Budget Beauty: Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam

The summer heat can lead to easy breakouts.  Whether it’s from sweat, sunscreen, or just the daily oil slick that somehow forms on our faces, hot & muggy days can produce pore clogging events.  Nobody has time for that ‘ish, so in comes one of my latest favorite Budget Beauty products, the Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Foam!

This is a deep cleansing foam that I’ve been using at night, after removing  my makeup.  It’s good for all skin types, and really gets into those pores to clean and degunk them from the long day.  I haven’t noticed any drying whatsoever, which may be because I generally have more oily skin, but since it’s geared toward all skin types, I don’t think drying should be a concern.

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Ulta Haul: Bath Bombs + Face Masks

A while go I gave myself a little Ulta Haul…I didn’t go crazy, but I did pick up a few fun items.  I was in desperate need of some bath bombs, and def not in desperate need of some sheet masks, but bought some anyway!

First up, the Fizz & Bubble Artisan Bath Fizzy bath bombs.  I bought five, each one would perfectly fit any of my moods on a given night.  First, I chose Hawaiian Lei, which smells like amazing spring & summer flowers.  It’s so light and refreshing, perfect for a summertime bath.  The second one I chose is the Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey which I think is perfect to have on the back burner just in case I get a leeeeetle bit of a sunburn this summer.  These three ingredients will def tone down any burn I have, all in a nice & relaxing bubble bath of course.  Third bath bomb up is the Lavender Fields which will be perfect after a long day, or the next morning after a long night.  Lavender is one of my favorite scents, and this bath bomb smells so good!

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Budget Beauty: Neutrogena Face Mask Review

I love Neutrogena products- the quality is great, I see results when I use them, and most importantly they’re affordable!  I jumped at the chance to work with Neutrogena on their latest It’s in the Gel campaign, focusing on their new 100% HydroGel sheet mask line.

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Budget Beauty: Thayers Witch Hazel Lavender Toner

Toner. IS. Life.

No, really, toner is life.  It’s my favorite part of both my AM and PM skincare routine.  Why?  Well, it proves to me how clean my face truly is, and also makes my skin feel ready for the next steps of serum and moisturizer.

Since I love to try new products, I always bounce around from toner to toner…but the toner I’ve been using most recently is the perfect budget beauty buy.  Thayers Witch Hazel Toner can easily be found in Whole Foods or Target.  It’s a natural, alcohol free toner, that refreshes and cleanses the skin without stripping it of natural oils.

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Clinique Pep Start Exfoliating Cleanser + HydroBlur Moisturizer

I’m a big Clinique fan- every skincare product I’ve ever bought, or used, has been great.  I particularly love the Clinique All About Eyes Serum, it has a great cooling roller ball that’s perfect to use both in the AM and PM.  My most recent Clinique products have been from the Pep Start collection, the Exfoliating Cleanser, and the HydroBlur Moisturizer.

First of all, I love the packaging of the Pep Start line.  It’s bright, and fun, and makes you excited about your routine.  Or, maybe it just makes me excited, not sure- but regardless, the packaging is super cute!

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Remay Glide & Shave Gel Bar

I’m super pumped to be going to Naples, Florida for a few days during my spring break.  A few teachers, off work for a week, at the pool…could get pretty wild & I cannot wait.

One thing I know I’ll need to bring if I’m going to be lounging around poolside is my Remay Glide & Shave Gel Bar, which I’ve become obsessed with.  As women, shaving our legs can be super annoying, especially if you choose to use shaving cream.  It gets all over, is messy, hard to apply while trying to shave, the list goes on.  I typically use shower gel, but I hate using so much product like that, and I realize it’s not moisturizing my legs the way they need to be after shaving.

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Budget Beauty: Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser

While I was home in NJ for the holidays I snooped around my Mom’s beauty cabinets and found Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Cream Cleanser.  I’d never used this before, so I figured I would use it daily for a week and a half to see if it was a good Budget Beauty buy!

First off, I’m a huge Neutrogena fan, I think they really are the best for budget friendly, high quality, products.  I’ve used a variety of Neutrogena products since middle school (!!) and I have never been disappointed. 

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Lancome Tonique Pur Focus Matifying Purifying Toner

2018 is finally here, good riddance 2017.

I’m trying to not freak out so much about it being a new year, I’m hoping that acting chill and going with the flow will produce the same results, if not more, than going crazy and ranting about doing x, y, & z in 2018.

Yes, I have some goals and bucket list items, but I’m not losing my mind over it.  My one big ticket 2018 to do item, is to stay super organized with my time, and with my life.  I wrote about this last week in 3 Ways to Keep 2018 Organized, so check it out if you haven’t already!

On a beauty note, the Lancome Tonique Pure Focus Toner is my first empty of the year!  I’d used this toner a lot in the AM during my skincare routine, but I mostly used it before doing any type of heavy/ all day or night makeup look.  The Lancome Tonique Pure Focus is a matifying toner, and since I tend to get shiny after a while I wanted to prep my skin well with this toner before doing a big makeup look.

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Thursday’s Fab Five

Happy Thursday!  I’m so happy the winter break is almost here, teaching has been exhausting this year.  I’m also super excited for this upcoming Saturday, Rob & I are hosting a holiday party, Cookies & Wine at 4089 which of course will feature tons of homemade cookies, even tons more wine, and I’m adding in a taco bar for sustenance.

Here are five things I’ve been loving the past few weeks, and all would make great presents too!

Thursday's Fab Five

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