In a perfect world, my entire beauty cabinet would be filled with products from Fresh & Kiehls. (Fabulous products AND I love their austere, white packaging…) As a perfectionist, I can’t stand clutter and I want everything to look “pretty” at all times.
However, my bathroom is a disaster – basically an explosion of beauty products. I am constantly trying new products, so there is stuff everywhere. On top of that, I’ve found a few drugstore items that I constantly repurchase because amazingly, these products work better than the fancier ones.
These are the products I use every day, but keep in the medicine cabinet because they’re just not as “pretty” as my fancier products.
Below… my “ugly” products that go the distance (often even better than the expensive stuff) and really work.
1. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E $5.49 I love the entire Palmer’s Cocoa Butter line but this is my favorite of all. It gets skin sooooo soft. (As an added bonus, it smells delicious and chocolatey…) It works better than most of the expensive brands I’ve tried and is one of the best treatments I’ve found for dry, winter skin.
2. Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil $7.19 Another winter-skin must have. Shower gels + hot showers in the winter = dry skin. This helps. I pour a generous amount on my Japanese washcloth to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize all at once.
3. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream $24.99 At $24.99, it’s not exactly a bargain, but it is a great face cream. Super-hydrating… (and I like to think it sculpts my cheekbones just a little bit.)
4 & 5. Sunsilk Captivating Curls Cream $5.99 and Finesse Self Adjusting Mousse, Curl Defining $3.99 are my go-to haircare dream team. I’ve tried all the expensive stuff, and as much as I love Fekkai and Kerastase, these guys are good for the every day stuff. I have thick, wavy hair (with a tendency to frizz) and I don’t have the patience or time to blow it out every day. Applying a dollop of the cream and then a handful of the mousse gets rid of the frizz while still keeping it touchably soft.