Posts Tagged ‘Neutrogena’

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Drugstore Cowgirl: Help! I Left for Vacation Without My Makeup Bag!!!

We’ve all been there before… Okay, in all honesty I haven’t been there since the 10th grade, but let’s face it, I’m not the norm.  My good friend Rachel frantically wrote me from vacation saying she in fact had forgotten her makeup bag at home and she needed a drugstore shopping list from me pronto. Rachel had the right idea in replacing her makeup with drugstore finds. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on dupes of department store and Sephora makeup.  And depending on where you’re on vacation, such luxuries may not even be an option.  So don’t panic! I’m going to get you through your vacation:

Foundation: Do you really need foundation on vacation?? Really?  I personally say skip it but if you insist, try L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($10.95) which contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers. It also has skin-loving ingredients like Vitamins A and C, wheatgerm and grape fruit extract. And most importantly, it comes in 33 different shades so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a match.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Celebrity Beauty Blind Item: Who Displayed a Blackheads Bonanza on the Red Carpet?

I love guessing blind items in the gossip rags, but why should the tabloids have all the fun?  If you see a celebrity commit a major beauty faux pas make sure you email me at janna@mybeautybinge.com so we can run it as a blind item and help the offending celeb fix the issue!

Which gorgeous starlet, famous for her unique multi-cultural looks, who got her big break on a popular late night “news” show and now is gracing every red carpet because of her role on Aaron Sorkin’s “news” show, showed up in red carpet close ups with a face covered in glaring blackheads??  When I say blackheads, I’m not talking about a sprinkle over the nose… Let’s put it this way, they were so big and black, completely blanketing her forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, at first I thought they were freckles!  Our starlet does in fact have some freckles but they’re tough to find in the oil fields. She also had an unhealthy dose of greasy shine to keep the blackheads company. GROSS!

So what should have our pretty starlet done prior to hitting the red carpet??
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl Part 2: Best Drugstore Makeup & Cosmetics Buys

Welcome to Week 2 of my thriftathon where I share which beauty products you should be pilfering from the bonanza awaiting you at your local drugstore.  This week I’m focusing on the makeup aisle.  Come on, does’t it bring back memories of that first time you and your girlfriends shopped in the makeup aisle by yourselves?  I was in 6th grade and I was with my very sophisticated friends Meredith and Kim, who were both rocking Madonna floppy lace bows and electric blue eyeliner.  I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup yet but come on, like I was going to obey that rule.  Incidentally the first item Meredith and Kim introduced me to, Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil, appears as #2 on my list since it is still a staple in my makeup bag.

1.  Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49):  I am not going to beat an empty Sephora bag here…  I’ve written about these hydrating, long-lasting gems, dramatically sang their praise in a video, and basically spread the gospel to any woman who would listen that these lipsticks are the cats pajamas.  I have them in every color and wear several combinations a day. Enough said.

2. Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99)  Nothing takes you from boring day makeup to sexy going-out makeup faster than a couple swipes of eyeliner, which is why these pigmented pencils have graced the bottom of every handbag I’ve carried since the days of teasing my bangs and wearing thick bubblegum-hued lip gloss.  The pencil creates a thin opaque line that can be both smudged and applied on the inner rim. And let’s face it, $.99 for 7 inches (same length as a standard #2 pencil) of good eye pencil ain’t too shabby!
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Drugstore Cowgirl: Beauty Binge’s Top 5 Drugstore Skincare Buys

I admitted in my very first Drugstore Cowgirl  post last year that I shamefully neglected drugstore beauty products since high school. Once I overcame my ignorance and embraced the treasure trove of amazing products found amongst the plastic and metal aisles, I quickly discovered favorites and integrated them into my daily routines.  This post is the first in a series highlighting my short list of the best drugstore beauty products.   Enjoy, my beauties!

1. Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets ($5) These bad boys are stashed in every handbag I own, taking the crown as my most essential summer beauty product.  I don’t care how pretty the packaging is on your rice paper blotting sheets.   I hate the way rice paper crinkles and feels, whereas the Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets are a soft film that visibly soak up shine without smudging makeup or leaving a powdery residue.

2. L’Oreal Sublime Sun Face Lotion SPF 50+ ($15) Fashionistas and beauty editors always stocked up on this super-thin power protector when traveling in Europe for its long-lasting, ultra-water resistant formula.  Now available in the States, this oil-free sunscreen lotion is suitable for sensitive skin.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Hair Care: How to Protect and Style Your Tresses During the Long, Hot Summer!

 

Ahhh… The summer means long days at the beach or lazing out on the deck. Sure, you remembered to put SPF on your face and body, but what about your hair? Think about how much you spend on your hair. If you’re like me you’re investing in regular cuts, colors, deep conditioning treatments, occasional blowouts (weather permitting, of course) and a cabinet full of products. (Okay, so I’m not the norm.) Even if you don’t take your hair care to an alarming level like me, you’re investing something whether it’s money, time, energy or all of the above.  So why not protect your investment??
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Product Review: Coola Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Cucumber

It’s hard for me to get excited about SPF. As long as the SPF does it’s job without making my skin shiny or angry I’m fine with it (I won’t mention any names here but there’s an extremely popular European SPF that gave my skin armies of red bumps).  Since NEUTROGENA ULTRA SHEER SUNBLOCK SPF 30 ($12.99) costs about $10 I’ve never been tempted to try the more expensive brands.  Until… (you knew there was an “until” coming) I tried Coola!  It’s a mineral-based,  chemical-free SPF cream with a unique  waterless texture.  (By the way, according to Coola, because of the cream’s waterless consistency, bacteria cannot form.  Added bonus!)

I discovered Coola after a delicious facial at The Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa Barbara.  My esthetician Shellie asked me if she could apply SPF. You would think “yes” would be the automatic answer, but in fact I’ve had some bad reactions by applying SPF over rich post-facial serums and creams.  Shellie watched me hesitate, “Don’t worry.  It’s really gentle and light, and feels great on.”  I had too much daylight left in the day to turn her down.  As Shellie applied the cream, it felt as though it was evaporating after a few seconds.  Very cool. Read the rest of this entry »

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