$10 or Less: Drugstore Beauty Steals

We love indulgent beauty splurges, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of discovering a hidden gem at the drugstore. Here are our picks for what is a must at the drugstore right now, all for $10 or less.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara ($8) is the latest in the Lash Blast family, and I’m obsessed. I’ve recommended this to no fewer than 7 people in the last few days and all are loving it as I am. The claims of up to 30 strokes is true (Product Girl-verified) and the brush is almost like a lash comb in that it is impossible to clump. Major lengthening here, and no smudging or flaking. It’s so new it’s not online yet, but you should be able to find these at your local Walgreen’s.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Nail Colour in Haute Couture Red ($5.99) is that perfect vampy oxblood shade that is all the rage this season. L’Oreal’s formula is pretty stellar – no streaking, goopiness and it wears amazing all week. I’m on Day 5 with this shade and no chips or obvious tip wear.

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash ($5) is a new addition to Dove’s endless offerings of body wash. I love the aroma of the Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals, and even though it isn’t a natural body wash (which I prefer these days), it’s non-irritating and leaves my skin feeling clean and moisturized. Dove, I just will never be able to quit you!

Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo ($7.99) smells amazing. It’s more of a “wet” dry shampoo, but doesn’t weigh down the hair and gives me the volume I seek from a no-wash ‘poo. Aveeno left out the sulfates and instead added seaweed extract.

Blistex Moisture Melt ($1.89) and Blistex Simple and Sensitive ($1.29) are the brand’s newest lip essentials. This is a brand I always associate with winter — my husband is addicted and like me, stashes a balm in every coat pocket. At under $2, you can afford to stash these all over the place at work and home. I love the Simple and Sensitive under lipsticks and the fact that it only has six ingredients.

And, bonus, team Blistex is giving three Product Girl readers the entire product line (yes, all of it!), which will obviously include a set of the new Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive products! Leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, November 13, and we’ll pick three winners at random.

A Sticky Subject: Deodorant

Deodorant, while not the most talked about topic here on Product Girl, happens to be one that we take seriously. For me, I’m trying to go natural. There’s been a lot of trial and error on these (underarm) parts. The best I’ve found is Lavanilla’s Healthy Deodorant. But it doesn’t totally keep you dry…and I need to be dry. Or I need to get over the need. The perils of a natural-seeking girl.  For now, I’ve accepted the anti-perspirant. But I’m quite selective. One that is worth talking about is Dove Clear Tone Deodorant. It’s what you’d call an invisible solid, so not actually clear in that sense, but it is designed to reduce red and dark marks under the arm and even skin tone.

Warmer weather = more shaving (unless you’re TRIA-ing!) which can cause the delicate skin under there to lose 50 percent more moisture than it normally would. If you’re a woman, chances are you have (or at some time have) darker patches in the pits. Dove Clear Tone works to speed up the skin renewal process with the help of Calendula and Sunflower Seed Extracts.

Also, the obvious benefit is the perk of dryness. It also in a clinical protection for those that need a little extra protection (something I totally needed when I lived in Washington, DC!) Two Clear Tone scents available: Sheer Touch and Skin Renew. I’m partial to the former and its citrusy scent with touches of almond and coconut milk.

Hair How-To + Giveaway: Lea Michele SAG Awards 2012

One of our favorite looks from last night’s SAG Awards Red Carpet was Lea Michele in Atelier Versace. The slit was DARING, and she just totally killed it. The makeup and hair complemented the dress perfectly, too. The man responsible for Lea Michele’s soft and sultry hairstyle was Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend. Mark used several products from the new, nine-piece Dove Style+Care collection to get the look. This line officially launches March 1, and is designed to help nourish and protect hair for long-lasting style.

 “I started by applying a large dollop of the new Dove Style+Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse to Lea’s damp hair and blow dried with a large round brush for volume.

