my drugstore {beauty} favorites


Although a beauty splurge is occasionally unavoidable, some of the best beauty products are sitting on the shelves at your ordinary drugstore.  Below are a few of my favorite products, not only because they are easy on the budget {that always helps} but because they’re the best I’ve found – a higher price tag doesn’t always equal a better product.

CeraVe moisturizing lotion –  I prefer CeraVe because it’s not heavy or oily and it actually feels like it’s absorbing into my skin. And because winter in Chicago is not a joke.  I’ll take all the moisturizing I can get.

Catwalk root boost – I confessed my love for roost boost a few weeks ago in my top 5 volumizers post {here}. Not only is the price right ($8) but it gives a great amount of volume without weighing down my hair or leaving residue.

Suave dry shampoo – So I’m giving the whole not washing my hair every day thing a try and I’m not going to lie, it’s been a rocky few weeks.  I mean honestly, I look like an alien when I wake up {it’s not my fault I have a scar on my head that causes a mild-to-serve cowlick every.single.night.}, so it’s better for everyone if I wash my hair.  But I know it’s not healthy and I’m working on it, with the help of my new best friend, dry shampoo. So far, this Suave dry shampoo has worked wonders on keeping my second-day hair looking and smelling fresh – if only it fixed cowlicks.

Bed head by TGIF hairspray – I’m not a big hairspray kinda gal, but sometimes I just need a little something to keep everything together.  This hairspray does a great job holding my hair into place without leaving a residue or making it crunchy {because, ew}.  And it smells amazing.

Neutrogena makeup remover wipes – I know, I know, I was hating on make-up wipes less than a week ago, but they’re only the devil {the article’s words, not mine} if you don’t wash your face afterwards.  I have tried a few different kinds of makeup wipes and these are the only ones that are sensitive enough for my skin and easily remove my makeup.

L’Oreal Voluminous millions lashes and L’Oreal Telescopic mascara  – it doesn’t get better than this mascara combination. Voluminous millions ($7) creates tons of body and the brush doesn’t allow the mascara to clump on your lashes.  And adding a layer of the telescopic mascara ($8) creates such length and smooths out any uneven product – it’s 100% better than any designer mascara I’ve tried.

Olay complete SPF 30 – I know wrinkles are inevitable but I’m doing my best to avoid contributing to the issue.  Whether I’m planning to be in the sun all day or heading straight for my cubical {sigh}, I apply this base moisturizer with SPF every morning.

Aveeno BB cream – this cream is a nice alternative to a tinted moisturizer. I discovered it the morning after a very late night out with friends and my roommate looked a little too radiant for that Sunday morning. She told me she applied a new BB cream and I went out and bought it that same day.  I use it in the winter because my alternative tinted moisturizer {Bobbi Brown’s CC cream} is a hint too dark for the pale situation I have going on.  The BB cream goes on really light but does a good job blending any imperfections and adding a subtle glow.


What are some of your drugstore favorites?


dry shampoo showdown

Happy Monday!

Today we’re talking dry shampoo. A mystery to men, a best friend to women everywhere. I’m so mad I didn’t discover it years ago. If you haven’t tried it, you will soon feel the same way. Not only does it add a bit of volume to clean hair that is falling flat, but it allows for you to go longer in-between washes which is SO important in keeping your hair healthy and for allowing it to grow long. Having long hair myself, it is such a process to wash it and style it every single day {no thanks}, so dry shampoo is my life saver. I have tried many dry shampoos in my day, but here are the three that are always on the top of my list:

If you like a spray: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray

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This lightweight formula doesn’t weigh hair down while keeping it clean and voluminous. The spray allows you to apply a little at a time so you don’t have to worry about adding way too much by accident.

If you like a powder: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

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Oscar Blandi just gets it right when it comes to dry shampoo. This is the first one I’ve ever tried so it is near and dear to my heart. Personally, I prefer a powder which may be surprising because usually it’s tougher for brunettes to use a white powder in their hair but if you use just the right amount it will never leave a gray cast on your hair {just don’t overdo it}. The key to remember with dry shampoo is a little goes a long way, no matter how greasy your hair is! Don’t dump a bunch on at first, start little by little and continually add more if you need it.

For the all-natural girl: Lulu Organics Hair Powder {Jasmine Scented}


This is my winner; this is the one that currently has my heart. On top of blending seamlessly into my hair, the ingredients are all natural so I don’t have to worry about what I’m rubbing into my hair and scalp! It’s similar to the Oscar Blandi powder dry shampoo except it’s more of a fine powder which allows it to blend into the hair unnoticably. You can find it on Amazon here.

If you are one of those people who think you have too greasy of hair and you HAVE to wash your hair every single day I challenge you to try this! If you don’t want to purchase an entire container of dry shampoo you can even make your own. All you need is Arrowroot or Cornstarch {for blonde hair}, and add a bit of cocoa powder if you have dark hair. Voila! A cheap alternative to a dry shampoo that works great and is all-natural as well.

Cheers to not washing your hair :)

xx // s