Welcome back to my #BeautyPassport month-long series where I discuss with you cult favourite beauty products from all over the world, one country per week. Previously on #BeautyPassport, we discussed all things Korean and this time, we are jet-setting to… ‘Murica! Today I’ll be sharing with you my top 8 American drugstore products. I think most of these products can be considered cult favourites by now because I think most of you are familiar with these products and they have been around for quite some time. These are also products that I genuinely love and not just because they are popular but because they live up to the hype!
1. Clean & Clear Essentials Oil Free Moisturizer
You guys, this product brings me all the way down memory lane. I think this was my first ever ‘grown up’ skincare product that I literally bought myself from a local supermarket. And I can’t believe how much I still love it and reach for it. It just works perfectly on my skin and I have never had any problems with it ever. I know it’s not ‘the’ cult favourite American drugstore moisturizer, but the fact that the product is still around for over ten years now just registers itself as a classic.
2. St. Ives Facial Scrub
Now this one is not technically an American product, but it has been really popular recently due to a class action lawsuit from American customers towards the brand’s other variant of exfoliator, the Apricot scrub. I personally have never used the Apricot variant and I actually came across this product because American YouTubers were raving about it. And honestly, I love it. I do think you need to be super gentle with it because the scrub can be slightly abrasive if you’re too harsh. Whether or not it’s dangerous for my skin, I’ll just wait for the case to be closed but all I know is I love it and I hope it gets a green light!
3. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
All I can say about cleanser is: thank the Holy Lord for this cleanser. Anytime my skin gets over sensitive and react weirdly to different products, I know I can always come back to my Cetaphil cleanser and everything will be okay. This cleanser is my all time favourite and I have not come across anything that’s even close to how the cleanser makes my skin feels. I won’t recommend it for my oily girls out there, though as the cleanser is very moisturising and I don’t think it is formulated to specifically get rid of excess oil. But I personally have dry/oily combination skin and it’s been a life saver.
4. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Am I aware that using petroleum jelly on my skin is harming the environment and can potentially cause cancer? Yes, yes I am. Do I still buy it anyway and have a back up of it in each bag that I carry? Yes, yes I do. This jelly can do just about anything you need. It can be a lip balm, a spot moisturiser, a makeup remover, an eyebrow gel, you name it. It is so multifunctional and crazily affordable that I just couldn’t resist making sure that it’s within my reach any time.
5. Pond’s Cold Cream Moisturizing Deep Cleanser
If you read my previous post on my holy grail Korean skincare products, you’d know how much I love the Banila Co Cleansing Balm. I could say that Pond’s Cold Cream might be Banila Co’s great great grandmother because I know this product has been around for much longer and it does pretty much the same thing, only in cream form. This is my go-to heavy duty makeup remover and I always try to keep a huge jar of this cram on my vanity. It’s just an oldie but a goodie for me and for S$8 (US$5ish), it’s such a good deal because I feel like the product never runs out!
6, 7, 8. Orly Bonder Base Coat, Seche Vite Top Coat and OPI Nail Polishes.
When I was just starting out on my nail polish collection, I only go to the drugstore. I didn’t go online and buy a bunch of designer or even indie brands of nail polishes. I only knew OPI nail polishes and I fell in love with every single shade. My collection definitely started out with OPI and as for its companions, the base and top coat. Orly and Seche Vite have been my ride or die for as long as I can remember. I just couldn’t find anything else that works as good as these do at their price points.
What do you think of my picks? Do we share the same favourites?