Back in the lean years, I loved nothing so much as a trip to the corner drugstore. The grey-linoleumed aisles, irregular stacks of transparent inflated swim toys on high shelves, and the beauty products. Oh the products of beauty dreams.
Let me admit, I’m a makeup and beauty product junkie. A jar of facial unguents, foot beautifier, or new mascara cheer me up like foil butterflies in mobiles. Sparkle, turn, glint, turn. And summertime, when faces are best left neutral and toes best turned up high, is the best season for drugstore trolling.
So here’s my summer strategy:
- Apply super light foundation with a sponge, and mix colors to get exactly the shade you want. Fight back against the orange-ing of America. While I loathe sunscreen, I’m about to try a mineral-based product in hopes of comfort. Because you just can’t go SPF-less in good conscience.
- Good mascara and lots of it. My daughter wore new mascara recently and I asked her, in all good faith, if she’d started using Latisse. Under-appreciated truth? Any new tube is better than the most expensive and exclusive old one.
- Lip balm and lip liner. Sure color is important in the world of mouths, but you can experiment for such a low cost.
- Not to forget, set your feet free from sordid calluses, and add dark coral polish for that louche Miami glamour. Also spell glamour with a “U.” Always makes me feel sophisticated.
On to full summer everyone. Toes first.
Note: This was my first sponsored post ever. I wasn’t sure I as I wrote that I was fitting their guidelines, that’s why I’m only adding the logo and sponsor language now, an hour after publishing, having heard from the Clever Girls rep. BTW, they didn’t ask me to call it “Walgreens Is My Friend.” That was my own idea. We will deconstruct this experience another day.