5 Drugstore Products I’m Loving in August
My recent drugstore reviews turned out to be pretty popular, so here are 5 more budget-friendly products that I think are worth checking out next time you are browsing the aisles of your local Walgreens, CVS, or any other national drugstore chain you like to shop at!
Derma E Sage & Lavender Rejuvenating Facial Oil ($16.50) – Beauty oils are all the rage right now, but sometimes they contain a lot of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. This one has a near-perfect formula with lots of natural oils, including the trendy marula, seabuckthorn, and moringa oils, all of which you can find in much more expensive department store products. This is why I think Sage & Lavender Rejuvenating Facial Oil is such a steal! The formula has a mix of oleic-rich and linoleic-rich oils, so it’s fairly balanced and will work for all skin types. It helps strengthen the skin barrier, improve water retention, and gives a boost of antioxidants. The only skin type this won’t work for is sensitive, because it contains several fragrant essential oils that can be potentially irritating for some. I personally love essential oils; they work wonders for my skin when properly diluted.
Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil ($15.99) – If you are into double cleansing like I am, then you probably go through a lot of cleansing oil. Although Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil comes in a fairly small glass bottle, a little goes a long way, so the product will last a while and won’t take much space in your beauty cabinet. It features jojoba oil, argan oil, and Vitamin E ensuring that your skin barrier remains undisturbed while the makeup and impurities are lifted away. Like most Derma E products the formula is pretty clean, so if you wanted to make your routine more natural by reducing the amount of potentially irritating chemicals, this brand has a lot to offer and the prices won’t bite.
essie Gel Couture Nail Polish ($11.50) – As much as I love Zoya, OPI, and Londontown Lakur, I’ve been using my essie polishes pretty much exclusively all month long. They wear like iron and actually stay on my nails without chipping for 5-7 days, which is impressive considering the amount of housework I do on the daily. My favorite shades right now are Make The Cut and Sheer Fantasy. I feel like they wear best with essie base and top coat, but I used OPI Nail Envy as a base too and it worked just fine.
Botanics All Bright Micellar Cleansing Solution ($6.99) – I’ll let you in on a little secret: I am currently in the middle of a beauty experiment, and this micellar water is part of it. I decided to replace my usual morning cleanser with micellar water and I have been testing different ones to see what works best for the task. Botanics All Bright Micellar Cleansing Solution is one of my favorites so far because it makes my skin feel actually clean and fresh, but not stripped of moisture. It also does a fine job at removing non-waterproof makeup, but I don’t think I’ll be using it for that. It’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, and alcohol-free, and contains a mild AHA to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells without making my face sting. I’m very impressed so far!
Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes ($4.99) – This is pretty much the same thing as the micellar water above but in the form of wipes. The texture of the cloths also provides gentle physical exfoliation on top of the chemical exfoliation you get from the AHA in the liquid. This makes them ideal for traveling or using after the gym to cleanse and refresh the skin.
And that’s it for today! These are my five drugstore faves that I’ve been using on and off throughout the month of August. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about these products, so feel free to leave them in the comments below.