15 Drugstore Beauty Products to try this Summer!

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One of the best parts of writing this blog is all of the amazing beauty products I am exposed to. The high end stuff, the drugstore stuff… I try it all and then get to report back here. There are a lot of bad products out there which makes the good finds even more exciting. Today I’ve rounded up the fifteen best drugstore products I’ve tried this summer. It’s a nice mix of old favorites + new discoveries.

ONE // This Pixi bronzer is one of my go-to beauty products. It isn’t anything new (I’ve featured it here, here, and here), but I had to include it for summer as it gives you the prettiest (non-dirty) bronze glow with just the right amount of shimmer. It goes on light, so you can build the color… making it pretty much impossible to screw up.

TWO // This leave-in conditioner is so amazing for so many reasons… but it really just smells amazing and tames frizz better than most products I’ve tried. I stick it in my beach bag and apply a little bit after a swim in the ocean for perfect beach waves.

THREE // One of the best drugstore/inexpensive hair sprays I’ve tried. This smells SO good and gives great (touchable) hold all day long.

FOUR // While I don’t advocate this short-cut every night, these towelettes are great for travel or in a pinch when you just really don’t want to wash your face. They’ll take all of your makeup off while leaving your skin smooth and soft.

FIVE // I had forgotten all about St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub til more recently. This stuff is so effective and also a fun throwback to my high school days… I was obsessed! I actually use it as a body scrub as well.

SIX // So it isn’t a drugstore product technically, but it’s a drugstore price point and I refuse to use most drugstore deodorants as they contain aluminum. After I wrote this post, a few of you recommended checking out the Schmidt’s stick and I absolutely love it. Just as effective as my beloved Agent Nateur… but a lot less expensive. The lavender sage is my favorite.

SEVEN // This eyeliner won’t budget. At all. It’s kinda magical – you could (I wouldn’t) even wear it to the beach… it won’t come off til you wash your face at night. It also comes in some great colors… I love the cobalt!

EIGHT // This chubby brow crayon makes doing your brows so, so easy. It fills them in nicely, but the formula is a soft pomade so it also tames them. I really love it.

NINE // I had to include plain old coconut oil here. Is there anything this stuff doesn’t do? I love it as a body moisturizer… I’ll run just a little bit over flyaways and split ends… you can use it for oil pulling… is there anything this stuff won’t do?

TEN // This liquid lipstick is a new favorite and I love the Orange Shot color so so much (it’s the perfect red-orange lip – similar to my favorite Bite lip cream in Sherry). It stays on all night and doesn’t dry your lips out a bit.

ELEVEN // On the natural front, I love these lipsticks from Burts Bees. Iced iris is a great all natural pink (it’s very sheer and just makes you look a little more polished) and Scarlet Soaked is a fantastic true-red.

TWELVE // I’ve been reading so many reports about different sunscreens actually not being as effective as they claim. This one is ranked #1 by Consumer Reports. Sunscreen is NOT somewhere I’m willing to take any chances!

THIRTEEN // I tell anyone who will listen how much I adore the Lumi Cushion. I love it because it provides beautiful, buildable color. It sinks right into your skin (never sitting on top) and covers any imperfections without looking like makeup. The cushion itself is also just really fun!

FOURTEEN // Can I just say how happy I am that John Frieda brought back his beach waves spray? This was my absolute favorite beauty product in college. It leaves your hair soft + beachy… without any of the dry crunchiness that comes with a lot of wave sprays. It also smells like vacation in a bottle… so dreamy.

FIFTEEN // You know I love a good peel (and I wrote more about this line here), but I can’t get enough of L’Oreal’s new peel pads. They contain 10% glycolic acid for smooth, even skin… and work just as well (sometimes better) as their higher-end competitors. Favorite-favorite.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, but I do have a long-term partnership with both Pond’s and L’Oreal Paris.

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  1. The Burt’s Bees lipsticks are some of my favorites! Need to try those peel pads – sound right up my alley!

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  2. That leave in conditioner sounds like a great buy! Def going to check it out.


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  3. I’ve been wanting to try Pixi products for awhile now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about their Glow Tonic. Also, that St. Ives Apricot Scrub is like nostalgia in a bottle. It was my go-to at summer camp!

    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

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    • graceatwood:

      I absolutely LOVE Pixi! The Glow Tonic is really great. I almost included the new Glow pads (I love them!) but I didn’t because I like the L’Oreal Peel Pads better and the two products are really similar!

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  4. That apricot scrub is my everything! I am gonna look out for that sunscreen, I have been hunting for a good suncsreen.

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  5. Amanda S.:

    Obsessed with those peel pads thanks to you!

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  6. Elisa:

    Thank you so much for the great round-up of drugstore products!

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  7. kelly owens:

    live for the St. Ives 🙂

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  8. How do you sharpen that brow crayon, though? Is there a self-sharpener? Otherwise, you’d use it a few times and once it gets dull the point is too wide to use.

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    • graceatwood:

      It’s self-sharpening… you just twist the end!

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  9. Gloria:

    Great roundup! Interested in trying the Bright Reveal line from L’Oreal. I’m a big fan of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, it’s sitting in my shower right now. I do want to warn others though, that I was in love with the Lumi Cushion foundation, but it runs out wayyy too quickly. Just short of two months after buying it, I’m having trouble getting any product out of the sponge. The product itself is amazing for my combo skin–medium coverage, not cakey, not oily if you top with a powder. I use it with a beauty blender and makes my skin look great, but it’s just too little product. Have you noticed the same?

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    • graceatwood:

      I really love Bright Reveal, you will have to let me know how you like it!!

      That is so strange about the Lumi Cushion. Mine has lasted me a long time. One thing I can think of… I sat in a day of trainings with L’Oreal and they stressed the importance of using the applicator that comes with the cushion. I’m not sure exactly why, but maybe using the beauty blender was causing you to use more product? It’s totally just a guess but thought I should mention it!!!

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