10 Dollar Store Beauty Items I Always Buy

If there's one thing I want you to take away from this blog, it's that I do a high-low mix when it comes to beauty. There's something for every price point on here. For every $23 mascara, like this post, I have a drugstore option I love too. That being said, I love a good dollar store--you can find some useful stuff in there! Here are 10 dollar store beauty items I always buy:

zote soap clean brushes beauty blender
Storage containers
  • quick way to make a mini palette for a night out (think a bit of lipstick, a bit of concealer, etc)
  • storage for samples
  • storage for nail art supplies (like beads, decals, tape, etc)
  • earrings storage for travel
Microfiber Pads
  • cleansing face and removing eye makeup--just use water and then throw them in the wash to clean them
  • nail art design
  • great to use for disinfecting makeup, like cutting off the top of a broken lipstick
  • I use these in my beauty diy's when I'm leveling a surface, like in my lotion bars
Pink Zote Soap
  • I use it to clean brushes and beauty blenders
Soap Savers
  • Mini-mixing palettes, like if I'm mixing two foundations together
  • I use the bumpy side to aid in cleaning brushes
cheap beauty storage ideas
Sunglasses Case
  • I have more cheapo sunglasses than I do good ones, and the cheap ones usually don't come with a case, so these are always good to have
  • Put a manicure set inside
  • Holds brushes when traveling--I put my used eye brushes in mine
  • Holds samples
  • Holds nail art brushes and dotting tools
Pill Case, large
  • I use these to hold my false lashes! Use makeup remover to clean off the glue and you can reuse your lashes.
Spray Bottle
Lip Balm
Interdental Brushes
Things I usually skip:
  • Brushes, unless it's an ELF brush. I use their concealer brush for cleaning up nails.
  • I usually skip dollar store makeup, since a lot of it could be too old/have heat damage, etc. But sometimes I'll grab something.
And there are so many, many more!
What do you get from the dollar store?


  1. I never thought to go to the dollar store for these things! I could definitely put most of these to use, especially the pink zote soap and the eyeglass cases for brushes! Thanks for sharing this!

    Doused In Pink

  2. I love your uses for the microfibre pads! I think I need to get myself some.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. Ahhh soap savers! I haven't seen those in a while, and forgot how much I loved them. I need to check out that pink zote too for brush cleaning <3
    Green Fashionista

  4. great ideas! yes to the soap savers and spray bottles (can never have enough) and well all of it. :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. That are some amazing suggestions. I rarely enter a dollar store (or the German equivalent), maybe I should next time I see one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  6. Great post! I need to check out that soap!


  7. So many great things at the Dollar Store - I dont think we have one near us...but next time I see one I'm stopping in! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  8. Such great ideas for every day items! I would have never thought to use a flosser for cutting the top off a lipstick. Genius! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. I;m a sucker for storage containers. Esp the ones that you can buy at Daiso. This post is absolutely beautiful!

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  10. My mom is obsessed with the 99Cent Store by our house, but I never see the lure of it. You have literally just changed that for me - totally going to rethink some purchases the next time I'm there!


  11. Oh my gosh! So clever to use the pill case for your false eyelashes! So smart, Elle!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  12. I love this post because I'm always looking for a cheap hack.
    I never knew the dollar store had those microfiber face cloths. I'm totally grabbing those on my next trip.
    I love the dollar store for their stickers & stationary stuff - get fun stuff for my bible journaling there

  13. These are all such great ideas! I love the storage cases in the first photo, so much you could do with that! And the sunglasses case is a good idea too. This makes me want to go to the dollar store near my house and see what I can find!

  14. Ok these are all so very helpful. I never thought to put my makeup brushes in my of my old sunglasses case. That is brilliant.

  15. Oh wow, I have never ever thought of using flosser to cut the top of a lipstick, that is brilliant!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  16. I'm a huge fan of the spray bottle! I have so many at home!



  17. I'm a huge fan of the spray bottle! I have so many at home!



  18. Great advice! I love their flossers for sure!


  19. LOVE THIS!! I think I own bout all of these. What a great round up. Floss picks, vitamin containers and spray bottles are my tops!! Fun stuff pretty lady!!

  20. Love this! The dollar store has treasure trove of things you never think about! This reminds me again to clean my damn makeup brushes!

  21. Wow, I never would have thought of getting half of this stuff. You're so clever Elle! I love the idea of making a mini manicure kit or travel brush kit and putting it inside a sunglasses case. Love that!!

  22. I will have to try out that Zote soap on my new real techniques sponge I got yesterday :) I couldn't bring myself to pay $20 for a beauty blender again after I had to throw my old one out. So far I think I like it just the same!

  23. The dollar store has some great finds that work just as well as drugstore products! I always get nail polish remover, cotton pads, floss picks, and even some stuff for cleaning from there!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  24. These are great ideas! I never thought of using the flossers for nail art! Fun!

  25. I never thought to pick up these type of things from the dollar store. I love this post. Thank you so much for giving us all great ideas and affordable options for beauty! I may pull this post up next time I am at Dollar Tree!

  26. Wow...so many different uses for different things! I love the Dollar Tree but ours sucks! They are always out of stock and it's so unorganized. Will have to try the Zote for brush cleaning!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  27. I never think to go to the dollar store, but this post is inspiring me! So many great finds there!

  28. I would never think the dollar store to have so many useful things! So many great ideas!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  29. The dollar store is my go to for plastic shower curtain liners and sponges. (; Never realized there were so many other finds I should be snagging!

  30. I've never thought of this! I really want some microfiber pads though now... I hate when I have to buy cotton pads. Plus it's better for the environment, so win-win!

  31. I love those flossers and always buy them there. I also skip the makeup products with the exception of a few nail products and/or cute hair bands/etc. You never know what you might find! :)

  32. I am all about my local Dollar Tree - love their storage containers!

  33. Yes you are right dollar stores certainly have their place and are great for these types of items.

    Allie of

  34. So many cool ideas! I didn't even know that they had microfiber pads at the dollar stores, I need to find them!


  35. That's a lot of great ideas!! A sunglasses case sounds like a great buy with so many uses.


  36. I think a trip to the dollar store is now in my future!

  37. this is brilliant. i don't go to the dollar store anywhere near as often as i should. i have never seen microfiber pads like that, brilliant! and the soap savers for mixing foundation, so smart Elle!

  38. I love finding useful things to buy at the dollar store. I buy gift bags and some party supplies from there. Good to know about the soap savers. I buy mine from the grocery store and like to change them out pretty often so this is a great way to save.

  39. I absolutely love the dollar store! My mom loves to get balloons there, and I think their party decor is a steal!

  40. I think good dollar stores are a dime a dozen. I agree with all of your tips. I wish I had a good dollar store nearby. Like you I buy those empty spray bottles and mini palette plastic cases. I also buy sunglass cases/sleeves from there and hey I may even have a pair or two of cute sunglasses from the dollar store. I will keep this post in mind for future dollar store runs. =)

  41. Thanks for sharing this!! I normally store my lashes in the original container it came in but that would take up less space!

  42. I haven't been to a dollar store in forever, but I think I need to go. These are great!

  43. I love the dollar store! These are great ideas! I need to pick up some of that soap.


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