Save or splurge: Beauty products

SPLURGE: SKINCARE

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On a college budget I’ve learned what I should save money on, and what I should  splurge on. I’ve learned that you should always invest in your skin. Until a few weeks ago I still hadn’t found any skin care products that were friendly to my wallet that worked for me and did everything my skin needed without breaking me out. I recently attended a Caudalie workshop at the Equinox gym I work at. They gave us these free products and I was super excited to try them – not expecting them to work, I was really impressed when I woke up the next morning and my skin felt hydrated and moisturized (but not too oily.) I have sensitive/oily skin so I’ve never been able to moisturize without breaking out – but my skin reacted really well to all of these products!

In the shower, I cleanse with the Mario Bedescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser – this is so gentle!

After I remove my eye make up with Neutrogena Oil Free Makeup Remover I use a cotton round to apply the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water – and then I apply the Vine(Activ) Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum – this is super pricey, and I only use a tiny amount, a little goes a long way! I then apply the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet.

Of course none of this is cheap – but it has been a game changer for my skin. If you were to buy only one of these products – I would definitely invest in the Mario Bedescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser!!

SAVE: DRUGSTORE MAKE UP

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Face – Originally I found myself always splurging on foundation and concealer, but on a college budget, paying for a $40 foundation was just too much, and I knew I could probably find a drugstore foundation that was equally as great. I use Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation that is only $9, it’s super lightweight and I only use a little bit and blend it with a beauty blender. I’ve realized that less is more with foundation. My favorite powder that I have used for YEARS now is the Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder, which is only $6!  Because I have oily skin, this keeps my skin looking matte and less shiny. Something I do still splurge on is concealer – I figure I should splurge on either foundation and get a cheaper concealer, or a higher end concealer with a cheaper foundation. So, I settled for investing in a thick concealer that could work if I just want to wear concealer and powder. My new favorite concealer is the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer – it’s very thick so a little goes a long way. It’s a life saver for under eye circles, and comparatively $26 is not bad for high end concealer. For contouring, I use the Lorac Pro Contour Palette, this is pricey, but I’ve found that it’s lasted me SO long. For a setting spray, I use NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray – this is a life saver especially in the summertime.

Eyes – More recently I’ve started buying single colors of eye shadow from Walgreens or Target when I run out of my favorites in the Naked palettes, I don’t want to purchase an entire o palette to only use a few colors. I use the individual L’Oreal Paris Infallible Shadows as a base, and apply a little bit of Revlon Colorstay Creme Eyeshadow to brighten my eyes. For mascara I use Maybelline’s Lash Sensation,  this has been my favorite for years now. I have never been one to splurge on mascara.

SPLURGE: HAIR

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Along with skincare, I believe it’s also important to splurge on hair products. Ever since Emily Gemma shared that her favorite shampoo was the Caviar Anti-Aging Shampoo, I of course had to invest in it, it is by far my favorite shampoo I have ever tried. It immediately makes my hair shiner and softer after one wash. I recently realized that after getting highlights and balayage that my hair was extremely damaged, the Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is another game changer. I put it especially on the ends of my hair where my hair seems to be the most damaged.

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Although it’s good to splurge on really nice hair products, on a college budget it’s not realistic to consistently purchase them, recently I’ve become obsessed with a more budget friendly option, the Tresemme Expert Selection Botanique Damage Recovery Shampoo – not only does it smell SO GOOD but it makes my hair extremely soft. The conditioner is also a must have.

Overall, there are obviously cheaper alternatives to everything, but I think investing in your skincare products and hair products is extremely important for healthier skin and healthier hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming Summer – 10 of my favorite products

