I’m all about Budget Beauty when it comes to skincare. There are some awesome wallet friendly skincare brands and products on the market! Recently, I’m slowly coming around to introducing more budget friendly makeup options, a couple of which are the CoverGirl TruBlend products. I often partner with Influenster when new products come out- so I was super excited when I got a nice little CoverGirl package in the mail! I received four products, I’ll feature two of them today, and two next week.
The first product I tried out was the new TruBlend Base Business Primer. I love a good primer, especially because I have oily skin. & I need a primer to set my makeup up for success through the day. I typically reach for high end primers, thinking that the quality is better than your average drug store brand. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the TruBlend Base Business Primer! I’ve been using it daily before work, after applying my current moisturizer, & I’m loving how my makeup looks after a long day of teaching!
Happy Monday! Can you believe it’s already December?! 2019 is right around the corner, and to be honest, it’s kinda freaking me out. Anyway, I digress. I’m here today to share a great Budget Beauty product, and excellent stocking stuffer, the Simple Hydrating Booster.
Simple is a great skincare brand that stays true to its name. If you have sensitive skin, or strongly dislike any scented skincare products, Simple is def for you. I’m a huge fan of their micellar water, and now I’ve been hooked on this hydrating booster too!
I haven’t done a Face Mask Monday in a while, so I thought today would be the perfect day to share one of my favorite budget beauty face masks with you! Not only is the L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask Clear & Comfort face mask inexpensive, but the texture & application process is great!
L’Oreal has been killin it with their product lineup lately. From face & hair masks, to new exfoliating scrubs, L’Oreal has been doing an awesome job producing high quality products at a perfect price point. This fun, blue, mask is seaweed clay based and only needs to sit for 10 minutes before washing off. I love applying this mask right after a shower, and hangin’ in my robe for 10 minutes before needing to take it off.
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.
I’ve been hearing great things about the Pixi brand for a while, so I was super excited to pick up their Glow Tonic while shopping in Target one day. I know this is a UK brand, and I think they were just introduced to the U.S. a couple of year ago, or less. This particular product, the Glow Tonic, is a toner that aims to firm & tighten skin with its exfoliating properties.
I’ve recently been using the Pixi Glow Tonic in the morning to prep my skin for a long day of teaching. It gives my skin an invigorating & super clean feeling, without adding dryness. The main ingredients are aloe vera, which you can certainly feel when using it, ginseng, and glycolic acid which covers the exfoliating part.
One aspect of this product that I love is the scent…it’s so floral and light. I’ve seen some reviews where people really do not care for the scent, but I really do!! The cooling properties of the product leave skin feeling clean without feeling dry, which can be a common issue with toners.
There is no oil or alcohol in this product, the witch hazel and aloe vera do an incredible job working together as a natural astringent and calming agent. My skin can be sensitive at times, but I’ve experienced no irritation (particularly to my rosacea) since adding the Pixi Glow Tonic to my routine.
I’m really enjoying using this product as the weather gets more cold, I want to make sure my skin is exfoliated to remove dead cells, but I don’t want to over do it. I’m noticing this toner is prepping my skin beautifully for a strong moisturizer before my daily makeup routine.
I’m looking forward to adding some more Pixi products to my routine this upcoming year, it’s a great brand at the perfect price point!
I love trying out all the varieties of makeup removers these days from cleansers to balms, removing oils and, today’s feature, micellar water. I don’t have a particular favorite type of remover, but I do have a favorite brand within each. For micellar water though, is has to be Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water, which I find to be so gentle and thorough at removing my makeup.
If you’re wondering what micellar water is let me fill ya in. Micelles are tiny cleansing oil molecules that draw out dirt, makeup, anything yuck you don’t want at the end of the day, leaving your skin cleansed and pure. This particular micellar water has Vitamin C and B3, which helps to hydrate and purify skin as you’re removing makeup.
Another part about Simple’s Micellar Water that I love is how fresh and pure my skin feels after using it. There’s no residue, & you don’t need to rinse after use. Since the solution using Triple Purified Water, it leaves you with such a clean and great feeling.
Simple’s Micellar Water is perfect for removing your more everyday makeup, versus heavier makeup and eye makeup. I love using it nightly, and the price point is almost too good to be true. Def pick it up next time you’re in your local drugstore, Ulta, or Target!
As many of you know I’ve partnered quite a few times with all natural & organic skincare brand Valentia. I’ve been able to test out a wide range of their products, you can find all of my reviews below, but this was the first AM moisturizer of theirs I’ve used, and to no surprise, I love it!
