Everyday Beauty Product Heroes

Saviors for life’s daily beauty horrors, minus the ghosts

In honor of Halloween, here are 5 everyday beauty nightmares and the products I use to combat them.  All under $10, I always go back to these because they work.  No holy water required!


Beauty Nightmare #1- Dry, itchy skin!

Weapon- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter ($5.29 for 13.5oz)

An oldie but a goodie, I’ve been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter since I was in grade school.  This was in my bathroom growing up, so when I got old enough to start buying my own body lotion I stuck to this one.  Even as a child, I loved the cocoa smell.  It’s always such a treat to put it on and  the scent lingers on the skin throughout the day.  What I love most though is that is absorbs quickly without feeling greasy.  It also never stings chapped hands during the winter.  No other brand compares, and I’ve tried a lot of cocoa butter formulas over the years to see if I could find a rival.  When I stray for too long, I find my skin looks a bit dull so I make sure to keep stocked up throughout the year.  Glowing, cocoa smelling skin for $5, what more could you ask for?

Beauty Nightmare #2- Greasy 2nd day hair!

Weapon- Dove Dry Shampoo ($4.99)

I am a dry shampoo addict.  Seriously, I use this stuff at least 5 days a week to keep my hair looking fresh and bouncy. I was testing out pricier dry shampoos before I saw this randomly and decided to give it a try.  I was blown away at how well it competes with the more expensive options out there.  It smells great, adds nice volume and can be applied a few days in a row without product buildup.  Although it goes on white, it fades quickly with a little massaging, more than I can say for many brands.  In full disclosure, I think the Klorane Dry Shampoo is the best out there but it’s also $20 a bottle.  That’s why I stock up on this Dove Dry Shampoo two bottles at a time now!


Beauty Nightmare #3- Breakouts!

Weapon- Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment ($5.19)

When it comes to spot treating a few pimples on your face from time to time, you don’t need to go farther than the drugstore.  Both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are proven to disinfect and help inflammation.  Currently I’m using Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide.  It can be applied up to 3x per day, but I stick to just using it before bed  to avoid drying out my skin.   I apply at first sign of a pimple and it helps clear it up within a few days.  It dries out whiteheads usually overnight.  Controlling acne requires a customized skincare regimen based on individual needs and skin type.  In conjunction with the rest of my skincare products, this does the job for me.


Beauty Nightmare #4- Dry, chapped lips!

Weapon- EOS Lip Balm ($2.62 each, on sale now at Ulta!)

First, can we talk about how cute these are?  Fruity lip balm in colorful egg shaped cases!  Sorry, the novelty still hasn’t warn off on me because they work so well.  They moisturize with shea butter, vitamin E and jojoba oil and are 100% natural.  The original smooth sphere lip balms are 95% organic and paraben free.  I own a few of these and keep them scattered around my apartment and work desks so I always have one within reach.  They are great for simply moisturizing lips but also layer well under lipstick.  I apply this first during my beauty routine so by the time I apply lipstick, it’s already well absorbed.  They’re available in fun, fruity flavors including Lemon Drop with SPF 15.


Beauty Nightmare #5- Itchy, irritated eyes!

Weapon- Shiseido Facial Cotton ($9.50 for 165 sheets)

So plush, these are a savior for sensitive eyes.  Yes, they are pricier than your average drugstore cotton pads but  are well worth it.  I bought these for the first time reluctantly.  They were recommended by a Sephora associate as a way to combat dark circles.  As soon as I pulled one out of the packaging, I understood what he meant.  These are luxuriously soft and don’t have scratchy patterns or fibers that will irritate the skin.  A treat to use over the whole face, I tend to use these only around my eyes because of the price.  With regular cotton pads, I always get annoying little fibers into my eyes as the cotton pad falls apart during use.  The Shiseido cotton keeps its shape without being abrasive, so these are the only ones I use on my eyes now.  Bye bye irritated eyes!