So, it’s already quite obvious I’m a product junkie; and, nothing excites me more than trying new things. In fact, it’s in those moments I’m stalking the internet – YouTube videos and blogs – that I start getting unnecessary ideas into my head. Then before I know it, there I am at various “hot spots” – like, Sephora, Ulta, Target, etc. – and unable to control my growing stash of produts. I’m ashamed, I know.
I’m a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’ and have always invested in products and clothing items for their quality. However, realistically speaking, at some point we all come to the realization that quality aside – it’s the brand name we’re actually shelling out our money for. With all this said, I find it interesting that the products that I keep coming back to (after venturing off), or products that I always seem to re-purchase are a few trusty drugstore products.
And, let me just preface this entry by saying that I’m quite hard to please and am insanely picky about various products and their performance. So, when I’m constantly re-purchasing something – it really does mean I really like it. :)
Once a week or so I use a clarifying shampoo and deep condition my hair with a deep conditioner or a hair mask. In between, I like to stick to my Phyto products, but as I’ve said before, I’m picky. Still, ’til this very day, I have been unable to find a good clarifying shampoo that doesn’t dry my hair out – and, in some cases, fancier brands claim to clarify and rid your hair of build up and oil, but it just makes your hair feel more oily! Neutrogena‘s Anti-Residue Shampoo is about $6 and lasts nearly a year for me since I use it so infrequently.
Neutrogena claims that “this is a shampoo treatment that instantly removes up to 95% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners and styling products.” The product “cleans hair thoroughly and easily rinses away,” and claims that after using this your favorite/regular shampoo will work even better. This shampoo works with all hair types, is non-irritating, and rinses clean. I like that your hair is left clean and refreshened, but not dried out and hard to manage because it’s stiff.
The conditioning treatment I like to use with the shampoo is Neutrogena‘s Triple Moisture Pure Strength Conditioning Treatment. It claims to “transform weak, brittle, extra dry hair into stronger, more resilient hair.” The tube says that the treatment will “reverse damage and strengthen all three layers of the hair strand from the inside and out.” The “naturally derived extracts penetrate deep into the strand to repair the core, while wheat proteins fill in tiny holes in the cuticle, sealing in moisture and reinforcing strands against future damage.” The two products do wonders for my hair; and, all for a little over $10. Not too shabby.
Next, my Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover and Cetaphil soap are a must-have. Lancome’s Bi-Facil eye makeup remover is pretty awesome, but at nearly $30 for a teeny bottle, I gotta take my business elsewhere. Neutrogena’s eye makeup remover does the job just as well – including removing stubborn waterproof mascara and eyeliner – so for around $7, I’m a happy camper.
Cetaphil soap is what I’m sticking with. Before, I was spending anywhere between $15-$45 on stuff to wash my face with, and to be quite honest, they were either not getting my face clean or the product was breaking me out – which is no good either way, obviously. So after wasting money for awhile, I tried Cetaphil and haven’t looked back since. Yet another awesome product for about $5. Awesome.
And, finally, my all-time favorite mascara that never fails me: L’Oreal Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black (waterproof). It’s great for layering over a lengthening mascara; it gives you a slighty thick-ish and mildly clumpy-look, which I totally love. Even when I’m experimenting with other mascaras and they’re not getting the job done, I bust this baby out and it fixes all my problems.
Sonia Kashuk‘s brush cleaner is awesome and works so much better than MAC’s cleanser. The squirt bottle is user-friendly and doesn’t waste product. Instead of directly dipping your brushes into to cleanser, you wet them first and then spray the cleanser directly onto the bristles. When you rub the bristles in your hand, there’s a rich lather that smells like sweet lavender and you see color dripping away. No need to separately deep-cleanse because this is a two-in-one. Your brushes are clean, sanitized, and super soft.
What are some of your trusty drugstore products?