5 Drugstore Essentials For Your Ultimate Holiday Glam (From $4)



As much as we love the holiday SZN, let’s not kid ourselves – it’s chaotic AF. Not only do you have to run around town playing Santa, but there’re holiday parties to attend and tons of food and home décor to prep. In short, it’s busy, busy, busy, so the last thing you need to worry about is your party glam or the dark circles from said party. To help, we’ve rounded up some drugstore essentials to ensure you THRIVE (not survive) during the festive period. Thank us in Jan!

1. For A Holiday Glow: Versed Skin Mood Lighting Luminizing Glow Drops, $18

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At Christmas parties, you always see people you haven’t seen in FOREVER, so needless to say, you want to shine like a diamond. VERSED’s new glow-getting hero will guarantee just that. The skincare makeup hybrid delivers a lit-from-within glow thanks to the superfine light-reflecting pigments. Infused with super hydrating polyglutamic acid, she’ll work overtime to plump and soften the skin while antioxidant-rich blackberry strengthens the skin’s barrier. Wear it underneath, on top, or mixed into makeup and apply. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

2. For A Lil’ Sparkle: Kiss Halloween False Eyelashes Fiona Glitter Lashes, $6

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Glitter lashes are majorly trending on TikTok, and we can’t get enough. And while we realize these drugstore lashes were intended for Halloween, they’re the easiest way to embrace the trend during the holidays. The voluminous lashes are sprinkled with glitter and will ensure everyone’s eyes are on you. Easy to apply, comfortable, and reusable, they meet all the false-lash requirements.

3. For Tired Eyes: MIJ Hydrogel Eye Patch 002, $8

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Hands up if you’ve ever woken up with tired, puffy eyes after a particularly successful holiday party?! Yup, us too, which is why we always have the MIJ eye masks stashed in the fridge. The non-slip patches are powered with glycerin, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and soothe inflamed skin. We’re obsessed with the hydrogel design that’s packed with formula but never slides off your face, so you can run around while they get to work reviving tired eyes.

4. For Irresistible Eyes: ColorPop Super Shock Shadow, $6

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If you’re a TikTok fan, you’ll probably have seen the viral Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow, $22, as it’s literally everywhere. This is the ultimate dupe that still delivers that super shimmery, almost-wet look to your lids, but for $18 less. Wanna know more? The formula is creamy, applies and blends like a dream, and most importantly, doesn’t crease or fade, AND there’s no fallout.

5. For Mistletoe Moments: essence Extreme Shine Volume Lipgloss Crystal Clear, $4

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As beauty editors, we’ve tried our fair share of lip glosses in our time, and we can confirm this $4 formula is the G.O.A.T. It has the most stunning high-shine vinyl finish and feels nourishing on the lip no matter how many times we apply it. It’s also vegan, oil-free, and alcohol-free. Wear it alone or on top of your fave lippie, and we guarantee you’ll receive endless compliments.

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