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Drug Store Beauty Products



This post will have NOTHING to do about infertility/pregnancy or the like. That said, I encourage all of you to march back over to yesterday’s post and poke through the comments if you are also stressing about breastfeeding. SO MANY awesome stories of success! I want a “positivity filter” on my Google Search Engine so that only good stories show up! Until then, my comment feed will have to suffice ūüôā

So, drug store beauty products!

My economic status is about to change, a lot. Living on one income in NYC and adding a new family member  is going to mean I need to make some serious, ahem, adjustments to my beauty routine. Once upon a time I was frugal with my product selections Рusing moderately priced hair products and cheap drugstore makeup exclusively. Then I got married, paid off a huge chunk of debt and began to fall to the dark side of Aveda and MAC. Today my bathroom is an embarrassing testament to the ridiculous amount of money I spend on my appearance and really, I look about the same as I did before (minus this ever-growing Chicken Lump).

There are a handful of products that have TRULY made a difference in my appearance.

  • Aveda Damage Remedy shampoo and conditioner: these guys have revolutionized my hair! I have saved up my “allowance” for a few months now and am going out this weekend to buy the liter bottles of them to tie me over until I’m back at work in January.¬†
  • Aveda Foamoliant: without this my “I’m lazy and didn’t dry my hair” days would be sad, sad, sad!
  • MAC pressed powder: works beautifully on my skin and does not cause blackheads and breakouts. I consider this money well spent.
  • MAC lid primer: holds my eye makeup strongly in place all day long meaning I don’t have to touch up or reapply if we go out for the evening.

Aside from these four products, I am going to start switching over to drug store products to cut our budget down. I’ve been reading some reviews and scanning the shelves to look for replacements and honestly, it’s a little overwhelming trying to consider all the brands and then decode the labels. Last night, while applying some of my last Aveda eye cream I had the brilliant idea to ask YOU all! I know many of you are sensitive to what you put on and in your bodies and are always on the lookout for new research about certain chemicals affecting fertility and overall health. What are some of your affordable and relatively safe beauty products? Any tips on saving more money on them? And don’t tell me I’m lovely without them like the Professor does ūüôā I like my eye makeup too much for that!!!



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  1. ecutri #
    May 9, 2013

    I, too, have spent absolutely ridiculous amounts of money on beauty products. So much so that of the 13 shelves and drawers in our oversized bathroom vanity, 11 of them were filled to the brim of my lotions, potions, and face paint. I actually took apart my bathroom in a furry a few weeks ago to try to cut back as I couldn’t afford to keep doing this and gifted everything (except for a few essentials and anything that you can’t really “gift” because it was once stuck in and around my eyeballs) and said good-bye. I have very sensitive skin so there are certain products I can’t go without and I cannot do drug store makeup as my face always seems to get pissed off and blow up in red blotches of anger. So anything on my face now is quite simple (foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara, and one pallet of neutral shadows – all fits in one makeup bag and all bare minerals), good cleanser and hypo-allergenic moisturizer (although I have heard that olive oil is an amazing face cleanser as it contains the same ph balance as your skin and oil dissolves oil sooo…win? ref: I’ve also heard lots of good things about keratin shampoo, Suave makes a pretty cheap version and I have heard that it is pretty comparable to the more expensive lines! Good luck in cutting back, I love reading blogs about frugal beauty treatments.

  2. May 9, 2013

    Eek I don’t spend a lot on products but I swear by Dior foundation and mascara. I can never go back!!!

  3. May 10, 2013

    Great idea!! I’m looking forward to reading the tips you’ll be getting!

  4. faith #
    May 10, 2013

    This is my go to for every body product….Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic can type in most any brand and it will reveal how safe it is for you or for baby or for husband, friend, mother, etc, etc, etc…:)

    • jak #
      May 10, 2013

      have to comment on this as i review these as part of my job (i’m a toxicologist)… this database is AWESOME at compiling what is out there for a particular ingredient, BUT, it can also freak a person out unnecessarily if you dont take it with a grain of salt. it is really based on the premise that just because something has not been tested on a bunch of animals, it can therefore not be considered safe, despite the fact that it’s been potentially used in human products with no adverse effects or reaction reported for year and year. so it’s great. but should also be used with caution:)

  5. jak #
    May 10, 2013

    i use lancome cosmetics because they dont break my face out. the same company makes loreal, which is cheaper and drug-store available. it’s just like lexus and toyota or acura/honda or infiniti/nissan. so i find that similar to lancome being tolerable to my skin, loreal is tolerable to my skin. i think a few other brands are like this as well (dept store products, then drug store products that have the same safety and tolerability research and knowledge behind their ingredients). worth looking into. although i dont think that aveda and mac have that going on with a cheaper brand but maybe it will help you with some other stuff. i totally agree on the approach of scrimping where you can, but sticking to certain essentials that make life tolerable!

  6. May 15, 2013

    I use Burt’s Bees eye cream and love it!

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