Every new year, we can expect a few things to happen: the commencement of
Dry January, a barrage of new members at Equinox, and kitchens stuffed with freezer-burned holiday leftovers. And while the thought of all the above might turn you into a hermit from December 31 on, there is always something to look forward to: new drugstore products.
By the start of the 2018, expect to see new formulations and rad packaging at all your favorite affordable retailers — including micellar water for your hair, skin care that might actually soothe your sensitive skin, and foundations so long-lasting, you could probably sleep in 'em (but don't).
Curating your own acne routine can be difficult — but this cleansing foam might make it easier. Using salicylic acid to dissolve bacteria and prevent future breakouts from forming, this lightweight and gentle formula feels luxurious on the skin, but won’t totally strip it.
Bioré Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam, $6.49, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Mousse is known for adding a major boost of volume to roots without weighing down the rest of your hair, but rarely do you see it in conditioner form. This foaming formula expands in your hand like mousse, spreads easily, and doesn’t risk the heavy build-up from traditional conditioners.
Herbal Essences Rosemary & Herbs In-The-Shower Foam Conditioner, $5.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
If you don't limit your lightweight foundation formulas to the summer, you're gonna love this multipurpose product. With the pigment of a foundation, the hydration of a tinted moisturizer, and the sunscreen protection (SPF 40) of, well, a sunscreen, this 12-shade trifecta is necessary before the spring equinox.
Almay Best Blend Forever, $16.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Save a few pennies in the year by skipping the salon and using these nail guards for the
perfect at-home manicure. Slip it over your nail to protect the cuticle and surrounding skin, fit to the right size, then peel off when done for a mess-free finish. Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors, $5.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Thanks to makeup artist
Pat McGrath, glitter lips are were the biggest trend of 2017. But unless you snagged the limited-edition lip kit last year, you need another alternative — which is where this option comes in. These metallic, two-pan palettes feature a high-pigmented lipstick and metallic shadow topper that doesn’t require a brush to apply. But here’s the best part: It costs less than $10, offers eight colors in total, and still manages to make you look like Naomi Campbell. Maybelline Python Metallic Lip Kit, $9.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
The famous French drugstore body wash is back with an apricot and hazelnut formula that
makes you smell rich even if you just bought your bagel with a gift card you got for your birthday. Le Petit Marseillais Apricot & Hazelnut Extra Gentle Body Wash, $4.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
There are few things as rad as a three-in-one makeup product that simplifies your routine, but also frees up space in your makeup bag. This mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow trio will keep all your smoky eye
essentials in one place. CYO Take the Threeway Shadow, Liner, & Mascara Trio, $6.50, available January 2018 at Walgreens.
Picture this: It's minutes before midnight, your phone has reminded you,
thrice, to go to bed now for a full eight hours of sleep, and yet somehow, you can't pull yourself out of your . You consider skipping the whole makeup-removing step — until you remember that cleansing sticks like this exist. Packed inside an easy, hand-held tube, this charcoal-packed formula wipes away makeup, dirt, and oil in just a few swipes. Gossip Girl binge Physician’s Formula Charcoal Detox Cleansing Stick, $9.95, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Looking to copy
Julia Roberts' red hair in 2018? This power duo makes it easier. Since auburn tones tend to fade quickly, this shampoo preps your hair for the color-depositing conditioner so you can even skip your salon tune-up. John Frieda Radiant Red Red Boosting Shampoo & Conditioner, $12.50 each, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Finally, a facial mask you can leave on during the day —
and wear under makeup. Not only is the formula is packed with pollution-fighting antioxidants, like blackberries and moringa oil, and hydrating vitamins E and C, it also packs a daily dose of sun protection with SPF 30. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Leave-On Day Mask Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $19.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Combine the benefits of a mousse, conditioner, and micellar water (yep, the same thing you see in your favorite makeup remover), and you’ll get Pantene’s latest innovation. The lightweight foam is best for adding hydration while treating an oily scalp. For the first time, your silky blowout might
actually last the entire week.. Pantene Pro-V Foam Conditioner, $6.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
The liquid liner for the cat-eye inept. Use the pigmented felt tip to line your eyes as usual, then slant the pen ever so slightly to stamp on a precise wing.
