Hello friends! How are you doing? These are difficult times. This pandemic has undeniably impacted our day-to-day lives causing stress and anxiety. It’s been hard not to feel overwhelmed but I hope you are taking care of yourself to keep your mind and body well.
With so much of our days being impacted by the current state of things, I am just trying to keep some normalcy in my beauty content (which is a welcome distraction for me) and hopefully it provides a bit of a breather for you as well when you need a break from it all!
I have to admit though that I’m struggling with finding the same motivation at the moment so I may not be able to post regularly here on the blog for the time being. That said, I would love for you to keep in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook for your daily dose of beauty, positivity and random chit-chat!
Although the news these days is grim and we all may be going slightly stir crazy, one thing to cheer us all up is that spring is here. With warm sunny days not so far ahead, today I have a roundup of 25 affordable and amazing drugstore beauty buys for spring that are sure to put some pep in your step!
These colorful makeup and skincare goodies are the perfect excuse to add some much needed self-care to your daily routine. Even if you are not a beauty addict like me, indulging in beauty in stressful times like these is the opposite of frivolous— it can be a relaxing and mood-boosting ‘me time’, a form of comforting self-care and a simple source of joy!
This double-duty beauty buy leaves your skin perfectly primed for smooth makeup application while providing broad-spectrum SPF and skin-brightening benefits (with vitamin C and Niacinamide). Designed for daily use under makeup, it contains oil-controlling ingredients and dries to a matte finish. Great for all skin types, especially oily.
This oil-free tinted moisturizer offers lightweight coverage that evens skin tone and leaves your skin looking fresh & healthy. Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and coconut water, it has a natural finish that’s great for all skin types. The ColourPop Pretty Fresh lineup also includes a great hydrating primer and creamy concealer.
Infused with hyaluronic acid, aloe and rose quartz, these moisturizing lipsticks provide rich color with a glossy finish that makes lips look super smooth and plump. The buttery-soft texture just melts onto lips and hydrates without any heaviness!
Sun kissed skin is just a drop away with this soothing essence infused with golden pigments. Blend a few drops into your foundation or moisturizer for a naturally warm look or wear alone for a sheer/soft bronzed glow.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and collagen, this moisturizing yet lightweight base is one of the best drugstore foundations for dry skin. Available in 20 shades, it provides buildable medium-to-full coverage with a dewy smooth finish that stays put! My full review here.
This ultra-hydrating, velvety smooth lipstick is packed with pigment and provides a gorgeous pop of color! Infused with organic shea butter, viatmin E and a blend of nourishing oils, it also offers a heathy dose of hydration.
Milani Rose Sugar Lip Scrub ($9.99)
This natural scrub with sweet sugar granules gently exfoliates and polishes to leave lips ultra-soft and smooth. It’s also infused with rosehip oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil & coconut oil to hydrate and nourish. Milani has also introduced a new Rose Butter Lip Mask ($8.99) that’s just as ah-mazing! Both are vegan and cruelty-free.
Hit the reset button on stressed skin, without the mess! With antioxidant rich pink mineral complex and exfoliating kaolin clay to polish away skin clogging impurities, this clay mask in a convenient stick form is super easy-to-apply. Just leave it on for 10 minutes and relax your way to rejuvenated skin!
Infused with light-diffusing micro pearls, this creamy concealer provides medium-to-full coverage with a radiant finish that lasts. The built-in puff blender allows for quick, no-fuss application and lets you to dab and blend on the go! Vegan and cruelty-free.
Infused with coconut water and a fresh tropical scent of passion fruit essence, this translucent tanner dispenses as a light and airy foam that spreads smoothly for an even application and delivers sun-inspired natural looking color within hours.
Meant to be applied before bedtime, this resurfacing serum contains a healthy dose of exfoliating Glycolic acid plus gentler Polyhydroxy and fruit acids to dissolve dead skin cells for super smooth, glowing skin overnight. And it layers beautifully without leaving a tacky residue!
Milani Ludicrous Lip Gloss ($7.97)
This gloss provides a pop of color with next-level shine that’s sure to channel your inner supermodel. The formula is also moisturizing for super-comfortable wear that lasts.
Photo credit: Milani Cosmetics
Enriched with calming rose extract and brightening kakadu plum, this luxurious highlighter with ultra-fine reflective pearls delivers an illuminating all-over-glow.
This oil-free gel cream blush beautifully melts onto skin creating a sheer but buildable flush of color that you can tone up or down. A little goes a long way and leaves a natural-looking dewy finish!
Get instantly smooth hair in-between washes with this lightweight, conditioner mist that moisturizes without a greasy feel. Made with Pro-Vitamin B5, Omega-9, aloe and jojoba oil, it spritzes away tangles and get rid of flyaways & frizz and refresh those tresses in a pinch!
This radiant rose-hued highlighter has a silky smooth formula that gives your skin a gorgeous glow without the glitter. The intensely pigmented powder just melts into skin for the ultimate glow-up.
Enriched with a cocktail of vitamin C, licorice root extract, Niacinamide, red algae extract and turmeric extract, this brightening serum helps you ditch dullness! Not only does it improve uneven skin tone but also firms, hydrate and strengthen skin.
This glossy lipstick infused with ginger extract and hyaluronic acid delivers semi-sheer, juicy color while providing long-lasting hydration! It comes in 6 vegan shades from a nude pink to coral red.
Bliss Jelly Glow Peel ($10.99)
This gentle jelly peel exfoliates with soft plant-based fibers that act like micro-lint rollers to capture and roll away dry, flaky skin. It has pineapple & papaya enzymes that work as non-abrasive, natural exfoliants. No harsh scrubbing!
Formulated with a 360 Total Defense Complex, this lightweight, fast-absorbing primer oil defends against harmful UV rays, blue light and pollution while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections for smoother makeup application.
Your hair needs a little love too! L’Oreal’s new wonder water works in just 8 seconds to give you silkier, shinier, healthier looking hair! Infused with moisturizing agents & amino acids that target damaged areas of hair, it’s totally weightless like water and suitable for all hair types and textures, from super fine to thick and curly.
Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush ($9.99)
Infused with skin-loving ingredients like pomegranate, rose extract and watermelon, this creamy liquid blush gives your cheeks the perfect kiss of color.
Camouflage those pesky spots and dark circles with this full-coverage and hydrating concealer that’s also long-wearing. The highly pigmented formula is lightweight with a satin finish that won’t settle into fine lines or creases. Suitable for all skin types, but great for dry skin!
100% vegan and cruelty-free
This soothing, smoothing and hydrating overnight lip treatment pampers your pout with the goodness of shea butter, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid. Perfect for dry lips anytime, day or night! 100% Vegan & cruelty-free.
Yes To Cucumber Cooling Jelly Mask ($12.99)
Formulated with cucumber extract, this bouncy gel mask packs a cooling and hydrating punch that leaves skin feeling soothed and refreshed in just 10 minutes.
Formulated with antioxidant-packed Grapefruit and 10% Fruit Acids (AHAs + BHAs) including Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, this daily tonic helps skin look glowy & promotes healthy smoother-looking skin. Ideal for those with dull and uneven skin tone.
This coconut-scented, overnight mask moisturizes as it gradually releases a streak-and-transfer free bronze for a sun-kissed look by morning (minus the harmful UV rays!) Can be used 2-3 nights in a row for a deeper bronze.
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