Yves Saint Laurent.
Did the mere act of reading those names make your pulse quicken? If so, you might be a beauty junkie (like me). And, while I covet all the luxe brands, there's one thing that gets me even more excited: Finding a drugstore product that works just as well.
And, I'm not the only one. The other editors in this office feel the same way about their own drugstore faves that give the big name/bigger price tag buys a serious run for their money. See which items from the drugstore's beauty aisle we can't live without now and share your favorites below.
Bursting with tiny exfoliating micro-beads, this rose-colored cleanser is ideal for fighting body breakouts. "I use it after working out to dissolve accumulated sweat and dirt -- especially on my shoulders and back," says Senior Associate Editor Cinya Burton. Bonus: Despite being filled with the powerful acne-fighter salicylic acid, the wash has a fresh grapefruit scent and won't dry out your skin.
This delicious-scented combo returns hair to a soft, shiny state thanks to ingredients like ultra-hydrating coconut oil and keratin amino acids -- a protein that helps relax frizz. Executive Editor Meghan Rabbitt says, "This shampoo-conditioner duo makes my unruly, curly hair look like I just got a salon treatment."
This airy formula camouflages surface flaws without feeling cakey. The lightweight liquid is perfect for anyone looking for a base that provides more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but still allows skin to breath in the warmer months. Sarah Carrillo, Senior Editor, says, "It does exactly what a good foundation should: It covers up imperfections and stays put all day. Plus, it gives you a natural finish -- not too matte or dewy."
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Whether you're contending with dry lips or a nasty paper cut, this classic multitasking petroleum jelly formula can be used as a head-to-toe skin saver. And, the mini tube is ideal for busy girls on the go. Associate Editor Sharon Yi loves it, saying, "This little jar provides immediate moisture for my chapped lips and leaves a clear gloss that highlights my natural lip color."
Celebrity makeup artists have long been obsessed with the ubiquitous pink and green tube that is "Great Lash," but we're all about the brand's new Falsies. The curled wand extends each lash upward and the formula doesn't clump. "I'm obsessed," says Beauty Editor Dawn Davis. "It's my favorite mascara of all time. It makes my lashes look at least twice as full and thick -- as if I'm wearing, you guessed it, falsies."
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Trying out a new eye cream can be scary. That burning sensation that comes after testing out the wrong one can be reason enough not to venture into uncharted waters. But you can set any such fears aside when applying this gentle serum. The gel combines natural cucumber seed extract with aloe vera to calm swelling without irritating even the most sensitive skins. Carrillo loves how it "has a cooling sensation, which really helps tone down puffiness. For those days when you wake up and look like you went a couple of rounds in the ring, this is a must."
One light mist of this hairspray will hold your do for hours -- without imparting a lacquered effect. The best part? It brushes out easily. No wonder top hair pros and beauty editors alike swear by it. Yi says, "There's a reason this stuff is a cult favorite: It gives great hold without leaving your hair looking greasy or stiff."
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