|Any product with a pink star is one that I have not personally be able to try yet, but I’ll be sure to add updates when I do.|
Save: Clean & Clear deep action cream cleanser ($5) – I seriously hope that Clean & Clear never decides to discontinue this face wash. I’ve been using it since high school, and converted Anthony to it sometime in college. Now it’s pretty much the only face wash we ever use. I love the way it tingles, and your face really feels clean after you’ve used it.
Splurge: Neutrogena pink grapefruit foaming scrub ($8) – I haven’t purchased this face wash yet, but have a weakness for almost anything pink grapefruit. I needed something to help exfoliate my dry winter skin at the end of the day. I’m currently working my way through a bottle of Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub which seems to be pretty similar. So far I haven’t noticed either damning or miraculous results, but it’s only been a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.
*Please note pink grapefruit products generally don’t agree with people who have sensitive skin.
Splurge: CeraVe AM and PM facial moisturizing lotions ($12-14) – Ok, so it felt like a total splurge to buy two different moisturizers initially, but now I’m pretty well hooked. I love the SPF 30 of the AM version to prevent me from turning into one giant freckle this summer, and the PM version is very cool and soothing after I’ve exfoliated in the evening. Over all my skin has gotten much softer and smoother since I’ve added the CeraVe moisturizers to my routine.
Save: Yes to Grapefruit dark circle correcting eye cream ($16) – I’m not even 30 yet (milking those last few months ;-), so the thought of having to purchase eye creams already makes me pretty cranky. Then the fact that they all seem to cost an arm and a leg make me even crankier. Yay for coupons! I use this at night before going to bed, and I can actually feel the tightening under my eyes when I wake up. The downside…It doesn’t have the greatest scent (more licorice root than grapefruit), and my dark circles haven’t magically disappeared. Darn.
Splurge: Burts Bees intense hydration eye cream ($18) – Luckily I scored this eye cream with a coupon and while it was on sale at Target so I only paid about $11. I’m not terribly sure I would buy it again if it wasn’t on sale though. I usually apply it in the morning before putting on my makeup, and it does keep my under eyes from getting too cakey, but I can’t tell if it’s doing anything the Grapefruit cream wouldn’t do. I might save it for when winter really starts to dry out my skin.
Save: NYC smooth skin perfecting primer ($4) – Most of the more affordable makeup primers have very mixed reviews. I personally haven’t tried this NYC version, but it was the cheapest “ok” rated one that I could find. They don’t seem to sell it at any of my local stores, but if you’ve given it a try I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Splurge: Monistat chafing relief powder gel ($7) – Ha ha! Yes, I’m telling you to put Monistat on your face. I’m sure you have the same look on your face right now that I did when my friend Rachel first mentioned this to me, but I promise it works. Make sure you’re getting the chafing gel and not that you know, other stuff and you’ll be amazed at how well this works. The gel blends to a nice powdery finish that really makes your makeup stick.
Save: BHcosmetics 12pc brush set ($9-12 depending on sales) – I’ve heard good things about this brush set from quite a few make-up vloggers on Youtube. My set hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ll let you know how awesome they are when it does.
Splurge: e.l.f. Studio 11pc brush set ($30) – I don’t own this particular set, but I’ve purchased most of these brushes individually. So far all my Studio line brushes have been super soft and non-shedding.
I do not reccomend the e.l.f. Essential Professional 12pc Brush Set ($12) unless you are willing to buy additional single brushes to replace the total face and blusher brushes. These red bristle brushes are very rough and make it feel like I’m sanding my face.
Clean & Clear makeup removing cleanser ($5) – I’m pretty sure this version has been discontinued, but since I still have half a bottle left, I’m sticking with it for now.
I also just purchased some makeup removing clothes yesterday, but haven’t had a chance to see how they work yet. When my foaming cleanser is gone, I may simply start using my cream cleanser at night as well, to remover makeup and cleanse at the same time.
Johnson’s baby shampoo ($4) – It turns out, gentle kid’s shampoo or liquid hand soap is the perfect brush cleaner, and most of you probably already have some kind of in your house. Every other week or so, simply add a small drop to the cupped palm of your hand and swirl your brushes in a circular motion until the water runs clear. Just be sure to keep the brush pointed in a downward angle to prevent water getting inside the handle and loosening the bristles. Lay them on a towel to dry.
I already own a full bottle of sealant from a company that closed up shop a few years ago, so I haven’t had a need to try this one. But I’ve heard wonderful reviews from many bloggers and Youtube makeup artists.
e.l.f. Studio Eyelash Curlers ($3)- This curler works just as well (if not better) than any eyelash curler I’ve used I the past and it’s a steal at that price. I can’t wait to get the mini version in my next order to help with those stubborn outer corner lashes.
These can be found at most shops that sell makeup for about a dollar.
Also available at most retail stores, these can run anywhere from $1-30. So far I’ve never had a problem with any of the cheaper versions, as long at they have a slanted tip.
Great for cleaning up tiny mistakes, and you probably already have them in your bathroom.
Well, that’s the end for today. Do you use any of these products, or have something else that you’d recommend?
Stop back tomorrow to see my picks for foundations, concealers, powders, and other makeup or creating a fresh canvas.
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