Friday, August 31, 2012

the best drug store buys

As you have probably gathered by now, I am a bit of a beauty snob.  However that in no way means I am above raiding the shelves of my local drug store.  I think the old adage "you get what you pay for" is often true, but what is really exciting is when it turns out to not be true and you get more than your money's worth.  The only problem is that it can take a lot of trial and error to find those low-budget gems.

Allure and other women's magazines put out an anual "best of" list, that usually includes a high-end and a low-end product in each category.  My problem is I don't always agree with them, so I am left to do the experimenting on my own.  Not that I'm complaining mind you, there's nothing I love more than buying and trying beauty items, especially items that I don't have to pay much for. So I am going to give you a list of drugstore recommendations - my very own "best of" list (and yes, I currently have all of the these goodies in my bathroom).

BEST BODY LOTION:  Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil Creamy Oil Body Lotion
Super hydrating but not thick, absorbs easily without being sticky or greasy.  Pleasant scent  $8.00

BEST NAIL POLISH:  Essie No Chips Ahead Chip-Free Top Coat
Only the best top coat ever - at any price.  (available at Walgreen's) $8.00

BEST FACIAL WIPES:  Burt's Bee's Facial Cleansing Towelettes With White Tea Extract
hard-working, all natural, see Best Working Wipes for all the deets.  $6.00

BEST MASCARA:  Maybelline Volume Express The Falsie's.
Lengthens, volumizes, curls for a dramatic no-smudge eye.  $7.50

BEST LIP STAIN:  Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm/Stain
pretty, hydrating, long-wearing colors $9.00

BEST BIKINI SHAVE:  Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps Shave Gel paired with Bump Fighter Razor
fights bumps and irritation for a smooth shave. gel $5.50  razor $6

BEST DANDRUFF SHAMPOO: Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care
pleasant smell and gets the job done.  $6.50

BEST ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM:  ROC Multi-Correction Lift Anti-Gravity Night Cream
Not too thick, not too thin.  Smooths wrinkles and firms, gives a nice vitamina A glow $28.00

BEST EYE COLOR:  L'Oreal HIP shadows and cream eyeliner
HIP stands for high intensity pigment and it really is.  wears well.

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