The 19 Best Drugstore Products You're Not Using

Stop skipping over these hidden gems.

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If you roam the drugstore makeup and hair aisles with zero idea of what works and need a little direction, this list of tried and true products will help make your shopping experience (and getting ready!) a little easier. Oh, and this beauty loot won't break the bank, so you can still keep up your shoe collection!

This sunscreen doubles as your moisturizer, protecting and hydrating your skin, without leaving any white residue behind. Instead, it leaves your skin with a gorgeous, dewy glow.

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Cleansing Micellar Water, SIMPLE, $7

If you often skip washing your face before you go to sleep, stop what you're doing, pick up this formula at the store, and stash it next to your bed with some cotton balls. It's a makeup remover, cleanser, and hydrator all in one, so you can literally wash your face (No rinsing required!) while you're tucked in watching The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

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PhotoReady Insta Fix, REVLON, $11

If you're a touch-up-your-makeup-on-the-go type of girl, then this stick foundation/concealer will be your jam. Its stick formula gives it enough grip to conceal a blemish while still being sheer enough to smooth all over your face with ease.

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Professional Matte Lip Color, ELF, $3

If MAC Cosmetic's Ruby Woo is your go-to red, then you'll love this classic comparable crimson shade. It's amazing, trust!

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Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, JOHN FRIEDA, $10

Your favorite inexpensive salt spray is back and it's better than ever. If you use salt spray like it's your job to create sexy, beachy texture, then you're gonna want this product in your hair care arsenal.

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2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum, PHYSICIANS FORMULA, $11

OK, if you're looking for the perfect liquid liner pen, THIS IS IT. It's marker-like, flexible pen imparts just the right amount of black liner along your lash line (You'll never have to touch it up, promise!), it's long-lasting but comes off easily when you want it to, and it has lash-growing conditioners. It's basically the

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Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, BIORE, $6

If you're dealing with breakouts (Who isn't?!), then this charcoal soap is just what you need. The star ingredient works to de-gunk pores, so you're left with a crystal-clear complexion — and who doesn't want that?

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Microdermabrasion and Peel System, OLAY, $23

Want to smooth your skin's rough texture and lighten sun spots at home for a more even skin tone? Now you can, thanks to this two-step, dermatologist-recommended, alphy hydroxy acid-packed kit.

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De-Constructed Texture Tease, GARNIER FRUCTIS, $4

Anytime you need to build texture fast (whether you're braiding your hair or just want that bedhead look), have this product at the ready. It will give your hair grip without leaving it feeling sticky and looking like a rat's nest.

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Miracle Cure for Severe Problem Nails, SALLY HANSEN, $6

If your nails peel, break, and are just super-weak, paint your nails with this clear miracle protein- and antioxidant-packed formula that'll strengthen your nails in no time.

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Diametress Volumizing System Shampoo and Conditioner, NEXXUS, $13 each

Fine-haired girls, listen up! If you want to create the feeling of thicker strands, shampoo and conditioner with this dynamic duo. It literally builds up every strand's thickness, so your hair feels super full!

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Natural Glow Color Primer Shower Scrub, JERGENS, $9

Whether you're about to self-tan or just want to slough off dead skin cells for a full-body exfoliation, this formula is what you want to reach for, thanks to its highly effective exfoliating apricot seed powder. Aka smooth, flake-free skin is in your very near future.

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Dry Spray Antiperspirant, DEGREE, $6

Not that deodorant takes long to put on, but with this formula, you literally spray and go, and it will keep you dry all day long. Oh, and it won't leave white marks on your shirt, so there's that.

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Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play, BIG SEXY HAIR, $14

Regardless of the hair type you have, this spray will hold your style in place for hours. And, if you have finer hair, it will add the coveted volume you're forever chasing after.

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Brow Stylist Gel Mascara, L'OREAL, $9

This brow mascara is so subtle you'll only notice a difference in a good way, meaning it makes your brows look more defined yet still natural.

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CC Cream, NUANCE, $15

This green-based pigment contains color spheres that burst upon blending the formula into your skin, canceling out redness and instantly creating a flawless complexion. Its coverage is sheer enough that it doesn't look caked on, but it'll still conceal blemishes.

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Revitalize Body Wash, DOVE, $7

The cool thing about Dove body wash is you won't have to apply lotion to your entire body when you hop out of the shower, but your skin will still be super-soft, thanks to the glycerin and countless other skin-hydrating ingredients it contains.

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Wonder'Lash Mascara, RIMMEL LONDON, $8

You won't even need to curl your lashes when you use this mascara. It perfectly lengthens and separates them, leaving you with a doll-like fringe.

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Master Conceal, MAYBELLINE, $9

Use this formula as a concealer to spot-treat or sheer it out, and use it as an all-over foundation that you can apply with a clean, damp sponge for a flawless finish.

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Carly Cardellino
Carly Cardellino

Carly Cardellino was the beauty director at Cosmopolitan. If you follow her Instagram, then you know she'll try just about any beauty trend or treatment once (the pics of her purple hair are on IG to prove it). But her favorite part about being in beauty is finding the most effective products, and then sharing that intel with others—because who wants to spend money on stuff that doesn't work? No one, that's who. Her most recent discovery: De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment, which will change your blemish-clearing game! Hopefully through the beauty stories she writes—and the experiences she shares—you can see exactly why she's in this business.