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Friday, July 27, 2018

The least expensive products in my beauty arsenal




Hello! Happy Friday! If I've said it once, I've said it a million times... "What's better the a summer Friday!?"

So, last night I got to thinking about the products that I use on a regular basis. My "product heroes" as I often refer to them. Admittedly, I have a penchant for liking higher end products when it comes to cosmetics/beauty. However, a few of the items that I rely most heavily on, are down right cheap.
I thought it might be interesting to list those out with the reasons as to why I love them. As always, I'll include links (at the bottom) and double as always... I make nothing off of you or your clicks. I'm not looking to profit off my friends!



Clinique's  Extra Mild Liquid Facial Soap   $17.50



When you see a youtuber or blogger going on an on about how you "JUST HAVE TO BUY THIS $80.00 FACIAL WASH THAT THEY USE!!" , run! Also, you can be sure they are just trying to get your $$. Regardless of what they tell you, no facial cleanser is going to fight wrinkles,  sun spots, fine lines, etc, etc. A facial cleanser is simply not on your skin long enough to do any such thing. Talk to any dermatologist, they will tell you to get a cleanser that is gentle and non irritating, and to invest the
bulk of your skin care money into serums and creams.  
Personally, I've been using this cleanser since I was 14. I stared with it in bar form and moved into the liquid form when I stared using a Clarisonic brush.

Plus White 5 Minute Whitening Gel  $5.99


Where do I even begin with this one??  First, this stuff works better than any "White strips". Like...WAY better.
This stuff , dare I say...has made my teeth more white than the professional whitening in the dentists office EVER has. 
White Strips will run you around $50.00. In office whitening procedures at the dentist are typically between $200-$500. This tube of $6.00 gel does are more effective job, hands down. You can put it onto a tooth brush and brush it right onto your teeth. I opted to buy inexpensive, customizable trays on Amazon.
When I first started using this, I'd do it 4X a week for 20 minutes at a time ( I drink coffee and red wine!).
Now, my teeth are about as I want them. Therefore, I'll use this once or twice a week for 5 minutes, just for maintaining my teeth's color.


Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder  $6.00

Those of you who follow me on Instagram  (@sheshe830) recently saw me talk about this. This little ditty has blown me AWAY. I've compared this to my KatVonD, Tarte and Laura Mercier powders...I love them all, but I'd pick this one over any of them. This sets your make up perfectly, yet does not look like you have powder on. If you had covered the label, I'd of guessed that this was a Chanel product.

Target Eye Make Up Remover $2.50
If you wear any eye make up, go get this. The bottle says that it compares to Neutrogena Eye Makeup  remover.... As "Dwight" from "The Office" would say.... FALSE!
The Neutrogena eye makeup remover cannot hold a candle to this.  However, I find it to be a spot on dupe for Lancome's Bi-Facil eye make remover. That stiff costs $28.00 and is worth it. If you can find an eye make up remover that can cut through waterproof mascara, gel liner and still be gentle enough to NOT hurt your eyes, its worth it. When you can find one that does all of that for under $3.00, you know you've scored big time! 

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara     $5.99



I've already talked about this baby in depth in my "Duping Divas"  ( you can read that here....Duping Divas )
Without repeating myself, I'll say this...If I could only own one mascara, it would be this. This out preforms all of the others that I've ever used. The only thing I'd recommend though , is to be sure to buy the WATERPROOF version. For whatever reason, I find the formula of the not waterproof version to be just meh, where the water proof one is a rock star!



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Well that's it for now. If anyone out there knows of any other inexpensive beauty finds, PLEASE comment on this post with them! We could ALL help each other out!

Have a lovely weekend!!


XO
~S

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