I love beauty, obviously. Lipsticks are the cherry atop my makeup sundae and I like to stack up rewards as Sephora like dollars in a savings account. And yes I have an infinity for high quality beauty products like Kate Somerville, Dior, and Laura Mercier but I also love value. Which is why no matter how wealthy I get, there will be 5 drugstore products I always have on hand. These are the products I turn to religiously to keep my skin soft, face on fleek, and my pout pretty. If you’re like me and love excellence at a great price this is just the post for you!
As a young woman I think it is imperative to implement some sort of beauty routine early on in life. Not one consisting of donning a face full of makeup at twelve but getting started with good habits to maintain healthy skin and a clear face takes practice. Early on I was a fan of never going to bed without washing my face and I always slathered myself with lotion and oil as soon as I got out of the shower. Knowing at a tender age that I had to treat my skin well if I wanted it to flourish, I was mindful to be careful about what I put on it. I was probably fourteen doing face masks at the direction of Seventeen magazine and I loved it.
Here at 32 I find myself still dedicated to those practices and even using some of the products I used then, now. Let’s get the scoop on my go to items below.
Baby Oil –
I routinely use baby oil after I get out of the shower. Typically I will mix the oil and my lotion of choice which varies depending on what I want to smell like, the weather, or how my skin is feeling at the moment. Even as my lotion runs the gamut from ultra-moisturizing choices like Kiehl’s Creme de Creme to Oil of Olay’s age-defying option, baby oil stays on hand. This has been substituted in the past for Neutrogena’s body oil but I always come back to Johnson’s. Baby oil gel was also high on the list, especially during my pregnancies which I definitely think aided in keeping some stretch marks at bay. Remember a little goes a long way and helps seal in moisture for the day.
Cotton Rounds –
You may be thinking are cotton rounds really a necessity? The answer is yes my friend. Sure cotton balls are great but they are really only good for removing nail polish and they stick to everything. I like to keep cotton rounds on hand because I use them to apply my toner, remove makeup when I’m using oils, and they’re great other medicinal uses as well. I would opt for the premium version from Target, I’ve found this to be the best at handling all my needs.
Witch Hazel –
My husband likes to joke that my mother and I think witch hazel is the cure for everything. And though I laugh I’m beginning to think he may be right – don’t tell him I said this. Witch hazel is great for toning the skin after you cleanse at night, I use it on my underarms and bikini areas after I shave, and like alcohol or peroxide it can be used to clean cuts or wounds in an emergency. Plus as tip from my mom, if you have unwanted tiny moles usually known as tags, applying witch hazel can help remove them. Do this at your own risk though, lol.
Oil of Olay Soaps –
As mentioned above I change my lotions depending on how what scent I want, the same is to be said for my soaps. One thing that remains constant though is my brand choice. Oil of Olay consistently provides a product that I don’t feel like dries my skin out after usage. Whether it’s the bar or the body wash option Oil of Olay gives clean feeling without leaving me squeaky and ashy. My favorite bar was an oatmeal variety which I’m not sure they offer anymore, if not, bring it back Olay! For me! If bar soap isn’t your cup of tea I recommend the age-defying body wash – it’s delightful.
For years I was never without my blue medicated tub of Blistex lip balm, then surprisingly after years of exclusively using it – it stopped working for me. For a long time I tried to find a replacement to no avail. Nivea, Kiehl’s, Chapstick, Vaseline; you name it – it’s been on this kisser. Thankfully I decided to go back to Blistex and I found the solution. The medicated chapstick. It was a true lifesaver for me. Now I buy two 3-packs at a time so I’m never caught without it. Because there is nothing worse than chapped lips. Ladies if you’re a lipstick wearer do yourself a favor apply moisturizer beforehand it makes a world of difference.
Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive to be luxurious, trust me. If you find something great stick with it. So often I’ve read stories in magazines from beauty editors who say, “I’ve been using this product for 30 years and it’s yet to fail me.” The one commonality I’ve noticed is that it is usually an item that can be found at your local drugstore. Don’t count out Walgreen’s, CVS, or Duane Reade – they may have the answer!
What are your beauty go to’s share with me!
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