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Stellar Drugstore Beauty Brands - Like Ponds Clarant B

Updated on May 3, 2012


Everyone has the brands that they're loyal to right? I know I do! And, I can sometimes be a bit of a brand snob but, I've discovered that my local drugstore is not just where I fill my prescriptions anymore. It can be a treasure trove of beauty items that not only work just as well as my expensive beauty brands but, will save me tons of money too. Besides, it's a lot easier to try a product when it costs less than $10 than if it's a $30 lipstick that I had to have even though it's completely the wrong shade for me!

Sugar Lip Treatment
Sugar Lip Treatment | Source
Burt's Bee's Lip Balm
Burt's Bee's Lip Balm | Source

Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted Lip Balm is one of those items that I don't leave home without. I need color on my lips so that I look polished and put together but, not so much color that I could be a street-walker. Also, the SPF helps keep my lips safe from the horrible, horrible UV rays and the moisturizers keep them from cracking.

Before: Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50

Sugar Lip Treatment has a nice color and good level SPF. It's also super moisturizing and offers a "buildable" color so that the tint fits every skin tone.

Now: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm $7.00

Burt's Bee's works just as well and is less than 1/3 of the price! It's 100% natural and is super moisturizing. Plus the Hibiscus color is great for my fair skin-tone (there are 5 other colors to choose from).

Sephora by OPI
Sephora by OPI | Source
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme

Nail Polish

Nail Polish is, unfortunately, a necessary evil. Especially since if I don't polish my nails every few days I feel like my nails look completely naked. Besides, polished nails are completely on trend right now. It's a small thing I can do to give myself a complete "look".

Before: Sephora by OPI $9.50

I have to say that OPI definitely is the master of unique colors, especially the color collection they've created for Sephora. It goes on nicely, is chip-resistant and is made without any formaldehyde which your nails will thank you for.

Now: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color, Red Carpet $2.82

Sally Hansen nail polish is often compared to OPI for it’s color, wear and durability. However, at less than 1/3 of the price it definitely makes my wallet smile!

Philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliation Wash
Philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliation Wash
Clean & Clear's Morning Burst Scrub
Clean & Clear's Morning Burst Scrub | Source

Facial Scrub

I know not everyone uses Facial Scrub, but I personally swear by the stuff. Especially in the morning. It just makes my skin look and feel polished (because it essentially is!).

Before: Philosophy's The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash $25

It's a super mild, exfoliating facial cleanser that's perfect for everyday use. The smell is a little funky but, it get's the job done and doesn't seem to make my super sensitive skin break out.

Now: Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub $6.99

Formulated with Vitamin C & Ginsing it has a great smell, and nice beads that don’t scratch your skin. Perfect for an everyday scrub.

Sephora Makeup Remover
Sephora Makeup Remover
CVS Makeup Remover
CVS Makeup Remover | Source

Makeup Remover

OK, so if you're not using makeup remover you might be living in the stone ages. Even the housewives from the 1950's used cold cream. Today we have wonderful little inventions called "Towlettes". Yes, I know, they're not super environmentally friendly as you'll use at least one a day but, man are they effective!

Before:Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes for 25 wipes $9

Cleans your whole face with one wipe. These smell nice and won't make your skin break out (even if it's sensitive!). Plus these take off EVERYTHING, including waterproof mascara.

Now: CVS Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettesfor 60 Towlettes $7.99

The formula is nice and soothing and the smell is decent. It also doesn't leave my face feeling tacky from lack of moisture. They take a little scrubbing on waterproof mascara but will eventually take it off without damaging your eyelashes.

Clinique Dark Spot Remover
Clinique Dark Spot Remover | Source
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer | Source
Pond's Clarant B3 Moisturizer
Pond's Clarant B3 Moisturizer | Source


Moisturizer is an essential part of my day. It hydrates and protects my skin. Moisturizer is one of things that every dermatologist will tell you that you're crazy if you're not using something as an SPF and skin hydration system. However, beyond that there's also the anti-aging side of skin care.

Before: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion $24.50 and Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector $49.50

I was using two Clinique products to get done what now one product gets done. I was using the moisturizer and the dark spot remover. Now, both of these products work great but, I like the idea of a double-duty product.

Now: Pond’s Moisturizer Pond'S Clarant B3 Anti-Dark Spots Normal to Oily Skin $8.99

Instead of two products I use one. Plus it's Pond's. It's been around FOREVER. Have you every seen a little, old lady that still has a peaches and cream complexion. Ask her what she uses. I guarantee it's either Pond's or Oil of Olay. There's a reason these brands have stuck around so long. They work. Now, one warning. The dark spot remover does not work as well as the Clinique version however, if you have some light sun spots this will do the trick. For darker spots get the Clinique or go full bore and see a dermatologist for spot removal.

So these were my basic drug store swaps. I'm sure there's tons more out there but these are the products that I find I'm unable to live without.

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