Saturday, April 7, 2007

Spring Break Bargain Beauty Binge 2007

Its Spring Break! For all of you who celebrated Easter this past weekend, I hope it was wonderful!

Scenario: You arrive at your fabulous spring break destination. You flop on the fluffy bed in your hotel room, happy to be out of the energy-zapping airport or an over-stuffed car filled with noisy people. You brought all of the necessities, sunglasses, bathing suit, beach towel, flip-flops, yet you still feel like you're missing something. Then you realize you forget your toiletries! This situation has happened to me too often, which is why I have come to love the ubiquitous convenience of The Drugstore. Down the aisles lie buried treasures, pieces of mass-marketed gold. The trick is knowing how to find them. In the case of emergency, I have outlined a brief guide on some of the niftiest new products that work in a pinch, whether you are stranded on a desert island or not...

Skin: This Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Rejuvenating Serum smooths, softens, and brightens the skin, making it a great addition to any skincare regime. This saves and rejuvenates skin that feels parched and weather-weary.

Shave: Smooth legs are a vacation must, and I have found the perfect shaving combination with Venus disposable razors and Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave gel. The disposable razors provide a close shave, and the gel softens skin and prevents nasty irritation.

Glow: Even if you love the sun, no one likes the damage. That is why getting a tan from a tube is the best way to go. The classic Jergens Natural Glow standby is now even better in a firming moisturizer for your body and a spf-infused moisturizer for your face. Could it get any better than that?

Protect: Now that you've got your glow, protection is key. This Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock sprays like a hairspray thanks to the aerosol spray can, yet feels light and effervescent, like a refreshing spring mist. I can honestly say I loved the feel of this on my skin. A weird, yet great, added bonus is that the smooth feel seemed to slow down hair growth, making your shave last longer!

Extras: Those pesky pimples seem to pop up whenever you don't want them, even during that blissful spring break weekend. That is why a powerful spot-treatment is a must. The medicine in this Neutrogena Skin Clearing OIl-Free Concealer dries up those suckers while the green hue cancels out the unsightly red. In a few days you can say "Adios" to those unwelcomed little friends.

For a beautiful, freshly-pinched glow without the pinching, this Revlon Pinch Gel adds a long-lasting flush to give your look a sweet, innocent vibe. Blush is a great way to add color when makeup can get a little too bronze-y and predictable, plus you will want to smile more to highlight those fresh and girly cheekbones.

A bronze eye is the icing on the cake with a tawny tan. This finely-milled Revlon Diamond Lust Eyeshadow in Bedroom Bronze rivals department-store brands in its brilliance and shimmer. Dusted on the lid, into and a bit above the crease, and smudged a bit in the base of the lower lash line creates the perfect smudgy, smoldering, yet glowing eye.

Raccoon eyes are not hot, and they don't have to be inevitable with a waterproof mascara. This classic Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in its waterproof form offers pushed-into-the-pool protection. And if you accidentally smudge mascara onto your eye while applying, this handy new Revlon Makeup Eraser Pen offers an easy clean up with out screwing up the rest of your makeup. Its like a magic marker for your face!

On a vacation, lips need to look gorgeous, yet the application needs to be effortless. Neutrogena MoistureSheers is a lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm hybrid. This is a great product for all of those who can't stand it when they can't multitask (which I tend to fall victim to as well.)

Finally, unless your lucky and find the time (and the extra money) to indulge in a luxurious spa manicure, your nails can feel a little neglected. This Revlon Instant Nail Gloss is shiny, quick, and dries faster than you can find something to scratch it. I even have been known to whip this addictive brush out during boring classes and discreetly apply it. The perfect low-maintenance product for a high maintenance look.

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