Drugstore Diaries: Multipurpose Beauty Must-Haves

Welcome to Beauty School!  Every Monday, JET experts will teach you how to preserve your sexy.  This week, make-up and hair expert Dre Brown offers insights on multipurpose beauty must-haves through her “Drugstore Diaries” series. 

Dre Brown

I’ve created a bit of a tradition for this time of year. I drag boxes out of storage in my apartment and suss out what will stay or go from my seasonal wardrobe. After some internal struggle, out go the shoes, dresses, and handbags that haven’t seen the light of day in over a year. The way I see it — hoarding is far from cute, so a girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I considered doing the same for my collection of “beauty bric-a-brac.”

Sure, it’s fun at times to behold a treasure trove of hair, makeup, and skincare splendor atop your vanity or overflowing a cabinet. But, in that clutter can often lie expired products and items you’ve tried that didn’t prove to be solutions. So, this season, I offer my frugal fabulistas and drugstore divas the joy of embracing a limited number of go-to beauty solutions that serve multiple purposes. Below are some of my latest picks:


CARGO Color Sticks: Creamy, color-rich, and created for eyes, lips, and cheeks! These versatile wands give you abundant possibilities for less than $30. Choose a complexion-compatible shade and get creative. For eyes and cheeks, apply with a brush and blend easily, as the product sets from a cream texture to powder finish. Use as a pop of matte color on the lips or layer with a clear or translucent gloss for more luster.


Burt’s Bees “Baby Bee” Multipurpose Ointment: Not just for the little ones, ladies. This super-useful salve offers solutions for several skin challenges including redness, cold weather chap, and more. With no alcohol, parabens, or petroleum, this product can be gentle enough for face and body. Use all over or target areas in need of added suppleness — smooth on a thin layer as a night moisture mask on your face or massage in as a foot treatment.


Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Quick-Thinking Wipes: Whether it’s before you leave the house to start your day or as a mid-day refresh, these convenient wipes pack a cleansing punch by taking away dirt, oil, and makeup easily. Here portability makes the difference. Slide a pack in your purse and you’ll have a moisturizing mini-facial at your fingertips without the need for a sink or suds.


e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Liner Sealer: When you can find two useful tools in one, don’t hesitate to give it a try! This handy dual ended eye product preps on one side with a creamy nude primer you can use under your choice of shadow shades or alone as a subtle accent, while offering a finishing touch on the other with a liner sealer to help your look stay smudge-proof.

And ladies, if you’re left with a mountain of mascara and moisturizers after de-cluttering your stash, invite your girlfriends over for a “sample & swap” to share the love instead of trashing your excess. One woman’s “womp” can be another woman’s “wow!” Enjoy…