February 4, 2016
Let's Talk About Lipstick's Budget Finds
This is kind of a mish mash of items but variety is the spice of life, right? RIGHT? Right. I have a handful of super affordable things that I have been using almost daily lately. Things that have been contributing to my "mom uniform" as I so lovingly call it. Well....if I'm being honest, most days my "mom uniform" consists of really unflattering sweat pants (the kind you wouldn't be caught DEAD in in public), a shirt that is stained with baby food, baby snot, baby spit, etc., no bra because....no doi...hair in a really fugly ponytail that makes me look like a preteen from the early 90s (you know the look) and a totally bare face. But when I have to head out of the house, these are the things I've been wearing/using/loving almost daily lately and they're totally wallet-friendly! Let's go clockwise starting with....
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | I hopped on the micellar water train and CHOO CHOO! I am sold. I was thinking "what's the big deal? Isn't it just a gentle toner?" Well...yeah, but it just works so well! I have the basic all-in-one formula (pink cap) that removes makeup/cleanses/refreshes and works for all skin types (including sensitive). They also have one that is supposed to remove waterproof mascara, but it was sold out so I grabbed the last bottle of the other kind. It's selling like hot cakes! There is no scent whatsoever. I apply it to a cotton ball after I'm finished cleansing my skin and this removes all the leftover traces of makeup and gunk left behind. I've also used it to remove any lingering eye makeup that doesn't come off with my cleansing oil. It leaves my skin feeling SO clean, but not tight or dried out. It's the perfect prep for your serums and/or moisturizers.
Linen Blend Boyfriend Tee | I officially own this bitch in like 8 colors. My favorite is this kind of periwinkle/French blue one though. These long-sleeved tees are so comfy and look so cute with jeans. They're kind of a slouchy, boxy cut which I usually stay away from, but these are somehow slimming and hide any leftover baby weight that some of us are trying desperately to shed. They go on sale in-store all the time and I usually stock up on them when they're under $10.
Shea Moisture Rose Cleansing Oil | Nothing new or noteworthy about cleansing oils (check out one of my archive posts HERE if you need some more info). This one was on Target Cartwheel so I thought I'd give her a go. I am a total sucker for anything rose scented or infused. I love it. This one smells so incredible and does a really beautiful job at removing makeup and leaving skin soft and supple and it is a must have for sensitive skin. It turns to kind of a creamy consistency when mixed with water, similar to a cream cleanser.
Wet n Wild Mega Blast Lipsticks | Another item I own about every color of. Lately I've been wearing 24 Carrot Gold which is a punchy orangey/red. Everyone needs to own the color "Cherry Picking" which is gorgeous on literally every single person in the world. They're under $2 and last forevvvvvver.
High Rise Rockstar Skinnies | I have always loved Old Navy's Rockstar fit which works so well for us gals with small waists and ghetto booties and thighs. I have these in dark washes, light washes, distressed, stretch, non-stretch, you name it, I got it. I usually wear the mid-rise style which I still love, but lately I've been really loving their high rise style. They are so flattering and look super cute with a tucked in button down.
TRESemme Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir | This is basically a dry oil that I've been spritzing in my hair after I very lightly towel blot. I only spray it from the mid-shaft down to the ends (leaving it off the roots and scalp) and MY GOOD GOD THE SMELL is like angels were crying tears of joy and caught them in a bottle. I can't even start to tell you how incredible the smell is. It blows anything coconut scented out of the water and I am the biggest coconut superfan in the world so that's saying something. It's super super super lightweight so don't be intimidated about spritzing oil onto your hair if it's fine (which mine is). It doesn't weigh it down at all. Sometimes I loosely twist it up in a loose bun and let my hair air dry, and sometimes I go right ahead and blow dry. Depends on which way the wind is blowin' me.
CoverGirl LashBlast Super Sizer Mascara | I'm on my 4th tube and I am usually a serial mascara bouncer-arounder (that's a very real thing). I'm obsessed with this one.
Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy Thickening Spray | I grabbed this on a whim and I LOVE it. Here's another one that smells sooooooo good! This one you spray into your hand and distribute it evenly from root to tip, which is kind of misleading seeing as they gave it one of those spray nozzles that typically accompanies a root lifting spray. This stuff really plumps up each strand of my hair and after blow drying it looks like I have 2 heads of hair. Last night I worked it through my damp hair and let it air dry and I woke up to the coolest beachy waves this morning!
e.l.f. HD Shimmering Powder | I had been looking for this powder in the banana color as a more economical and easy to find version of my Ben Nye Banana Powder, but as it turns out, the e.l.f. HD Banana Powder is freaking impossible to find! It's always sold out in stores at Target! So instead I thought I'd give this one a shot. It's really pretty! There is the slightest shimmer to it, no chunky glitter, but just enough oomph to give your skin a pretty, reflective finish. It sets under eye concealer really nicely. The only thing I noticed with this is it doesn't have the best staying power (you get what you pay for). But there's quite a bit in the container and a little goes a long way. So if you don't mind touching up with loose powder throughout the day, this would be a great little budget setting powder.