Hello fashionistas — my name is Shireen Sandoval and I’m a product junkie. Okay, more like a total addict. There, I said it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; I know a lot of you out there are just like me. Matter of fact, on any given day of the week, you can find me trolling around my neighborhood drugstore looking for the latest and greatest in beauty inventions.
The good news is: in this day and age, you don’t have to spend a million bucks (or a small fortune) on fancy department store brands or in chain boutiques that push pretty packaging. Instead, drugstore lines have taken modern-day technology by the horns and harnessed some of the most provocative products to date. That’s why this week’s Top 3 is dedicated to “Sassy New Drugstore Products.”
Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil $4.99
This stuff is the bomb, but it would be easier to build one than to find it on shelves. In any case, if you can get your fashionable little hands on “Alberto VO5 Shine, Glow & Go Beauty Oil,” you’ll be one happy, perfectly moisturized mama. This is VO5′s first-ever dual product for your hair and your body. It’s a light, sheer oil that smells like vacation, with hints of macadamia, sunflower, shea, grapeseed and coconut. Its secret ingredients: infused argan oil, along with vitamins E, H, C, B5 & B3. I spritz it on the ends of my hair, then spray it into my palm and smooth it over my chest, elbow and knees. Heaven.
Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar/$6.47
Remember those Biore nose patches from back in the day? You’d stick them on, wait a few minutes and carefully peel them off; revealing clean, healthy pores. Well, “Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar” has the same premise, but it’s much more sophisticated and easier to use. Charcoal, by the way, is known for removing junk that’s embedded into and onto you face. This refreshing soap is infused with peppermint oil and exfoliating jojoba beads. The company says it gets your skin 2.5x cleaner than a normal cleanser. I don’t know about that, but here’s what I do know: after a week of heavy, pancake television make-up, this stuff gets my face squeaky clean over the weekend.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream/$16.99
If you’re a regular blog reader, you already know my obsession with under-eye and anti-aging creams. Well, “Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream” is now officially in my arsenal of fighting Father Time. It’s like a mask and cream all in one. Right before bedtime, I rub it on my face, neck and shoulders and when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels moist, supple and looks smooth. Although not recommended, I even tried it under my eyes; a girl can never get enough moisture unless, of course, you battle acne (then steer clear.) Made with Lavender essential oils, rare plant extracts and Adenosine, it absorbs fast and works to boost cell renewal. I used to think Garnier was just good at making hair products; I love it when people prove me wrong.
“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray
Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Photographer: James Woodley
Writer: Shireen Sandoval