Let CVS Make Your Beauty Shine This Holiday Season


I have long been a beauty products junkie. I love them. I love samples. I love full size products. I love scents, face creams, lotions, makeup. I seriously have a closet and four drawers stuffed full of this kind of stuff.

Something that I have really been taking a closer look at lately are store brand products. When I was growing up, we bought everything generic or store brand. As a result, when I moved out on my own, I would only buy name brand products.

However, store brand products are an excellent way to really try some amazing products that are almost always a great value. CVS can help you no matter what your health and beauty needs are.

I was sent a gift basket of beauty products from CVS  and I completely changed my beauty regimen. Just by making these changes, I will end up spending about 3/4 less money on the same types of products I was already using.

  • The Invigorating Apricot Scrub is cool with a fabulous fruity scent. It left my skin feeling smooth.
  • The Daily Pore Cleanser actually makes my pores look smaller (to me anyway).
  • I use the CVS Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover and the CVS Night-Time Cleansing Towelettes every night. Both of these products were especially handy for removing Halloween makeup off of my kids!
  • The CVS Deep Wrinkle Moisturizer and the CVS Retinol Eye Cream are my new go-to products. My skin looks and feels younger. I love it. I follow these products up with a twice daily dose of CVS Moisturizing Lotion For All Skin Types.


All of the above products are applied with the CVS Cotton Rounds.

The Essence of Beauty Body & Hand Cream, White Lavender now sits on my nightstand where I use it several times per day.

My shower has gotten a complete product overhaul! The Essence Of Beauty Body Sponge Mesh and the Essence of Beauty Shower Gel Citrus Coconut are the most used items in there.

These items are perfect for my purse and I now carry them with me everywhere: Essence of Beauty Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Citrus Coconut, Essence of Beauty Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Citrus Coconut, Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller and the Focus on Lips hydrate & refresh moisture mint gloss SPF 15. I love to share with everyone who wants to try them out (well, not the lip stuff, of course).

I added a couple of items to my makeup bag as well. The Swisspers Cosmetic Applicators are perfect for putting on and removing makeup. The Essence of Beauty Bamboo Brush Set has perfectly sized brushes for all of your needs. The Nuance Salma Hayek Lights, Camera, Action Eye Trio Bronze/Gold Shimmer and the Nuance Salma Hayek Lasting Wear Gel Eyeliner Brown are my two new favorite cosmetics.


What you need to know is this. Whether you are shopping for store brand or name brand items, CVS can help you with all of your health and beauty needs. The store brand items are comparable to the national brand items. Shop in store or online and get exactly what you want every time!

CVS also frequently has deals on their products which they share through their social media channels:
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Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will also have the opportunity to win a gift basket of their own with some or all of the same items I received (items may differ some depending on what is available at the time of shipping). All of the items in the gift basket can be found at CVS.com.

This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2011. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm CST and are open to US and Canada unless otherwise specified. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Monday, December 5th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.


Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributing writer Stacie Haight Connerty, mother of 3 and author of the blog The Diving Miss Mommy. You can connect with Stacie on twitter at @StacieinAtlanta.

Disclosure: I was sent a basket of beauty products from CVS for review. All opinions are my own. ~Stacie

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  1. samantha stevenson says

    I would love this gift basket. I am in major need of any cosmetic type. I was just saying there is currently no sign a woman even lives in my bathroom. Things have been so tight these kinds of products are not even on my wish list. LUV LUV LUV IT!!! Good luck everybody and thanks 5 minutes for mom :)

  2. says

    I just spent a bunch of money on Proactiv and I am still having issues with my pores. I will have to try the CVS pore cleanser. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

  3. says

    I see what looks like a store brand of a product I regularly buy but feel it is a bit pricey. Would love to try the store brand and find out if it cost less for the same quality.

  4. Niecey Docherty says

    I’m not sure what I’m supposed to comment on….but this looks like such a great prize pack! I’m crossing my fingers.
    Thanks for the opportunity

  5. Vickie Couturier says

    I too love CVS an everything in that basket would come in handy this time of year

  6. Angel S. says

    Sounds like a wonderful treat! I have fallen in love with CVS because of their generous donations to Extreme Home Makeover. I love how they have donated so much to those in need. I am always willing to support a company like that!

  7. Kathy Davis says

    Unfortunately we don’t have a CVS Pharmacy where I live. I have not had the pleasure to try any of these items, but would love to have the opportunity. Thanks. Kathy

  8. Erin says

    I love CVS, not only because of their products, but they have these carts that look like cars, which entertains my daughter for the duration of the trip!

  9. Michelle Downey says

    It looks and sounds like an awesome beauty package and I would definitely share. Thanks for holding this giveaway. :)

  10. Kassie says

    This is such an amazing giveaway! I would love to win this to give to my Mom, who deserves to be pampered! Thanks so much!

  11. Lisa says

    i love CVS….i shop there every chance i get. I love to see the new products coming out every season…and i am getting so many ideas of what to try there :-)

  12. Monica Boor says

    This looks so relaxing and rejuverating…. much needed me time which as all moms know.. is few and far between but its ok cause thats what being a mom is all about and I will really miss it when they are all grown up :-(

  13. ACMommy3 says

    CVS is one of my favorite stores, so I was thrilled to read your review on this items – some I wasn’t aware of and now just gotta check out. 😀 Would enjoy winning this mama-pamering basket. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

  14. karen says

    i would love for once to have something , i always give everything to my girls. but i am not complaining i love seeing there smiles.

  15. MayMay says

    I would love this basket ! And , truely aprreciate if i won it . I think its so wonderful that youguys are helping people in need for the holidays . I tip my hat off to you ! Happy Holidays <3

  16. Heather DiLena says

    I love CVS! I am a frequent shopper @ CVS I have tried a couple of things before and they are great. This would be a great gift to recieve.

  17. Tamara Bennington says

    It’s been so ling since I had the chance to pamper myself and this would make me feel like a million dollars.

  18. Candice says

    Being a single mom of 5, I would be in heaven if I could send the kids to grandmas and have my own quiet time with a basket like this.

  19. Leann Lindeman says

    I subscribed to your emails and liked you on FB. This is a great collection of goodies.. Thanks.. Would love to win.

  20. MayMay says

    I would absolutly love<3 to win this basket. Ive been trying all different types of things for my skin and if i win this id have a phenomonal and rockn christmas this year . Happy Holidays Twins :)

  21. Florence says

    I shop all the time at cvs..love this store..Would be awsome to win this basket..Pick Me!! Pick me!!..lol..seriously would be great.Smiles

  22. Lindsey says

    Thank you for this oppertunity!! Its a Awesome giveaway!!! And of course I love to win this giveaway.. Hopes to win!! Good luck everyone!! :)

  23. Mrs. Jessica Bassey says

    CVS is just across the street from our house and we get just about everything from there. I would love this basket just what this mom needs for some me time:)

  24. Lantana H. says

    I would love to win this. I spend most of my time doing for others and it would be nice to win something like this for myself. I would have to share with my mom of course!

  25. Tammy Dalton says

    I really want to try that thing that cleans your feet, but I just can’t justify the cost of it because I don’t have the money to buy extras, so that would be so cool if I could win that along with a bunch of great stuff!! Thank you for the opportunity!! :0)

  26. Jenifer G says

    I absoutely love this idea for moms that need a special gift every now and then !!!! I have tried to put away money for a spa trip…..but I always find something that my children need more than I need my spa day!!!!!! THIS IS AN AWESOME giveaway!!!!

  27. Lisa Coan says

    I would love to win this! I have been wanting to try the Easy Feet for quite some time now because I have a chronic Pain disease (RSD/CRPS) that affects my feet, legs and hands and I think it would be very beneficial to me. It has been cost restrictive for me to buy one though. Here’s hoping!!! :) Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!! Blessings to you all! ~Lisa~

  28. Jeni Monroe says

    I could really use this for myself as a day of pampering. As the mom of 5 those days are far and few in between. Good luck to all and Merry Christmas.

  29. Theresa Swanson says

    I am so excited CVS is coming to our town an I can’t wait have beeen watching their commercials for a long time and can’t wait for the savings to be offfered here aswell I am sure that this is going to quickly be one of my favorite stores

  30. amy glaze says

    would love to win some beauty products since taking on the task of raising grandbabies there isnt much to spend on luxeries for myself

  31. destiny says

    What a nice basket I love CVS it is one of my favorite places to shop this would be a great gift for myself for the holidays :) (maybe I will share)

  32. Lisa Talberg says

    looks like something for everyone in my household. Since my boys came home from college for break all my products are empty and they even took my ped egg!!!

  33. says

    I never buy stuff like this, but I’m feeling like I could really use it now. I’m 29 yrs. old and my pores are huge, and I don’t have a skin care routine. It’s be nice to try without the buy part. Hooray for this giveaway!

  34. Cheryl Lund says

    Mommy time here I come, this is a wonderful basket with products from CVS that I could enjoy all by myself.

  35. Shakara says

    I hardly take the time to pamper myself now that I have a little person, but this looks like a good excuse to get started.

  36. Johanna says

    This would be a great Christmas present for myself, to use for a relaxing evening after a long day with the kids.


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