These great beauty buys are especially budget-friendly.
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Don't get us wrong: Splurging on a face cream is often worth it, especially if it contains ingredients you can't get elsewhere. But that doesn't mean that you can't buy awesome products on a budget—non-prestige brands can deliver, too! Sometimes we just wander around the drugstore (that includes Target) to find cool, inexpensive beauty products, and it kind of gives us a thrill. Why? Because finding new beauty buys that don't break the bank is a hobby any bride-to-be (or woman!) can get into. After frequent shopping trips, we've become experts at knowing which skincare products you can rely on that don't come with a big price tag.
If you're as exhilarated by a good deal as we are, this list was made for you. We're excited to share our favorite drugstore beauty products, and this lists contains everything from moisturizing creams to foolproof cleansers. Whether you're looking for a serum, toner, or exfoliant, we've found the budget-friendly product for you.
Aside from saving you money (because weddings are expensive as it is), our list may just change your way of thinking. Brides battling stubborn eczema may be surprised to find that drugstore products can fight the problem. Meanwhile, health-conscious buyers (who often spend big to get all-natural ingredients) may be shocked to learn that there are organic items on drugstore shelves, too. Whatever your beauty needs and unique situation, these products may just amaze you.
Ready to take the drugstore plunge? We recommend adding these to your pre-wedding beauty regimen stat—especially if you've just spent big bucks on your wedding dress or venue and need to cut corners elsewhere.
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This is the perfect serum to use in the morning, not only because the fresh floral smell instantly wakes you up, but also because it contains a variety of oils like sweet almond, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium that will make your skin glow. Bonus: It also layers so nicely under sunscreen and makeup.
Pixi "Skintreats" Rose-Oil Blend, $24, target.com.
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This cleanser starts as a gel, but then turns into an oil when you massage it onto your face. When you're ready to wash it off, add warm water, and it turns into a milk. It's super hydrating—it doesn't strip your skin—and works really well to remove dirt and makeup.
No. 7 "Beautiful Skin" Gel Cleanser, $9.99, walgreens.com.
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Witch hazel has been used for years and years to treat skin—it's a natural antiseptic, so it's great to use to prevent acne. It's especially awesome to use as a toner, because it purifies skin and refines pores without using harsh alcohol.
Dickinson's "Pore Perfecting" Witch-Hazel Toner, $3.99, target.com.
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If you buy just one product on this list, make sure it's Dr. Bronner's soap since it can be used in so many different ways. It's great as a facial and body cleanser, shampoo, and laundry detergent. Plus, it's completely natural (it contains lots of oils like organic coconut oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil) and biodegradable, so you can feel good about using it.
Dr. Bronner's "Magic Soaps" 18-in-1 Soap, $16.49, walgreens.com.
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It's difficult to pick just one product from the S.W. Basics line, but their exfoliator is pretty great. It contains only three ingredients: organic oat flour, organic almond flour, and sea salt, which you make into a paste yourself. If you have oily skin, they recommend you use water; if you're dry, use oil; if you have acne, try honey; and if you have dull skin, go for yogurt. Then just massage it on your face to get of dead skin cells without leaving behind redness or irritation.
S.W. Basics Organic Exfoliant, $19.99, target.com.
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When you want to start using an eye cream but you don't need the heavy-duty, anti-aging stuff, this light hyaluronic acid option is perfect. It reduces puffiness and dryness without clogging pores or migrating around your face, and it feels so hydrating—especially when you reapply it midday, after having stared at a computer screen for hours.
Neutrogena "Hydro Boost" Eye Cream, $17.99, target.com.
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This is basically the only steroid-free lotion we've tried that works on stubborn eczema. (It's just a bonus that you can buy it at Target.) It's great for anyone, especially if you react easily to products, and it leaves you with super soft skin. We wear it twice a day: once in the morning after a shower and right before bed.
Skinfix "Eczema+" Body Cream, $19.99, target.com.