Top Beauty Bargains

Posted April 20, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Building Your Brand

Last week, I wrote about Walgreen’s new approach to the beauty business in Beauty Unites. This past spring, I traveled through two states conducting training sessions for Walgreen’s Senior Beauty Advisors. To kick off each session, I asked each participant to share their must-have beauty product with the group as they introduced themselves.

My outcome for the exercise was simply to engage each person and learn a bit more about them. This mission was accomplished, plus after polling approximately 450 Beauty Advisors, I ended up with an amazing shopping list of new products begging for further investigation. Here’s what I uncovered:


Cover Girl Lashblast Clump Crusher: Allure loved this product as well naming it one of their 2012’s Beauty Breakthroughs. Clump Crusher claims it –

Delivers 200% more volume with zero clumps (vs. bare lashes) for beautifully separated lashes.  Clump crusher’s innovative curved brush features a lash loading section to saturate lashes with loads of product and fine-tooth comb bristles to evenly distribute mascara.

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Bold Volume Building Mascara: A classic formula that builds fabulous volume – this product happens to rank as one of my all-time-favorite mascara formulas. If you have fine, short lashes this product performs quasi-miracles at a great price. And, this product comes the closet to duplicating the ‘80’s cult-classic Lancome Immencils Thickening Mascara.

BB Creams

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic B.B. Cream: A terrific option for anyone whose skin is well behaved, but wants a moisturizing multi-tasker to keep his/ her skin in great shape. L’Oreal describes it as-

The magic all-in-one skin beautifier for a perfect natural finish.  This multi-tasking beautifying cream delivers multiple beautifying actions:  primes, hydrates, corrects, evens and perfects.

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Beauty Balm: Pick this product if your skin looks dull and washed out. This formula delivers more intense treatment benefits with ingredients like Vitamin C, which helps brighten and revive your skin tone.

Facial Wipes

Yes to Cucumber Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes: I know and love these facial wipes. I need no convincing, in fact I raved about them a few months ago in my Face Value article. Ideal for most skin types except an oily skin (try Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes instead.)

Simple Radiance Cleansing Wipes: This product rivals the Yes to….brand in its performance, plus these wipes contain what Simple Radiance dubs-

3 Skin-Loving Ingredients:  Mango Extract, Glycerin & Bisabolol. Flip a coin on brand choice – and let us know which brand you prefer!

Walgreen’s Skincare Cult Favorite

Bio-Oil: The must-have product! When someone mentioned the word, a collective nod of agreement happened throughout the entire room. This miracle elixir markets itself as a ‘scar-treatment’, which sounds like an overstated claim to me, however I scurried into Walgreen’s within hours to nab a bottle of my very own. Think of it as the every-home-needs-this kind of product. Packed with calming botanicals like calendula, chamomile, and lavender, plus wrinkle-fighting Vitamins like A and E, this product serves as an outstanding cleanser, moisturizer, cuticle oil, burn-soother, and hair de-frizzer just to mention a few of its uses. Did I mention its $10.49?? Go crazy!

About the Author

Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.