Reviewing my USA beauty buys: pharmacy buys

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When I was in the USA I did some (we all know that’s an understatement…) beauty shopping (you can read about that here!), and as part of that I found myself at CVS pharmacy.

Here’s what I bought at the pharmacy, and what I think of each product…

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OGX shampoo & conditioner: I picked the OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo (available in the UK at Boots) and the OGX Moisture + Vitamin B5 Conditioner (which I sadly haven’t found in the UK), and I feel like they do what they say on the tin: the shampoo made my hair look a bit more full, while the conditioner seemed to lock in moisture.

Sadly after a few uses I found my hair started to feel heavy and lost volume (though it still looked really thick!), so I like to shake it up every few washes with another product to bring back some lightness/volume.

These aren’t every wash ones for me, but in the short term I’m certainly a fan!

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser and Natural Glow Daily Moisturiser + Firming: Jergens was always a body moisturising favourite when I lived in the USA, and I’m very happy to say that both of these products leave my skin feeling moisturised. They also have the added bonus of making my skin appear more tanned over time (hurrah for tan-looking skin without the risk of sun damage – just make sure you’re still applying suncream appropriately!) while smelling delicious.

The only downside is that it can get a bit too dark/orange between fingers/toes if you don’t massage it in completely, so if you use these just keep that in mind! (And if you do find yourself in that situation, warm water, soap, and a bit of scrubbing will sort it out in under 15 minutes, so no sweat.)

I’ve been using the firming one on my thighs where I have stretch marks, and while I haven’t seen a difference that is most likely because my skin is still pretty firm on its own and I haven’t been using it daily.

Sadly, Jergens is not easily available in the UK because the brand has withdrawn stock in this country.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution: I mentioned in a recent post that this has become one of my newest favourite toners, and it still is. I find it helps keep my acneic skin in check by preventing breakouts and moving along breakouts that are already there – shoutout to the salycilic & glycolic acid!

Unfortunately this product isn’t available in the UK, so if you’re after something similar just keep an eye out for those active ingredients.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen: the formula was indeed lightweight without being too runny, and it spread evenly and well. I wore it to the beach (but I didn’t go underwater that day) and under my makeup for days walking around Boston, reapplying appropriately. I didn’t burn and I didn’t break out, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan!

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