Rimmel London Wonder Wing Eyeliner Stamp, $6.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Customizable makeup has been on our radar for over a year — but, in terms of highlighting drops, the affordable options were minimal. This new option comes in two shades: Daybreak, an opalescent hue ideal for fair skin tones, and Golden Hour, a shimmering bronze meant for dark to deep complexions. L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Amour Glow Boosting Drops, $14.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
For years, we thought the best way to mimic
Blake Lively's texture was with salt spray. The only problem? Salt, whether from a can or the ocean, can dry out your hair. Luckily, this spritzer uses sugar in its place, so you can get the tousled effect without the dehydration. OGX Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Sugar Cane Sugar High Tousle Spray, $8.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Those with fine hair know that a weightless formula is key to keeping your style fresh. This shampoo is formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and other harsh chemicals to do just that.
Not Your Mother’s Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Sea Minerals Shampoo, $8.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
There's been a lot of buzz over
Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink formula for being an MVP in the liquid lipstick game. Now, the brand is dropping a foundation that’s in the same longwear family and sure to garner similar hype. Like Matte Ink, the foundation claims to last up to 24 hours and feel light as a feather. Really, you might even forget you’re wearing it — but not for lack of coverage. Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation, $11.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Cleaning your face can be a slimy mess, which is why wiping it all off with a sponge makes it astronomically easier. This coconut cleansing balm comes with it included in the packaging and smells like paradise in a tub.
Yes To Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm, $10.99, available January 2018.
For the last few years, R
etinol has been the saving grace of anti-agers — but there's no denying it can be drying. Luckily, this cream combines the acne-fighting and fine line-reducing active with a moisturizing agent to combats its worst side effect. RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème, $28.99, available January 2018 at Walmart.
Using both camellia oil and shea butter to moisturize and repair dry, damaged hair,
this cleansing conditioner will make sure nothing stops you from celebrating your natural curly texture — no matter what it is. Schwarzkopf Smooth'N Shine Fine Botanical Oils Camelia Oil & Shea Buter Quenching Co-Wash, $5.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
You might think a sheet mask is a sheet mask is a sheet mask — but this one smells like the inside of a Chobani store that makes it sweeter than the rest. Loaded with a high dose of antioxidants and vitamins, we suggest buying in bulk for all your self-care Sundays.
St. Ives Revitalizing Sheet Mask Açaí, Blueberry, & Chia Seed Oil, $2.49, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Like breathable cotton did for marathon runners, breathable foundation has changed the makeup game — in that it's lightweight and comfortable all the same. Sweat and transfer-resistant, this longwear formula could last you through your first 5K — and the celebratory drinks after.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable Foundation, $7.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
a mochi-inspired highlighting palette exists — and we're damn glad. The three pastel-colored powders are all about light-diffusing texture and sugary shades. Sweet. Nyx Cosmetics Love You So Mochi Highlighting Palette, $19, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
Take it from Cardi B: Winter skin always looks hungover. Luckily, there are hydrating formulas hitting the market that not only target dehydrated skin, but also protect it from sun damage (yes, it may be snowing outside, but you still need your SPF). Dove Dry Skin Relief Replenishing Face Cream SPF 15, $10.99, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
Inspired by the feathers of a wild peacock, this mascara promises to fan out your lashes big time. With just a few swoops, it adds volume, fights clumps, and evenly distributes the formula. Bonus: It's
Ayesha Curry-approved. CoverGirl Peacock Flare Mascara, $7.99, available November 2017
After launching an
OTC-version of our favorite acne fighter, this brand is back with a gentle daily cleanser for acne-prone skin. Thanks to its 5% benzoyl peroxide, it'll degunk any dirt in your skin without irritating it (just make sure you don't use it in tandem with with topical retinoids.) Differin Daily Deep Cleanser, $12, available January 2018 at mass retailers.
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