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    My (Drugstore) Skincare Routine

    I envy minimalists. You know who I’m talking about. They’re the people who live in a micro homes, bike to work and claim their glowing complexions resulted from excessive amounts of green tea and bars of charcoal soap. They make it look so easy, don’t they?

    But the truth is, this fantasy life where I’d fit all of my belongings into a garbage bag…yeah, it’s not going to happen. I’m a product nerd. My bathroom doubles as my own personal drugstore, with half-used products overflowing the drawers. So, as you can imagine, I’ve tried everything under the sun. This is largely due to the fact that I’ll believe anything a product claims to do (a marketer’s dream).

    But guys, I finally have a skincare routine (sounds so fancy, right?)! It definitely wasn’t easy, and it took some time and serious commitment to find products I love that actually work. These products were right in front of my face all these years (i.e. the drugstore aisle). But you know what they say, something good comes along when you least expect it. These gems have convinced a product commitment phobe like me to settle down:

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    Step 1: Splash my face with cold water (it’s brutal, but helps me wake up).

    Step 2: Apply Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner to a cotton ball and apply to my face. It’s super refreshing and doesn’t dry my skin like other toners.

    Step 2: Apply Cetaphil’s Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30. LOVE this stuff. It blends easily, and SPF is key, people.


    Step 1: Neutrogena’s makeup removing wipes are my go-to.

    Step 2: Wash face with CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser. This stuff has more of a lotion consistency, but it doesn’t irritate my skin.

    Step 3: Just like in the morning, at night I apply Thayer’s Cucumber Witch Hazel Toner to a cotton ball and apply to my face.

    Step 4: I layer on the Cetaphil’s moisturizing cream. It’s the bomb.

    Step 5: Aquaphor lip balm. Always.

    I’d love to know (because I’m always on the hunt), what are some of your favorite drug store products? 


    Mother’s Day

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    8. Her favorite flowers


    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and although my Mom is notoriously difficult to buy for, the internet makes gathering ideas so much easier. While I usually go the homemade route, I can’t help but make a list of all the pretty things I know she’ll love.


    And of course, any gift pairs fabulously with warm chocolate chip cookies and homemade body scrub.
    (*note: Mom, if you’re reading this, don’t worry. I am not gifting you anything on this list. Surprises are my thing.)

    winter skin


    Oh, winter. Don’t even get me started on you. While I longed for spring in my last post, it’s time to face the disheartening reality that with 10 inches of snow on its way, winter is still here.

    With that in mind, let’s talk about products. I’ll be the first to admit that I totally judge a book by its cover, and a lotion by its pretty packaging. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years (through countless purchases that left me with disappointing results), it’s this: just because a bottle has bows, flowers and/or rainbows on it, does not mean it’s going to work. I just wind up with a bad case of buyer’s remorse and stubborn, dry skin that couldn’t care less about the vanilla cupcake-scented lotion I’ve lathered on it.

    When plagued with dry skin, some of the best remedies I’ve found are housed on drugstore shelves. Full wallet + moisturized skin = happy me. Here are the products I’m using now to endure the rest of winter (for less than $10 each):

    POND’S Dry Skin Cream: I feel like my face is always so dry. I stumbled upon this at Bed Bath & Beyond, and now I’m hooked. Even though it has a thick consistency, it’s hypoallergenic so it won’t clog my pores. I layer it on before bed and wake up with glowing, moisturized skin.

    O’Keeffe’s Working Hands: Cold air leaves my hands uncomfortably dry and cracked. This product is a lifesaver. It was formulated for people who work with their hands on a daily basis, so it’s non-greasy and contains a high concentration of glycerin to help the skin draw in and retain moisture. I keep a jar of this stuff on my desk and apply it throughout the day.

    O’Keeffe’s for Healthy Feet: Like Working Hands, this product is perfect for keeping my feet “sandal ready” in the dead of winter. I usually apply it at night and throw on a pair of socks. A lazy girl’s pedicure.

    EOS lip balm: Okay, so this product is adorable. I walked into its trap while in line at Target. But not only does this little baby have the looks, it also works and smells great, too. I love a triple threat.

    Carmex Original Lip Balm: This was the product I forgot I had. I found it stashed in my bathroom drawer. Little lip balm, I’m sorry I neglected you because you seriously rock. I apply this every morning before my lipstick. It gives my lips a bit of sheen and keeps them from drying out.

    Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion: This is my favorite body lotion of all time. It claims to provide moisture for more than 24 hours, and it really does. When my skin is at its worst, I know I can count on this product to work like a charm.

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