall into that fear as well. Oh my lord, a petrochemical!

FACT: Mineral oil is SAFE for the skin. There is NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that it is harmful to the skin. NONE. Please do not fall for the fear mongering I used to fall for my only relying on the EWG.

Learn more:, UC Berkeley of the American Academy of Dermatology, March 1992, issue 3 part 2, pages 387-396