LL&LG: Drug store beauty buys

Kelli Miller

LIFE, LOVE & LIP GLOSS with Kelli Miller

Some people take to the bottle; others prefer caffeine or bungee jumping. My drug of choice: beauty products. Yes, I am a product junkie; if you don’t believe me, check out the pic below. I may be organized but I’m a junkie nonetheless. (Wow, admitting that wasn’t as hard as I’d imagined.) I probably have more tubes of mascara at my place than pots and pans.

I have tried tons of beauty loot from all different types of stores with a wide variety of price tags. And let me tell you something very, very important: just because something has a hefty price tag attached to it doesn’t necessarily mean it works better than its inexpensive competitors (sorry Chanel). There are some awesome products out there that you can pick up at your local drugstore that will boost your beauty and be kind to your wallet.

And, apparently I’m not the only one who’s caught on to these thrifty beauty gems, I wish I could take all the credit but Glamour magazine’s October edition featured a few of these products.

Here are a few cheap beauty products that have become a staple in my beauty regimen and will forever remain in my make up bag.

Eye Drops:
It’s a little known fact that the brighter your eyes are the larger they appear. So to get big baby doll eyes, apply a drop or two to each eye before you put on your make up.

You might also be surprised that eye drops can work their magic on a red pimple. The ingredients in the drops that cause the blood vessels to constrict and make the red disappear do the same thing on a blemish. Simply wet a cotton ball or Q-tip and apply it to the area and it will instantly calm down the redness, making it easier to conceal.

I have been using Vaseline for years as an eye makeup remover. Not only is it cheap but it doesn’t irritate your eyes like some of those other products and it works wonders for taking off that smoky eye look.

Vaseline works great as a conditioning agent. Use it on your lips to moisturize them and give your smackers a nice shine. Or apply it on cracked heels or cuticles to smooth out your skin.

Those pros at Glamour suggest applying Vaseline around your hair line before you perform an at home dye job to prevent the dye from staining your skin. I wish I knew this trick back in high school. It would have saved me from going to class with a funky little brown spot on my ear from my DIY dye job.

Cotton Swabs:
Every wonder how celebs get those perfect cat eyes? Well, it’s this sweet little thing called a Q-tip. After you apply eye liner, run a cotton swap from the corner of your eye up and out, causing it to smudge and make a pretty winged look. They also work great for smudging or removing too much eyeliner.

You can also use them for cleaning up a DIY manicure. I don’t know about the rest of you ladies but after I paint my nails it always looks a little bit more like a train wreck instead of a Van Gogh. So afterward, I dip a Q-tip in polish remover and go to town on erasing all the extra polish.

Have any drug store buys that you can’t live without? Share them with the rest of us! Comment below or email me at kmiller@the-telescope.com

Author: Kelli Miller

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