You can’t go wrong with these drugstore classics: Carmex, Sally Hansen, and Jergens

overwhelmedWalking into the drugstore these days can be overwhelming…the sheer volume of choices is enough to make you want to back out the door and put shopping for beauty products on your list for another day. For those times when you are in doubt, here are three classic drugstore lines with my favorite products that always perform.       samples3 Classic Drug Store Brands

1.  Sally Hansen Nail Polish:  this is such a great line for nail polish, especially for my addiction to nude-ish colors. The polish goes on so easily with the flat, wide brush – in fact, I do believe Sally Hansen polishes have my favorite applicator brush of all time. There is a huge selection of shades available.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Some of my favorite nude-ish shades include #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a classy perfect nude, and #161 Shell We Dance, a pretty light pink.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

2.  I love the Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar ($1.59) for preventing dry and flaky lips. The classic version comes in the familiar yellow jar and it has that scent that takes me way back every time I open it. Lip skin doesn’t have any sebaceous glands, which is why they need continual moisturizing. My only problem with my Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar is that my husband keeps stealing it, so now I always get two just in case. Carmex® Lip Balm can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit: www.mycarmex.com.Jergens Oil-Infused MoisturizerJergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

3.  Looking for an awesome body moisturizer?  You can’t go wrong with Jergens. Right now they have out their Oil-Infused Monoi and Coconut Moisturizers ($4.99 each) which have the classic Jergens® body lotion infused with luxe, skin-softening oils. They are lightweight but give heavy-duty hydration to skin, while also making it soft and luminous. And the scents are so pretty!Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi: Harvested from the Tahitian Garden Flower and known for its intoxicating floral scent, Monoi Oil is a potent skin soother that’s been used by women for centuries. Combined with Jergens® deeply conditioning, protein-packed formula, it locks in moisture, smooths texture and tone, and leaves skin visibly radiant and softly scented.Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil: Fortified with the deeply penetrative, hydrating properties of premium Coconut Oil— along with its invigorating, tropical scent—this enriching body lotion gives your skin instant luminosity, a superbly soft texture, and long-lasting moisture for a gorgeous, all-day glow.

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

You can find these new Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizers exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

Don’t let the huge variety of beauty products at the drugstore overwhelm you…stick with the basics and remember these classics.  – Lisa

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Mmmm, coconut…Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash and Lotion

I look out my window and it’s all white. Snow, ice, sleet….every day, day after day. I walk outside and can’t even catch my breath because of the subzero temperatures. Inside, it’s warm but so dry my skin gets itchy and uncomfortable. I long for the sweet coconut scent of a tropical beach and soft, hydrated skin….and Aveeno comes to rescue!

I’ve loved Aveeno body products for a very long time because I find the oatmeal-based products extremely gentle and soothing. As an Aveeno Ambassador I was recently sent two coconut-scented Aveeno products to test and I was hoping they would help me satisfy my craving for coconut and for soft skin.

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Wash

AVEENO® SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™BODY WASH NOURISHING COCONUT ($7.49)  Typically any product that is gentle for skin should probably not include fragrance, but the Skin Relief Gentle Scents products are an exception. In fact, this scented body wash has been clinically tested and is as gentle as the fragrance-free version, which is great news.

The Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash is soap-free, dye-free, and allergy tested. It cleans skin beautifully with a soft lather that rinses clean but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and tight. And the coconut fragrance….YUM! It’s a beautiful scent that isn’t overly sweet, it’s more like fresh coconuts. Oh so good!! After my shower, the perfect winter combo is following this body wash with….

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body  Lotion

Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent™ Nourishing Coconut Body Lotion

AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT™LOTION NOURISHING COCONUT ($9.99).  This is a light lotion with the same coconut scent, also tested and found to be as gentle as the fragrance-free version. The lotion has the ACTIVE NATURALS® Triple Oat Complex, which soothes irritated, dry skin and leaves skin wonderfully hydrated. Anyone with sensitive dry skin will love this non-greasy body lotion. It makes my skin super soft all day long even in dry winter heat. Like the body wash, the scent is a deep, yummy coconut that doesn’t have that slightly chemical scent that many lotions have. The scent is faint but still there 12 hours later.
I love these affordable and effective body products.  They bring me the scent and the skin of summer!  – Lisa
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Aveeno is available at Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and other drugstores.
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Holiday parties? Try these five drugstore beauty items!

Holiday parties?  Try these five drugstore beauty items!‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The drugstore is my favorite friend because it has pretty much everything needed to get party perfect. Here are five picks to help you get smooth, styled, and glammed up gorgeous.

