Summer Beauty on a Drugstore Budget

summer beauty on a drugstore budget

The first post I ever wrote for Elle Sees was Summer Beauty on the Cheap.  I brought this up because I noticed I published it coincidentally a year ago, and here I am once again writing about summer beauty! My, how far I've (hopefully) come. Enjoy!

So you wanna look cute this summer but you just splurged on a weekend by the water (I'm a beach girl, myself). Here are 10 Summer Beauty Products that are all under $20 (so you can spend your $ on important stuff, like pool-side cocktails!). Click the pic to learn more. Prices are rounded up.

Those are some of my cheap summer beauty products! Share yours in the comments. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY!

PS--You can find me guest posting over at Violet Sage's blog and Mode Moods. Go take a peek!
  1. $8 Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist...It's sunscreen, it's a spray, & it's cooling. Need I say more?
  2. $5 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Gloss...This gloss reduces dryness and has SPF 15. I'm sold. I keep one in my beach bag or purse.
  3. $3 Eos Lip Balm...This is my current favorite lip balm. The ball-shaped balm is super moisturizing and can even be worn under a lip stick. I love the Summer Fruit.
  4. $11 Sally Hansen AirBrush Legs Makeup...I admit I thought this was ridiculous when it first came out, but once I tried it, I was hooked. I remember in the 80s women wearing pantyhose with shorts (yikes!) to make legs look good. This is the much-better option! It gives a bronzy glow to legs and hides imperfections, like varicose veins.  And it's water resistant. And it doesn't smell!
  5. $5 Goody Simple Styles Bun Spiral...A bit more chic than a hair elastic and keeps hair (even thick like mine) in place. I also recommend the Goody Spin Pin (see review here). 
  6. $1 Elf All Over Stick...I like this product for 3 reasons: it costs $1, it's portable, and it can be used all over the face. Swipe it on cheeks, eye lids, or even lips for an instant glow. It comes in 5 shades.
  7. $5 Suave Dry Shampoo...This is a great-smelling dry shampoo, perfect to combat sweaty, greasy hair. Ok, that grossed me out just typing it. It does pretty well on my dark brown hair.
  8. $4 Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish in Sonic Bloom...A bright shade perfect for summer & it dries fast.
  9. $3 Secret Natural Mineral Deodorant...I sweat more in the summer (ok, who doesn't?) and I like to switch my deo to a something stronger. This is kinda like Febreeze for your body. I like the Lemongrass Mint. Try the Clinical Strength for an even stronger deodorant/antiperspirant.


  1. So easy to shop for! Thanks!

    ciao from Newport Beach

  2. Hello, I just found you through your guest post on VioletSage! I loved how you talked about New Orleans! It sounds magical!

    I also travel... a lot, and trying to make it more. I just got back from 11 days in New York!

    I'm now your newest follower!

  3. I'm ALL ABOUT drugstore beauty products. That shampoo sounds fab!
    xo Josie

  4. I have to try that spray on legs (wait does it come off with sweat and water)? I bet it will do wonders of hiding some imperfections of mine!

  5. I love finding good quality products under $20. :) Neutrogena's my favorite! Some of Aveeno's too. And despite some rumors and sayings, I believe that cheap doesn't mean bad at all.
    I don't necessarily go directly towards the cheap sections/brands. I usually go for what's right for my skin, hair, you name it and then look at how it works, and if it's heaven on earth...haha...I'm gonna keep using and buying it! ;)

  6. Ooooh I wanna try that Neutrogena Mist. I've never heard of it, but use the sheer sunscreen from the same line and love it!


  7. This is soooo helpful!!! Thanks for sharing :)

    <3 Belly B

  8. Good picks Elle. I'll have to try some of these. Never heard of half of them. Also, I like the way you used color under some of the letters in your title. Nicely done!!

  9. ah! i really want to try that spin piin thingy... i can never find it when i go to walgreens. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  10. That is my hands down favorite sunscreen-it's so easy to apply!

  11. So funny, Sally Hansen leg spray and Sonic Bloom nail polish are my two favorites too! I'm currently wearing them both. That leg spray is no joke, works SO well.


  12. I will definitely be trying some of these products out ASAP! :)

  13. Great picks and I love how easy it would be to pick these up for summer!
    xo Mary Jo

  14. I wish more people would use deodorant in the summer.
    I feel that deodorant is often overlooked.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  15. Hmmm, I'm intrigued by the AirBrush Legs Makeup...

  16. I love drugstore beauty posts! They always feel to attainable. Great roundup!

  17. i don't know anything about makeup and stuff but these sound pretty easy to use

    everyday Life

  18. I agree on the Airbrush Legs, but haven't tried any of the rest. I'm making my shopping list right now!! I've heard very good things about that insta-dry too.

  19. Dry shampoo is definitely a summer essential!


  20. ahhh, I l o v e my Eos lip balm! I have all the ladies in my office hooked as well!

    xoxo lamb loves

  21. I'm going to have to try the elf stick! I have their bronzer and love it for the price! :) Great finds!

  22. I have been itching to try the Eos lip balm. Glad you gave it a favorable review. I have also been wondering about the Goody hair tools. Now I want to try this.


    P.S. I just realized I haven't been following you. Time to correct that!

  23. i miss drugstores!! i guess there is kind of an equivalent here but not really...still expensive!

  24. My cheap beauty product secret is...water ;) Seriously, though, you can get away without much if you just wash your face regularly and moisturize properly.

    That being said, Lush's "Dream Cream" is my favorite moisturizer for non-face purposes.

  25. love all of these!! i just did a blog post featuring the eos summer fruit, too! isn't the BEST!??! xoxo

  26. I am loving Eos!! Have you seen the two pack that has a strawberry in it? It's great!! Get it because I think it's only a summer special.

  27. Great suggestions- I really think I'm going to try the last one because the NYC summer humidity has been killing me!

    star-crossed smile

  28. Great post! Staying pretty during the sweaty season is always tougher.


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