While we love us some prestige products and expen$$$ive creams, lotions, and potions that feel heavenly to the touch and smell even better – a girl’s gotta eat. And shelling out half your paycheck every time you need to refill one of your go-tos or simply want to sample something new just isn’t economical. That’s why we appreciate a drugstore bargain so much and with brands going above and beyond in terms of science-backed, clean and green ingredients (and thorough testing), you don’t have to worry that you’re getting sub-par results. Enter these affordable hair, makeup, and skincare newbies on the block (er, shelf) that have been causing a serious buzz in the beauty biz. Here’re 9 new products you’re going to want to check out!
The Healthy Hair Essential
Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, $14: Dry shampoo lovers, listen up: Even if you’re a pro at making hairstyles go the extra mile (or week), you eventually need to give your scalp a break and celeb stylist Krisin Ess is here to help. Her non-drying scrub sloughs off the flakes, banishes excess sebum, and rebalances your root roof via a sugar complex and “zip-up” technology to seal the cuticle and protect hair from environmental stressors. Use once a week and follow with regular shampoo and conditioner.
The Glow Giver
Physicians Formula’s Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls, $15: The most pearlescent mega sheen can be yours with Physicians Formula’s new illuminating compacts that come in four shades: light bronze, bronze, beige, and translucent. Not only do they give off a flawless finish and highlight like a boss, but they’re good for your skin to boot, given the vitamin A & E antioxidant blend and moisturizing shea oil. Pro tip: Apply a little to the bridge of the nose for an instant slimming effect.
The 5-in-1 Cleanser
Hanhoo Bubble Up Peeling Pad with Collagen, $4 for 5: Travel-friendly anything is our best ally for looking good on-the-go and these mini peeling pads exfoliate like a day at the derm, minus the hefty dent in the wallet. Infused with collagen and enzyme powder, the duo-sided wonder workers remove surface dirt and makeup, as well as brighten, soothe acne-prone flareups, and fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Just insert your fingers into the sleeve, add lukewarm water until the pad starts to bubble, and gently massage in circular motions with the embossed side first, followed by the other.
Unicorn Hair Colors
Got2B Temporary Hair Color, $10: Just in time for festival season, göt2b launched a new collection of at-home color kits that let you paint on shimmery, metallic, blonde, bright, or pastel streaks. Virtually mess-free, they also rinse out in 12-15 washes if you’re not trying to commit post-party. With pink, purple, blue, green, red, peach and more shade possibilities, your options to play Picasso are endless, but be forewarned: Blow-up pool floats and selfie sticks are not included.
Affordable Beauty Supplements
EVOLUTION_18 by bobbi brown, $10-20: Let us try to contain our excitement about this one: Cosmetic QUEEN Bobbi Brown’s latest endeavor is a line of clean ingredient ingestibles that promise stronger hair, nails, and skin and the best part? They’re available exclusively at Walmart. Hooray for supplements we can afford! BB understands beauty starts from the inside out, which is why our go-to girl for all things gorg created a complementary collection of collagen peptides, grow and glow-boosting capsules, debloat teas, superfood powders, collagen shots, and more. Time to get involved.
The Ultimate Body Cleanser
African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Body Scrub W/ Tea Tree Oil, $12: Dirty ingredients that get you clean are trendy AF these days and we’re pretty obsessed with Shea Moisture’s new bamboo charcoal scrub that buffs away dead skin cells without over-drying. Since charcoal has detoxifying and deep-cleansing properties, it will also absorb excess oil and impurities, while the tea tree oil calms troubled skin, and the organic raw shea butter rehydrates thirsty skin.
The Lightweight Skin Tint
NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil, $13: Just because spring and summer can be balmy, sweaty, and downright scorching doesn’t mean we want to sacrifice foundation coverage. NYX just released 12 tinted skin veil formulas (each shade works for multiple skin tones) that are breathable (so they won’t attract blemishes beneath the surface), but still get the job done by evening and perfecting your skin tone. The formula goes on smoothly, dries to a satin finish, and lasts for eight hours.
The Hair Reviver
Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots, $5 for 3: For a long time this super elixir that gives you Gisele-worthy locks was only available in Brazil and we were jealous AF. Luckily they felt like sharing the goods and you can now buy the rescue ampoules at your local drugstore. Ideal for over-processed, over-styled, and over-worked hair (me RN 🙋♀️) it transforms a damaged mane and prevents future split ends from forming in one minute flat, thanks to a pro-vitamin B5 and a glycerin one-two punch.
The Versatile Lipstick
Maybelline Made For All Lipstick By Color Sensational, $7: A universal lipstick collection that complements all complexions? Yes, you heard that right. Maybelline tested their purple, pink, and red universally flattering shades on 50 diverse skin tones just to make sure they weren’t bluffing and we’re 100% here for them. With both satin and matte finishes – and a honey nectar base for a comfortable feel – they’re bound to find a permanent home in your cosmetics kit.