I do most of my shopping for toiletries at Whole Foods and Lifethyme in New York, and I have a weakness for higher-end cosmetics lines that show up at places like Bergdorf and Barneys. On the other hand, some of my favorite basics come from the drugstore. Here are five of my current favorites in the “cheap thrills” department.
Sally Hansen’s Salon Manicure line is really top-notch; its polishes are as stylish and as well-formulated as anything offered by fancy boutique lines, and its Ultra Wear Top Coat makes my home-made manicure last longer than ever before. (about $7)
You might already know that nearly all cosmetics pencils are made by the same three manufacturers (read this informative post!), so once you find a smooth, durable pencil like this one from Prestige Cosmetics (I like the pale-pink shade called Silk), you can forget all about the designer-name liners that cost three or four times as much but are probably made in the same facility. (about $5)
I’ve already gone through two tubes of this Blue Agave Curl Cream from Salma Hayek’s Nuance line. It defines curls and tames frizz, it has a light pleasant scent, and it’s packaged in a nicely designed tube. If you have CVS stores in your area, it’s worth seeking out. (about $10)
I’d be embarrassed for you to know how much time my friends and I have devoted to discussing Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters. A creamy, balm-like texture with a moisturizing effect. Twenty semi-sheer shades, with something for everyone. (My favorite happens to be Berry Smoothie.) Color-coded tubes with retro, fishnet-like patterning. I hope Revlon keeps them in production for a long, long time. (about $7.50)
Everyone needs soap. I could probably do without any other bar soap, ever again, as long as I had Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, so I’m glad that it’s available in many NYC drugstores these days. It’s simple and effective, it’s all natural, and it lasts longer than most soap bars. (about $4)
What are your favorite drugstore basics (or impulse purchases) these days? Feel free to share!
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Disclaimer: I have purchased all these items, most of them more than once, at various drugstores.