*pr samples

Venus Snap Razor

Venus Snap Razor

GET SMOOTH! Venus Snap Razor, $9.99-12.99  How cute is this? I’m often in a hurry when getting ready and the Venus Snap Razor‘s no-slip-grip is perfect, giving a super close shave while also hydrating skin. If you are going out of town for your parties, this is the perfect razor to pack.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

GET STYLED!  Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask, $11.99 The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is a once a week treatment, and it’s terrific to use for party perfect hair. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft – exactly what want for a holiday party!

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

GET GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $9.79-12.79  This a liquid foundation that is great for those with normal skin. It really does last and last, which is what you want when you are going to party all night. It gives medium coverage and a natural look. It does have a slight fragrance. I find that it’s better to use a foundation sponge than a brush or even fingers – sponging it on gives the best coverage and finish.

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

GET EVEN MORE GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick, $6.99-8.99 Get some major glam and keep it with Covergirl Outlast Lipstick. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips. I am loving the Magnetic Mauve shade, which is a flattering, pretty holiday berry.

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

GET SUPER GLAM! COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club, $6.99-8.99 Have you tried the Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadows yet?  If not, you need to get some stat!! It’s a soft, sort of powdery mousse that goes on in sheer layers. It takes only a few moments to dry into a beautiful shimmery finish. Platinum Club, a multi-hued purple/brown/gray is my pick for a holiday perfect shade. It’s fantastic alone, although it’s wonderful paired with a matte pink or light gray shadow. The staying power is excellent, even without using an eye primer.

Get to the drugstore and get ready to party on!!  – Lisa

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Anniversary giveaway time with 4 winners – check it out

giveaway say whatHappy blog anniversary to us! As you know we are continuing our giveaways all through April and today’s is a fun one for us to share with you. These are items that you can find at drugstores, Target, Walmart, online – less expensive yet still beautiful products that we think you’ll enjoy.

Each package will have at least 10 products in it plus samples that aren’t pictured. Because of the weight we can only do this for US and Canada. Sorry about that if you are international.

Here’s your choice of prizes

package 1

package 1

PACKAGE 1: Covergirl Outlast All-day lipcolor in Ever Red-dy #507, Covergirl Eyeshadow quad in Go For the Golds #705, e.l.f. small smudge brush, Ulta Sculpting Palette in Astoria, NYX shadow trio in Nude/Taupe/Dark Brown, Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in 030 Natural, Marcelle Revival Regeneration Creme Serum, Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, Goody set in teal with flower barrette and 5 elastics, and deluxe sample of Manna Camera Ready Foundation Primer

Package 2

Package 2

PACKAGE 2: Covergirl Eyeshadow Quad in va-va Violet #710, NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit (eyes and lips), Maybelline Eyeshadow palette in 020 Natural Smokes, e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Plum, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Light Blue, NYC Liquid Lipcolor in Nude York City, Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, Degree Dryspray anti-persiperant in Fresh Energy, Goody set in bright pink with flower barrette and 5 elastics and L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler

Ulta Sculpting Palette

Ulta Sculpting Palette

Package 3

Package 3

PACKAGE 3: Ulta Sculpting Palette in Astoria, Ulta INDIE eyeshadow palette, NYX Love in Florence eyeshadow palette (purples), L’Oreal Infallible Gel Eyeliner with brush in Dark Slate, Covergirl Liquiline Blast eyeliner pencil in Black Fire, Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes Shimmer Strips eyeshadow palette, BellaPierre pigment in Whesek, Milani Liquid Eyeliner pencil in Green, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait, e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Parfaits, and e.l.f. Contour Eyeshadow Brush

Package 4

Package 4

PACKAGE 4: Covergirl Eyeshadow Quad in Breathtaking Blues #725, Relon Eyeshadow palette in Chair Latte #220, Boots No.7 single eyeshadow in Calabash, Maybelline Master Hi-Light  in #40 Light Bronze, You’re the Balm in Grape, Goody set in purple with flower barrette and 5 elastics, Julep Pomegranate Body Scrub and Canyon Ranch Balance Light Weight Moisturizer

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte powders

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte powders

We also have 5 L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powders that we’d like to just give away to 5 readers. If any of these 5 shades would match you please leave an extra comment with the shade you’d want: #100 Porcelain, #500 Sun Beige, #600 Golden Beige, #700 Classic Tan, #800 Cocoa.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – This 4 winner + giveaway is open through 4/23/15 at 11:59 p.m. to US and Canada subscribers. In the Rafflecopter you’ll be asked for your first and second choice of these prizes. Sometimes late in a giveaway the comments close so please email me at [email protected] with your comment, then click “I commented” and you can continue with other options. Good luck to you all. And happy blog anniversary to us! – Marcia and Lisa

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