Great beauty products don’t need to cost an arm and a leg to be effective. Whatever the new trends are in high-end beauty products, you can be sure that mass-market beauty brands will not fail to bring more affordable options to the public. If the trend is purple hair or au naturel, there will be an accessible way to play with these products. You’ll even see health food and fashion trends cross over into the beauty realm.
Check out these 6 unique and trendy drugstore buys that will have you wondering why you’d ever pay a hefty price tag for your beauty products.
1. A texture spray that might replace your salt spray
Salt sprays are great for that lived-in, tousled look, but can seriously dry out your tresses. OGX Bodyfying + Bamboo Fiber Full Sugarcane High Tousle Spray is a long name for a texture spray, but the name says it all. Get the full-bodied, tousled look you want without the crunch of traditional salt sprays and throw in some nourishing ingredients like sugar cane and chamomile.
Buy it now: OGX Bodyfying + Bamboo Fiber Full Sugar Cane High Tousle Spray, $9
2. A natural eye makeup palette that won’t break the bank
The Clean Beauty Craze is taking over, but it can often be hard to switch all your mainstream products out for more non-toxic options when you’re on a budget. Pacifica has been making good-for-you beauty products at an accessible price point for years. So it’s no surprise that they’d come up with a nude eyeshadow palette that rivals any high-end option in both colors and price.
Buy it now: Pacifica Pink Nudes Mineral Eyeshadows, $18
3. Sheet masks for your hair
Single-use sheet masks for the face are all the rage, so it’s about time someone invented one for the hair. The beauty of sheet masks is the ease: No more getting hands messy or getting germs into a pot of product. Simply apply these sheets to your hair, and then let the shower steam do all the heavy-lifting for you. The moisturizing ingredients will melt into your hair and you can simply rinse out after five minutes.
Buy it now: L’Oréal Paris EverPure Hair Sheet Masks, $5
4. An exfoliator for matcha-lovers
Calling all matcha junkies! Garnier’s new green tea scrub is a gentle and natural way to exfoliate the skin without using harsh microbeads. The secret is the Matcha Green Tea, a great antioxidant food when ingested, is also an incredible anti-aging skin care ingredient when used topically. This is a gentle way to decongest the pores and prep the skin for whatever nourishing face lotion you’re going to moisturize the skin with after.
Buy it now: Garnier SkinActive Deep Pore Green Tea Exfoliating Scrub, $9
5. Try the pastel hair color craze at home
Let’s face it, going to the salon every six weeks for blonde or brunette hair color is already tough enough, but to have to go even more regularly to maintain a funky hair color is a lot of time and money for most people. Cue L’Oréal Féria Glam Grunge hair colors that allow you to play out your unique hair color fantasies at home. Colors like “Dusty Mauve” and “Distressed Denim” can now be in the hands of DIY-ers at an affordable price.
Buy it now: L’Oreal Paris Feria Glam Grunge, $10
6. DIY face masks
A spa day is never far away when you have affordable powder masks that you can mix with household pantry items. You can combine these masks with water, honey or greek yogurt to feel like a professional skincare mixologist. Throw in some fresh fruit for an additional enzymatic exfoliation and you’ll be relaxing (and exfoliating) in no time.
Buy it now: Yes To DIY Powder-To-Clay Mask Collection, $3