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Hot Mama Tip

By Glinda

Today we are going to be all about the beauty and the bargains. Or, more specifically, the kind of products you can pick up at Target or your local drugstore.

Much like some people prefer Blahniks to Payless, I tend to prefer name brand beauty products over your more mainstream brands like Maybelline.

But sometimes, my eyes are bigger than my budget and I have to pick and choose what I want in “designer” products. There is no doubt that the so-called “drugstore” brands fill an important niche, because if I had to pay over twenty bucks a rather small bottle for the facial cleanser I use twice a day, then I would never be able to splurge on my Vincent Longo lipsticks. Hey, I’ve got my priorities, you know?

So, what does Glinda recommend when perusing the drugstore aisles?


Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Ever heard of Bliss? Well, the same company makes Soap & Glory and it can be found at your local Target for a price that is much kinder to your wallet. This body butter with shea and aloe vera doesn’t leave that greasy residue that many body butters do. And it smells better than most, too.


Dove Energy Glow Self Tanner

I have the type of skin that tans, even if I don’t want it to. Sunscreen does not stop the tanning, thus usually resulting in the classic “farmer’s tan” on my arms, as well as some crazy shoe strap patterns on the top of my feet. To help even everything out, I use this Dove self tanner. Unlike most self tanners, it smells pretty darn good. It goes on gradually so that I never have to worry about those pesky streaks. And after about three days, you’ve got some good color going on. Yes, yes, technically the Clarins is better, but for the money, I’d go for the Dove.


Alpha Hydrox Facial Wash

My skin is extremely sensitive, and I have gone all the normal sensitive skin routes to try and find something that won’t irriate it. Cetaphil, Aveeno, all that stuff didn’t not work. What did work was some painfully expensive cleanser from Chanel, but I just couldn’t justify the price. Alpha Hydrox to the rescue! I am just as happy with it as I was with the Chanel. It contains no soap, is oil-free, fragrance free, and has just enough citric acid to pacify my inner Norma Desmond.

Now, let’s chat a bit. I want to know all about your favorite beauty bargains!

5 Responses to “Hot Mama Tip”

  1. Phyllis Says:

    Almay One Coat Mascara – celebrating its 20th anniversay this year, and I’ve been using it since Day One. Its perfect, thick but not goopy, glossy, no clumps and available in virtually every drugstore or discount retailer.

    My Guerlain concealer is $46 a tube but I’ll never forgo my $6.99 Almay mascara.

  2. gamma Says:

    Oh the love-hate relationship with beauty products. I too tend to fall in love with the high-priced spread, whether butter or body butter, and though I gravitate to Lush, Ahava, Aveda, Clinique, and Lancome, with occasional forays into Dior and Laura Mercier, I have a few drugstore indulgences too.

    My favorite eye makeup remover is Maybelline–the non-oily one with the blue lid. Works just as well as the pricier ones for a fraction of the price.

    Cetaphil is my facial cleanser of choice; I’m sorry it doesn’t work for you, Glinda, but my touchy skin is very happy with it.

    Burt’s Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion smells so good, it makes me smile every time I use it.

    But my most can’t-do-without-it drugstore beauty item is–Rachel Perry Lip Lover, a little lip balm in a pot that comes in a variety of interesting flavors (I adore the Very Vanilla). It is the perfect texture–not too sticky, not tingly, and since I have been using it with abandon, I just don’t get the super-dried-out lips that inevitably lead to a cold sore. Long’s Drugstore carries it, as well as some online retailers.

    Thanks for the recommendations, Glinda.

  3. Mindy Says:

    Not drugstore, but at a drugstore-equivalent price point: I am so in love with Avon’s Glazewear lip gloss. My lips feel conditioned and soft, and the color instantly perks up my look. My favorite is Crimson, which has a little bit of sparkle to it, without veering into 16-year-old disco glitter territory.

  4. raincoaster Says:

    I might try that Dove self-tanner, if I decide not to go the Dita VonTeese direction this year. Although my last experiment with self-tanner was rather tragic, I must say.

    My favorite discount beauty products are Rimmel eyeliners. A very pricey makeup artist once told me there are really only two eyeliner factories in the world so there’s not much difference between the $28 Chanel one and the $6 Rimmel one. If it goes on creamy and stays where you put it and you like the colour, buy it. I generally like Rimmel because they’re creative and a bit out there. The lipgloss does NOT last, nor does the nail polish, though.

  5. Glinda Says:

    Phyllis- I have used the Almay before, and you are right, it’s some good stuff!

    Gamma- Agreed with you on the Burt’s Bees lotion! And the Rachel Perry! I totally remember that, my mom had it when I was a kid! I loved the scents, they were all so yummy. I think cantaloupe was my favorite. I would totally buy it, but I haven’t seen it around in ages.

    Mindy- Avon has some really good products. I too, love a lip gloss with just a teensy bit of glitter.

    Raincoaster- I haven’t tried the Rimmel eyeliner, probably because I only wear eyeliner three times a year or something. I’ve seen some cool stuff from them, though.

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