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I ♥ Duane Reade

March 12, 2013

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The drug store is one of my favorite places on earth. Whether I’m going in to refill a prescription or buying a new batch of toilet paper, I inevitably walk out with a plastic bag full of extra unnecessary goodies. And it’s never a “quick trip”.  I can spend hours in Duane Reade, meandering through every aisle from lotions to bandaids, excited at the prospect of filling my medicine, beauty, and cleaning cabinets with more more more! 

There’s something thrilling about testing new products, especially when they’re sold at moderate prices. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased the same toothbrush twice in a row (I like to change up the bristles and colors!), and discovering new cleaning products gets me as excited as the house wife I have yet to become.

Since I discuss a lot of my pricier beauty products on here, I thought I’d share with you some of my latest discoveries and staples that can be purchased at your closest Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, CVS, and if you’re lucky, grocery store.

DrugStore_Lips

From left to right: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch, Cherry Me, & Grape Vine; Revlon lipstick in Sultry Sable, Wink For Pink, & Kiss Me Coral

I buy a significant amount of my lipstick from Duane Reade. My favorite brand is Revlon as I find it lasts the longest, has the largest variety of colors, and offers a number of different finishes from matte to shiny. I’ve also recently become obsessed with Maybelline “Baby Lips”. I have them in every color and find that they’re perfect for when I want something a bit more subtle. They also smell and taste good…

DrugStore_Eyes

From left to right: L’Oreal Power Volume Mascara, Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner, Covergirl eyeshadow, Revlon eyeshadow

Even though DiorShow Mascara is my #1 go-to, I like to switch up brands every once in awhile. L’Oreal’s Power Volume Collagen mascara coats the lashes evenly while still giving a touch of clump for that extra full look. I’m still mastering the art of the cat eye, but have found the angular brush and dense color in Revlon’s Color Stay eyeliner to yield the best results. Now it’s all about steadying my hands. And while I’m not big on eyeshadow, I love the color variety in these CoverGirl and Revlon palettes. 

DrugStore_Skin

From left to right: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, Garnier Moisturizing Gel, Aquaphor

The lotion aisle may be my biggest time waster, which is kind of silly since I really don’t moisturize my body enough. I’ve tried a number of different brands but Cetaphil remains the winner for least greasy application. I go through face lotion by the month and sometimes it’s just not worth spending a fortune on. So I alternate each month using either Dr. Jart’s Water Sure Gel from Sephora or Garnier’s Moisturizing Gel (they’re both ridiculously refreshing). I cannot praise Aquaphor enough. From nurturing my chapped lips to hydrating dry skin on the go, these tubes can be found in every single one of my handbags.

DrugStore_Remover

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks

Since I wear mascara and eyeliner on a daily basis, finding a good eye makeup remover is crucial for the cleanliness of my white pillow cases. I use Dove Cold Cream for the initial removal and then follow up with Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. I like to keep Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks with me for days when my liner or mascara get a little too smudgy.

DrugStore_Hygeine

Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorizer, Simple Soothing Facial Toner, Burt’s Bees Sugar Scrub

I used to use Dove’s deodorant religiously. But then my friend introduced me to a natural deodorizer that works as well as an antiperspirant and smells divine. Arm & Hammer’s Natural Deodorizer feels like butter when I put it on and lasts me throughout the day unlike many of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried. After washing my face at night, I like to use a light toner to wipe off any extra dirt or makeup. Simple’s Soothing Facial Toner is alcohol free and leaves my skin looking as refreshed as it could look at the end of the day. And lastly, I’m all for weekly exfoliation. Since I go through these pretty quickly, I try not to spend too much money on them. Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub is moderately priced, smells like candy, and does a heavy duty job on scrubbing away any excess skin.

Do you have any drug store favorites? If you do tell me so I can go waste some more time in my favorite store.

Staycation Tropics

November 1, 2012
tags: banana republic, bdg, , cheap monday, coach, curl confession, , lower east side, , painted, palm trees, paul mitchell, , , , , , spray paint, staycation, ,
by Sonia

Growing up in California I never had a snow day and I most certainly never had an entire week of nothing to do because of a hurricane. This week has been weird: while I’m working from home, it still feels like a strange staycation that I wasn’t prepared for and I thus feel like a total blob.

So for today’s post I thought I’d share photos from an old photo shoot I did in front of a tropical garage door (yea, that exists). For the occasion, I wore my hair in its fullest beachy wave (aka au naturel with a bit more curl defining cream than usual), because sea water hair goes hand-in-hand with palm trees. But there’s another reason I chose such a colorful background for today’s post.

