Beauty On A Budget

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The holidays are over and life is back to reality. Your pocket book is probably looking a little low from all the amazing fun you had, but now you realize you need some products but don’t want to break the bank. The drugstore (mainly Target) has some really great products that you can get for under $20.

Here are some of my favorite items that I am currently using that I highly recommend.

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I have been using this product for a while now. Now that I am in my 30’s I need to focus on keeping my skin young and keep the wrinkles at bay, I also have super sensitive skin and burn very easily and this has SPF 15 which is great. I love  how it feels on my skin & because i have dry but pretty oily skin this soaks into my skin nicely and doesn’t make my skin oiler.

TIP: I learned this from a woman who creates beauty products, & whether it is correct or not since I made some changes in my skin regime I have noticed she is right. A lot of people, me included, tend to buy oil free lotions because we think that since we have oily skin we need an oil free lotion but it’s actually the opposite of what we should be doing. An oil free lotion contains product which increase the oil,if you look at the oil free lotion it is usually pretty watery which is not what you want.  A thicker lotion works best which creates a healthier more glowing skin. Again, this what I have been told and since I have changed my lotions I have noticed a huge difference. This lotion is much thicker than what I had used in the past.

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I have gone through a few different facial wipes to remove my makeup and these and YES brand are my favorite. Right now I have been using these for a long time and I adore them. I said before, I have sensitive skin  and a lot of facial wipes I have tried have made my skin really sting, these and the YES brand are amazing. The makeup comes off nicely and quickly and my skin feels clean and fresh.

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I love makeup, but on a regular day I am VERY minimal if none at all. I bought these items on my way to meet a friend because I had just ran out of my DD creme and needed something quickly. I initially didn’t really like it but I used it again back in November and I totally under estimated these products. The makeup is so light but the coverage is fantastic and this mascara is the perfect mascara for the day. It’s not super heavy or thick but it separates the lashes so nicely and a slight thickness. They look naturally full.

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I actually got this from Target In Calgary, Alberta Canada, but I have not been able to find it here in the states. However if you find this, buy this it’s amazing. It’s a sponge soaked in nail polish remover. There are three slits, stick your finger in the hole (he he he 🙂 sorry it just sounds so bad) and just twist. The only problem I find is that it doesn’t get the sides of the nail so you have to basically dip a Q-tip in the remover and just wipe away the sides which is no biggie.

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I have been using this product for a good 10 years. It smells AMAZING and I haven’t used a shaving creme or gel since then. I use this product to shave my legs which leaves my legs ultra soft. I also drop a few drops into my tub for a bath and of course use this on my body right as I get out of the shower. I get complemented on this all the time and the guys love the smell 🙂

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I have to say I am a bit partial to St. Ives products, I love their lotions, body washes & face products. I used to use the Oatmeal Shea lotion but when I went to the Target in L.A. near my place they were out of that one so I just bought this and OMG it smells and feels amazing. It smells like summer and Hawaii.

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I am usually not one for drugstore shampoo just because I have such fine and limp hair that when I do use drugstore shampoo it just makes my hair oily and blah. I was on a budget ( like always) back in L.A. and ran out of my salon brand shampoo and couldn’t afford to get a replacement so I stopped and CVS and stood there for a while trying to decide and just decided to choose these. And I have to say I love this! My hair feels healthy, more body, shiny and smells delicious. I am pleasantly surprised with this shampoo & Conditioner combo.

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I love body scrubs because my skin gets really dry and rough, I used to use FRESH Brown Sugar Body Polish but it’s $38, this surprisingly does the same thing for me and it smells like summer.

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My skin has been super difficult lately, my pores have been bigger than normal, I have a lot of redness and breaking out a lot, this has worked really well lately. My pores are starting look smaller but the redness is still there. What I do like is the fresh feeling it gives my face. Like a minty feeling, it tingles and really wakes me and my skin up.

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Finally, you don’t have to spend a fortune to feel and smell incredible. This new body line by Sonia Kashuk at Target is gorgeous. It looks beautiful and I totally fell in love with this scent. The lotion is thick and soaks into my skin and feels crazy soft and the body wash is great. They have other scents too but I loved this one the most.

Well, those are my favorites, have you used any of these products? What are your favorites?

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