Frugal Finds – Drugstore Makeup and Skin Care Products

drugstore makeup - Maybelline Great Lash, Pond's Cold Cream, Wet 'N Wild eyeliner


High and Low

I thought I’d get back to some basics today and there is nothing more basic than my drugstore makeup and skin care products. When it comes to beauty, fashion, home décor and even food, I’m definitely a high – low kind of gal. I’m willing to spend top dollar if I truly believe I will get my money’s worth, but if I judge a low cost item to work just as well, then that’s what I get.

When it comes to my collection of beauty products, I’m that person who has a drawer full of skin care, hair care and makeup products that I was sure would be a miracle solution. But each turned out to be nothing more than another pretty jar full of a concoction that performs no better, and often times worse, than the go-to drugstore makeup products I’ve been using since I was thirteen. All of the affordable cosmetics and skin care products I buy can be purchased at CVS. I go there so often, they should just give me a name tag and put me to work.

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup and Skin Care Products

Maybelline Great Lash – Lots of Lashes Mascara: This classic lash enhancer in the pink and green tube is not only my go-to, but a trade secret of many celebrity makeup artists. For less than $6.00, I’ve found that I get consistently good results. I’ve tried Lancôme, MAC and at least two dozen other drugstore brands, and always come back to Great Lash with the tapered tip.

Pond’s Cold Cream – Wait a second, is this my grandmother talking? Well, I did first learn about Pond’s Cold Cream in the makeup department of my grandmother’s boudoir, but I reintroduced it to my own regime when I couldn’t find a non-oil makeup remover. As a contact lens wearer, the oil removers seeped into my eyes causing my contacts to get cloudy. This results in more irritation than the residual eye-liner and mascara that I was trying to remove. For less than $10.00 I invested in a large, 9.5 oz tub of Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser that could last me a lifetime. I just refill a little container as needed and now I have the perfect cream based eye-makeup remover that works like a charm.

Wet N Wild Color Icon Liner Pencil– OK, now this one might raise some eyebrows, but for $.99 I can honestly say that I like this liner better than any others that I’ve tried. First of all, they sharpen easily and the pencil is long, so it lasts. It also applies well – smooth enough, but not so smooth that I can’t control the line. I can’t tell you how many expensive liners I’ve been through that glide on so effortlessly that I end up applying a shaky, jagged line that seems to smudge just as soon as it’s drawn. And with fun names like “Baby’s Got Black,” “Simma Brown Now” and “Taupe of the Mornin’” – Wet N Wild was an easy sell for me.

There you have it, my frugal finds! What cheap tricks do you have up your beauty sleeve?

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Eye Makeup Application Without The Mess

applying eye liner
Hands on Face – No-No!


A Makeup Tip I’ll Never Forget

It’s still beauty week here at 3 Olives and a Twist, and today it’s all about the eyes. Years ago I read a makeup application tip in a magazine that stuck with me. It’s simple really – always apply your eye makeup first!

When I made this suggestion to my teenage daughters, they asked, “Why?” I was happy to share my little bit of beauty knowledge with them. Yes, the teenage years may have some challenges, but enjoying these fun, girly moments isn’t one of them. Finally, all of those years playing with my Big Barbie Head paid off and now I can play beautician with my real life dolls.

To answer their question as to why; I explained that taking care of your eye makeup application first, prevents smudging or smearing of any face makeup already applied. What they, and many others, don’t realize is how much we use our face to brace our hand when applying eye makeup. Whether you use foundation, concealer or blush, leaning your hand on it after it’s on will alter its flawless appearance.

Later, I told some friends how much I love this new “beauty” phase with my daughters and mentioned the tip. Several had not heard it and agreed that it made a lot of sense. And so now I share it with you.

If you wear makeup, consider doing your eye makeup application first – your flawless face will thank you.

Fake Eyelashes

One more thing, speaking of eyes – have you ever tried false eyelashes? I’ve always wanted to. I love the look of a thick, lush lash, but the one time I tried cheapies, I had glue and lashes all over the place.  I couldn’t get the darned things on and ended up tearing them before ever making use of them.

I gave up after that. Until recently when I was out with a friend (Hi Steph!) and I couldn’t take my eyes off of hers. Her lashes were gorgeous and I found myself staring, trying to figure out if they were real or not (a great sign of really good lashes). Finally, I had to ask because otherwise she might have thought I was insane. She was wearing Esqido Lashes – a popular choice in the celebrity circuit. Their claim is: The world’s most comfortable, natural looking false eyelashes. Sounded perfect to me and I rushed home to order a pair. The website has a fun little quiz to help you choose your best lash. There are many options of different lengths, volume and looks. All with fun names like “Little Black Lash,” “Unforgettable” and “BFF.”


BFF Lashes by Esqido
BFF Lashes by Esqido


I opted for “BFF” and while I haven’t had an occasion to actually wear them, I’m excited to give them a shot. If they are as easy to apply as the site says, I’ll be wearing mine over and over. Each pair is reusable up to 25 times. I’ll report back as soon as I’m feeling fancy enough to break them in.

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