Escaping Through Drugstores

Some people escape through drugs. I escape through drugstores. I can wander the aisles of a good one until my phone dies, even if I'm supposed to be doing something else. I've also found that any drugstore related activity is the best excuse to get out of nearly any situation. Seriously, no one ever questions a good drugstore lie. Here are a few of my go-tos and what they really mean.

I can get in some of my best quality alone time at the drugstore. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen too often because my neighborhood drug store is very basic (it's actually horrible, please get it together Larchmont Rite Aid).  But, put me a fancy Duane Reade in NYC and I can entertain myself for hours. Drugstores are a treasure trove for finding new beauty products without going into debt. Here are a few of my current faves. If you ever spot me crying in the aisles, it's because one or more of these has been discontinued (RIP Loreal Magic Nude Foundation), but that's another post all together....

Dessange Professional Hair Luxury Nutrition Elixir Deep Nourishing Mask

I love Dessange and there’s nothing I appreciate more than a good hair product under $9000. Dessange's newest hair mask ($13.99, so like 2.5 lattes) is designed to nourish and moisturize your hair, but not weigh it down and make it greasy. Just to warn you, your hair will look so fab people might come up to you on the street and want to know your secret. Hopefully, they aren't creepy, just jealous that you knew about Dessange before they did. 

Omega Labs Nail Lacquer

So I might have fibbed just a little because Omega Labs Nail Lacquer isn't a drugstore product. But at $7, it's close enough. Sold online (well obviously) and at Sally's, it's professionally formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or camphor, so it won't destroy your nails . But more importantly, their colors are trendy and fun. 

Dove Shower Foam

 

I’m normally a Dove Beauty Bar kind of girl because I can go through bottles of body wash faster than cases of water. But Dove’s new Shower Foam is on its way to earning permanent shelf space on the side of my bathtub. It has a light, clean fragrance that's not overpowering and makes my skin super soft. But, the best thing about Dove Shower Foam is that a little product goes a long way. I don't need to use it by the gallon. A few pumps and I'm good to go.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Before the days of Dr. Pimple Popper, there was Biore. The little white strips dried on your nose and chin like paper mache. You ripped them off and count your gross blackheads. It was so satisfying! Now Biore has improved their pore cleansing strips by adding charcoal. This magical ingredient gets down to unclog your pores, making them appear smaller. And yes, you can still see your blackheads on the dark strip. Biore recently launched an entire charcoal line, but the strips will always have a special place in my medicine cabinet. 

 Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink

 

Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain in A Stiff Pink is one of my favorite lip products ever. I found it on a whim, walking by the display. The perfect bright pink color caught my eye and it's been one of the great loves of my makeup case eyer since. It stays on for hours and unlike most lip stains, especially cheap ones, it's actually moisturizing. 

ELF Translucent Matifying Powder

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ELF sure gives you a whole lot for $2.99 with their Translucent Matifying Powder compact. This powder is light, natural and gets the job, keeping the shine off your face. The black compact is sophisticated and made really well. Seriously, I’ve dropped mine 75 times and the powder inside has yet to break. It comes with a bonus sponge applicator and generous sized mirror,  making it really easy to apply on the go.

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Winter Beauty Edition)

Living in Los Angeles, I’m usually exempt from winter skin and hair dryness (in all fairness, my hair tends to be dry all year round). But, this year the temperature has been at an all time-low and my body has been at an all-time dry. When I moved here from New York eight years ago, cold winters were not part of the contract I signed. So, I’ve had to do a major product switch up. If the weather is having a negative affect on your hair and skin, you probably have to do the same. Here are my favorite winter dryness solutions because F-It, it’s Friday, treat yourself.

White Sands ER Fusion

White Sands ER Fusion is a game-changing product that makes hair both softer and stronger. No, it’s not another oil or conditioner, but a unique treatment that creates a micro-shield for 30 days. After washing and towel-drying your hair, you apply the product and help it penetrate using a heat cap or hairdryer for 20 minutes, then rinse it out. 20 minutes of effort for 30 days of good hair, I'll take it! 

