Get Ready for Warmer Weather (It's Coming!) With Our Editors' Latest Drugstore Finds Beauty Blitz
Without fail, the annual shift to balmier temperatures always puts us in the mood to overhaul our routines. This season, we're prepping for spring - and staying on budget - with these 19 beauty aisle finds.
Wendy, Executive Editor Beauty Blitz
L'Oréal Paris Magic Smooth Soufflé Blush in Celestial, $12.95. This blendable silicone-based blush gives an effect that’s somewhere between powder and cream, and each of the shades in the four-color range is spot-on.
Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30, $16.99. Finally! A high-SPF moisturizer that controls shine, too. I’m not sure why it’s been so hard to hunt down a product that covers all my bases, but I’m glad I found it - and just in time for sunnier days.
Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream, $8.99. As the humidity rises, the last thing I want to use on my limbs is slimy moisturizer. I’m obsessed with this silky, not-even-a-little-bit greasy body lotion.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie, $7.49. This saturated magenta looks gorgeous on everyone and feels more spring-suitable than red. They weren’t kidding when they named this stuff “butter” - its texture is ace.
Kiss My Face Green Tea & Bamboo Moisture Shave, $7.95. With the consistency of shampoo, this moisturizes skin and foams into a slippery lather that makes my razor glide like greased lightning. And the faintly herbal scent is a sophisticated alternative to sweet fruity fragrances.
Kaitlyn, Senior Beauty Editor Beauty Blitz
Crane Ultrasonic Elephant Humidifier, $39.99. My inner child loves this adorable humidifier, and the educated adult side of me loves it for its beautifying benefits. I use this at night to fend off dry skin and occasional eczema breakouts.
John Frieda Loose Curls 1.25-inch Curling Iron, $26.99. I've tried countless styling tools, and this curling iron rivals more expensive models with its sleek design and amazing performance.
Dead Sea Essentials Chamomile Mud Mask, $15.49. I love a good mud mask in the summer to soak up all the grossness lingering on my complexion. This unscented one has mud sourced from the mineral-rich Dead Sea, plus chamomile to soothe sensitive skin and reduce redness.
Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Sweet Marble Floret, $9.99. Two prints from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2012 collection are making an appearance in these limited-edition nail art designs. This one looks almost like splattered paint and has a metallic finish.
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Fairytale, $6.99. I love a good pink lipstick, and this budget-friendly tube is opaque and full of pigment - perfect for recreating the bright pouts we saw on the Spring 2012 runways.
Klaudia, Assistant Beauty Editor Beauty Blitz
Pantene Silver Expressions Shampoo and Conditioner, $5.99 each. Sun, chlorine and salt water tend to turn my color yellow and dull, so I use this duo to save my hair from the elements and add shine. Plus, I get a kick out of telling people I use products for gray hair.
Olay Soothing Cucumber Moisturizing Body Wash, $4.99. I’m too lazy to apply body lotion, so a creamy body wash with moisturizing benefits is a must. The soft, cucumber scent reminds me of a fresh veggie garden.
Rimmel London Volume Flash Scandaleyes Mascara, $6.99. I tested this mascara on a recent hot and humid weekend in New Orleans. Its massive wand adds volume and length without clumps, and the formula stays put without melting off.
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil, $7.99. Once I started filling in my brows, there was no going back. I love this dual-ended pencil/comb combo. The blonde shade matches my brows perfectly.
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $5.49. My friend got me hooked on oil absorbing sheets. Now I take them everywhere. These are ideal for getting rid of excess shine without messing up my makeup or having to cake on the powder.
Lauren, Beauty Blitz Intern Beauty Blitz
Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Concealer, $11.99. I love this concealer because it completely diminishes my under-eye circles and doesn't budge all day.
Dove Style & Care: Strength & Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray, $4.89. I find that many "flexible" hairsprays give me little to no hold, but this one has just the right amount of control to keep frizz at bay.
Physicians Formula: Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio, $10.95. I use this super-pigmented liner when I really want my eyes to stand out. The blue, green and purple shades add a pretty pop of color for spring.
Almay Smart Shade Perfect and Correct Primer, $13.99. This primer brightens and evens out skin tone, which is one of my main beauty concerns come sunny days.