Let’s face it, sometimes looking our best can cost an arm and a leg. I, more than anyone, love to spend money on products that promise to make me look and feel amazing. However, trying to keep up with the latest trends and have the best products can get super pricey. And, contrary to popular belief, there are some amazing products out there that sit on the shelves of a place other than Sephora. What if I told you that there’s some bomb products at your local Walmart? Sure, these products can be found at most drug stores. But, the affordable prices and massive number of stores make Walmart the place that most people can go and shop for beauty products. I want you to be able to gather your loot all in one place. So, here’s a round up of my must have beauty products that you can get at Walmart.
Let’s start with body products that I love.
Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist
It’s officially Spring, and I cannot live without this product. My winter pastiness is at an all time high and this product truly saves me. I currently have half of a can that I’m patiently saving for a trip to the beach next week. You can get multiple applications from one $10 bottle.
This product gives the best color of any self tanner that I’ve ever used. No orange here. The mist is really fine, which makes it easy to get a smooth, no-streak application. You can get your own back and everything thanks to the continuous spray at all angles. The mist dries really quickly, especially if you stand outside or under a ceiling fan. I spray it on and wait about five minutes before getting dressed and heading out the door. In about an hour, a really pretty, rich tan appears, and I’m a new woman.
Hawaiian Tropic Lime Colada After Sun Moisturizer
This is, hands down, my favorite product on the whole list. I, very luckily, picked up this product years ago and haven’t put it down since. If you want a rich moisturizer for all over, then look no further. This product is marketed for use after tanning or being in the sun, but I love it all the time. It smells like tropical Starburst and feels like butter. Does it get any better?
I do think you need to snatch this product off the shelf immediately as it warms up and you spend more time in the sun. It has aloe, and it heals and nourishes your skin. If you ever get a sunburn, you will love this lotion even more. Every time I put it on when I have a sunburn, within a day the redness and pain is dramatically reduced. Also, I’ve never gotten any peeling when I used this product. It feels amazing and way better than that sticky, shockingly cold Green Stuff you put in the refrigerator. One pump of this, and you’re a sun kissed goddess in paradise. That should be their tag line.
Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer
This is a brand new find for me, but oh, man, I love it. I don’t know who came up with this idea, but they’re a genius. With this moisturizer, you actually apply it while you’re soaking wet. Weird, right? After you shower and turn the water off, apply this lotion all over. It feels like it doesn’t sink into the skin at all, but just wait. Once you’ve applied, towel off and your skin will feel silky smooth. It’s like magic. There was a huge difference in my skin after application. My skin is moisturized and soft all day with this lotion. It’s really quick and convenient, which makes it even better.
Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt and Foaming Bath
Ok, it’s the end of a long, stressful day at work. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be found in the bathtub. Candles are lit, John Mayer is singing, and I’m forgetting the world. What makes this time even better though are these bath products. I love the Dr. Teals brand of Epsom Salts and Bubble Bath. You can get them both in a variety of scents. They claim to do different things, such as stress relief, muscle pain relief, calming, sleep aid, and more.
No matter what “flavor” I use, I always feel more calm and refreshed from my bath when I use the salts or the bubble bath. As an added bonus, my skin feels softer. The bubble bath produces a decent amount of bubbles and they last for awhile. Now, I don’t think constant bubble baths are necessarily good for your feminine health, so I like to have one only every now and then. In between times, I break out the bath salts. They don’t have the satisfying bubbles, but they do have a fizzing quality that’s equally relaxing.
You can’t feel beautiful without luscious locks, right?
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Best dry shampoo you can get on a budget. Do I have to say any more? Seriously, this gives my hair new life without looking like I caked my head in dry shampoo. I can even wear my hair completely down on the second day with this dry shampoo. Usually, dry shampoo can get me a pass the next day as long as I at least pull the sides up. Not this bad boy.
Pantene Dry Shampoo
This is another great alternative if you can’t find Batiste or if you just want something different. In fact, this dry shampoo has less of a white cast than Batiste. The spray comes out more clear than powder white. It does a great job of making my hair look clean as well. It doesn’t feel thick and sticky in your hair, which is a total pet peeve of mine when it comes to dry shampoo. I can go several days without washing my hair with this product.
Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray
I hate stiff hairspray. I cannot take it. The crunch of hair sprayed hair sends chills up my spine. I think it was too many turns in the beauty chair with the Kenra flying as a child that traumatized me. I liked pageants and my mama loved Kenra. Y’all know the one I’m talking about? The 25? I think Kenra would hold your hair in place through a tornado, but I digress.
This is the only hairspray I like to use. I want my hair to move throughout the day. It feels weird when it doesn’t. Even when I curl my hair, I like to use a light hold hairspray. I’ve found that this one helps keep my style without the crunchy feeling at all. I can brush through my hair, and the style still holds. You may not want to use this for an event, but for everyday, it’s definitely a must have beauty product.
And, finally, my favorite, the makeup.
Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation
First of all, this foundation costs $5. Technically, it doesn’t even cost a whole $5 before tax. I love this stuff. This foundation gives you a demi matte finish that makes your skin look healthy and perfected. It’s not full on matte, so there’s still some life to your skin. It covers up the redness in my cheeks and doesn’t settle in my fine lines. It truly makes your skin look amazing. Also, their big claim for this product is that it photographs well, and I totally agree. I wore this foundation in my best friend’s wedding, and it worked beautifully through a long day with lots of photos. No flashback or chalk face. And it lasted all day and night.
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
I keep a stock of this foundation at all times. I actually used to wear this in high school and forgot about it for a long time. Recently, I picked it back up and haven’t put it down since. It’s a mousse, just like it claims. I really like the different texture. Something about the mousse formula gives your skin a smooth appearance. Nothing that I own looks more natural than this foundation. I get more compliments on my skin with this foundation than any other, including my pricier ones.
I will say though, it may take some getting used to the texture. By the way, if you find that this or any product doesn’t work, Walmart always takes makeup back with a receipt. Also, my advice is to apply this foundation with a kabuki brush for the best application. Beauty sponges work, but it’s hard to get a lot of product and it takes longer. I find a brush gives me the best finish. The matte finish is not cakey at all. And maybelline has a great shade range, so you can find your color.
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petal
This is one of my favorite highlighters, drugstore or otherwise. I keep this highlighter in my professional kit as a makeup artist. Every time I use it on a client it looks great. It has a very smooth texture that gives a really pretty sheen to the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, and it catches the light beautifully. The color is a champagne, light rose gold, and it is so flattering on so many skin tones. Again, Wet n Wild is one of the most affordable of all the brands listed here, and this is another one of their best products.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara
I just discovered this mascara, and I cannot get enough of it. This may actually be the first Rimmel product I’ve ever loved. This mascara does wonders for my lashes. I prefer volume over length, and this, surprisingly, gives me both. Usually, you have to compromise one to get the other. Not with this one. My lashes look much longer and thicker with this mascara. It doesn’t take a lot of work to get those results either. It lasts all day long with no flaking or smudging. It’s my new favorite for sure.
L’Oréal Lash Paradise
Everybody and their mama loves this mascara, and I’m no different. I was skeptical because I actually don’t like the Carbon Black that most people love. However, this one is worth the hype. If you love the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, then you have to go get this one immediately. It’s a fraction of the price and a total dupe. I mean even the packaging is crazy similar. It also does a great job of giving length and volume. I don’t get as much volume with it as the Rimmel, but it is a great, long lasting mascara.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup Blender Sponge
I love beauty sponges, but I just cannot fork over $20 for a Beauty Blender. They are fantastic, but that’s a $20 sponge. If you’re like me, then don’t worry. Real Techniques makes a sponge that is affordable and awesome. You wet this sponge just like the BB or any other beauty sponge, and it works magic on your skin. If you find that your foundation looks heavy, then try applying with this damp sponge. Chances are, it will remove the cake and leave your skin looking more fresh. It does a great job of removing excess product and giving you an even application. This sponge has a flat side that makes it really easy to bake and carve out the areas of your face you may want to sculpt.
I hope you enjoyed this list of must have beauty products at Walmart. I can think of several more products that are great, but this list is enough for now. These are my absolute top favorites anyway. Next time you’re out shopping, browse the beauty aisles and pick up a few of these affordable items and let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading and hanging out with me. If you’re interested in more beauty recommendations from someone who obsesses over beauty products, check out my post on the Best Skincare Products at Sephora and Ulta.