Lately, I’ve been trying to be more responsible with my money. In the process of attempting to be fiscally fit, I’ve rediscovered the magic of the drugstore beauty aisle. While many high end beauty products are worth every penny of their exorbitant prices, even the biggest beauty snobs shouldn’t overlook the quality products hidden on drugstore shelves. Much of these affordable beauty finds work just as well, if not better than their expensive counterparts proving to me time and time again that top shelf quality beauty isn’t just for the rich and famous. Here are some of my favorites:
Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Top Coat is by far the best top coat and quick dry technology that I’ve ever used. I never do my own nails without it. Not only does this top coat always go on smoothly, it also makes your nails dry super fast and protects the polish from chipping.
3. Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner
I’ve been using Almay Liquid Line Eyeliner for almost a decade and absolutely love it. If you’re a liquid liner fan, you’ve got to try it. It’s easy to apply, dries fast and gives my upper lid the perfect line every time.
4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Taking off your makeup correctly is just as important as putting it on correctly. I love Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover because it removes all my makeup the first time. Even the darkest smokey eye is no match for this makeup remover.
5. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
I never gave Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara much thought until I tried it. For years I passed right by it in the drugstore writing it off as a below average mascara. When I finally used it, I found that it’s not only one of the more affordable mascaras on the market, it’s also one of the best. The formula never clumps and the brush’s tiny bristles help reach every lash for long-lasting volume.
6. Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips
Though I get waxed once a month at the salon, I often need to touch up in between waxes, especially during the summer months. For a quick touch up, I just heat up Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips with a hair dryer and wax away.
Last Friday afternoon Rituals Cosmetics unexpectedly made my day. I was halfway through what ended up being a 13 hour work day and was taking a coffee break at a nearby Starbucks. After getting my coffee, I walked by two girls giving out full sized bottles of Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom foaming shower gel. It was almost as if they knew that I was short on body wash and needed an additional pick-me-up on top of the hot coffee I was carrying.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thanks to Rituals Cosmetics. I absolutely love the smell and foaming sensation of this body wash. It’s amazing the way it makes my shower smell like a spa and how the gel changes into foam the moment is touches water. Thanks again Rituals for proving to me once again that NYC is always full of surprises!
Beautiful, silky hair with a stunning shine is the basis of any good hair day or hair style. However, most products that claim to nourish and add shine, actually weigh down hair causing it to be greasy and unmanageable. Thankfully, the beauty experts at Dove have once again found a solution to dull, dry hair with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection.
After trying the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection, I really do feel a difference in my hair’s silkiness and styling potential after only one wash. Once the weather starts getting colder, my hair begins to lose a lot of its moisture so I’m happy to have discovered Dove Pure Care Dry Oil just in time for the winter months. What I love most about this hair treatment system consisting of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo,Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment is that it’s ideal for all hair types. The dry oil features a blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil that’s proven to absorb quickly. You can expect 5x silkier hair when using this system of shampoo, conditioner and treatment vs. a non-conditioning shampoo.
Hair Trends I Love
An effortless hair style made better by Dove Pure Care Dry Oil is down and natural. Personally, I love to wear my hair down and wear it that way nearly 365 days a year. After one wash with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil treatment system, you won’t be able to stop running your fingers through your hair.
Another hair trend made even better by this collection is the subtle curl. While other treatments claiming to add moisture to your hair will weight it down causing naturally straight hair not to hold a curl, Dove Pure Care Dry Oil makes your curls silky and shiny.
Dove Silky Hair Dare
Remember when you played truth or dare at sleepovers? Now, Dove is inviting you to play again by taking part in the Dove Silky Hair Dare. Dove is daring you to try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and fall in love with the touch and feel of your hair or your money back. Once you’ve tried the line of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products for yourself, you can share your silky results using #silkyhairdare. Dove is also giving away $20,000 in prizes. For a chance to win, share your silky results using #silkyhairdaresweeps. See the official rules for more info.
*If you are not completely satisfied with the Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil system, Dove will refund your purchase (from 9/21 – 12/31). Visit hairmoneyback.com for details
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
No matter what your style, the first step toward any amazing look is soft silky skin. That being said, I’ve long been a fan of Dove and their many beauty breakthroughs. Ever since I discovered Dove Body Wash as a kid, I’ve loved how their body washes, shampoos and body lotions add moisture to skin without making it greasy. It’s always been my favorite body wash to use after a long day at the beach or the pool because of the way it renews my skin’s moisture after sitting in the sun.
Since every great beauty routine starts in the shower, Dove recently unveiled the One Shower Challenge at the Emmys in celebration of the latest developments in their body wash. No longer do women have to choose between a body wash that’s gentle on skin and a great lather. The new Dove Body Wash has broken this cycle providing women with both the mild cleansing their skin needs and a rich, luxurious lather. The new Dove Body Washes feature an advanced formula that combines the brand’s mildest cleansers with NutriumMoisture® technology, offering 10 times more nourishment.
Just in time for the September runway shows across New York, London, Paris and Milan, Chanel released a new collection of Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quads inspired by their iconic tweeds. In order to celebrate these amazing shades in way only fitting of Chanel, I set off to the makeup counter at the 59th St. Bloomingdale’s to style my eyes with InStyle Beauty Director, Kahlana Barfield and Chanel National Makeup Artists (NMAs) John Fussell and Sterling Williams.
Using the Les 4 Ombres Quadra in Tissé Vénitien, Chanel Ebene Eyeliner and Le Volume de Chanel Noir Mascara, the incredibly talented Chanel makeup artist Reanna Godfrey (ask for her at Bloomingdale’s), transformed my eyes into the ultimate smokey eye look. The green hues in the Tissé Vénitien quad, put a nautical spin on the traditional smokey eye. I even mentioned feeling like a mermaid at one point. When the look was complete, Chanel National Makeup Artist John Fussell pointed out that the colors in the palette matched the vibrants blues and greens in my eyes perfectly. So in a magical way, it was almost like they never closed even when I blinked.
As a blue eyed girl, I’m always looking for new ways to bring out my unique eye color and nothing beats Chanel’s beautifuly long-lasting shades. While the must-have Le Volume de Chanel Mascara made my lashes thicker than ever, Chanel Les 4 Ombres quads give you endless options to blend the hues together for an array of stunning looks.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but the opinions are all my own.