It's Bargain Thursday.
Over the years we have learned that even the most wealthy people have some budget-friendly favorites. Now, you can use the skin care lotions and beauty secrets that some of our most famous Mid-Southerners rely on every day.
You've seen them on TV singing for it all, showing the world how to cook Memphis-style, even the physical play that defines the Grizzlies NBA grit-n-grind style. Now the dime store deals these celebrities rely on, even though their penny-pinching days may be over.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley loves to splurge on shoes. "Expensive ones like Louis Vuitton," says Conley.
With his annual salary of $7,500,00, Mike Conley could well be a Louis Vuitton Don. But, when it comes to skin care he keeps it simple. "I think my favorite brand is Nivea for Men lotion. I use that every day - after shower, after games, never been able to wean off of it I guess."
Alexis Grace says, "It's expensive to look pretty and fabulous and feel like a princess."
Season 8 American Idol finalist, Grace hosts morning radio on Q107.5 and stars in musicals such as "Chicago" and "Legally Blonde." The Idol makeup artists taught her plenty. "Every single one of them loved Maybelline mascara." Her splurge? Perfume and Mac Studio fix powder. It's $27 but she's found a much cheaper substitute. "This is just the same thing. 'Stay Matte,' by Rimmel. $3."
Memphian and Food Network star, Gina Neely, takes her lashes to the next level with false lashes like these from Walgreens. She says the natural look for $2.99 nets her compliments all day long and she tops it off with what else? Maybelline Mascara in the pink tube. For her money, "The best mascara" GOING.
I head straight for the E.L.F. line. I won't buy makeup brushes anywhere else. $3 for the Studio Line. I also buy Primer for $3. Glosses for a buck. And, this E.L.F. blush for $3 is an exact match for the $41 NARS Orgasm/Laguna blusher/bronzer duo. A cult classic among makeup-artists, but the E.L.F. version is $38 less.
Tony Allen says, "I'm just all natural." That's what most men will tell you. But NBA shooting guard Tony Allen takes that even further. "It's funny. One of the sideline people asked me one day why I never put no lotion on. I don't know. It's a GRIND look to me...that's all..." But everyone uses shampoo and this 3 million-dollar man gets by with a little help from a friend. "I love shampoo! I kind of use Marc Gasol's Pert Plus. So, I like Pert. Pert Plus."
For women, it's a little more complicated. Perms, dyes, hot styling- can wreak havoc on hair. Grace has found a substitute for the $33 Kerastase salon shampoo. Suave's Keratin Infusion. There's a shampoo and conditioner. "Two for $5 and it's the exact same thing. It's an awesome deal and I use it every night and I use it on my daughter and it does the exact same thing."
On stage and on television, Grace and Neely are made up for the bright lights and both find their salvation in makeup wipes. Oil of Olay and Neutrogena make up removers. She says they're also good for taking deodorant stains off clothing.
Now for the manly man's secret to smooth skin.
"Palmer's Cocoa Butter. I got some rough skin so it make my skin shine(laughs)," says Zach Randolph.
Power forward Zach Randolph will net about $16 million this year but his go-to product is pretty simple: "Chapstick. I buy that all the time."
He's not kidding. "Like in my truck, I have two or three. They keep it in the locker room for me. I always get one." For him, nothing fancy. Just the original flavor. He keeps fancy for the court.
Here is the list:
Nivea for Men-Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard
Palmer's Cocoa Butter- Zach Randolph Memphis Grizzlies Power Forward
Chapstick (Original)- Zach Randolph
Aussie Instant Freeze- Frmr Idol Alexis Grace
Suave Keratin Infusion
Shampoo and Conditioner - Alexis Grace
compares with Kerastase Soleil
Pert Plus- Grizzlies Shooting Guard Tony Allen and Power Forward Marc Gasol
Rimmel "Stay Matte" -Alexis compares with MAC Studio Fix
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara- Food Network Star Gina Neely
Drugstore eyelashes- Gina Neely
compare to designer brands of false lashes
Maybelline Great Lash and
Maybelline Colossal Mascara- Alexis Grace
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Concealer- Alexis uses as foundation
Smith's Rosebud Salve- Alexis uses on lips, as eye makeup remover and dabs a little behind the ears as cologne
Neutrogena Makeup Removers- Gina Neely
says also removes deodorant from clothing
Olay Face Wipes-Alexis Grace
Valerie recommends certain products from the E.L.F. line (found at Target)
Salon Line Brushes-$3
Makeup Primer- $6
High Definition Powder- $3
compares with NARS' cult favorite : Organic/Laguna