I’ve been feeling pretty sick after upping the dosage on my meds recently. Sorry there was so much time between my last post and this one. I have a pretty serious case of Lyme Disease which I wrote about on XOJane.com, if you haven’t seen that yet it can help you understand my situation.
Today I’ll share with you some goods I purchased recently from Walgreen’s drugstore. I shop anywhere I think I can buy good products, and this time I wanted to check out what Walgreen’s had. This was my first time in a Walgreen’s, actually, and I found it to have a good selection, about what you’d expect at any drugstore. I bought these products almost a month ago, so I’ve had a chance to try most of them out, so I’ll also be including my first impressions of many of the products. As always, note my special circumstances that may affect reviews or impressions of products, they may affect my opinions. Even better, you may share some of my circumstances!
Here’s what I hauled!
1. Softsoap Body Butter Coconut Scrub Body Buff Wash
$3.00 on sale
This stuff smells so nice, like going to the beach! This formula washes you with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Cocomidopropyl Betaine (CAPB), both considered gentle surfactants, and both are derived from coconut. It also includes some crunchy stuff, like apricot seed powder to scrub dead skins off. I hate dead skins. Small concentrations of Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) may help clean the body a bit more.
Like many products today, it contains no parabens (to me this is not a problem), but like any safe product it still contains preservatives. One is DMDM Hydantoin (formaldehyde releaser), and before you panic and start avoiding another preservative look it up from science sources not panic sources. It’s safe in the concentrations used. For those of us with hard water, the Tetrasodium EDTA helps the product foam right up despite hard water. Laced with fancy oils to make your skin nice, like Jojoba (similar to the skin’s own gross oils), and Coconut Oil.
As for my impressions of this product, I bought this as a gift, so I’ve only been able to smell it and marvel at its simple chemical formula. Yon Gifted One has said that it smells good, and helps wash off sunscreen that won’t quit, a huge advantage because YGO is an outdoor athlete and constantly has to remove sunscreen.
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth 4, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
2. Softsoap Body Butter Strawberry Smoother Body Smoothing Wash
$3.00 on sale
I’ve been using this every time I shower. The smell is visionary, like the most delicious fruits and creams. It’s so hard not to ingest it. Well, not THAT hard, but guys, I pretty much bought this because I’m a strawberry smells addict and it does not disappoint. Like its buddy above, the formula cleans you up with gentle surfactants, scrubs you off with crunchies, and is almost identical in formula but it has a couple of extra things: sugar (fructose), fruit juice, strawberry fruit juice, and peach extract. No wonder I want to eat it.
My first impression is that it washes clean, but doesn’t dry out my skin, it smells nice (but sadly the scent doesn’t really linger on the body for long). It’s not a strong scrub at all, so don’t count on this as an exfoliant. But you can’t beat the price, and it’s a good value with an elegant chemical formula. For those who fear parabens, it has none.
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Benzophenone 4, Citric Acid, Fructose, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Jojoba Oil, D&C Red 33 (CI 17200)
3. Freeman Wash-off Facial Clay Mask Avocado & Oatmeal
$2.99 on sale
I got this mask thinking “Hey, it will be a moisture mask, look at all this avocado on the packaging! I shall enjoy this for I need moistures.” But I was lazy and looked at no ingredients. Instead, this mask is a lot like Queen Helene’s Mint Julep mask, but I daresay I like this one better. It has a similar “drying” effect on acne (the main reason I love QH Mint Julep) but it doesn’t wipe your skin to paper dryness. It’s actually a bit moisturizing, and after use my skin looks less irritated but feels soft and balanced. Smells okay, fresh and possibly a tiny bit fruity.
I use tiny amounts of this as spot treatment for acne; you just dot it on and wash it off in the morning, and your acne will dry up. My first impression is positive, and I think it could replace my old HG (Holy Grail) acne mask (the Queen Helene Mint Julep). The main stuff going on here is from the bentonite clay, glycerin (humectant), kaolin (very mild clay), and probably safflower seed oil (based on where it falls in the ingredient list).
Basically the clays absorb your gross oils, while the moisturizing agents give you nice oils. It leaves my skin feeling soft, balanced, and clean. It dries up acne, and it does not irritate my skin.
Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Bentonite, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal, Polysorbate 20, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylparaben, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Yellow 5, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200), Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, propionaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde, D Limonene, Fragrance
4. Freeman Facial Peel-off Mask Cucumber
$2.99 on sale
Are you one of those people who likes to put glue on your hands, wait for it to dry, and then peel it off? If so, this mask may satisfy that urge for you. It’s also not a terrible product for your skin. I find it moisturizing. It seems to work by covering your skin and putting moisturizing agents under the cover until they’re absorbed. Then you peel the cover off (the best part), and your skin is softer. The product itself is thick, sticky, and hard to work with. Once it’s dry it does what you’d expect, and is pretty easy to peel off. Smells clean.
Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40 B, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Lactic Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 11680), Fragrance, Amino Methyl Propanol
5. Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish in Glass Pink 376
I have not had a chance to put this on yet, but isn’t it a cute pink color? Love it!
6. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Wedding Crasher 450
This is an awesome pink glitter polish in a clear base. I was so excited to try this out, I’ve been pretty into glitter lately, and it was fun to think of what manicure to do. Guys, isn’t this packaging awesome? So I did a mani with black and then I layered this on top. Looked great, and I’ll be able to show you that in a later post. Good product, nice amount of glitter, cute packaging.
7. Wet N Wild Lipstick in Fuchsia with Blue Pearl 521A
Probably my best buy of the entire haul. I used to avoid Wet N Wild as a brand because when I was a vulnerable youth bravely seeking my first makeups I tried this budget brand and it burned me. Granted it was cheap so I wasn’t out a lot of money, but I hated all that I bought. Now the formulas have improved, this lipstick has a smooth application, a nice finish, and wow what a color! For $1? How about that! I wore it for my Effie Trinket Halloween costume and it was perfect. I also wear this for a bold lip when I want to be cool. It’s not too weird to wear in the evenings, but depending on your job you might even be able to pull it off at work.
8. Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in White 449C
Have not had a chance to apply this yet, but it will likely be part of my next mani.
9. Wet N Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Black 424A
This was my black base when I did my sweet fall mani mentioned above in my Sally Hansen impression. Applies well, looks good, dries nicely, no problems. Great bargain for $1.
10. Revlon Nail Art Stencils in Bows
I suck I haven’t tried these yet either. I bought them because: “LOOK CUTE BOWS!” I have a cuteness disease. These will likely feature in a future mani, so stay tuned.
Overall my first trip to Walgreens was fun and successful. I got a lot but I didn’t have to break the bank, and isn’t that the point of drugstore products? I hope you enjoyed my first impressions and if you want to see a longer review of anything you should tell me! Email or comment below (:
All of these products were purchased by me. Read my disclosure.