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Drugstore vs. Department Store: When to Splurge and Save on Beauty Products

There are so many choices in beauty products out there, from walking down the aisles at your local drug store to gliding by the fancy counters at the department stores. So how’s a girl to know where to splurge and when to save? For starters, ingredients are the main factor for me when choosing skincare products. I believe less is more! Especially when it comes to the ingredient list.  That being said, I have fallen in love with some real winners at the drugstore that my beauty regimen simply can’t live without.

Check out my top 3 tips for deciding when to go drugstore or department — and click through the slideshow for my favorite beauty bargains and splurges!

1. Invest more in skincare products with high-quality natural ingredients  (natural oils such as rose and argan, antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin D)  and less fillers (parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, petrochemicals, sulfates) .

2. I use to drop $30-$50 on a bottle of shampoo, hairspray or a hair mask. Hair products have come a long way and I find there are many alternatives in the drugstores at a fraction of the price. A few of my favorite brands are Organix, Aveeno and Loreal EverPure

3. Makeup such as eyeshadow, blush and lipstick can easily be swapped out for your expensive department stores brands when shopping on a budget. What most people don’t know is that almost all makeup is made at the same warehouses with the same ingredients. The cosmetics companies slightly change an ingredient or two and  then put their own label on it.

  • When to Splurge and When to Save 1 of 9
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    Which beauty products are worth the price?

  • Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes 2 of 9
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    These wipes are the perfect way to remove your makeup at the end of the day. They take the day off your face in one easy swipe.

    Get them from Yes to Carrots, $5.99

     

  • Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo 3 of 9
    suave dry shampoo

    I love a good dry shampoo and this one by Suave easily compares to your salon favorites. Tip: I like to spray this at the roots for extra volume on clean hair.  At only $5 a pop how can you resist? 

    Get them From Suave Professionals, $4

  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains 4 of 9
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    These lip stains are my go to lip product this season. They really do stain the lip for hours on end without drying out your lips! 

     

    Get them From Revlon, $8

  • Loreal EverPure 5 of 9
    Loreal shampoo

    I am a HUGE fan of sulfate free hair care and this duo has replaced my very expensive salon bottles for more than a year now. The fresh mint smell is sensational and the conditioner works wonders on my long color treated hair. 

     

    Get them at Loreal, $6

  • Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 6 of 9
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    This tinted moisturizer is worth the splurge. The lightweight formula covers me from my everyday makeup routine to special events out on the town. With build-able coverage, SPF, and its clean ingredients (no parabens, synthetics, petrochemicals etc...) you can see why I can't get enough of it. 

     

    Get it at Nars, $42

  • Ole Henriksen Truth Serum 7 of 9
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    One of my secrets to radiant skin is this amazing serum. The antioxidant vitamin C  based serum not only brightens your skin and protects from environmental damage, but it also helps minimize fine lines. What's not to love in this natural serum?

    Get it at Ole Henriksen, $48

  • Korres Guava Lip Butter 8 of 9
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    It may seem to silly to splurge on a lip balm, but did you know that your age shows quickly on your lips? This ultimate lip balm is rich in shea butter and natural oils. I can't travel without it and you can always find one living in my  handbag and night stand. 

    Get it at Korres, $12

  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 9 of 9
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    SPF is the most important beauty product you could own. Not only is it the BEST way to prevent signs of aging on your skin, but it protects and prevents from harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Josie Maran's Argan Daily Moisturizer is chemically free and perfect for the face, neck and decollete. I can't say enough about using SPF daily and this two in one  Argan Daily  Moisturizer SPF 40 makes it easy as pie. 

    Get it at Josie Maran, $32

 

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