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Functional Girl CJ LEGARE

Dear Functional Girl: I was recently caught at an all day event without my powder. I was glistening by mid-morning, shiny by the afternoon and a complete oil slick by early evening. I tried using toilet paper but it pulled my make-up off along with the oil. Got any tips if I’m ever in that situation again? — Georgia J.

Dear Georgia: I have an absolutely ingenious solution for you.

I was at a booking in Miami several years ago. We were shooting on the beach when disaster struck. The make-up artist’s apron of tools came undone and dropped into the surf. She was able to salvage a few tubes of gloss but nothing else. Without missing a beat she ran up to the public restroom and returned with a toilet seat cover. She tore it into smaller pieces and used them to blot shine off my face until an assistant returned with new powder. Before I left that day I grabbed a bunch of toilet seat covers. When I got home I cut them into neat, little rectangles and threw them in a snack size baggy.

I carry these in my purse as opposed to powder because I love being able to remove oil and shine without adding another layer of make-up to my face. Not to mention these are completely free of cost and you can find them anywhere there’s a public restroom.

Dear Functional Girl: Whenever you recommend products, you always seem to have a generic alternative to the pricier name brands. What are some of your favorite generic labels? — Lois H.

Dear Lois: How I love bargain brands! Many budget-friendly products work just as well, if not better, than their brand-name counterparts. Here are a couple that I swear by:

Skin Essentials ProVectin Plus Advanced Wrinkle Repair (Walgreens)

If you’ve been dying to try StriVectin but cringe every time you see the $100-plus price tag, then this product is for you. It’s less than $30 for a 6-ounce tube! It’s extremely emollient and doesn’t contain sunscreen, so either use it sparingly or only at night, then give it a chance to absorb, and finally add a layer of sunscreen.

Equate Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse (Walmart)

I’m a big fan of at-home whitening products, and this is a great, cost-effective choice. A 32-ounce bottle is around $4 while the Listerine brand is about $7.

Verdi Spumante (H-E-B)

For around $6 a bottle, this sweet, effervescent Italian import has become a favorite at my monthly girls’ nights. Tip: Mix it with pomegranate lemonade and voila —pink champagne! Delizioso!

Confucius once said, “He who does not economize will have to agonize.” Agonizing isn’t something that I like to do unless it’s a choice between pralines and cream or chocolate-peanut-butter ice cream.

Got a favorite, inexpensive, must-have product? Send in your top picks with your name and location, and we’ll share them with all of the other Functional Girls out there.

Functional Girl CJ Legare lives in Kyle with her husband, Joshua, and is addicted to 2 percent organic milk. If you’ve got a question or comment for Functional Girl, email her here. She blogs at

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