Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Products

When was the last time you wandered aimlessly through the beauty aisle at your local drugstore? Don't be fooled by the sleek packaging and dazzling ad campaigns of department store cosmetics. You can find many similar products that serve the same purposes at your local Duane Reed, Walgreens or CVS. And you can save yourself a couple dollars at that! Here's a look at my top 5 drugstore beauty products...

EOS Lip Balm
This lip balm is my new baby! It's 95% organic, 100% natural and the packaging is adorable. EOS stands for "evolution of smooth," and the shea butter formula definitely leaves your lips soft and moist. If you're in the market for a new lip balm that won't compete with any of your other lip products, I'd definitely say go pick this lip balm up. P.S. It smells divine!

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara
I don't think I've ever bought mascara from a department store because you're supposed to replace your mascara every three months, and I refuse to spend more than $10. I love this mascara! Not only will your lashes appear super thick and long, but it has staying power (I've fallen asleep without removing my mascara a couple times and didn't wake up with raccoon eyes). There's also the added bonus of longer, thicker natural lashes with regular use. I can't say I've seen much of a difference, but maybe the transformation is occurring on such a microscopic level that I just haven't noticed yet.

Yes To Carrots Hand & Elbow Moisturizing Cream
I initially picked this up because it was on sale and the cold air was drying me out, but I'm glad I did. Besides being a sucker for all-natural products, I love lotions and potions that actually lock in moisture. I carry this cream around all day, every day. I even make sure to slather myself down before bed, so I wake up to baby-soft hands and feet every morning.

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick
Okay, forget every popular department store lipstick brand out there for a second. Lip Perfection has such a wide range of colors that it's actually ridiculous! Also, this lipstick stays on all day and night; I almost never have to reapply. In short, it's the bomb!

Veet Hair Removal Gel
An oldie-but-goodie. I've tried all the fancy shaving cream/razor combos under the sun and even dabbled in waxing just to come back to my first love. Nothing keeps my legs as smooth and hairless as Veet. It's quick, easy, and super low- maintenance. Sidebar: Don't think that you can let your leg hair go ham because it's cold outside, either. Run to your local drugstore and pick up some Veet immediately.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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