5 Things I’d Never Buy at a Drugstore

5 Things I'd Never Buy at a Drugstore

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Bath Pouf

I have bought so many bath poufs at Walmart and Target, it’s ridiculous. And I know you’re only supposed to use it for a couple of months anyways, but most of mine have only lasted a month (if that). They usually rip, or the cord holding the mesh together just tears apart, or something happens and they magically disintegrate. The moral of the story is, they’re cheap. Probably produced for pennies and sold for $2 each.

I’ve found that The Body Shop makes a really good bath pouf. This discovery only came because I received a bath gift set from a friend. It lasted me almost a year before I threw it out because I knew it was time to get a new one.

Pumice Stone

I bet you’d be surprised to learn, as I was, that many low-priced “pumice stones” are actually made from artificial pumice! So that’s why my feet were still cracked even after scrubbing for an hour! And what’s more, the packaging on many drugstore pumice stones are pretty misleading. Since I figured this out, I’ll never buy another pumice stone from a drugstore.

When they’re real, they’re golden for perfect summer feet on a budget!


If you’ve been reading this blog long, then you know that I’m always on a drugstore budget. I’m a beauty dupe aficionado. But for the life of me, I cannot find a drugstore primer that works as well as the more expensive brands. I’ve tested quite a few, and while I like some products labeled “primer” I’ll still usually use them for a different purpose. For example, the L’Oreal Paris Anti-Redness Primer is really great at balancing my redness. But it doesn’t have lasting wear unless I apply some Smashbox Primer underneath.

On the other hand, it’s so rare that I’ll need all-day staying power that I have been using one sample tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer for over a year now, and it’s not empty yet! Some things are worth the splurge.

Box Hair Dye

I used to be a box dye queen in high school. Every six weeks, I’d buy a box and get to work. It would be super dark (or maybe super brassy, like the time I thought I could go blonde) for a week and quickly fade to somewhere near my natural color. I never had to worry about roots because my hair never grew faster than the color faded, ha!

Somewhere around the time I turned 24, my hair decided it only wanted to accept box dye on portions of my head. So I ended up looking like a leopard. I had to pay a pretty penny to get it fixed and now I only use salon strength color from a beauty supply store or get a professional dye job.

Clarifying Shampoo

Since that color mishap I mentioned above, I have discovered the amazing power of a true clarifying shampoo. A daily clarifier really just dries my hair out and doesn’t strip all the gunk off. Now, once a week or when I’ve used an exceptional amount of product, I treat myself to a fresh head of hair with clarifying shampoo from the beauty supply store.


Are you picky about where you buy some of your products? I want to know what they are! Let me know in the comments or on twitter @jennbizzle!

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