March 22, 2010

Best of Do You Drugstore?

Posted in Observations... at 1:17 pm by Do You Drugstore

As Do You Drugstore? comes to a close, I’d like to leave you with a “Best Of Drugstore” segment, highlighting the top five products that can be purchased at your local pharmacy. All of these items have been covered by Do You Drugstore? in previous posts, but here they are in all their glory.

1. All Cetaphil products are wonderful, so it’s hard to choose only one, but my top pick is the Gentle Skin Cleanser. This wash is appropriate for all skin types and has a myriad of uses. Try it as an exfoliating scrub by mixing in 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda or as an eye makeup remover, in addition to its main purpose of offering effective, yet mild, cleansing.

2. Physicians Formula Mineral Loose Powder is ideal for sensitive skin with its talc- and oil-free formula. Unlike your normal mineral makeup, this one is non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, so it won’t clog pores or cause adverse reactions. If any foundation can work wonders for evening skin tone and improving texture, this is the one.

3. I don’t leave home before applying Maybelline mascara, which is superior to any department store mascara that I’ve tried. This product is sheer perfection, and is the choice of top makeup artists, celebrities, and beauty experts.

4. Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion is a godsend, especially for my combination skin, which is oily in some areas and dry in others. This formula is elegant and light, soothing dry patches but never appearing greasy. It also acts as a silky base for applying makeup, allowing for seamless results.

5. Bed Head After-Party goes with me everywhere, especially since it’s designed for use on dry hair. Applied mid-afternoon or before a night out, this product helps to prevent fly-aways and keep hair looking shiny and hydrated through hours of fun.

March 21, 2010

How to Apply Concealer

Posted in Beauty, Skin Care at 7:33 am by Do You Drugstore

Women with sensitive, dry, oily, and combination skin types all have one thing in common: The need to hide embarrassing flaws, whether redness, blemishes, or dark under eye circles. To eliminate the appearance of imperfections, concealer should be used as the first step in your daily makeup routine.

For redness: To conceal redness, which frequently occurs at the sides of the nose and mouth, or as a result of acne scars, use a formula that incorporates green tones.

Try Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream, which includes a green color to correct redness and scars and a flesh-toned color to hide minor flaws and imperfections.

To use, dab the green formula onto areas of redness with the applicator wand. Once you have a small amount covering the area, blend the color with your ring finger (the weakest appendage). Don’t expect the green to disappear completely—it’s meant to conceal redness so it must remain visible at this point. Next, apply the flesh-colored formula over the green for a red-free, healthy-looking complexion. Follow by dusting a loose power foundation over your entire face to even skin tone and hide minor flaws.

For under eye circles: Use the same Physicians Formula Concealer as you would when covering redness, only this time, skip the green. Dot the flesh-colored formula under both eyes using the applicator wand, then blend in by lightly dabbing your ring finger over the area. Do not rub the color in or your makeup will appear streaky and obvious.

For blemishes: Complexions prone to breakouts require special care so as not to irritate the skin and cause additional problems. Neutrogena’s SkinClearing Blemish Concealer is designed for this purpose, with its oil-free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) formula.

To use, apply a small amount of the concealer directly onto blemishes as a spot treatment. Blend the color with your ring finer to noticeably reduce the appearance of more pronounced imperfections while simultaneously helping to clear skin.

March 19, 2010

Prepare For Summer Footwear

Posted in Personal Care at 11:50 pm by Do You Drugstore

The temperature nearly climbed to 70 degrees today, which makes me drool with anticipation over being able to wear sling-back sandals, flip-flops, and open-toed shoes—until I remember that I’ve neglected my feet for the past several months.

I don’t believe that toes should be hidden away unless coated in polish. I do, though, think it’s important to put your best foot forward with smooth skin and groomed toenails. The process of filing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your feet is the same as for the rest of your body, and can be achieved using products that you probably own now.

First, file toenails as you would your fingernails. Make sure that your nails have been trimmed neatly, straight across to avoid an ingrown situation, which can also be caused by wearing too-tight shoes or high heels.

Next, when in the shower, exfoliate the heel and dry areas using your regular facial scrub or a pumice stone to get feet looking summer-ready.

When you step out of the shower, apply your normal body lotion to feet, and then pull on a cotton sock to seal in moisture. This is especially important before bed, when skin repairs itself and is more receptive to the products you apply.  

