I love my current mascara wardrobe but if I could save a few bucks and discover some new drugstore mascara dupes, I could reallocate those expenses to something else (oh like you know, a new bag or something). Of the four I purchased, one thing is for sure: no wand is the same. Here’s a quick beauty breakdown on these four drugstore mascaras.
People always ask if my red hair is my natural hue. I wish. But I always make it a point to say that I do have natural red highlights! What I do love to brag about is how I’m able to preserve my red tresses using R+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo and Conditioner (c/o Neiman Marcus). This luxe duo is perfect for anyone with color-treated hair. I apply a quarter-size amount of the shampoo and work to a lather, which is infused with Hibiscus extract (softens and conditions), Pea extract (protects discoloration), Rice Extract (smoothes and maintains moisture), and Golden Root Extract (combats thermal stress). Its partner-in-crime conditioner has all the same benefits of the shampoo plus a light airy fragrance that leaves my fiancé constantly wanting to sniff my hair (weird, but somewhat romantic right?). I only apply a dime-size amount of conditioner (a little goes a long way) and focus on my ends and comb through my wet hair for even distribution. Much of my blow dry routine is dictated by how much time I have. If I’m in the mood to get all dolled up, I follow through with R+Co Chiffon Styling Mousse, a lightweight mousse for volume, body and shine. Lately I’ve been lusting natural soft curls (I have naturally straight hair) and my new GHD Curve Soft Curl Iron (1 1/4 inch) is so easy to use and heats up in a jiffy. If I’m in a rush or don’t feel like drying my hair, I reach for L’Oreal Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream and Quick Dry Primer Spray (c/o L’Oreal Paris). While I have yet to find a drugstore anti-frizz product that eliminates frizz, this cream helps with managing it. And for just under $4, L’Oreal’s Primer Spray cuts my drying time in half while shielding against any heat damage from my dryer. I rarely have time to primp during the weekdays so I use this spray religiously.
Do you have a holy grail hair product? I’d love to hear about your recent purchases in the comments section!
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Photography by Kate Ann
Wearing face oil is like the equivalent of taking your vitamins. If you aren’t consistent, you won’t see the results over time. As you age, your skin becomes dry and dull, thus making it harder for that ‘lit from within glow.’ You see, when the skin’s natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a difference in water loss. Face oils pass through the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin. Now, I love face oils, but I’ve never been a fan of its price point. I’ve never taken the plunge with luxe face oils I’ve added to my Sephora shopping cart, but I’m glad my patience to wait for a more wallet friendly version paid off. Enter the best face oil that you can find at your local drugstore: L’Oreal Age Perfect Renewal Facial Oil. Composed of a unique blend of eight essential oils (think English Lavender, Rosemary Leaf, Roman Chamomile, Rose Flower, and more), this oil restores dull complexions without the greasy residue. Post cleanse, I like to apply just a few drops in a light pressing and upward motion. I finish with my day/night cream and I wake up to smooth, hydrated skin. The L’Oreal Face Oil has a lightweight consistency but it’s so concentrated, it will carry you through the cold weather season and beyond.
L’Oreal Facial Oil, $21.24
While a bold red lip never goes out of style, this season is all about nude lips. For low-maintenance beauties that like to try new trends without breaking the bank, this is the perfect solution. Unlike traditional lip balms, this formula has a creamy texture with a silk-like finish in six universally flattering shades. I sampled three shades from the collection: Caring Coral #418, Nourishing Nude #818 and Caramel Comfort #819. These tubes have a slick moisturizing effect compared to other similar drugstore balms and I was really impressed with how smooth my lips felt all day—even after the color has faded. The packaging is chic too—a gold interlocking angled tube with a transparent lid. Caring Coral is my favorite out of the three I tried because it gave my lips a soft glow. I typically associate coral as a spring and summer shade so I was pleasantly surprised with this hue. I’m also thinking about making a drugstore dash this weekend to try Plush Plum, probably the most pigmented shade of the fall collection. Have you tried these lip balms? Do you have a favorite shade?
L’Oreal Color Riche Balm, $7.99 each