*Please note the Bed, Bath & Beyond in Chinatown has the BEST drugstore department – ousting CVS any day. Belle and I often take a routine trip through this location before or after outings to Rasika, Poste, Proof, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Rosa Mexicana, ok we’re beauty junkies and foodies at heart. No apologies!
Save: L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner (Rosemary Juniper)
Verdict: Save. I love Bumble & Bumble and spend a fortune on their products as well as Kerastase and MoroccanOil. However, my love for J.LO and her newest endorsement has grown once again, as she is putting this hair care line on the map. The shampoo is hydrating without weighing hair down, and the conditioner is light enough for every day without being heavy or leaving unwanted residue (ew). This is a definite winner for me, and I am using these on a regular basis on my color-treated hair with no loss or fading in color and all the styling capability in the world. Amen.
Splurge: MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask
Save: Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
Verdict: Splurge. Though the Organix product smells delicious and does hydrate, the MoroccanOil mask (though heavier when applied) rinses cleaner and leaves hair softer and more manageable than the Organix.
Splurge: Frederic Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray
Save: David Babaii Light Hold Hairspray
Verdict: Save. I have NOT TOUCHED my Frederic Fekkai hairspray ($30 per can) since I picked this David Babaii up a few weeks ago. I love volume and hold so much, one would think I’m from Dallas. Ladies, I cannot tell you enough how obsessed I am with this hairspray. David Babaii is neither sticky, nor drying, neither heavy nor weak. It smells clean and a bit lemony, with the perfect amount of force while allowing me to brush through my waves or use on the roots post-blowout for finish before I step out the door. A must-have. Stock up now.
Nail Polish Trend: Pearlized Grey
Verdict: Save. I am willing to spend on trendy colors, but in this case, Sally really nailed it! For less than $10 and easily available at the drugstore, get this one before it sells out and no one will know the difference!
Splurge: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Save: Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment
Verdict: Save.While I don’t suffer from cystic acne by any means (Belle sheds a tear), I do get the occasional breakout or mean blemish, and keep a plethora of products to fight them. The Burt’s Bees allows for multiple applications per day, and never over-dried while being effective. Be aware of the pungent smell when first applying – however, this diminishes after a few minutes. I was also able to seamlessly apply makeup over this product – perfect for treatment, followed by concealer!
Splurge: Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter
Verdict: Save. While the Bliss Body Butter is thick and creamy, it takes a while to absorb and doesn’t seem to provide lasting moisture to my dry skin. The Nivea is my favorite all-together moisturizer, leaving skin soft, smelling clean, and best of all, it absorbs quickly. My hands-down pick, all for under $5.
Splurge: Trish McEvoy Classic Eye Pencil in “Black”
Save: L’Oreal Le Kohl Pencil Smooth Defining Eyeliner
Verdict: Save. I happen to have received both of these as free swag and use them interchangeably.