Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Best of Drugstore

I have a track record of sending my husband to the store for what could be perceived as embarrassing female products. I can't tell you how many times Eric has scanned the aisles for pregnancy tests, feminine hygiene products, makeup...he's a real trooper most of the time. But even I had him stumped and blushing one night a couple of weeks ago. :)

It was when I sent him to the store to get this:

That would be Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel.

It's obvious use is to provide relief from chafing and irritation in "intimate delicate areas like the inner thigh, bikini area, and under arms..." Only I had no intention of putting this anywhere near my girly bits. This stuff was for my face. Eric did not know that. 

You see, it seems as though this little miracle cream makes a wonderful makeup primer...youtubers go gaga for this stuff. And it's no wonder...the first two major ingredients in this chafing gel just happen to be the first two basic ingredients in both MAC's and Smashbox's foundation primers. In other words - it's practically the same stuff. Only you get twice as much for $7 compared to the $40 you would shell out for the designer label. 

My poor husband. I tried to let him know where this item would be located in the store to save him any embarrassment. I was fully aware of just where he would have to look in order to pick up said product. But he did not see my text message and instead proceeded to ask a store clerk where he could find it. And then he spent five minutes standing in the feminine hygiene aisle with a stranger staring at other mortifying labels and looking for something that probably insinuated that this guy's wife or girlfriend had a really bad rash somewhere. Baha.

Eric left the store without my chafing gel, claiming that he and the clerk decided it did not exist there. I went in the next day and found it in about three seconds. :)

So yeah, I've been using it for a while now, and I have to say...it has been working out quite well for me. I highly recommend it if you want a smoother foundation application. Go ahead and get yourself some Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel...and then hey, if you ever do have chafing issues, you're all set! :) Just don't send your husband to get for you....

Another product I've been loving lately is this concealer:

Hard Candy Glamoflauge

But I have to warn you...this is some serious junk.

I have never ever ever found a concealer that actually concealed anything on my face until I started using this. It has been compared to Kat Von D's tattoo concealer, if that tells you anything. It is definitely not meant for someone who is just looking for a bit of light coverage, but for someone like me who might have some post acne scarring or something like that to hide. 

It's a thick concealer, but it blends very easily...especially when paired with that chafing gel up there. :) I absolutely adore it, and have had no problems with breakouts or anything. I envy my friends who have flawless faces all their own, but for anyone who needs a little help - this might just be your new best friend.

And finally, my favorite favorite new drugstore beauty product is....

SOHO's Beauty Sponge

I have used everything to apply foundation in the past. Brushes of all kinds, my fingers, those little triangle wedge things...you name it, I've tried it. I'm never using anything again after finding this little gem. It's a football shaped sponge that you wet and squeeze out before you use it. It puffs up in size, and oh my goodness...it gives the best, most even coverage of anything I've ever used.

My makeup glides on with this thing, and I use far less product when I blend with the Beauty Sponge. The tips at the ends help to get into harder places like under the eyes and on the sides of your nose. I honestly can't say enough good things about it. Because it's wet, it doesn't soak up your foundation, but because it's a sponge, it perfectly contours to your face. It's so NOT one of those little triangle wedges. 

You can get a similar product called the Beauty Blender for $20-$25, but I wouldn't. I got this at Walgreens for about $7-$8. It's worth the money!

Do you have any drugstore products that you can't live without? I always love to find new things! I'm especially on the lookout for a great new blush if you have any recommendations. I'll leave you with a couple more of my recent favorites. If you're needing something new, give these a try:

Loving my Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation. Works great with the beauty sponge. (It's NOT a mousse...it's whipped foundation. Kind of hard to explain!)

Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipgloss is uh-maz-ing.

I've yet to find a color that I don't like. My current favorite shade is #140 Foiled. Gorgeous!

You'll love it even if you're a high-end lipgloss snob - promise.



Eric, you keep asking me what I want for my birthday. 

Here ya go, buddy!

It's just up the street from us!
Wouldn't it be pretty with a big red bow around it? :)

And if you can't pull that one off, I guess I could settle for something like this:

The Sensationail Gel Nail Starter Kit :)
Another drugstore drooler. 
Pretty please?


Stephanie Scutari said...

does the chafing gel and heavy duty concealer sit thick and heavy on your face? or is it like you can't tell it's there once you've finished putting it on?

Cassie said...

Love that house!! Fingers crossed for you.

Also completely off subject but we blew a tire on the stroller. Can you hook me up with what you guys did when yours blew. Email me at jcwalter919@gmail.com.

Thank you!!

Adrien said...

Surprisingly, it doesn't feel very thick once it's on...even in our hot summer heat. I HATE when something feels cakey. The chafing gel is especially light...you just use a little bit, but it makes your whole face feel like a baby butt. Haha.

Adrien said...

Cassie, I'll ask Eric and get back to you!

Adrien said...

I should also probably add that some people have said the chafing gel actually helps their breakouts, because it doesn't clog pores and it acts as a barrier between your face and your foundation.

Sarah said...

House is adorable, and uh hello ERIC you are having another baby on the way ;)

The Independent Spinster said...

I vote yes on the house!!

Thanks for all those makeup tips! I want to try each and every one of them!!


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