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  1. Pink Sugar Perfume – I have been obsessed with this perfume for so long – it’s so sweet smelling and perfect for summer!
  2. Natures Bounty Hair, Skin & Nail Gummies – These are SO good I could literally eat them like candy. They contain biotin, vitamin E & C and collagen all to contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails.
  3. Bath & Body Works Hello Beautiful Foaming Scrub – I am obsessed with this, especially because of fake tanner – I am always exfoliating. The smell is amazing and it is a great exfoliant that isn’t too harsh and is also foaming.
  4. Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse – This is by far one of my favorite self tanners. It’s affordable and is comparable to more expensive self tanning solutions. Before applying, I completely exfoliate and moisturize the drier areas on my body so that it goes on evenly. Unfortunately it does have a smell – so I make sure to put on scented lotion afterwards and rinse off the next morning. As long as you have exfoliated and moisturized, this provides and even glowing tan!
  5. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – This is the exfoliant I use specifically if I am self tanning after my shower. It is a little rougher, which makes it a great exfoliant. But it also smells amazing and does a great job to get the dry/dead skin off.
  6. Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer – I SWEAR by this lotion. It is by far my favorite, I have been purchasing it consistently every time I run out. It smells great, and I also apply it before/after I apply my self tanner.
  7.  Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder – I have used this setting powder consistently since I was in High School. Having oily skin, I needed a powder that would decrease the shine, especially in the summertime.
  8. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil-Free Foundation – This is my go-to drugstore foundation. I usually use my Benefit foundation, but when I need a cheaper alternative, this is my go-to. It’s perfect for oily skin and it’s lightweight so you don’t feel it on your face.
  9. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – This is another product I have consistently used for years. It is by far my favorite drug store mascara.
  10. Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick – Although this is technically a foundation stick, I apply it under my eyes and on my problem areas after applying my other foundation. So I technically use it as a concealer.  It works great and because I don’t use it as a foundation, it lasts a lot longer.

Favorite Summer Products

Skin Care 
Edit11. Drying Lotion  My favorite spot treatment, it dries my acne out within a night.

2. Facial Spray  – This spray is a GAME CHANGER, it is my most recent Mario Badescu purchase and I use it after I wash my face, and I also use it to set my make up. It contains Rosewater – which is super healthy for your skin, and this is why this spray is better for your face than a normal setting spray.

3. Enzyme Cleansing Gel – Another game changer. I have sensitive skin so this was the perfect gentle cleanser that helps prevent any build up.

 

Make Up 
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I just recently learned how to contour – thanks to my friend Beth. It is a process that’s for sure, but once you have the process down and how you like your face to look, it becomes a natural daily routine. As a “beginner” I bought the Lorac Pro Contour Palette and am obsessed!

I have used this “Hello Flawless” Oxygen Wow Foundation from Benefit since my Junior year in High School – so for almost 4 years now. It is lightweight and perfect for anyone with oily skin.

ELF Baked Blush  – ONLY $3! It is my favorite blush.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Foundation Stick  – Although this is technically a foundation, I use it after I apply my foundation as more of a concealer. Because I have oily skin, this shine free stick blends great with my foundation.

Erase Paste Brightening Concealer – This is another product from Benefit that I have used since my Junior year of High School. Another game changer for sure. Perfect for under eye circles.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – I usually feel the need to layer my mascaras for a really full fan effect, but I don’t with this one! AND it’s only $8.99! Extremely reasonable price for such a high quality mascara.

Sephora 42 Pro Small Stippling Brush 

Urban Decay Primer Potion  – On sale for only $10 right now!

Self Tanning & Moisturizing 
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I have never tanned in a tanning bed or been one to get a lot of color by laying out, so I’ve always resorted to self tanners or spray tans. Being in college, spray tans can get a bit pricey to keep up with regularly..I’ve used Jergens Natural Glow on and off for years, it’s reasonably priced and you can get it anywhere. The only thing with the lotion is that it is a bit time consuming to do every night before bed, especially because I usually have early classes each morning during the school year.

So – instead of paying $20-$30 every week or two for a spray tan, I resorted to purchasing Versa Spa Bronzing Mist – It is literally giving yourself a spray tan, and you can use it anytime, and it doesn’t get on your hands. It goes on great and does not have a strong smell either. I love it!

When it comes to self tanning – moisturizing is a must in order to get that perfect even tan that glows. Not only do I exfoliate with Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrubs (Only $7 at Ulta!) but I moisturize with my all time favorite lotion – Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer 

Hair Products

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Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Smoothing Serum – Seriously makes my hair SO smooth!

Redken Iron Shape 11 Heat Protectant

GHD Flat Iron