I’m including this Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer in Budget Beauty because as I was browsing the aisles of Target & I noticed that the price of a good AM moisturizer isn’t what it used to be! To be honest I’ve been trying to use up so many samples & products that I haven’t actually purchased a morning moisturizer in quite some time. So, seeing the $25 price tag for this product is a bargain given the high quality, organic, ingredients.
Since this is a brightening product it will help to correct any dark spots thanks to kojic acid, it also evens skin tone as the antioxidants and vitamins penetrate and treat your skin. The hyaluronic acid, which is super popular in many products lately, aids with strengthening elasticity and delivering moisture. Lastly, ginseng boots collagen so skin will look more energized, while Shea butter is a great hydrator, and is perfect for the change of weather we’re experiencing. No dry skin over here!
The moisturizer is packed to the brim with great ingredients, and I love that I can feel how high quality the ingredients are when I apply the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer each morning. After using it for over a month I’ve had no issues with this product. My skin is bright and hydrated, and it works perfectly under makeup. No need to worry about this moisturizer making your skin oily while wearing makeup for an entire day, it’s a great base.
The Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer is luxurious, without breaking the bank. Oh yeah, & it smells spectacular. I love the scent of all Valentia products, fresh and sort of citrus-y.
One day while perusing the skincare aisles of the bank account killer, but soul gratifier, Target, these cute little face mask packets appeared in my line of view. I had heard about them for a while, but never purchased, so I figured, let’s make today the day I actually try these nügg face masks!
nügg, a cruelty free, natural oil & extract skincare brand, makes a line of face masks that cover a variety of concerns. Each mask is sold in a little pod, which makes them an ideal face mask to travel with…or just use on a Spa Sunday perhaps.
While I haven’t had the chance to use all of the nügg face masks yet, I’ve been able to use three, and enjoyed them all! Although the masks serve different purposes, the texture of all of them is a the same, it’s a gel that isn’t too sticky and doesn’t dry onto the skin like so many masks. First, the Exfoliating Mask, features cranberry seed oil and jojoba beads. This one felt great on my skin and my face looked fresh and new after using it. I don’t think I had ever used a mask with cranberry seed oil in it before, so that was something fun and new for me.
The next one I used about a week later was the Hydrating Mask, the main ingredients Camellia seed oil and Spirulina extract, which is an antioxidant packed superfood, were also new to me. I love that nügg has been introducing me to new natural skincare ingredients, it speaks to the difference in their brand compared to competitors. The last nügg mask I’ve used is the Revitalizing Mask, which has flaxseed and peppermint oil as its main ingredients. I love peppermint oil, so this mask was by far my favorite. It really woke my skin up and gave me a great glow. I used this as a Wednesday night skin pick up to keep me looking fresh and revitalized for the rest of the week.
If you’re new to nügg and want to experiment with what their face masks have to offer, I would highly advise trying out the Soothe, Hydrate, Exfoliate, and Revitalize Four Pack, which includes one of each mask. The only one from there that I haven’t yet tried is the Soothe mask, but I’m sure I’ll get my hands on it eventually! Next time you’re in Target, which you know you will be soon, think about adding one or two of these masks to your cart!
I like to switch up my haircare routine often, I’m always bouncing back between different shampoos and conditioners, sometimes I focus on volume, other times I need a super hydrating product. With my color treated hair it really just depends on how it feels at the moment.
When I was given the opportunity to try out Hask’s Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo + Conditioner I was so intrigued by the charcoal aspect of these products. Charcoal, lemon, and grapefruit oils work to give your scalp & hair a serious cleansing…hence, clarifying. Clarifying shampoos are all the rage right now, their purpose is to eliminate any impurity, from the environment to your hair mousse, from your hair & scalp. It seems like any regular ol’ shampoo would do this, but that’s not the case, these shampoos pack a bit more of a punch when cleansing your hair, all while keeping the essential oils within the hair to keep it strong.
Most clarifying shampoos are meant for weekly use, but luckily with the Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo you can use it multiple times a week. So far using this shampoo has been a great experience, it gives a nice lather, doesn’t dry out my strands, and locks in shine. I always worry about shampoo lightening/ weakening my purple highlights underneath my hair, but that hasn’t happened using the Hask Charcoal system, so that is a major plus for me.
The Hask Charcoal Clarifying Conditioner works just as well, leaving my hair soft and feeling hydrated. It has the same citrus oils as in the shampoo, so it’s a double dose of charcoaly-citrusy greatness. For the price point, you really can’t go wrong with either of these Hask Charcoal products.