The Beauty Insider’s Shopping Guide

Do the beauty products in your makeup bag work as well as you think they do? Not exactly, say beauty insiders. Some cosmetics companies are selling customers short when it comes to delivering on cosmetic claims. Read this guide from cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski and beauty guru Andrea Robinson to find out which of your products you need to think twice about before using.

Department Store Products vs. Drug Store Products

Major corporations can own both high-end and low-end cosmetics brands. Sometimes their laboratories develop an ingredient and make similar products with it at different price points. What you’re really paying for is the fancy packaging that holds the beauty product. One way to figure out if you’re paying too much for makeup is to google a product and compare the expensive and more affordable versions for similar ingredients.

Join Maria Menounos as She Cares for Parents With Cancer, Diabetes & COVID in Powerful Video Diary

It hasn't been easy, but she's dedicated her life to helping them — and loving them.


Maria Menounos has been caring for her parents for years. Her dad has type 1 diabetes, with his blood sugar levels often dropping dangerously low. And her mom was diagnoses with Stage 4 brain cancer, or glioblastoma, in 2016. As if that wasn't enough, she never thought she would also see them hospitalized with COVID-19. It hasn't been easy, but she's dedicated her life to helping them — and loving them. Go inside her emotional journey in a powerful and moving video diary. She's sharing it all to help others find the strength they need in their own journies.

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