Next, I took a dime-size amount of the new Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum in my hands and rubbed them together to warm up the product, and then raked my hands through her hair. I am obsessed with this cream; it gives the hair amazing shine and separation, and also nourishes the hair too so it’s like having a styling product and a conditioner in one bottle.

I pulled her hair into a loose bun while Lea had her makeup done to set a loose wave in her hair. Then, I let the hair down and sprayed Oribe Après Beach Spray all over to give the hair that great sexy “second-day” hair.

Just before Lea left for the red carpet, I finished her hairstyle by spraying the new Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray all over to keep her hair in place without it looking stiff or crunchy.”

And, we’re giving away the three Dove Style+Care products used to create Lea Michele’s SAG look! Leave us a comment and tell us what you thought about the SAG styles. Did you like Lea’s look? Who was your favorite! We’ll pick one winner* end of day Thursday, February 2.

Update: Congrats to Jennifer, the winner of the Dove Style + Care giveaway!

Ten or Less: Dove Visible Care Creme Body Wash

I’m usually a bar soap kind of gal but lately I’ve noticed my skin has been getting drier. This has never been a problem for me because I have oily skin but I noticed my arms and legs starting to look a little ashy so it was time to do something about it and Dove’s new Visible Care Creme Body Washes seemed like the way to go.

I’m not a body lotion gal so that wasn’t something I would take the time to do but to tackle the problem in the shower was the perfect solution for me. This new Dove body wash says it gives you more “visibility beautiful” skin in just one week as it contains their highest concentration of Nutrium moisture to date.

Does it deliver? YES, I can tell you this claim is true. I chose the Renewing body wash so I could renew my skin and 1 week after I started using this body wash, my skin has drastically improved. The ashy spots are banished and my skin feels much smoother and softer. It’s not where I want it to be just yet but in 7 days, I’ve seen enough of a change. So much so that I’m going to keep sticking with this.

Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party

Get ready for the Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party Monday February 28! Will you be joining?

You’re all invited to a Twitter Party I’m hosting with @Dove and @RocketXL this Monday, February 28th from 8 – 9 pm EST to celebrate the debut of the revolutionary new Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Washes along with the launch of the Dove Close-Up Challenge!

To launch the new VisibleCare Crème Body Washes, Dove is partnering up with one of my favorite dance shows, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, to offer one real woman a shot at her ultimate close-up moment: a chance to dance in a Dove-sponsored TV spot that will air during the season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS Monday, May 23 (8:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network, receive confidence coaching by former ABC DANCING WITH THE STARS contestant Jennie Garth and more!  Jennie (@JennieGarth) will also be answering select questions from the Twitter Party via her personal handle a little later, so now’s your chance to ask her how she keeps her skin looking so fab, along with any other questions you have!

During the party, we’ll also share how you can enter for your chance to win the challenge as well as talk about how to keep your skin beautiful with Dove VisibleCare body wash, this season’s DANCING WITH THE STARS cast airing on ABC and much more.   We’ll also be giving out amazing Dove VisibleCare prize packages full of goodies every 15 minutes. You won’t want to miss it! You can join in on the conversation and fun using the hashtag #CloseUpMoment.

About the Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party:

Date: Monday, February 28th, 2011
8pm EST – 9pm EST
Party host:
Follow @productgirl, @Dove and @RocketXL
Follow the link here to join the conversation:
: #CloseUpMoment

How to enter for a chance to win: By joining the #CloseUpMoment hour-long conversation with me, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a prize pack.

Prize: Four (4) Dove VisibleCare prize packages will be given away every 15 minutes. The prize package includes everything you need for a perfect movie night at home, including: a Blue-ray DVD player, ten (10) Blue-ray DVD’s of each film nominated for best picture, a basket of gourmet goodies to snack on and the new Dove VisibleCare product!

FTC Disclaimer: These giveaways are part of partnership with Rocket XL.   Dove is the sponsor and will be providing the prizes.  Product Girl is not being paid to participate in this campaign. Continue reading Dove Close-Up Challenge Twitter Party