Double-duty beauty

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Beauty products

In this economy, who doesn't want -- and need -- to save money? You already watch for bargains, coupons, online deals and sales. That's smart shopping. You've learned that drugstore beauty products are often as good (or better) than the stuff that costs three, four or five times as much in department stores and boutiques.

And, of course, nothing beats a bargain at a consignment or thrift store. How many times have I stopped a conversation cold when I've bragged about the classic Manolo Blahnik almost-new pumps I found at a Goodwill store for $6.99?

Well, here's one more tip to add to your smart shopper arsenal: Drugstore products that do double duty. With the help of cosmetics expert Bryan Barron, I headed to the drugstore to round up some workhorse products that do at least two jobs for the price of one.

--Ellen Warren, Tribune Newspapers

All products from Walgreens,, unless otherwise noted. (Tribune photos by Bill Hogan / August 30, 2012)

The usual: Hair hydration and untangling

The unusual: A thin layer applied to damp legs substitutes for shaving cream (shower gel and soap work too).

Hair mask


The usual: Weekly heavy-duty hair treatment

The unusual: Use a dollop as a daily leave-in conditioner for dry, damaged hair.

Lip balm


The usual: Prevent and soothe dry, chapped lips

The unusual: Tame unruly eyebrows, keeping them in place (or try hair spray on a toothbrush for the same effect).

Oil-free makeup remover


Usual: Take off eye makeup

Unusual: Makeup stains on clothes? Dab stains with this, then launder as usual. "Dual-phase" remover, preferably with silicone, gives best results.

All products from Walgreens,, unless otherwise noted.

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