In the never-ending quest to find the perfect whatever-it-is, beauty solution or quick fix, or just a pick-me-up that doesn't let you down and you save a little money in the process, your local drugstore can be a mini Valhalla.
Recent eurekas to soothe, solve problems, and smooth out life's wrinkles (especially if they're on your face):
- Pantene Frizzy to Smooth is an inexpensive way to achieve sleeker looking hairstyle. Older hair (especially gray hair) can be prone to extra frizziness because it's drier. This formula calms hair down right out of the shower. ·
- Carmindy for Sally Hansen Natural Beauty blush in Bloom—a creamy neutral pale pink that adds a natural flush to almost any skin tone. A perfect purse addition for when you're feeling blue or looking pallid. Plus Carmindy is one of the experts quoted on The Best of Everything After 50.
- Olay Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash – the exfoliating version is great for the shower but I've taken to squirting the body wash into the tub when my skin feel like it's been shrink-wrapped onto my body for instant ease. If I don't fall asleep right away afterwards, I mange to smooth on the body lotion for even more ease and feel so much better in the morning.
- Almay Smart Shade anti-aging makeup – I had a 'whoops, I goofed' moment when the cream came out white; I'd forgotten it's a self-adjusting formula (they call it skin sensing). While it was a tad more yellow than I like, the slight addition of color is probably needed, and it does feel good and softens the fine-line look. And the SPF 20 is a definite plus. (About $12.50)
- L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base – I thought I'd discovered true alchemy when I put this primer on over my makeup and I looked perfect in the bathroom mirror! But, another mirror/another light? Remember Ashley Judd's makeup mishap I told you about —that happened here. So, it definitely belongs under makeup, but boy do pores disappear. A Reader response to Skin Miracle asked for a drugstore equivalent — this would be it. Although keep in mind this was about $14; add a base and a sunscreen to that (see above) & you're at about the same price, so I stand by my rec there too.
- Rimmel Lash Accelerator—promises 117% longer lashes in 30 days. Well, I'm not near the 30 days yet so I can't vouch for that (besides, I use different mascaras on different days) but I do like the long wand – it makes for easy application, and it didn't clump. I'll try to be consistent to see, especially since I'm out of Latisse, but at under $10, it's still a good deal..
I'd like to report on the feet products I bought, but more testing is involved. Meanwhile let me know about feet issues you have and I'll incorporate them int the ongoing investigation. Or beauty solutions you've found at the drugstore.
More practical beauty solutions for common gripes & concerns: