When I landed flight-eyed and groggy-tailed on the dales of Yorkshire, my beauty regime went back to square one because almost all the products I knew and loved were back in America. Back in 2004, there weren’t as many products that were the same on both sides of the Big Blue. So since then, I’ve been on a comparison-making-bender to find replacements for alllllll my daily-life lotions, potions and admin-of-life supplies.
Stuff like face wash, lotion, pain killers, concealer, foundation, face powder, deodorant, toothpaste, soap – you name it, I was lookin’ for it.
You know what would have been AMAZING? A brand translator. I wanted to pick ‘Neutrogena’ from a drop-down list and be told that ‘Simple’ was the closest match in the UK. But instead I just kept buying stuff, trying stuff, and binning stuff in an endless loop until I found a suitable replacement. THANKFULLY most of the expensive experimentation is now complete.
(Only took 9 years! So quick and convenient!)
BUT! There is a short list of things that I still import from the States because I cannot (seriously – cannot) find a replacement I’m happy with. If any lovely expat-perts can lend some advice, I’m all ears! So here’s the list:
1 – Physicians Formula Face Powder
I don’t want much – just something pale enough to match my palepalepale (yes, triple pale) hue, something that throws a veil over my under-eyes, and something that doesn’t settle into my smile lines.
I’ve figured out that three compacts is usually enough to get me through until I go back to America and I can stock up again…
2 – Neosporin (the cream, not the greasy stuff)
Even as I type this, I’m nursing the cold from hell. My nose is red-raw from attempted mucus control (sorry for that image).
Neosporin is the ONLY thing standing between me and a painful Rudolph impression – and I’m almost OUT. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
3 – Aleve
Aleve should come with a red cape and a theme song.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that PeacefulYorkshire has actually OVER-NIGHT MAILED some of these to me when I was really feeling the pain. (Yes, she’s the best of besties.)
4 – Ranch Dressing
The crack of dressings.
When home-sickness threatens, I dip into the King of dips – Ranch dressing. Some mayo, some milk and a sachet of Hidden Valley Pixie Dust are all I need.
I know, I know, it’s not a beauty product. I don’t smear it on my face (at least not on purpose) – but there’s still no substitute.
If you beauties have any suggestions or substitutions, please (oh please dear God) share them. There’s probably an expat out there with the EXACT SAME product-substitute challenges, so shed some light and save an expat .