Drugstore Digging

Duane Reade is having a major cosmetics sale right now. Or, at least, the Duane Reade on 46th and 2nd is. Here’s the thing; drugstore cosmetics are always affordable, but when they slice ’em down to 50% off, it’s seriously time to roll up the sleeves of your winter coat and figure out which new shades of lipstick you need to try. In any case, the sale got me thinking about drugstore beauty. It’s a sad fact that the La Mer and Bulgari creams, the Kiehl’s masques and the Dior mascaras cannot be harbored in bulk anymore. They are specialty splurges I treat myself to once or *maybe* twice a year, and the majority of what I’m refilling the cabinets with is unfortunately quite cheap.

Think you can't be this on-trend with cheap makeup? Think again.

But is it really all that unfortunate? When you look around at all the beautiful women in this city, the mind starts to ponder. Sure, most of us have a really special lipgloss in our treasure chest, or swear by a certain serum that, at $100 (or more) a bottle, cannot be outdone. But for the most part, aren’t many of us existing almost exclusively on affordable products? In other words, I think I’ll be just fine… for now.

*All products below can be purchased at drugstore.com; all photos courtesy of drugstore.com.

Best Remedy for Chapped Lips:

Whether you prefer the classic beeswax or honey flavor, this 100% natural balm will heal your pout in days. And at $2.99, it's a total steal.

 Best At-Home Manicure:

This LED-activated OTC gel polish will last for weeks and every single one has a fun name like "Thank You Thank You" or "Paparazzied." Red Carpet Manicure polish, $9.99.

Best Name-Brand Hair Product Line:

Sally Hershberger is as famous as she is for a reason. Her product line is just as genius as she is. I like this wavy hair shampoo and conditioner; it keeps my waves fluffy and loose, without the frizz factor. $9.99.

Best Expensive-Looking Lip Product:

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick is rich, reflective, and long-lasting. I love the pinks and reds, of course! $7.49.

Hands-Down Best Mascara (Even when compared with Dior!):

I've always been faithful to Volum' Express--the Falsies version is like that, only better. $6.59.

Best Cheap-o Makeup Tool:

This eye shadow brush works like a charm, and is only $1.49! Unbelievable.

And, as for that sexy photo above… all it takes is this:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Covet, $18, beauty.com.

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber lashes kit, $12.76, drugstore.com.

Yes to Carrots C Me Shine lip gloss in Nude, $6.49, drugstore.com.

Essie nail polish in Trophy Wife, $8, essie.com.


Heaven on 14th Street

A friend and fellow writer, the lovely Jennifer Rice, sent me in for a very special birthday surprise last week. I arrived at the Face Place and was welcomed by an uber-relaxing, lovely white space filled with smiling people. There was absolutely no wait time–I had barely turned back the cover of Cosmo before my name was called and I was ushered back to begin.

What followed was the most luxurious, relaxing hour and a half of my life. Aesthetician Angela gave me a facial that took my combination, acne-afflicted skin from sad to glowing like a teenager’s. Erica worked my rough end-of-summer feet from please-hide-me status to fresh, smooth and lovely. Oh, and did I mention that while you rest (yes, I literally passed out during the extractions of my facial. That’s how gentle Angela is!), your pedicure and manicure are happening simultaneously.

Peridot, one of the amazing fall colors from Chanel. Chanel.com, $25

When I awoke, I found my tootsies done up in the latest Chanel greeny-gold, my finger nails a beautiful taupe by Butter, and my skin absolutely flawless, dewy, and not even red. If you treat yourself to one special thing this fall, loves, it should a facial-mani-pedi at the Face Place in the meatpacking. And tell them Jensy sent you!