Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Drugstore Beauty

Let's talk beauty today.

I've been trying to get into more drugstore beauty products over the last few months and have found some really, really good stuff. I don't know where I got this idea that higher cost equals better products when it comes to makeup, because it's definitely not true at all. Plus, have you ever tried to maneuver the 'aisles' at Sephora with a stroller? It's not fun. It's practically impossible to NOT knock something over. Therefore, if I can pick up dry shampoo or foundation or a lip color when I'm already out and about, heck yes please.

So we're saving money and can easily do a restock on our weekly (twice weekly...) trip to Target. A basic moms dream.


Okay, first up we have this amazing shampoo and conditioner set. I didn't feel like shelling out the $25 for the shampoo I've been using, so I randomly picked this stuff up at Target one day. Cute packaging for the win. (Turns out it has tons of amazing reviews on the Ulta website too, so I'm not alone in my obsession.) I find that it makes my hair super, super soft and shiny. Just very healthy looking and strong feeling. I can use all of the moisture I can get during these dry winter months and this set delivers. I also love how well it lathers and the fact that it's made with more natural ingredients. Best of all, it's only $7.99 a bottle!


Another awesome hair product, this curl cream by OGX. I first read about curl creams here and picked this up via their recommendation on my next trip to Tarjay. First of all, this stuff is coconut scented and smells freaking amazing. I think that might be 75% of the reason I must use it every single day. And to back that up, it works really well to smooth my hair, specifically my ends. It helps seal up those dry, split ends without making my hair greasy. Love it.


I've already preached my love for the L'Oreal Infalliable Pro-Matte foundation before, but be ready to hear it lots more times. IT'S SO GOOD. I had to return my first bottle because the color wasn't right, and Target took it back, no questions asked. I was impressed (the girls at Sephora always seem to give me the side eye with a side of huffing and puffing). Anyway, this is my first drugstore foundation and I'm seriously impressed. I apply it with this brush and it goes on like a dream. It holds up well all day, too.

As for eyeliners, you can't get much cheaper than Rimmel Scandal Eyes at a whopping $3.99 (plus on sale right now), but it definitely gives my $20 eyeliners a run for their money. And I'm not alone, there are almost niiiine hundred reviews with five stars. Why do I and everyone else think it's so great? It's goes on smoothly, stays put (ie. no smearing) but is still easy to remove at night, and the pencil seems to last forever.


Last but not least, two of my favorite face products. Let's start with a recent find in the Garnier Micellar Water. I use it with a cotton ball before washing my face to take my makeup off. I swear my skin feels so much better when I'm washing it once it's already clean. It's not harsh at all on my sensitive skin and doesn't dry me out at all.

The Acure Brightening Facial Scrub was a rec via Kristin Cavallari and it has proved to be one of my most favorite beauty products of all time. I use it a couple of times a week for exfoliation before my regular cleansing routine (but after the micellar water ;)). I'd recommend using it in the shower because it's muddy, so it can get a little messy! I like that the exfoliating beads are gentle and my skin feels amazingly smooth after.

Tell me your favorite drugstore beauty find! Next on my list to try is this bronzing cream for summer. I'm intrigued.
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  1. I use a NYX eyeliner for 2.99 and I'm on my 4th or 5th one now and that Micellar water is the best - it takes a long time to get through the whole thing too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. I will have to try out that shampoo and conditioner! I'm always looking for new ones to try. And I currently use the ogx coconut milk shampoo and conditioner so I'm sure I'd like that curl cream too! That foundation sounds good too! Always love beauty finds from Target!

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  3. I don't know what I did before the micellar water, it truly is amazing! My face feels amazing afterwards. Great roundup gurlie and lol at maneuvering a stroller through Sephora. Haven't tried that yet, but I'm sure I will <3
    Green Fashionista

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  4. I have a few drugstore favorites and the Acure face scrub is the BEST! I love their entire line

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    1. I need to try more Acure products! I'm intrigued by their hair stuff.

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  5. I literally have 8 mascaras sitting in my vanity right now. But 98% of the time I use my $3.99 Jordana Extreme Lash one. The cap is broken and it looks beat up, yet I still prefer it over all other mascaras.

    - Claudia

    http://justalittleblush.com/

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  6. Thank you for reminding me that I need to try that Acure face mask! I remember you raving about it forever ago. The Micellar water also is on my list to try. The L'Oreal foundation is one of my very favorites, too - it's just so good. Have you tried any drugstore setting sprays yet? My favorites are the L'Oreal pro one and the NYX matte version.

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  7. Thats good to know you can return make up if it is the wrong color.
    I'm totally keeping my eye out for that shampoo & conditioner!

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  8. I'm the worst cause I got this at Ulta and not a drugstore BUT the mario badescu rosewater spray is AMAZING for a quick refresh or to set makeup. so so refreshing!

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    1. OMG yes. Love that stuff and have like three bottles all over my house!

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  9. I love a good drugstore find!!! I use rimmel eyeliner almost always, and sometimes elf brand too. I might try that exfoliant- mine just ran out and I love trying new ones! :)

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  10. I love good drugstore beauty finds! Need to try the Micellar Water!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  11. So I use those coconut curls on Liam (insert hiding monkey face here)... but perhaps I need to start using it on myself too!

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  12. Does that Accure scrub stink?? The facial cleanser I got when I was pregnant was so awful smelling I had to quit using it because it made me gag and I had all the sads about it. I need to pick up that shampoo, liner and foundation!!!

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  13. Love the rimmel brown eyeliner, I have it in black and it's so jet black and long-lasting on my oily lids! Great drugstore haul, have a great day!

    xo,
    I AM YASMIN

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  14. There are so many great brands at Target! Sonia Kashuk, Acure Organics, Yes to Carrots (etc), Alba Botanica, Giovanni, Jason, Pacifica, Soap Box...I could go on forever ;) Email me if you are looking for specific product recommendations!! xx

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  15. I used that Maui stuff and wasn't that impressed. I threw it away. Can't wait to try some of these other items!

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  16. That Rimmel eyeliner, yes! I have tried other higher end ones but always seem to go back to that one. I've never seen that Maui at Target before but now I'm really intrigued just by the bottles! And I had no idea that they allowed you to return makeup??! That is exciting news! :)

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  17. I am going to need to try that Acure scrub! I use the Revlon Colorstay eyeliner and love it!

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  18. This post makes me want to run to Target and stock up! The Garnier Micellar Water is the bomb and I have to try that curl cream (is your hair curly? or do you use on straight too?) and shampoo!

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  19. Yay for drugstore beauty finds! Totally easier than maneuvering the aisles at Sephora, even without a stroller they just don't work! I love my "higher end" foundation, but I've learned to transition into drugstore products for other things and it's worked so well for me! That shampooo/conditioner sounds super intriguing, may have to pick it up!

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  20. I'm going to have to try the shampoo and conditioner. I just ran out of my Fekkai (also $25) and I used the reverse your routine Tresseme in a pinch yesterday... wasn't any better than the first time I tried it... LOL I'm intrigued by the Acure scrub... I feel like my skin has been so dull lately.

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