Beauty Buy: L’Oréal Repair Remedy Mask

Although I periodically write about beauty products, I don't really consider myself a beauty blogger.  But every once in awhile I fall in love with something I try, so why should I keep it to myself?  That was the case with this Repair Ready Mask from L’Oréal Paris.

I confess that I wash my hair at least four or five times a week, which is a lot more often than hair professionals recommend.  I'm the kind of person who cannot really feel clean without clean hair, and hot, humid weather or exercise can leave it feeling pretty gross.

On top of that, blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and all of the heat-blasting tools connected with TV appearances really take their toll.  

I have tried products to repair heat damage, but never really found something I loved.  Besides, most were pricey salon formulas, while I definitely prefer more affordable things I can scoop up at Walgreens or CVS.

On a recent visit to the "beauty closet" at Alison Brod PR, I picked this up.  I stuck it in the bathroom cabinet, and promptly forgot about it during my heavy travel schedule. With a few days at home this week - most of them hot, humid virtually make-up-free days - I decided to give it a try.

One use - and I am hooked!

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My hair went from dry with lots of flyaways to feeling super-soft and silky smooth after just one use.  Since they recommend using it twice a week, I am looking forward to adding it to my routine. 

Did I mention it is only $8.99 tops?  That's a double-win in my book.

What are your must-have hair products?  What do you save on, and what is worth the splurge?

My Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buys

In my work, I get tons of pitches for new beauty products, and have a great time trying out many of them.

My husband is very patient as a revolving assortment of new shampoos, moisturizers, body washes and other products take up space in our tiny Upper East Side bathroom.

It's always fun to make a new discovery that becomes part of my regular routine.  While a lot of the products I review are kind of pricy, the ones I tend to like the most are also the most affordable - and I can buy them at Duane Reade, Walgreens or CVS.

My approach to buying fashion and beauty products - and most other things, for that matter - is to live well below your means, whatever you're buying.  For basic, day-to-day beauty needs, I don't see the point in spending a lot when I can get the same or better results with affordable drugstore brands. 

No matter how many new things I try, there are a few basics I keep coming back to again and again.  Here are three that I use everyday - and they easily fit into my Ziploc bag for zipping through airport security:

Boots No7 Photo Fix Primer.  Also known as Airbrush Away if you're on the other side of the pond.  I discovered this when I started doing TV segments for Boots a few years ago, and don't think I have gone a day without it since!  For days I am not on TV, I sometimes use this without wearing any foundation.  It's also only about half the cost of my previous department store primer - so that's a double win in my book. (Photo courtesy of Boots).

L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray.   This is definitely on the pricier side of drugstore hair sprays, but to me, a fabulous hairspray is well worth the splurge (are my Southern roots showing?).  You often see hair stylists and fashion people using it, and for good reason.  The hold is super-strong - but I can't feel it on my hair and I can easily brush through it to restyle.  And happily, drugstores, Walmart and Target also stock the small size - which, in my opinion, is well worth the real estate it occupies in that little travel Ziploc bag. (Photo courtesy of L'Oreal).

Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser.  Even when I try other cleansers, I keep coming back to this classic.  The travel-sized bottles are also handy, but since they tend to be expensive relative to the size, I just keep refilling my tiny empties with cleanser from the reasonably-priced larger bottles. (Photo courtesy of Cetaphil).

What are your favorite beauty products?   What pricier items are worth the splurge?