The rest of the story.

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The Shop Tart is a little creepy. She looks in people’s medicine cabinets during parties. But then she tells them about it, especially if they have good skin and she sees something new. Does that make it less creepy? Whatevs. She felt a little bit guilty about singing the praises of her ridiculously amazing new skin cream in her last post, because she realizes that the price makes it out of reach for many. (Frankly, it’s out of her reach, but she really, really loves it, and she’s a skin care junkie. So.) When she looked into her sister’s medicine cabinet yesterday, wondering what might be the cause of her recently glowing skin, she found a way to redeem herself.

(And is this the part where she says — with love — that her sister is a little cheap very thrifty? It’s easy to say things from behind a keyboard. Hopefully, her sis will get over it before she sees her. Anyhow, the Shop Tart was not surprised to find some drug store goodies behind the mirror in the bathroom.)

After her investigation, the Shop Tart asked her sister about her skincare routine. Elizabeth’s skin has always been even toned, but it was looking younger and more supple than usual. (Is there a way to praise someone’s skincare routine without pointing out that they used to have more wrinkles? And zits? Boy, the Shop Tart is really stepping in it here. If you don’t see a post tomorrow, will you please check in on her? Her sister may have her tied up in the basement by then.) Ready? Here you go.

1. When asked what was new with her skincare routine, Elizabeth said nothing has really changed, she’s just using her products more consistently. She uses RoC Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System in the morning, after cleansing. It gets consistently good reviews on the world wide internets and — on an anecdotal level — the Shop Tart has noticed less lines on her sister’s adorable face. She follows the treatment with Lumene Premium Beauty Rejuvenating Day Cream with SPF 15.

My sister's skin routine.

What’s good about the RoC Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System: It “has been clinically proven to renew the look of your skin without harming skin’s surface layers.It’s proven to be up to 4x more effective than a series of three dermatologist peels – improves the look of under eye and forehead wrinkles, and signs of damage from sun exposure.” That’s what it says on the website and that’s what shows on Elizabeth’s face. Basically, it exfoliates without scrubbing. The treatment has both retinol and hyaluronic acid, two of the best anti-aging ingredients around.

What’s good about the Lumene Premium Beauty Rejuvenating Day Cream with SPF 15: Plenty of good sun screen, as well as shea butter (a great natural moisturizer), antioxidants to make sun screen more effective, vitamins A and E, and Sea Buckthorn, which is supposed to be all kinds of naturally awesome for your skin. Also, it contains peptides, which may be pretty great for your skin (read more about peptides here on dermatologist Dr. Benabio’s website, which also happens to be a great resource for information on lower priced skin care).

2. Speaking of cleanser, Elizabeth uses a Shop Tart favorite, Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser. In fact, the Shop Tart discovered it when her sister brought it over one time. This is a perfect, gentle cleanser for winter.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser.

What’s good about Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Cleanser: It really does seem to even skin tone and is very gentle on the Shop Tart’s overly dry skin. Also, her dermatologist — who is quite brilliant, really — recommends a lot of Aveeno products.

3. In spite of her best efforts, and because it runs in the family, at least for some of us, Elizabeth gets the occasional unsightly blemish. Clearasil Vanishing Cream is her weapon of choice; it contains the maximum concentration of benzoyl peroxide in an over the counter cream (10 percent).

Clearasil Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream.

What’s good about Clearasil Vanishing Cream:
It contains the maximum allowed percentage of benzoyl peroxide allowed in an over the counter product and that stuff has been proven over and over to be very effective at zapping zits.

4. No matter how even the skin tone, most ladies want a touch of foundation. Elizabeth uses Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer with SPF 20, a tinted moisturizer with retinol. She isn’t the only one who loves it, either. Her favorite shade can be hard to find. And when she does find it, often someone else has already used it for a touch-up. Isn’t that lovely? Oh, well, it just means this stuff is great on the go. (Full Disclosure: The Shop Tart used it as a touch-up during a recent party at her sister’s house. Good stuff)

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer.

What’s good about Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer with SPF 20: More retinol (really, you can never get enough), more sunscreen (ditto), no oil (which will help those of you with shiny spots get a more matte finish).

So, there it is. Now Elizabeth has a question for you. She would like to know what reasonably priced night cream you recommend. She’s looking to add one to her arsenal and would love your input. The Shop Tart would like to recommend one additional product, because she knows Elizabeth gets crabby about shiny spots in pictures and this stuff is the bomb. RoC Instant Facial Smoother is a great primer. The Shop Tart only uses it on her t-zone, where she gets the most shine. (Need more detail? Here you go.)

RoC Instant Facial Smoother.

The Shop Tart — and everyone else — wants to know what miracle products you have found in the drugstore. Though you do get what you pay for, there are always exceptions and she wants to know your best cheap tricks. Speaking of cheap tricks…

By the way, what are you doing tomorrow night? The Shop Tart and a few friends are heading to Coplon’s to try on and covet beautiful pieces from Temple St. Clair and sip a little Champagne. Doesn’t that sound like fun? See you there!

Temple St Clair at Coplon's.

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  • Coplon’s, 4825 Forest Drive, 803-790-0015


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2 comments on “The rest of the story.
  1. Molly says:

    For night cream, I use Boots No. 7 Moisture Quench Hydration. I first read about it in a beauty products article in Real Simple where they compare drugstore stuff to department store stuff. It received rave reviews so I tried it and haven’t gone back. You can buy it at Target.

  2. Clearasil is not advicable if you have sensitive skin, however in some cases it really worked wonders!

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