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13 Ultimate Drugstore Beauty Products Under $20

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When it comes to our fabulous Vixens whether you're on a budget or wanting to save a few coins we've got your back, especially when it comes to a ladies arsenal of beauty products. Yes, it's true. We're product junkies and we happen to frequent the drugstore quite often for some of our favorite and affordable beauty products.

We've rounded up our 13 ultimate drugstore beauty products that won't break your bank. Vixens, head over to your local drugstore and get chic for cheap.

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NYX Eyebrow Pencil

NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil, $4.99 at CVS

Get the perfect brow with this pencil containing a built-in brush. Vixens, get to blending for a natural and flawless set of eyebrows you've only dreamt of Vixens!

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Iman Liquid Makeup

IMAN Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup, $16.49 at Walgreens

Get a healthy, radiant skin tone with this light liquid makeup.

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Rainbath

Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel Original, $9.99 at Walgreens

With a fresh scent and leaving skin silky smooth this is your ultimate solution for calming dry skin.

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L'Oreal Mascara

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara Black, $8.99 at Walgreens

Kim Kardashian swears by this mascara and we love it's lengthening power and non-clump formula.

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Nivea

Nivea Skin Creme, $7.29 at Walgreens

Made for all skin types, this creme will leave your skin moisturized and supple. Only one application needed!

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Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nail Treatment Clear, $5.99 at Walgreens

Literally, in one week you will see drastic growth in your nails.

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Maybelline Color Sensational

 

Maybelline Color Sensational Color Elixir Lip Color Vision In Violet, $8.79 at Walgreens

Long lasting, bold colors is what Color Sensational is all about! Up the amp with a statement lip ladies.

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Milani Concealer

Milani Concealer Stick, $4.29 at Walgreens

Don't let blemishes, scars, dark under-eye circles or age spots hold you back. Look flawless with this maximum coverage, oil-free concealer.

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ELF Brow_Lash Gel

e.l.f. professional Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara, $0.99 at Walgreens

Tame unruly brows with this wet gloss or use the other side and give your lashes a natural boost with this multifunctional clear gel.

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Albolene

 

Albolene Cleansing Concentrate Moisturizing Cleanser, Unscented, $7.29 at Walgreens

Makeup removers claim to leave your face bare but that's not always true as we've all experienced. This stuff is magic in a jar! Simply apply and with one wipe your makeup is off.

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EOS Lip

eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere Strawberry Sorbet, 2/$6 or 1/$3.40 at Walgreens

No chapped lips zone! Pamper and hydrate your lips with a handful of delicious lip balms so good you'd be tempted to eat.

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Shea Moisture Mask

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, $9.79 at Walgreens

Go from drab to fab by giving your hair some TLC with this masque for dry, damaged hair.

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St Ives

St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Scrub Apricot, $4.29 at Walgreens

Invigorating, sensational, and refreshing. It's safe to say St. Ives gets the job done. This deep cleaning scrub is your solution for squeaky, clean skin and clear pores. Blemishes and blackheads, be gone!

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