One of my not-so-guilty pleasures is spending time in drugstore beauty aisles, reading ingredient lists, and chasing down affordable, effective, and safe options for my daily routines. Here are 5 that have recently become residents of my bathroom.
StopEver Smiley Tooth Floss, 25,90 TL
I don’t know if being a floss influencer is a thing, but I’d love to apply. I’ve tried and tested many flosses on the market, and this one from Stopever won my heart, A) because it’s gentle but not too gentle, B) it glides easily, and C) 50 meters of floss is basically infinite and longer than all others I’ve previously used.
Maui Moisture Hair Care, $7.09
I started using this shampoo during the worst phase of my hair, end-of-summer hair. I initially fell for the coconut scent (it reminded me of the beauty world’s darling Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo), but got hooked because it locks in moisture, gives shine, and helps resuscitate damaged ends. The texture’s like a light lotion, and the formula has aloe, mango butter, coconut water, and extract.
Yves Rocher Fortifying Shampoo, $9,98
After I got the summer damage under control, my hair problem turned into a saga as I started shredding an alarming amount of strands. This has recently been an issue with many people and may or may not be linked to Covid. In hopes of finding an easy solution, I’ve started regularly massaging my scalp, got a haircut, and started using this blockbuster shampoo from Yves Rocher. There are no sulfates and no silicones, yet the texture is still very tactile. The best part is my hair loss troubles seem to be visibly alleviated in consecutive three week’s use.
Isana Hydrating Eye Mask, €0.79
Oh man, I love destressing in Rossmann aisles, whether buying detergents and various household staples (yes) or looking for new, clean, and effective masks. I’m not necessarily a fan of every single Isana product, but after my retreats at the German drugstore, I’ve realized that they make pretty great and affordable options, especially when it comes to masks. This vegan eye mask with
hyaluronic acid, tocopherol, green tea, and star anise is one of those good ones. It’s great for a quick hydration session before an event or a date; I cool it in the fridge for a bit, apply it, then leave it on for around 10 mins, and after I take it off, I lock in the hydration with whatever eye cream I’m using at the moment.
Otacı Rose Water Based Micellar Water, 155 TL
It’s not a secret that I love authentic Turkish
rose water; having a rosewater-scented complexion first thing in the morning is one of my favorite moments in the day. A local beauty heritage brand focused on plant-based ingredients, Otacı brings rosewater (yes, the real deal) and micellar water together in this gentle makeup cleanser. I use it to remove my eye makeup and wake my skin up in the morning. I’ve used up 2 bottles by now, and although my skin tends to get reactive at times, this beauty water has been so kind to it. Plus, I always love a reverse pump for practical reasons.