6/08/2007

A Trip to the Supermarket

Most women love to shop at the mall, a popular outlet center, or a cute little trendy shop they found hidden in a quaint town. I'm a Mom now, though, and running errands at the supermarket or picking up a few things at a pharmacy is about the extent of my shopping exploits most of the time. So instead of shopping for cute tops, the perfect jean, or an adorable purse, I now am content to browse the beauty sections of my neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy.

I love experimenting with new shampoos, face washes, lotions, and whatever other beauty products I can get a good deal on. However, there is so much to choose from, sometimes I don't know where to start. I've finally found a few "tried and true" items that I thought I'd mention here. . .

Aussie "scrunch" hairspray really adds volume to your hair if you are trying to tease your hair for an updo, or just leave your hair down with a natural wave. Plus, it's only about $3 or $4.
Jergens natural glow products are a must have for me since I don't have time to tan anymore. I haven't found that it really "firms the skin" as it claims, but it definitely gives you a natural looking tan that does not smell and is easy to use. For those with super dry skin (like me), it actually keeps your legs moisturized just as well as the top brands. You can get it at Wal-Mart for around $6. They also have a special natural glow daily moisturizer for your face with SPF 15. I haven't found the face lotion to be too much different than the body, but if you are picky about what goes on your face, get the face lotion to match.
This next product is my favorite find because I could normally never afford salon quality shampoo until now. Umberto Giannini now makes a "minis" line for only $2 or $3 a bottle. This particular shampoo supposedly "creates" curl, not just "enhances" what you already have. The bottle claims that it can give waves to people with straight hair. I think I have fairly straight hair, so I thought I would try it and see if the claim was false or not. Sure enough, I woke up this morning with some beachy style waves, and a few soft spirals around my face! For only $3 it is definitely worth a try (oh and it smells great!).
Yes, I had to get the "curl creating" gel to match.
My favorite anti-frizz serum is Garnier Fructis' Sleek & Shine. Only a few dabs of this on bed hair and it looks like you've spent hours styling it. When I don't have time to style my hair (which post-baby seems to be just about every morning), I just smooth this all over my hair and I'm done.
As a mom, anything you can do one handed you learn to do. That's why I now buy daily cleansing cloths to wash my make-up off every night. I happened to buy Biore's brand this time around, but I'm sure any brand works well enough. Washing my face only takes me a few seconds and I can do it without a sink and while holding my baby! What products have you found work best for you? I'm always up for trying something new.