If you have time, paint on a coat of clear nail polish for a sleek finishing touch. No one will be able to tell if you’ve done an imperfect job or notice when the polish begins to chip away, making for low maintenance beauty.

If you’re looking for supplemental instruments to perfect your pedicure, try the Essence of Beauty Personal Salon Safety Kit, which, for less than $10, includes:

1 nail brush: Massage and clean the toes and cuticles. 1 crystal glass foot pumice: For smooth and soft feet. 1 nail file: Length reduction, surface contouring and smoothing. Toe separators (1 pair): Slip between toes for easier nail polishing and drying. 1 white block file: To smooth the top of the nail for a professional polish application. 2 cuticle sticks: For cleaning nails and for grooming cuticles. Reusable cosmetic pouch.”

March 18, 2010

Thinking of Spring

Posted in Observations... at 11:04 pm by Do You Drugstore

Many people find different products suitable for varying seasons. Some slather on a thick cream during the winter months but use a lightweight moisturizer during warmer weather. Some have skin care needs that change with the climate, while others are simply looking to match their fragrance or makeup to better reflect the time of year. Whatever the reason, we generally seek out change, and with spring coming, I can’t think of a better time to clean out the old and bring in the new.

This weekend, I’m prepared to put aside the Vaseline, do away with heavy nighttime creams, and hide the Carmex until next year. Fortunately, I’m able to use the same cleanser and facial moisturizer regardless of the season, which makes spring cleaning especially painless.

Do You Drugstore? asks:

Celebs’ Favorite Drugstore Buys

Posted in Observations... at 9:52 pm by Do You Drugstore

You may not expect that celebrities, who dole out millions of dollars on their homes, cars, clothes—you name it—would be cost conscious when it comes to cosmetics and skin care products. But even stars can’t deny the attractiveness of drugstore offerings. Take it from these goddesses, who, like you and me, realize that a product can be effective even if it’s affordable, and that beauty can be achieved on a dime.

For fun, try matching these celebrities with their favorite drugstore product. Answers are listed below. 

  1. Natalie Portman                                       a. Clean & Clear blotting sheets
  2. Scarlett Johansson                                    b. Petroleum Jelly
  3. Kim Kardashian                                       c. Smith’s Rosebud Salve
  4. Angelina Jolie                                           d. Cetaphil cleanser
  5. Katherine Heigl                                        e. Tweezerman tweezers
  6. Vanessa Hudgens                                     f. Maybelline Great Lash mascara

Answers: 1), d; 2), e; 3), f; 4), b; 5), c; 6), a.

March 17, 2010

Hot Weekend Savings

Posted in Observations... at 8:54 pm by Do You Drugstore

Now through Saturday, March 20, CVS offers a buy-one-get-one-half-off,  in-store promotion on all Maybelline cosmetics. What a perfect opportunity to get rid of winter makeup and stock up on refreshing spring palettes. With this type of discount, I advise purchasing one product that you’re familiar with and another that’s a bit more daring. Be open-minded and try a color that you wouldn’t normally gravitate to, or something that makes you raise an eyebrow. For me, I can never have enough mascara, especially when it’s made by Maybelline, and I’m interested in experimenting with the new Shine Sensational glosses, which look succulent and tasty. I can tell that I’ll be tempted to lick my lips after applying this one, what with titles like “Sparkling Grape” and “Watermelon Punch.”

Also at CVS through Saturday, all Revlon foundation, powder, blush and concealer is buy-one-get-one-FREE; Caress, Dove and Lever bar soap, body wash and lotion is on sale for $7 each; CVS/pharmacy Skin Moisturizing Lotion is on sale for $4.99; all Neutrogena Healthy Skin or Healthy Defense products are on sale for $11.99; Neutrogena sun care and sunless tanning products are on sale for $9.99; and select fragrances are buy-one-get-one-half-off.

Happy shopping…

March 16, 2010

Get Some Stress-free Sleep

Posted in Personal Care at 11:00 am by Do You Drugstore

Lavender is known for its relaxing properties, helping to induce sleep and relieve stress.

Ironically, I’m on spring vacation from school and have been sleeping less than ever. Perhaps I’m still haunted by nightmares of arriving to a midterm exam unprepared or remembering about a major assignment on the day it’s due. Whatever the cause, one fact remains: I have been tossing and turning, and the wheels of my mind have been spinning, throughout the night, harping on stress-induced fears. If you have ever found yourself in this anxiety-ridden state, the subtle aroma of lavender can help sooth excited nerves and an overactive mind before bed.

