But while they're visually somewhat similar, they differ in price (obviously) and motion. While Clarisonic uses a sonic oscillation system, Olay uses a nonsonic rotating one, making for a completely different experience. I almost prefer the circular massaging action of Olay (it's great for soothing sinus pressure), and the bristles seem to be slightly softer. Not that it's good or bad one way or another, but if you are looking for a super deep cleanser with a ton of power, Clarisonic, which has a heftier, more dynamic feel about it, wins out in this battle. To see the rest of my review, just keep reading.
Have you ever had a body wash you loved so much, you actually can't wait to get into the shower to suds up with it? Such is the case for me with Dr. Bronner castile soaps, especially the soul-soothing lavender scent ($8) pictured above. While luxury body washes can run upwards of $100, you can spend a fraction of the cost to get clean, smell good, and still have lots of funds left over. Find out more about the rest of my picks when you read more.
Maybelline's silicone-based Instant Age Rewind Primer pretty much has you covered on the basics, and at $9 a tube, it will appeal to your pocketbook. While a little more dense (but not oily) than other primers I've tried, it's also a lot more spreadable, and even has the tiniest bit of pink coloration to help give a subtle glow. My foundation and concealer glided right over it quite nicely. Find out more when you keep reading.
The pink base fades into a colorless finish after application. While it doesn't look like much product is contained within the pot, it's so thick that a little goes a long way. You can definitely overapply, resulting in a weighty finish, so be sure to first rub just a small amount of primer on the tips of the fingers to warm it up pre-application. To see the rest of the review, just keep reading.
Even more noteworthy is the Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer ($35), an 1875-watt tool that dries the hair fast (and I mean fast) because of ionic and ceramic technology. Those features are pretty impressive for a dryer of this price point.
The Infiniti Pro comes with all the standard bells and whistles, like a cold shot button, three heat settings, and two air flow attachments. And while it's not the most tiny or delicate of dryers, it packs a powerful punch. If only it folded for easier storage, I'd say it would be a nearly perfect drugstore option. It also has a nice quiet hum about it. You won't be breaking any noise ordinances — or your bank account — with this one.
Even though it's not waterproof, it does a pretty good job of staying in place — even when waterlining. If they made a long-wearing, waterproof version (hint hint), I'd probably feel compelled to buy a lifetime supply. I also wear contacts, and some other liners make my eyes itch, but this one doesn't irritate them at all. At $10, it may be a little high-priced for a drugstore product. However, because the application is very smooth and matte, you'll find yourself wearing it practically every day.
When it comes to products, sometimes the generic options don't live up to the original. Have you ever actually tried off-brand ketchup? Blech. At team Bella, we're always looking for a bargain, and that's why we've gathered together a few of our favorite generic beauty items — along with one option that just doesn't make the cut. Find out what they are now.