9 Cheap And Good Drugstore Buys Only True Beauty Fans Know About

by Hayden Ng
Lifestyle  |  October 14, 2017
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    1 / 10 Affordable drugstore beauty faves coming right up!

    We’ll admit it: After trying out so many different beauty products, we’re bound to have our perennial favourites.

    You know, the ones that truly work for our skin. And when we’ve found them, they become the mainstays in our beauty drawers… until another better one comes along.

    (Also Read: 9 Natural Beauty Skincare Products That Actually Work)

    Today, we’re going to give you a peek into some of our top drugstore faves. These are the ones that we go back to again and again, simply because they’re effective and (equally important) they don’t burn a big hole in our pockets.

    From $8.90 to the priciest one at $39.90, these nine items are affordable beauty staples in our books.

    All photos provided by the respective brands. A version of this article originally appeared in www.herworldplus.com.

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  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ($17.90, leading pharmacies)
    2 / 10 Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ($17.90, leading pharmacies)

    To date, several beauty brands have jumped on the micellar water bandwagon (Bioderma, Crabtree & Evelyn and Vichy are some examples).

    But if you’re running on a shoestring budget, consider Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. Not only does it remove face and eye makeup effectively, it’s also gentle on this skin.

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  • Senka Perfect Gel Deep Pore Cleansing Makeup Remover ($8.90, Watsons)
    3 / 10 Senka Perfect Gel Deep Pore Cleansing Makeup Remover ($8.90, Watsons)

    Some days, we’re just too tired or lazy to use a separate oil makeup remover or micellar cleansing water to remove our makeup or sunscreen.

    That’s when Senka’s makeup remover gel comes in handy. Simply use it like a normal cleanser (except apply onto dry skin first) and wash away afterwards. It shaves off the extra time and effort of finding cotton pads and double cleansing so you can head straight to bed when you’re done.

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  • Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild ($39.90, Watsons)
    4 / 10 Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster Mild ($39.90, Watsons)

    We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Never leave your house without applying sunscreen on your face.

    This bottle boasts a gentle formula and milky texture that’s kind on sensitive and dry skin. Unlike most sunscreens, it doesn’t leave a ghostly white cast on the skin after application.

    (Also Read: How to Layer Your Skincare Products So They’ll Be More Effective)

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  • Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Spray SPF50 ($20.17, leading pharmacies)
    5 / 10 Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Spray SPF50 ($20.17, leading pharmacies)

    By now, we should all know better than to skip our facial sunscreens before heading out. But how many of us do the same for our bodies?

    If you’re as guilty as us, try this oil-free spray-on body sunscreen. We love its cooling and dry touch finish which makes it a huge plus for our hot and humid weather.

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  • Hada Labo Air BB Cream ($19.90, Watsons)
    6 / 10 Hada Labo Air BB Cream ($19.90, Watsons)

    Looking for a multi-tasking sunscreen that masks flaws, brightens complexion and protects the skin against UV rays?

    Then you can count on Hada Labo which has basically thrown your concealer, sunscreen, foundation and primer, as well as added oil-control and brightening properties into this one tube of BB cream.

    It’s perfect for the busy women who’re always in a rush to reach for the doorknob every morning.

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  • Dr Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask ($16.80)
    7 / 10 Dr Morita Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask ($16.80)

    Singapore’s unpredictable weather can often knock our skin’s sebum production off balance, causing excess oil production throughout the day.

    That’s why it’s important to keep your skin’s moisture level in check. The quickest way to do so? Turn to this Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask that contains (what else) hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump up the skin.

    (Also Read: Confession –  I’ve Been Using A Face Mask Every Day For The Last Three Years!)

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  • Derma E Overnight Peel ($20.39, Guardian)
    8 / 10 Derma E Overnight Peel ($20.39, Guardian)

    Not a fan of facial scrubs because of how rough the exfoliating beads feel on your skin? Fret not; this Overnight Peel will rescue you. It features Alpha Hydroxy Acids to help slough away dead skin on the skin surface and brighten up your complexion.

    Use it as the last step of your PM beauty routine and you’ll wake up to a smoother, more radiant face smiling back at you in the mirror.

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  • La Roche-Posay Serozinc ($12.90, leading pharmacies)
    9 / 10 La Roche-Posay Serozinc ($12.90, leading pharmacies)

    If you find that your skin gets greasy easily in the day — even after using oil-controlling products — we’ve been there too.

    The solution? Reach for this travel-friending sebum-curbing bottled mist that contains Zinc Sulphate, soaking up excess sebum and minimising shine on the skin in a jiffy.

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  • Kate Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Powder Foundation ($23, Watsons)
    10 / 10 Kate Kate Secret Skin Maker Zero Powder Foundation ($23, Watsons)

    After spritzing your face with an oil control mist, you may wish to touch up on your makeup.

    Reach for this Secret Skin Maker Zero Powder Foundation, which promises to deliver a smooth canvas without any cakey feeling. Its oil control formula will help to give those with overactive oil glands a much-needed break.

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