We all love a bargain, but can you really get high quality beauty products from your local drugstore. Well, believe it or not, there are some products that rival the fantastically expensive, designer endorsed brands. Here are some of the best:

Biore Blemish Fighting Cleanser
Drugstore beauty buy: Winner! Cool, refreshing and keeps skin clear with 2% salicylic acid treatment.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15
Even with all my fancy expensive lotions this one’s still always in my cupboard! Small amount of retinol to brighten your skin and also help keep it clear.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle (Night) (and the serum too)
Two good anti-aging retinol treatments to be used at night. With Retinol A and hyaluronic acid they hydrate and rejuvenate skin.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Can be used daily, mix with your lotion and apply for a year-round glow. (And it doesn’t smell weird)

Covergirl Outlast LipStain (in saucy plum)
Use this under gloss to for a natural flush of colour then top with gloss or lip balm. It’s a romantic wine red colour.

Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara
This mascara does what it says. No spiky, stiff lashes here. Has good staying power, and doesn’t run. Natural looking but still thickening.

Maybelline Volume Express Big Eyes Falsies
The small brush for bottom lashes is my favourite thing about this mascara. You can get right down to the lash line with this brush.

Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller
This little roller is a great concealer. I’d compare it to a much cheaper version of YSL Touche Eclat. It has a thin watery texture but with decent pigment. Just a dab or two under your eyes and blend with a concealer or foundation bush. Also great for zit cover up.

We all know the saying “you get what you pay for” and yes, generally speaking, it’s true… but not always. Designer brands are generally better, right? Celine sunglasses are better than some non-branded pair? When you think about it, massive brands like Covergirl and Neutrogena’s profits blow newcomers and boutique beauty brands out of the water. More money= more research capabilities= more product testing= so on and so forth. So, it really comes as no surprise drugstore beauty brands come out with some amazing products. From skincare to self-tanners to mascara, I can easily spend an hour or more cruising the cosmetic isles at CVS or Target checking out what’s new. Sometimes I find a winner, and sometimes not, but that’s the fun!