These Under-$20 Drugstore Beauty Picks Will Cut Your Routine in Half

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There simply aren't enough hours in a day, full stop. Trying to check every item off of your to-do list in a given 24 doesn't leave a whole lot of time for primping, which means we're all constantly looking to cut corners with our beauty routines, and the best place to find ways to do it is in the aisles of the drugstore.

From products that serve double duty to those that make the getting-ready process slightly speedier, many of of our favorite products are all about saving time (and as we all know, time is money). Scroll through to see the best time-saving drugstore picks of 2019, none of which will cost you more than $18.  The best part? You'll finally have time to make yourself breakfast in the morning...and eat it somewhere other than at your desk.

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Garnier Sleek Shot ($5)

Mix Garnier's Sleek Shot with your shampoo in the shower, and you'll be shocked to find the difference it makes in your styling routine. Blowouts are sleeker, faster, and for me personally, it cut the process from 20 minutes down to 8. Not bad, huh?

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The Good Stuff No-Rinse Conditioner ($8)

I don't know how I lived 27 years on this planet without realizing the wonders of a no-rinse conditioner, but this stuff is amazing. Because it doesn't need to be rinsed out, it cuts down on time in the shower, and helps make styling easier. There are different formulations depending on what your hair needs (nourishment, frizz control, color protection, repair, volume, or weightless protection), and it won't weight down strands or leave them feeling greasy.

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Simple Cleansing Wipes ($7)

No time for a full face-washing sesh? No problem. Simple's cleansing wipes de-gunk your skin in 10 seconds flat. They'll get rid of dirt and grime while also helping to restore the skin barrier with Vitamin B5.

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Moisturizer SPF 30 ($18)

Combine your serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen steps all into one with this Neutrogena triple-threat. It combines retinol with hyaluronic acid to promote cell regeneration and hydration, while also adding a layer of SPF protection. Three products for the (especially low) price of one is something we can almost always get on board with, but since retinol makes you skin more sun sensitive, it's probably best to skip this one on days when you're spending a ton of time outside.

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Burt's Bees Lip and Cheek Stick ($9)

We're all about a multi-use makeup product, and this tinted stick will add color and hydration to both your lips and cheeks. It combines jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and coconut oil for max levels of nourishment.

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Batiste Coconut & Exotic Tropical Dry Shampoo ($6)

You can't talk about "time-saving beauty products" without giving dry shampoo an honorable mention. Batiste's version of the stuff is effective at turning your hair from a certified grease nest into something that actually looks appropriate to wear out in the world, and it won't leave you with dusty white residue in the process. Plus, this version smells so tropical and delicious, it will let you take a mini mental vacation every time you spray it.

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