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Curel Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer is magical. I was in a business meeting with Anthony Pazos (of LA Hair fame) when he accidentally touched my leg (I was wearing a short skirt) and interrupted the entire conversation to discuss how soft my skin was. True story! Remember, it’s called Wet Skin Moisturizer for a reason, so apply it immediately after showering, before toweling off. I actually keep my bottle in the shower, so I don't forget. 

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash

Dove is my favorite bar soap, but when the temperature drops, I need some extra help, so I use Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash instead. Formulated to cleanse in the gentlest way possible, it’s been great to counterbalance the hot showers I’ve been taking to warm up. (Yeah, I know that’s bad for dry skin, but don’t judge me.) Dove’s creamy texture makes my skin feel soft and clean. It also smells super fresh.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

What can’t Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil do? My favorite multi-tasker, I put it on the ends of my hair every night as well as on my lips. It also works as a gentle eye makeup remover and super duper moisturizer for extra-dry skin. Pro tip: a little goes a very long way. 

Bodyography Hydrating Mask

Adding Bodyography’s Hydrating Mask to your routine helps restore moisture to your face and treats fine lines. Gentle enough to use every day, it's formulated with anti-oxidant ingredients including watermelon, green tea, and apple fruit extract. Anyone else craving a smoothie right now? Bonus karma points come free with every purchase becuase it’s vegan, paraben and cruelty-free. 

F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose Of Retail Therapy (Products I've Been Using Since Forever Edition)

When people ask me about my beauty routine and what products I can't live without, they’re often surprised to hear I’ve been using some of the same ones since Middle School. Yes, middle school. I was a beauty junkie even way back in the day, when people used the expression “way back in the day.” This doesn’t mean I don’t try new things. I’m always trying new things, but these five products will always have a special spot in my medicine cabinet and my heart. As my mother says, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?” 

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

The winter and my hands do not get along and I have a huge issue with dryness, chapping and bleeding. Gross, I know. That’s why I always keep little tubes of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream in my handbag, on my nightstand, in the bathroom and pretty much all of my house. Made with 20% organic shea butter, my hands literally thirst for this magical ingredient. I usually buy the original scent, but there are a variety of fragrances to choose from including lavender, cherry blossom, violet, vanilla and several others. 

Dove Beauty Bar

This week, Dove's beauty bar celebrated it's 60th anniversary. If a product is around for that long, they must be doing something (and by that I mean a whole lot of things) right. I use Dove because it's moisturizing and lathers well (because if soap doesn’t lather well, I’m convinced it's not actually cleaning me and I will leave the shower dirtier than I came in). Despite it being an old school brand, Dove always seems to be innovating the line with new products including my two personal favorites, Shea Butter and Coconut Milk bars. It's also available at every drugstore in America, so I never have to go without my beloved bar of soap. 

Kiehls #1 Lip Balm

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 will always be my #1 lip balm. My lips chap terribly during the winter, even in Los Angeles. I don't even know how that is scientifically possible. As soon as the temperature goes down,  I always head to Kiehls, so I can stock up. Another thing I love about this product is that it has magical powers. Put a little bit of balm over a matte lipstick and it instantly shines. Right now, I'm obsessed with the mango flavor (probably because I miss the summer), but I also really like mint and cranberry

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is the best pimple spot treatment I’ve ever used. While I probably go through one bottle every year, it’s always in my bathroom cabinet. Incredibly easy to use, all you have to do is dip a cotton swab into the bottle and apply a small amount to the pimple itself. Because you aren't applying it with your fingers, it doesn't spread to the skin around the pimple and dry your entire face out.  It’s important to know, as you can see in the picture, this product is supposed to separate. Do not shake it! I know, it's strange and not what you are used to, but if you don't believe me, just read the directions. 

Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid

 

Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid is super foamy and gets my face squeaky clean without drying it out. It also removes makeup really well, so double cleansing or using additional makeup remover is mostly unnecessary. I first tried this product in high school and I’ve always gone back to it. Pro Tip: A little bit goes a very long way. My husband and I both use this cleanser and one bottle lasts us approximately 3-4 months.