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Drugstore Finds: 3 Things You Need In Your Makeup Bag

makeup bag glitter shimmer eyeshadow great lash clear brow gel by tscHi, hello, how are you guys? This post has been a long time coming. These are 3 products that I keep going back to you that you can find at the drugstore.

They’re all under $10, which we love, and I always need to have them in my makeup bag.

I’ve tried more expensive products, but I keep going back to these standouts – they’re real stars. Plus, all of these items are universal. They can be used for any skin type and the results will be mind-blowing. You’ll want them in your makeup bag for sure.

With that, let’s not waste any more time and get right to these products that you have to have:

NYX White Shimmer Powder

My go-to makeup artist, Kelsey, recommended this shimmer powder to me. It’s used more as an eyeshadow, but I’m not a big fan of eyeshadow. Instead, I put this white shimmer on the inner corners of my eyes ( examples here ). It makes the whites of the eyes pop and teeth look brighter.

It also pinches in your nose – almost like an instant contour. I love putting this in the middle of my lip with a gloss too. It makes them look bigger and fuller.

I’ve tried a lot of different brands and there’s nothing better than this – it’s always in my makeup bag. I apply it with a mac eyeshadow brush and I like to get the brush a little bit wet first.

Oh ya! I do this very last, after the rest of my makeup is done.

Great Lash Clear Mascara

Ok, this is clear mascara but I don’t use it as mascara. I use it to brush my brows up. I SWEAR this is better than any brow gel there is. There’s something about this that holds the brows in place perfectly. It’s sticky but not too sticky – ya know?

It does make a great lash primer too, though. It makes them thicker and mascara sticks to it just right. Here’s what you do: prime, curl, prime, mascara. Got it?

This particular brand really holds everything in place. Erica of Fashionlush loves it too. We’ve both been using it since grade 9 – we made sure we matched every day. Just ask her if you see her, I’m sure she’ll have an extra one handy.

This is something I will buy forever.

Maybelline Foundation

So, a lot of people don’t know that L’oreal owns Maybelline. I got the inside scoop from Jill from the Breaking Beauty podcast ( we just had her on Him & Her! ). L’oreal also owns Georgio Armani makeup, AND they use a lot of the same formulations!

This Maybelline foundation is actually a very similar foundation to the expensive Armani one. This is such a good hack if you love Armani foundation but need to save a few $$$.

You need to make sure you get your color match, and someone at the drugstore can always help you. I’m a light/medium shade.

If you’re getting a powder I recommend Cover Girl, but as far as drugstore foundations go, this Maybelline one IS IT!

I HIGHLY recommend first applying caffeine sunscreen before you apply your foundation. A BeautyBlender is a must. Whatever you do, DO NOT buy a fake, cheap makeup sponge. BeautyBlenders are SO worth the few bucks more. Trust me.

I’ve talked about a lot of other drugstore finds, and these 3 are at the top of my lists, always. I also love the blackhead popper and this amazing “perfume”.

I feel like we’re all the type of girls who walk into Rite-Aid for only one thing so we don’t use a shopping a basket, then have our arms full and are dropping 100 things as we try to make it to the cash register. Right?

You guys have to tell me all your drugstore secrets below. You know I live for this shit. Tell me something I HAVE to get next time I’m at the drugstore. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

See you tomorrow,

x, lauryn.

+ more of my favorite beauty tips here.

+ my all-time favorite drugstore lash.


  1. L’Oreal also owns NYX lol, this brand is everywhere! 🙂 I’ve never tried the shimmer powder but I’ll make sure to!

  2. Love your article! Awesome insight into all the different makeup products and brands! I am totally one of those who “don’t use a shopping basket” and desperately needs one halfway through my shopping trip! LOVE IT!

  3. Ooh I’ll have to find that NYX sparkle stuff! Never too old for some shimmer amirite? I’ve always loved the great lash mascara but as of late I’ve been trying to switch to makeup brands that don’t do any animal testing! 🙁 It’s tough finding drugstore brands that fall under this category though. NYX is one! So I’ll def be grabbing that one.

  4. Try the essence nude highlighter … it gives your skin the prettiest glow without being in your face. So pretty!

  5. Maybelline foundation is definitely very good! Actually, also their concealers are nice too. Moisturising and coverage is nice.


  6. Loreal Infallible setting spray is a must have, along with Maybelline Age Rewind (but rip off the nast sponge on top), I have a million drugstore favorites TBH! The Ulta brand Poreless primer is my current obsession.

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