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You’re roaming the beauty aisle of your favorite drugstore or big box store and there it is…a $24 eye cream! In the past, the drugstore was only for inexpensive products, but these days, more high end/high price – or “Masstige” – products have been staking their claim on the shelves alongside the old standbys. I love that I can get my Tylenol, toilet paper, and fancy face cream in one stop. But what products are worth the splurge? Here are a few ‘masstige’ beauty products worth buying.

Vichy Laboratoires Eau Thermale Spa Water

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Vichy is actually 85 years old, but this brand, which is the #1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies, still feels fresh. This ultra refreshing facial water is packed with 15 minerals that hydrate and protect the skin from environmental damage, making it the perfect spritzer whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up. Price: $14 at Walgreens

ProX by Olay Advanced Facial Cleansing System with Facial Brush

masstige beauty products worth buying - Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System 2016

Olay is my favorite Masstige brand, simply because I love virtually every product I try (a tall order). This system includes a water-resistant 2-speed facial cleansing brush and a trial size of Olay’s Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser. Together, this cleansing team will remove makeup and the day’s grime in a flash and improve the absorption of your moisturizing products. Batteries included.  Price: $37.99 at Walgreens

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer with SPF 30

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This day cream with SPF 30 feels very light and absorbs quickly, but somehow leaves my dry winter skin feeling nourished. Ceramide-3 and La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water intensely hydrate the skin while also bolstering the skin’s natural defenses.  Price: $15.99 at Target

Olay Luminous Miracle Boost Concentrate

Olay Luminous Miracle Boost Concentrate

Another favorite from Olay is this new fluid, which helps the skin absorb your other treatment products more effectively – especially the other Luminous products – while also helping to fade dark spots and give the skin a glow.  Price: $24.87 at Walmart

RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

I love the treatment benefits of Retinol, but it can be a bit too potent around the eye area. This cream is milder than the other RoC Retinol products, but combines Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid to effectively combat the signs of aging around the eye. It feels very lightweight and soothing around the eye. Price: $23.99 at Walgreens

AmLactin Rapid Relief Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion

AmLactin Rapid Relief Cerapeutic Restoring Body Lotion

If you struggle with dry body skin, this Rapid Relief lotion should do the trick. It contains alpha hydroxy acid and ceramides to tackle dry skin in a way most other moisturizers can’t. It will feel a wee bit sticky going on, but it absorbs quickly and you’ll have baby smooth skin to show for it.  Price: $15.99 at Target

Demeter Fragrance Library 

Demeter Laundromat

Department store fragrances can be so pricey, but drugstore fragrances can be so ‘meh’. Thankfully, there’s the Demeter Fragrance Library. These scents are designed to replicate the fragrances of our emotional life, like Laundromat, and even Sex on the Beach. Demeter fragrances are straightforward and lovely you might feel compelled to start a collection — at $40, you won’t feel so guilty.  Price: $39.99 at Walgreens.com and select Duane Reade locations


Aubío Cold Sore Treatment Gel 


If you are among the 3+ billion people around the globe who suffer from cold sores, this product is for you. It helps relieve the discomfort from those pesky cold sores and encourages them to heal them more quickly. Price: $29.99 at Target

Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream

Mederma PM Intensive Overnight Scar Cream

You may know firsthand that scars are very tough customers. This OTC cream is the first of its kind to work while you sleep, which is the best time to tackle skin repair. The cream contains a blend of peptides, collagen, and antioxidants, which can help to make a scar less noticeable in two weeks.  Price: $35.99 at Walgreens

Pura D’or Premium Organic Solutions Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner

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If you are suffering from hair loss, take action! This shampoo and conditioner contain Niacin, Biotin and Argan oil to detoxify and nourish the scalp, encourage hair growth and protect from environmental stressors.  Price: $24.99 and $17.44 at Walmart

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You might be a bona fide beauty junkie, but a serious beauty habit doesn’t have to put you in the poor house. A good beauty splurge is ok every once and a while, but these high-performing, yet affordable beauty finds are available at your favorite drugstore or website…no splurge required. Here are 13 drugstore beauty products to add to your list of items to try.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte-Matic Liner 

