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You know the saying “You get what you pay for”? While it’s certainly true for some things (like a Dyson hair dryer), it could not be further from the truth when it comes to beauty products. In fact, our favorite shampoo right now costs less than five dollars, which is why we’ve been doing the bulk of our shopping in the drugstore aisles lately. Here, the 14 new products we currently love.

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Dove Shower Foam

The bar (ahem) is set high when it comes to this iconic brand, but thankfully it delivers with this foamy wash. It has all of the skin-softening ingredients (and comforting scents) of the original formula but with a bubbly lather and easy-to-use pump. 

Dove ($6)


Garnier Fructis Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray

This airy mist is a godsend for ladies who are prone to frizz. Spray it onto puffy strands and flyaways to smooth them down instantly—or use it as extra insurance on rainy days. Either way, the lightweight formula won’t weigh your hair down.

Garnier ($4)


Degree DrySpray UltraClear Deodorant

What did we do before spray deodorant? We scrubbed countless streaks out of our shirts is what. Thankfully, we no longer have to worry about that. The geniuses over at Degree upgraded their formula so that it prevents sweat from setting in and yellowing on lighter fabrics. Oh, and there are microscopic capsules of fragrance that burst only when you move so you smell better as the day goes on. 

Degree ($6)


Maybelline Dream Cushion

Listen, we’ve tried our fair share of cushion compacts and while we’ve loved all of them for their ease of use and dewy finish, few have delivered on coverage. This one does—so much so that we’re using our concealer less. 

Maybelline ($16)

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Physician's Formula

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector + Primer Duos

Pair the aforementioned cushion compact with a color correcting formula and you’ll never have to sleep again. (Just kidding, but it will hide the fact that you’ve stayed up binge-watching The Crown for the past three nights.) The green-and-yellow combo neutralizes redness and under-eye shadows, while the lavender-and-peach duo helps with dullness and dark spots. 

Physician’s Formula ($17)


Almay Pen Liner

Confession: We still get nervous around a liquid liner sometimes (and have long given up dreams of perfecting our flick). That is, until this unassuming pen came into our lives. Maybe it’s in our heads or maybe it’s the rounded tip (it’s shaped like a ballpoint pen), but we’ve been swooping on even, precise lines ever since. On second thought, it’s definitely the tip.

Almay ($9)


Ivory Duo Dual-Sided Body Cleanser

We always considered ourselves to be bar soap people…until this year. (See the foamy wash above.) This triple threat of a sponge is soft on one side, nubby on the other and has a creamy, cleanser-filled center that lasts for up to 30 uses. Plus, unlike a loofah, it’s coated in antimicrobial material so it stays fresh in your shower.

Ivory ($10)

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Burt's Bees

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil

If you were a fan of those roller-ball balms in the ’90s (you know, the ones that smelled heavily of artificial cherry and left your lips coated in grease), you’ll love these lightly tinted (and much less sticky) ones from everyone’s friend Burt. They’re particularly great for when you need a quick touch-up or are running errands and just want a hint of color on your face. 

Burt's Bees ($9)


Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask

Typically at-home devices come at a hefty price, but the folks at Neutrogena made it possible for us all to get in on that laser action. This mask uses blue and red light to reduce inflammation and kill acne-causing bacteria. And though you’ll look like a Storm Trooper when you wear it, it’s worth it not to deal with those under-the-surface (aka stubborn-as-hell) zits anymore.

Neutrogena ($40)


Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo

Fifteen years of research went into this familiar formula…so how, apart from the fancy new label, is it different? Pantene has added tiny little lipids and antioxidants that are able to penetrate the shaft of each strand so any moisture that’s typically lost during the shampooing process is replenished immediately. In a nutshell, it leaves your hair feeling like spun silk.

Pantene ($3)

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Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Über-trendy nail artist Madeline Poole lent her creative prowess and cool-girl aesthetic to this 38-shade line of colors. Even better than the insanely wearable shades (and user-friendly brush), perhaps, is the argan oil-infused formula that keeps your tips hydrated throughout its wear. (Hence, the name.) 

Sally Hansen ($7)


Crest Whitestrips with Light

Remember when white strips first hit the market? (We have particularly fond memories of wearing them while watching Friends…when it was still airing.) Well, just as we’ve graduated to Netflix since then, the strips have gotten fancier, too. They now have the addition of a handheld light that basically takes the over-the-counter strip and boosts its whitening powers to rival that of an in-office treatment. 

Crest ($90)

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L'Oréal Paris

L'Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Mask

Yeah, we initially thought it was for our faces, too. Alas, this is a clay mask for your hair and man is it good for those of us with limp, oily roots. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment—meaning you apply it to your scalp before showering and then lather and rinse as you normally would. Not only will your strands feel refreshed afterward, but you’ll also get a boost of volume.

L’Oreal ($6)


Differin Gel

Who remembers getting a prescription for this stuff as a pizza-faced teenager? We certainly do. Well, now it’s FDA-approved to be sold over the counter so everyone can treat their acne and blackheads without a trip to the derm. (Bonus: As a retinoid, it’s an anti-aging treatment, too.)

Differin ($30)

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