Friday, February 3, 2012

drug store buys for your beauty bag

I love a good make-up counter visit or a stop into Sephora for the newest creams and colors, but the reality is that when it comes to my beauty routine,  I absolutely try to save money where I can.  But there's one product that I refuse to skimp on despite Mr. S prodding, "Who needs face oil that costs as much as a new fishing rod?" This girl mister! I hope you find some products here that you'll enjoy as much as I do! Happy Friday!


Covergirl Simply Ageless Concealer
average cost: $11 - $14
CoverGirl and Oil of Olay have thought of it all. Their line of Simply Ageless products are awesome. I was let in on the secret of these products by a friend a few summers back - this cover-up is the perfect combination of eye cream with SPF 22 and creamy cover-up for those mornings when you've had too much fun the night before. It doesn't clump or crease under or around your eyes + it keeps your skin protected while doing its job.


Pssssst- Instant Dry Shampoo
average cost: $5 to $7 
I would be lost without my can of Pssssst Dry Shampoo. I read about this miracle product probably 5 years ago in Glamour magazine, and have been using it ever since. (PS - this was long before every company had its own dry shampoo) It's perfect for those days when your running late and have no time to blow dry your hair - just spray Pssssst at your roots brush through your hair and go. *Hint - Pssssst is often on the very bottom shelf of the hair products asile where you'll find hair spray and other finishing products.


Maybelline- Volum' Express Mascara

average cost: $6 - $8
If I wear nothing else when I leave the house it is mascara. I swear this is the best I've found that stays on, doesn't smudge or flake (ladies with contacts, this is important!) and does what it says it will do. Plus - it doesn't hurt that it doesn't cost much. I love Diorshow mascara too if you're looking for a higher-end mascara. But let's face it, fighting the crowds to get to the mall on Saturday just to buy mascara is not my idea of fun anymore.

Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick
average cost: $9
I love the Hot Coral color of this lipstick. Last fall I stumbled upon this lipstick on one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere. Until recently I was anti-lipstick and stuck to glosses only, but I can't seem to get enough of the Moon Drops lipsticks. They are long lasting and there are so many vibrant colors to choose from. I throw on some lipstick before I leave for the office and don't have to worry about it!  I live for ease in my beauty routine.


Cetaphil - Face Cleanser and Moisturizer

average cost: $9 - $14

When my Mom worked for a med-spa she had all sorts of new creams and washes for us to try, but since she no longer works there, I talked to my dermatologist about what the most practical and best washes and moisturizers are out there. She recommended, without hesitation, Cetaphil products. What's even better is they're in every grocery store and pharmacy from here to Kalamazoo. Now, I use their daily moisturizer that has an SPF 15, not pictured here, but have used this moisturizing cream pictured on my hands and feet forever & their face wash leaves your face squeaky feeling clean. Plus, Mr. S even uses the Cetaphil products because they don't have any "funny smells" or "greasy feeling". A win-win in our house when products serve both of us well!


iS Clinical - Active Serum

average cost: $80 - $110

So here is our bank breaker. Now, there are certainly other products out there that cost much more than this, but the title of this post is "drug store buys for your beauty bag," so in the scheme of things, this product is significantly more than a can of Psssst. Keep in mind, a few small drops can go a long way, so this bottle will last you at least a year. Active Serum is exactly why I feel like my skin looks clear today. I began using it not long after getting off Accutane in high-school (that's another story for another day) at the recommendation of my esthetician due to a a few blemishes from having teenage acne. However, I've continued to use it because the serum refines your pores and seals the moisture in your skin. I'm also trying to ward of those pesky fine lines as I age, and studies show this bad boy can do the trick. After almost 9 years of using it - I'll never be without it in my make-up bag.

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