Loreal Infallible Matte-Matic Liner - Charcoal

This pencil glides on so easily and, unlike other long-wear pencils, you have plenty of time to buff it out, if you so choose. Once it sets, it stays put all day. It’s mechanical and has a sharpener in the bottom to keep the tip sharp. I have the Charcoal, but I may have to run out and get the other 3 colors. ($8.99 at CVS.com)

Black Opal True Color Perfecting Primer

drugstore beauty - Black Opal Perfecting Primer Medium

Black Opal’s new primer is the perfect combo of a BB and a CC cream, providing hydration, perfecting and color correction. Apply a drop after moisturizing to give skin a smooth, glowy look. Leave as is or use it as a primer to your concealer and foundation.  Available in 5 shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Deep & Dark (I’m a Light in winter, Medium in summer). ($14.95 at drugstores or Blackopal.com)

Enlite Hot Rock Renewal Polishing Pumice Body Scrub

Enlite Hot Rock Renewal Polishing Pumice Body Scrub

I don’t typically get great results from body scrubs with small, sandy grains, but this pumice scrub exfoliates like the best of them. With fine pumice grains, argan oil, antioxidants, algae and refreshing eucalyptus, it’s a true home spa experience. ($16.99 at CVS)

Miss Spa Sheet Masks

miss spa detox mask

Sheet masks are one of the hottest Korean beauty trends. These masks from Miss Skin are sulfate-, paraben- and fragrance-free and start at $3 per treatment. There are a variety of options, like brightening, detox and hydrating. Perfect for travel! ($2.99 at Target)

Sebamed Moisturizing Face Cream

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If you have sensitive skin and are looking for an intense, vitamin-rich hydrator that does not have potentially irritating bells and whistles, like acids and retinols, this is a great cream for you. ($12.59 at Walgreens)

JĀSÖN Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser

JASON Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser

Another good one for sensitive skin, this unscented, hypoallergenic cleanser thoroughly cleans the skin and remove makeup without stripping. It contains Borage Oil, a hydrating fatty acid, and none of the stuff you don’t want, including petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulfate or laureth sulfate. ($7.69 at Target)

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil with SPF 30

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil with SPF 30

I love face oils (see below), but I’ve never tried a face oil with SPF – except some Banana Boat-ish oil with an SPF of 2, back when we thought it was ok to bake in the sun – so I was very interested to give this a shot. This SPF 30 treatment contains 8 essential oils to hydrate and soften the skin and give it a healthy glow. Surprisingly, it leaves no oily residue so it works wonderfully under makeup.  ($17.09 at Target)

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Antioxidant Oil

Avalon Organics has another winner on their hands! This luxurious-feeling oil contains high levels of vitamin C, white tea and lemon bioflavonoids, which protect the skin from environmental stressors.  The oil also smells amazing, thanks to apricot and raspberry oils, and it absorbs quickly enough to use under makeup.  ($14.99 at Walgreens)

CIRCA Brush Assortment

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Good makeup brushes can cost a pretty penny, but these brushes, which are part of the collection by Eva Mendes-led CIRCA, are washable, long-lasting and feature hand-cut synthetic bristles. ($8 to $13 at Walgreens)

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L'Oreal Infallible matte gloss

For a long-wearing lip product, this gloss is shockingly comfortable to wear. It feels very creamy going on, drying down to a matte finish that has a pleasant, powdery slip to it. Available in 10 shades. ($7.99 at Walmart)

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Duo Pack

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel duo pack

I am already a huge fan of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, but their new spring “Voyager” shades have me head over heels all over again! These no-cure gel polishes wear longer than any other store bought polish I’ve tried and you will love the new range that includes two beautiful beiges, a rusty red, a royal blue and a vibrant aqua. Each shade comes in a pack with the gel top coat. ($15.99 at CVS)

Dial Soothing Care Body Wash

Dial Soothing Care Body Wash

I have to admit, this body wash really surprised me. It’s under $5, pH-balanced and keeps my skin as clean and moisturized as products at 5 times the price, thanks to collagen and citric acid. Try it, you won’t regret it! ($3.99 at Target)

Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturizer 

Jergens Shea Butter

My can get very dry if I don’t take excellent care of it. This rich, lightly scented lotion does just that. The pure African shea butter nourishes and keeps my skin soft. And bonus! Jergens’ HydraLucence blend also makes it look more luminous. ($5.99 at Drugstore.com)

Do you have any drugstore beauty favorites?  Please share them below.

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