Cult Favorite Classics
By: Julie Jorgensen
Happy Anniversary to Your Williamson! Big, tight hugs to every one of our beloved readers out there, as without you this lovely magazine wouldn’t exist! In keeping with the theme of anniversaries and with this being the women’s issue—viva la diva, y’all, I thought this would be the perfect month to talk about some classic, timeless beauty products that have adorned beautiful women’s bathroom counters for years. Which products have truly stood the test of time to become perennial favorites? I’m glad you asked.
When I turned thirteen, my mama took me to the Clinique counter in the mall to buy me the old-faithful three-step skincare system. The same system still exists today, and focuses on the most basic steps involved in taking care of one’s skin: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. The beauty of the whole process, besides the fact that I felt like a total big-girl grown-up, was that it got me into a skincare regimen that has stuck with me to this day. Tailored to different skin types, the three-step system can be yours after a quick evaluation of your skin and usually for less than fifty bucks. It’s perfect for young girls and us (ahem) older girls alike! Before you leave the department store, cruise the Lancôme counter for the hands-down best eye-makeup remover ever. Bi-Facil Double-Action is a cool combo of two lipid and water “phases” for gentle but thorough removal of all your eye makeup—even waterproof mascara. Just give the bottle a little shake before use. A few swipes, and voila: squeaky-clean peepers!
If cruising the local drugstore is more your speed; rejoice! A myriad of all-time classics awaits you! Snag some good old Neutrogena for back-to-basics cleansing, or calming Cetaphil for a moisturizing and gentle wash. Both products have been around for more than fifty years. Scoop up some Noxzema while you’re at it—there’s nothing like that cooling, tingling feeling on your face when the temperatures outside start to rise. It takes the heat out of a sunburn too! There’s no need to spend your hard-earned money on a fancy toner as long as we still have Witch Hazel. This multipurpose wonder has natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, but it won’t dry out your skin like alcohol-based toners can. And a huge bottle will last you forever while only setting you back a few dollars. Talk about an all-star! Last but certainly not least, two of the best lip balms under the sun can be found at your neighborhood Walgreen’s. For chapped, post-winter lips, there’s just nothing better than Carmex. I even put it on my cuticles before bedtime during the colder months. Not to be outdone, Smith’s Rosebud Salve softens lips beautifully, along with just about everything else, and has been doing so for more than a century.
So, now you’re all stocked up on the classics! Just like you, dear reader, they truly stand the test of time! Cheers!