Monday, March 23, 2009

Best drugstore beauty buys

I have loved beauty products for as long as I can remember. My mom took me to the Clinique counter when I was about 12-years-old to have my makeup done, and I have been obsessed ever since. However, in this economy my beloved $60 Chanel foundation and $30 Smashbox eyeshadows seem a bit frivolous. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true inexpensive beauty buys.

-Rimmel Oil-Free Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($5). I swear by this gentle eye makeup remover. It's non-oily and gets the makeup off in a few sweeps without leaving residue.

-Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express ($7.50). No one makes better inexpensive mascara than Maybelline. This mascara in Glam Black has a fat brush that makes my lashes look much fuller. I'm also a fan their XXL Volume + Length mascara.

-St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($4). I've been using this scrub for years. It's a hard-working exfoliant that's great to use a few times a week for a fresh glow.

-Olay Definity Illuminating Cream Cleanser ($7). I use this cleanser on my face daily. It has gentle exfoliating beads plus glucosamine for brightness. It's perfect for uneven or dull skin.

-Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock SPF 55 ($9). I get major freckles the second the sun touches my face. This sunblock feels light but provides ultimate protection from the sun's harmful rays.

-Pantene ProV Beautiful Lengths shampoo and conditioner ($3.50/each). This fairly new line from Pantene leaves my long hair silky and smooth. Pantene claims that it strengthens hair against damage so that it grows longer.

-Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray ($3.99). This hairspray smells great and gives a movable hold that won't give you helmet head.

-L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($5/each). This line contains Omega 3 and 6, olive oil and royal jelly. With this triple threat of nutrients, my hair looks healthier.

-Jergens Natural Glow Express ($7). I can not live without this stuff. It gives me a natural tan without the streaks. I mix it with some lotion to make it more subtle. Jergens says that it gives you a full shade of summer color in a mere three days.

-Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Body Lotion ($3.60 for 10 oz.). This lotion sinks in well and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized, not greasy.

-Gillette Foamy Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream ($2.50). Sure this is for men, but you just don't need fancy shave gel. This stuff lathers well and works great.

-N.Y.C. Color Long-Wearing Nail Enamel ($0.99). This polish gives my Chanel polish a run for its money. It comes in tons of fun colors, lasts a long time and is dirt cheap.

I also recommend scouring your Sunday paper for coupons. I always find good ones for makeup and hair products.

1 comment:

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