five things to buy at the drugstore

Today we have a guest post from my glamorous cousin Annie. She lives in Chicago and is my favorite beauty expert. I text her with questions about hair and makeup, she is truly a beauty fairy godmother. She kindly put together a list of five beauty items that you can find at the drugstore. Enjoy! 11133929_10205052539446623_780761072260712394_n

Beauty enthusiast. This is what I am. I am not a professional, I don’t know it all. The subject of beauty has always been a passion of mine and I say passion because I am always hungry for more. Hungry to learn, to teach, to experience. So I practice this art (yes it is an art) in my spare time and I am lucky enough to live in a city where this passion can be fed on a daily basis. I will be the first to tell you that if you want great makeup then you are going to have to splurge a little on the higher end products. It is what it is. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. So here are my top five beauty bargains you can find, and should buy, at your local drugstore.

  1. Impress Gel Shine press on nails I know what you are thinking. Press on nails? But they are so much more! I was fed up with paying $20 for manicures that would last 2 days. No chip looked awful after day five and was a pain to remove, and jamberry still owes me an hour of my life back. What’s great about these is that they are flexible gel covers, not a full on fake nail. They have no glue and the adhesive is already on them. Just peel and stick. Plus the designs range from natural and fun to crazy and glam. I have received so many compliments and they look beautiful even at day 10! Best part? Only $7. Splurge on the pedi, DIY on the mani. Trust me.
  2. Castor Oil This common oil can be found almost anywhere and it is wonderful for moisturizing your lips and under eyes. My favorite use though is to rub it into my eyelashes to help them grow and stay long and lush. It will also help regrow eyebrows. Average price is about $8 a bottle. Make sure you get the organic cold pressed kind, not the laxative. I found mine at Whole Foods but any vitamin shop should have it.
  3. Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara I use this mascara as a primer for my lashes. I put on nice coat to define and separate before I use my high end mascara. It really makes a difference in how my mascara goes on and stays. I am a firm believer that not one mascara does the job. It takes a combo of technique and product to achieve lush lashes. Average price is $8.
  4. Say Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Soap My friend introduced me to charcoal soap and I had to try this Target find. It clears pores and fights breakouts thanks to charcoal and anti-inflammatory tomato extract. Average price $6.
  5. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Seriously this stuff is amazing. I keep one in my desk at work so I can look fresh for happy hour! It really refreshes your hair with a few sprays, soaking up oil and leaving you looking freshly washed. Average price is $4.

Maybe next time we can chat about 5 things to NEVER buy from a drugstore. I have a list for that too.

THANK YOU ANNIE! As a self described beauty novice I really appreciate this info. I already am a dry shampoo fan and am really intrigued by the castor oil! Definitely looking forward to part two!

xx Ly