I ward off stress by applying a rich lotion before crawling under the covers. My favorite is Johnson & Johnson’s Softlotion Melt Away Stress Dreamy Night Lotion. The bottle instructs to breathe deeply and massage over the entire body for a better night’s rest. Typically, I use this cream on my neck and back alone, giving myself a deep tissue massage for a minute or two before heading off to bed. I also dab some directly under my nose to ensure that the scent goes to work.

I fall asleep donning a satin eye mask, which helps to prevent early morning rays from disturbing me before the pesky alarm sounds. Essence of Beauty makes a nice, affordable option that comes in a variety of colors. In the summertime, you can even use this product to cool tired peepers by placing it in the refrigerator first.

If you want to take anti-stress to the next level, spritz a lavender infused body spray onto the eye mask and bed sheets to create an enveloping, feathery soft haven. Try Garden Rainwater Body Mist in Tender Lavender by The Healing Garden.

Sweet dreams…

March 15, 2010

Get the Look with Beauty 360

Posted in Beauty at 11:46 am by Do You Drugstore

Looking to have a little drugstore-related fun online? CVS has launched Beauty 360, a guide to the latest breakthroughs in niche cosmetics. The site currently showcases two springtime looks, one clean, matte, and rose-colored, and the other bold, bright, and coral-themed. Beauty 360 suggests the products necessary to achieve these flawless faces, as well as expert instruction on how to best apply them. The finishing touch is a recommended splash of nail color, which ties everything together.

Here are the looks:

March 14, 2010

Add Flair to Air-dried Hair

Posted in Hair Care at 2:42 pm by Do You Drugstore

Letting your hair air-dry may seem like the obvious solution when trying to avoid the hairdryer. Beauty experts say that adopting this low-key approach will result in a tousled, sexy look, indicating that you’ve just rolled out of bed with Brad Pitt. But for me, air-dried hair contributes to frizz, unmanageability, and general messiness — more like I’ve flown in from a bird’s nest than spending a hot night with a hunky guy.

Get runway ready with this easy technique that takes your hair from casual to elegant.

If you’re looking to take your air-dried hair from day to night, I have an easy technique that transforms from playful to fashionable in moments. This style is especially appropriate if you have casual plans during the day and more formal arrangements during the evening.

Step One: When your hair is still damp, comb out tangles and find your natural part. Separate hair into two equal sections at the bottom of your neck and braid each, Pocahontas-style. If you’re able to do a French braid (I am not), feel free to start at a higher point. Twist bangs or loose pieces away from your face and secure with a bobby pin. You can wear this carefree style during the day, out for lunch or while running errands.

Step Two: When your hair has dried in the braids (for me this takes about three hours), simply undo each section and comb through with your fingers. You should now have a crimpy, ethereal look that provides added volume and texture.

Step Three: Using a smoothing cream, like Bed Head After-Party, work through hair with a wide toothed comb to keep hair in place and looking silky. You can also add a headband or a delicate hairpin, such as Goody Luxe Stayput Hold Flora Barrettes, for a pixie-inspired, airy style.

March 13, 2010

Favorite Drugstore Buys

Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Hair Care at 6:42 pm by Do You Drugstore

To give you a little variety, I sat down with another fan of drugstore products to discuss her beauty must-haves. Here are her top five, can’t live without, drugstore buys:

1. Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo/Conditioner

User: “It makes my hair smooth and untangled, and it smells good. I always have a lot of conditioner left over, too, which I use as a shaving cream.” 

 2. Dove Deep Moisture Beauty Body Wash

User: “It leaves my skin hydrated and soft all day so I don’t have to keep applying lotion.”

 3. Scunci Grip Clips

User: “They take away the frustration of bobby pins falling out of my thick hair. And they come in different colors to match my outfits. They look pretty, too.”

 4. Chapstick Fresh Effects in Invigorating Green Mint Tea

User: “It leaves my lips tingly and moisturized for hours. It’s refreshing.”

 5. L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner

User: “It’s not a pencil so I don’t have to sharpen it because it has a twist-top applicator. It’s also waterproof, which means I can use it in the summertime, too.”

Do You Drugstore? asks: What are some of your favorite drugstore products?

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