Unglamorous Drugstore Basics


Their packaging doesn’t scream luxury and their intended purpose may be different, but these products are the cheap, effective basics I’ve used for years.

  1. Aloe Vera Gel
    Uses: If you have sensitive skin, this is far more effective than lotion after shaving. It calms razor burn, hives and also makes a nice, lightweight moisturizer for oily skin.
  2. Johnson’s Baby Wash
    Uses: A coworker recently told me that she uses her son’s baby wash instead of eye makeup remover. It was a lightbulb moment for me. Of course! It’s tear free and gentle, non-oily and removes stubborn eye makeup faster than makeup wipes.
  3. Coconut Oil
    Uses: By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that you can pretty much use coconut oil for everything. It’s true-coconut oil is baller. One of my favorite ways to use it is as an all over makeup remover. I massage it onto my dry face, eyes included, and then I take a warm-to-hot washcloth and wipe away all the makeup the oil has loosened. And yes, this is fine for oily skin. Coconut oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal.
  4. Sally Hansen Creme Hair Bleach
    Uses: I have hairy arms. Like, baby gorilla hairy. Because my hair is dark, it’s much more noticeable. It bothered me my whole life, until I discovered this. This bleach is gentle, easy-to-use, almond-scented, and pain-free. It will make even the darkest hair so blonde, it’s nearly invisible. You can use it on facial hair as well.
  5. Witch hazel 
    Uses: I’ve used witch hazel as a toner my whole life. It’s especially helpful for oily or breakout-prone skin. You can saturate a cotton pad and use it to reduce under eye puffiness too! I have dry skin and I have never experienced irritation from it. It is plant-derived, extracted from the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub.
  6. Baby shampoo 
    Uses: Baby shampoo is my makeup brush cleanser of choice. It is gentle for babies and your brushes! You can also mix some with olive or argan oil and water to create your own super cheap eye makeup remover.
  7. Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster
    Uses: I am convinced this is why my teeth stay so white. I do not use white strips or trays and drink coffee daily. I should not have these pearly whites but this stuff works. It’s hard to find sometimes and I usually stock up at Walgreens.  I like that you don’t have to commit to 30 minutes or an hour of wearing whitening trays but just put some on top of your regular toothpaste when you brush! I use Crest Extra Whitening Toothpaste for extra effect.
  8. Baby Powder
    Uses: I like that they make alternate scents now like lavender and cucumber melon because they make great dry shampoos. I have dark brown hair so I like to sprinkle it at my roots at night and really work it in before I go to bed. I find I wake up with hair that is more second-day chic than grease pit gross.


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  1. Jenny

    02/13/2014 at 4:15 PM

    Proof that you can’t judge a book (or in this case beauty products) by its cover! I’ve heard lots of great usages for coconut oil, but this is the first time I heard it can be used as a makeup remover – that’s brilliant!

  2. Kelly

    02/16/2014 at 9:43 AM

    Hi! I just found your blog through Midwest Style Bloggers! I love this post! I love going to the drugstore to find new products to try — so I am really excited for this post! Have a great day!


    1. Ivy Boyd

      02/16/2014 at 8:09 PM

      Thank you so much Kelly! More to come 🙂 Looking forward to checking out your blog!

  3. Melissa S

    12/16/2014 at 10:25 AM

    Just bought the cream hair bleach and can’t wait to use, fellow hairy girl right herrrre 🙂 Love your posts!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      12/16/2014 at 10:27 AM

      Thanks so much for reading Melissa! You’ll have to let me know what you think!

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