Ladies (And Some Men), These Are The Only Drugstore Items You’ll Ever Need

Being blessed with great genes and somewhat manageable skin definitely has its perks, but it also comes with the grating question that everyone seems to ask, scathingly and bitterly:

“What do you use on your skin?”

To be honest, there really isn’t some uber expensive facial, or some exorbitantly priced products that I use (I’ve tried them, and they seem to do the opposite, i.e. bumps across the skin, irritation, breakouts). I’ve always chalked it up to a) leaving your skin the hell alone, b) always remove your makeup before bed, and c) do not keep trying new things – if the current one works, just stick with it.

But, if you’re really itching to buy something new, like I do at Watson’s at any given time and availability of extra money, these are some of the things that I swear by. By the way, this isn’t an ad. But, hey, Watson’s, if you’re ever in need of a shoutout, hit me up because unlike most ambassadors or influencers, I actually do believe in your products. Wink wink.

Now, me pitching to a potential sponsor aside, here are some of the products I use myself:

1. Micellar Water

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I honestly think they should just rename this to ‘Miracle Water’ because this is the only thing that would literally save your life. You got a skin irritation going on? Micellar Water. You want to remove your makeup? Micellar Water. You want to clean your face at any time of the day? Micellar Water. You thirsty? Micel – no, you get some plain water. Call it your multi-purpose solution. Parisians swear by it and they’re known for having great skin. I swear by it because it’s just so easy and effective. So hop down to the drugstore, and get yourself a bottle of Micellar Water. Many brands such as Maybelline, Garnier and plenty others carry Micellar Waterthank me for it.

2. Nivea Makeup Remover / Baby Wipes

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Quite similar to Micellar Water, these are the must-haves in your skincare or makeup kit, always. I’m not too sure about the other facial wipes out there, but I find Nivea to be the gentlest one out there, the one that’s least likely to irritate your skin. An added plus is that it removes waterproof products, and leaves your skin dewy and moisturised. However, if you do find that these are too pricey, opt for some good ‘ol baby wipes (sadly unable to remove waterproof mascara properly, but a good cleanser all the same).

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Hey, if babies can use it, why can’t you?

3. Maybelline’s Hyper Sharp Eye Liner

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You don’t need some fancy eye liner to get you through the day. I’ve been using this same eye liner for years. What I love the most about it is its precise and thin end, allowing you a clean, sharp finish.

4. Silky Girl’s Blusher

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This could be my cheapest buy yet. If you’re all for some expensive blusher and all, that’s all good and fine. But if you’re a beauty with a budget then this works just fine.

5. Mentholatum’s Lip Balm

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I am rarely seen without any lipstick so this is one of the most important things to own. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more annoying or grating than peeling lips or uneven lipstick or worse … chapped or bleeding (yikes!) lips. Run and rub this all over your lip before you put on any kind of make up and before you go to sleep.

6. Himalayas’ Face Scrub

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We all need to scrub our faces once in a while, just to get rid of dead skin cells. I mean, you pressure wash your floors and whatever else, yes? Same concept. So my belief is when it comes to your skin and body, apart from drugstore items, herbal/organic skincare is best. Himalaya’s face scrub does the job well.

7. Simple’s Roll-On Eye Serum

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This feels great especially after a long day at work, or if you’re having a hard time waking up those pretty peepers. If you’ve got puffy and tired eyes, just roll this baby under your eyes and it’ll instantly make a difference. Even if you insist that it doesn’t, you can’t deny the nice feeling you get from that cool sensation once it glides on your skin.

8. Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip 

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Again, if you’re all for nice and expensive lipsticks, by all means, go for it. The downside of those lipsticks however, is that they tend to dry my lips. I don’t know about you, but that’s what happens to me. So my drugstore pick of a safer option is the Physicians Formula healthy lip liquid. Goes on like velvet.

9. Essence’s 16Hr Stay All Day Foundation

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I’m not a fan of foundation, personally. That’s because I feel like people need to be able to imagine you without makeup and you’d still look okay. And I believe in being able to let some of the natural skin texture and colour to shine through, so lighter coverage is better. But, if you like those Instagram babes kind of cakey face, that’s fine too. Each to his own, eh? This one I use for my under eye because I’ve spent a fortune going through so many concealers to find nothing that works. But this one does, so there’s a hint: if you can’t find a proper concealer shade, get a foundation as substitute.

10. Maybelline’s Hyper Curl Volum’ Express Mascara

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One of my favourite brands has to be Maybelline, especially because of their mascaras. Step aside all you expensive products at Sephora, sometimes drug store is best.

Plus, what you spend on one or two products in Sephora, you can use to buy lots of products at Watson’s. Just saying.

Hope that helps!


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