If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not big on spending a whole lot of time or money on perishables. Or you’re-just-going-to-wash-it-off-and-rinse-it-down-the-sink-drain-ables.
This isn’t to say that I don’t spend time getting dolled up from time to time…but you will not be finding me at the MAC counter dropping serious coin on eye shadow. Even when I worked full time and wore pencil skirts and pointy toed heels, I wasn’t buying expensive make up or beauty stuff. It’s just not how I like to spend money.
A heavy duty cast iron pot or a good set of knives? That’s another story entirely.
That being said, I’ve come to love a few items that won’t break the bank:
I recently bought these when I decided that my 32 year old face needed some scrubbing love. I wouldn’t say I have bad skin…but I also wouldn’t say I have great skin. I had heard nothing but great things about the Clarisonic, but at $100, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I saw this cheaper version online and the reviews on Amazon from people who own both convinced me that I could go with the more affordable version. While I was at it, I bought the recommended face wash. I love this. I just use it in the shower and it makes my skin feel so soft and happy. No one has stopped me on the street to rave about my skin, but I feel like it’s glow-ier. And that’s all that really matters. (If you use a Sonicare toothbrush, this is that same feeling but on your face. If you don’t use a Sonicare toothbrush…not only do you have no idea what I’m talking about, but you should get one of those too.)
UPDATE: Amazon is offering a $3 off coupon for the brush doohicky AND $3 coupon for the face wash. So you can get the system for a lowly $18 and the 2 pack of face wash is only $13 right now! Jealous!
Moisturizer is one of those things that I really, truly tried to go cheap on. For years I tried all sorts of brands, at all sorts of price points. I found that my skin either broke out in a weird rash…looked too oily…or didn’t look any different at all. At one point I tried Hope in a Jar and fell in love. I mean, Andy even noticed and commented on my skin. He is not the type of guy who notices these things, so basically I was a lifelong devotee after that. At one point I ran out and didn’t want to spend the money…and noticed the difference almost immediately. Moisturizer is probably one of those If-You-Were-Stranded-On-An-Island-And-Could-Take-Three-Things things.
This is a little itty bitty teeny tiny bottle of a serum that you use a glass dropper to remove the magical elixir inside. A couple of drops on your palm rubbed onto your face and angels sing and unicorns prance. Truthfully, I ran out of this a few months ago and haven’t replaced it because, you know, I’m cheap. But those two little drops make a big difference. And I totally need to re-order. It takes the moisturizer up just a notch and feels lovely on your skin. Not cheap but me gusta mucho.
Honestly, beyond that, I’m a Walgreens run Cover Girl. I feel like makeup is only as good as the skin underneath it. Besides, there’s gotta be a reason that this pink and green bottle has been around for 60+ years, right?
What are your skin care favorites? Because let’s face it girls, we’re not 21 anymore.
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