Skip the stress of wondering if your hair and makeup are holding up to the summer heat, and get on board with our picks for the best drugstore beauty buys to help withstand splashing, combat humidity and protect your skin and hair from the damaging effects of intense sunlight.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($5.99)
Tousled waves are the hottest look in summertime, and the best part is that they take the least amount of effort in the morning. This texturizing spray is made with natural Dead Sea salt and sea kelp, so your hair will feel as if you just came from the ocean. Simply spray this beachy formula on clean and damp or dry hair and air dry. Wrapped up in one super-affordable little package, this spray will give you wavy hair without the crunch, a soft vanilla scent and texture that lasts all day.
Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner Rimmel London ($4.49)
Spending extra hours by the pool this summer does not mean you have to skimp on eyeliner. Try this waterproof eyeliner from Rimmel London for a bold color that won’t smudge. Choose from 10 different shades for the best hue to compliment your eyes. Boasting a smooth, creamy texture, this liner is easy to apply—and at under $5, it makes a great go-to eye makeup for all of those hot, sticky summer days.
Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.99)
Oil absorbing sheets are a must-have beauty product to prepare for the summer humidity. The convenient dispensing size makes this product easy to carry anywhere so you can remove shine and excess oil on the go. These sheets eliminate unwanted shine and leave your face feeling soft—and all your makeup in place.
OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99)
The therapeutic scent of this OGX product is enough reason to use this shampoo and conditioner throughout the summer months. Moroccan argan oil leaves your mane shiny and soft, while strengthening your hair with continued use. Other benefits of the oil include restoring moisture, protecting your hair from styling heat and protecting your locks against UV damage. This one luxurious product packs a serious punch for under $7!
Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe Lip Color SPF 16 ($9.99)
Sonia Kashuk’s lipstick is creamy and moisturizing, while also lending protections for your lips from the sun. This hydrating product will make your lips feel light and soft, unlike many other bright lip colors, and the fun color options deliver a bold, long-lasting pigmentation.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum ($9.99)
With spontaneous dips in the lake and outdoor adventures, it’s common to spend more time in the summer showering and styling your hair than colder months, so this thermal protection serum works to protect your hair from continuous heat styling products like blow dryers, curlers and flat irons, while also preventing color fading and frizz with the product’s UV inhibitors. Squirt just a couple of drops with each use and a single bottle will last it long past the end of summer.
Boots Botanics Corrective Concealer Stick ($9.99)
When it’s hot outside, it feels better to not have loads of sticky makeup on your face. Opt for less heavy foundation and use this concealer stick for a light, crease-resistant coverup for those little spots that need disguising—without slapping a thick foundation over your entire face.
EOS Lip Balm Sphere ($3.29)
With flavors ranging from Blueberry Acai to Honeysuckle Honeydew, this inexpensive, all-natural lip balm provides long-lasting moisture in a variety of summer scents. The pretty balm is made with antioxidant-rich vitamin E and Shea butter, and the easy twist-off top and bright packaging make these little spheres fun to carry around!
Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($6.99)
Yes To Cucumbers’ facial towelettes will give your face a fresh, natural glow. These handy towelettes exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate your skin with a single biodegradable wipe. Bring these facial wipes on your summer vacation for an easily portable facial wash, or use them to quickly remove makeup on the go. One package stuffs 30 moistened towelettes into one container, allowing for 30 uses at a bargain price just under $7.
Essie’s Summer 2014 “haute in the heat” Nail Collection ($8.50)
Whether you love neon, soft pink or earthy tones, Essie’s affordable new summer collection is something to celebrate. Essie is a reliable nail polish brand with long-lasting colors that are easy to apply. Choose from a wide range of fun shades—we like “urban jungle” or “roarrrrnge!” (pictured right).
Looking for more inspiration for style on a budget? Check out these Hot Summer Looks Under $50 and our Q&A session with budget style blogger Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly on a Dime.