What Do YOU Pick Up at the Grocery Store?

I recently spotted this pic of Brooke Burke (sorry, I refuse to incorporate that hyphen, in my mind she's forever the E! Wild On Girl), she's at Whole Foods and there she is, spotted buying lotion. It's refreshing to see her picking up a "regular" lotion (she's holding Alba Botanica's Very Emollient Body Lotion, which is one that I like so much that I packed it in my hospital delivery bag), I usually think that most celebs are going the J Lo route and using only La Mer on their bodies.

I hadn't realized until my recent favorite beauty items list and the follow-up additional favorite items just how many of my favorite beauty items are available at mass market stores. I get more excited about a new L'Oreal release than the newest collection from any of the really high end lines. (Have you tried their new glossy stains? Love them and want every shade!)

I've been curious about my readers. Are you a high end or low end girl? Why?


  1. There's certain things I refuse to skimp on (if I can help it); my Kiehl's moisturizer, my Clairsonic Mia 2, Lush beauty products (Ro's Argan Body Conditioner is TO DIE FOR); and all are on the higher end.
    But I LOVE me some Cover Girl 24hr Lash Blast, that sucker is AWESOME! And the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters I've purchased I absolutely cannot be without them! Sometimes drugstore brands can be hit and miss; but when I find one that works, I BUY THE HECK out of it! :)

  2. All of my mascaras are drug store brands: Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, and Covergirl. I've tried some higher end products when I get samples at the department stores, but I don't see how the higher end products are better than the drugstore. $30 for a high end product versus $10 for a drugstore mascara, and the drugstore mascaras do all the same things as the high end and are, in a lot of cases, better. There is no rationale other than name snobbery to use the department store mascaras.

    My foundations right now are L'Oreal and Clinique. I like both of them and use them interchangeably. But my concealers are L'Oreal and Maybelline.

    And most of the drugstore brands are owned by the high end make up companies and benefit from their research. L'Oreal is Lancome for example. So drugstore brands have a hidden quality for a lower price.

    I prefer to spend my money on a Dermatologist and Skin Care. Makeup gets washed off every night.

  3. I finally got the Clump crusher/ green tube lol mascara based on your review and I LOVE it. I spend big @ Bobbi Brown for face cleanser and foundation . The rest I can go drugstore if I want something else. I might buy a high end eyeshadow or lippie but If I do I use it for a very long time.

  4. Low end, definitely. We have three kids and only one working parent so we have to make every dollar count. That is why blogs like yours are so awesome -- helps me know what is worth the few extra dollars we have, and which may not be. Keep the great info coming! Thanks. :)

  5. Like several others who've posted, I buy a mix of both drug store and high end. For example, I think Urban Decay makes the BEST eyeshadows, but I also love Wet-n-Wild and the L'Oreal Infallible shadows too. Someone above mentioned their Clarisonic Mia as a splurge. I ended up going with the Sirius Skinsonic, which was significantly less expensive, after doing some online research (thank you Prime Beauty) and I can't imagine washing my face without it.

    I don't think there's one brand-high end or drugstore-that gets every single thing right. Every line (at least that I've tried) has had at least one really great product and at least one miss. Which is why beauty blogs like yours are so great! You help the rest of us sort through the "must haves" and the "not so much-es"! ;-) Speaking of which, I keep hearing about these new L'Oreal lip gloss stain things. I need to get my hands on some and try them out!

  6. I use both high-end and low-end products. There are some things that are really 100% worth the extra money (since using Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris I can't go back to drug store toner) but its always nice to find a cheaper brand that does the same thing.

  7. I got a glossy stain to try out for the Self healthy beauty awards, and it is AMAZING. It's the only thing, either high- or low-end, that doesn't kiss off!

  8. I like to use a mixture of both. My very favorite mascara is Voluminous by L'Oreal. I will and do splurge on foundation. I'm loving Vitalumiere Aqua by Chanel. A little pricey but so worth it!

  9. I live in a rural area, which means buying higher end is risky. You have to order online - you can't see the colors in person and returns are a big pain. So, I go mostly drugstore; a mix of just about anything that doesn't have parabens in it. If I can get to a Sephora, though, I will buy some UD eyeshadow - I have the Naked2 palette and it is amazing!

  10. Neither. I stopped believing in expensive products. I invest in healthy food, lifestyle, and a few good products such as sunscreen. The only bad addiction I own is caffeine, but I need it for my intellectual work. The most expensive face cream is a waste of money if you put crap food into your body. The most expensive face cream and makeup are a waste of money anyway.

  11. I am a whatever works the best and has a reasonable price type girl! If something is really, really great but expensive...I will debate whether or not I can do without. But if it is something more important like a lotion that is great for my face and doesn't break out, I make exceptions!

  12. As far as beauty products--both. I have sensitive skin so I look for things that suit me and are effective--and sometimes the only options are not at the mass market range. I try to be economical by keeping an eye out for lower-priced options. But I will spend more for quality control, or a "perfect" formulation or color.

    I'll splurge for a skincare serum with some serious science backing up its claims or a sunscreen that doesn't irritate my skin. Or even a luxury-end lippie so long as it's PERFECT in texture, color, finish, etc. But definitely not for La Mer just bc it's iconic or for its "miracle" kelp.

    This is why I'm a devoted reader of your blog--helps me make good decisions so I can form a well-edited collection. Whether it's the $1 eyeshadow or the 1 grand eye cream--I want to feel great about using it.


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