Paul Mitchell is doing this awesome thing where he’s projecting giant photos of people’s  CurlConfession in hotspot locations in NYC and LA on November 15th at 6pm EST. You can upload your own #CurlConfession to Paul Mitchell’s facebook, twitter, or instagram using the hashtag and you can be projected right up there with me! And if that isn’t enough of an incentive to share your pic, Paul Mitchell is also giving away a full sized Curls product line every week to their favorite curl confessions! So go get curly with it! Burn yourself on the curling iron! Actually don’t do that unless you’re looking for an excuse to cover up a hickey.

Cheap Monday sweater | Banana Republic shirt | BDG jeans | Zara boots | Coach bag c/o | Ray Ban sunnies

// photos by Emily Malan

On the Go

October 9, 2012
tags: , , , duo concealer highlighter, , flipstick, hand cream, l'occitane, Lindsay Ellingson, lip therapy, , makeup eraser stick, oil free, on the go, , q tip, rescue remedy, , , , touch ups, , yu-be
by Sonia

I’m often asked about my “on the go” beauty products. Truth be told, I’ve never been one of those girls who carries around a drugstore supply of products in her purse for those “touch up” moments.

In the last few years however, I’ve begun to accumulate a few things that I now deem as crucial to carry with me as my wallet.

For starters, I have what I like to call “goopy eyes,” which essentially means that no matter what I do, my mascara and eyeliner runs. This drives makeup artists nuts as they’re constantly doing touchups on my eyes throughout photo shoots. Since I don’t have a makeup artist following me around on a daily basis, I carry Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks, that are essentially Q-tips with makeup remover inside them. A few swipes and the under eye smudge is gone!

I always like to have some lotion with me in case my skin gets dry and I’m smitten with L’Occitane’s Hand Cream. It comes in a cute pocket sized tube and smells like an angel fart: floral, fresh…heavenly.

 My lips are constantly getting chapped and I’m also constantly changing chapsticks. Mainly because I lose them, but also because I’m still on the quest to find that thirst quenching lip balm that leaves my lips feeling like smooth supple pillows after one application. I’m currently using Yu-Be Lip Therapy, which isn’t the end all be all of lip balms, but it certainly gets the job done. Kiss kiss.

For the times that my under eye circles act like trick birthday candles and keep coming back no matter how hard I try to get rid of them, I carry e.l.f.’s Duo Concealer/Highlighter which is also great when I want to add a little shimmer to my cheekbones or eyes.

You are all very aware of my love affair with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, so I won’t bore you again with my need for carrying this piece of equipment with me at all times…

My days have a tendency to get really busy and overwhelming in a matter of seconds and I’m not the kind of person who’s good at making herself stand up and go for a walk when things get to be too much. Last year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Lindsay Ellingson told me that her secret to keeping calm backstage before walking down the catwalk in her undies is this little potion called Rescue Remedy by Bach. A few little droplets under the tongue and I’m immediately calmer.

I think every woman should carry a dramatic shade of lipstick with her at all times. You never know when you’re going to have that “I look like shit” moment and need to vamp it up asap. Right now I’m carrying an orangey red color by CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lipcolor that can be subtle if applied lightly or bold and sensual when applied with a few coats.

 I pretty much collect samples of mascara for the sole purpose of having miniature ones to carry around with me. Like lipstick, it adds a little bit of oomph for those times when last night’s one-too-many martinis lingers well into the next evening.

Lastly, I keep extra large bobby pins with me for when I want to throw my hair up in a messy bun. I find that they work better than a hair elastic and don’t leave that awkward “I’ve had my hair up” crimp.

Tampons not included in this post.

Argan Oil

August 15, 2012
tags: argan oil, , beauty products, , breakouts, clear skin, josie maran, , , pimples, , , , serum, , summer, what is argan oil
by Sonia

I received this Josie Maran Argan Oil ages ago. My initial thought? WTF is argan oil? Always curious to try new beauty products I searched the box in hopes of some directions on how to use this strange serum, but all I got was an obnoxious “use it everywhere! split ends, cuticles, dry skin, everywhere!” or something along those lines.

I stored it in the back of my medicine cabinet with the premonition that I would at some point use this thing. Fast forward four months to today and it’s now in my daily beauty rotation. I’ve been battling some unfortunate breakouts this summer (gotta love NYC’s heat, dirt, humidity, and inevitable sweat) and have been trying all sorts of different products to make them disappear. Turns out, this argan oil may just be my ticket to clear summer skin.

Just before I go to bed I dabble a droplet of the oil onto my outbreaks and come morning, I’m telling you (!), they’ve cleared up. I may still have a bit of redness from the skin irritation, but all that icky stuff is g-g-g-gone.

Sometimes you just have to take your chances with a beauty product.