Feb 27, 2013

Beauty on a Budget (Part 2)


Now, this is a hot topic.  I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on skincare products over my lifetime.  Sensitive, combination skin, prone to hormonal acne ain't easy to please.   Before my wedding, I had some awful prescription face wash that basically burnt off my face.  So, on advice of my dermatologist, I started using Cetaphil and haven't looked back.

The wonderful Mint Julep mask is for when I am broken out or feeling greasy.  I will dab it on pimples to dry them up in a flash.  So tingly.

I have heard that Oil of Olay is just as good as expensive moisturizers and eye creams (I would cite some studies here, but I am on a tight nap time schedule.  Just google it.  It's true).  I decided to get even cheaper and get the CVS version (they were just out of Oil of Olay name brand when I was there.  I'm not that frugal).  It seems fine?  I don't have super dry skin, but I use this in the winter, when it is drier.

Other skincare items include prenatal vitamins- I'm not pregnant but I think they make my skin, hair and nails better, makeup remover face wipes for when I am tired/lazy/hate washing my face (so, every other night), and oil free high spf moisturizer for the summer.

I am currently out, but a finalist recommend Biore pore strips to me a few years ago.  I hadn't used them since their heyday when I was in high school.  These things really do work!  Combo of this and old Queen Helene, and my pores are teensy tiny.  At least for a few hours.  During which I constantly stare in the mirror and examine my nose.

Finally, Epsom Salt.

This stuff is magic.  After a tough workout, a bath filled with dissolved Epsom salt is the way to go.  Muscles are soothed, skin is softened and brightened.  It pulls out all your toxins.  That sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, but I swear it works.

So what I am looking for is a good inexpensive exfoliating scrub- gentle.  I am working through an expensive tub of microdermabrasion scrub, and I like it, but not enough to drop a hundy on it again.

Advice please?


  1. I have the Queen Helene mask but have never tried it as a spot treatment for breakouts. Good tip! Are you looking for a face or body scrub? For face, I really like Exfolikate by Kate Sommerville. It's not cheap, but it's not a hundy! For body I love Origins body scrubs. They are oil based and leave your skin glowy and moisturized.

  2. I use that St. Ives Apricot scrub for exfoliation. It is another drugstore hit for me. I have used Cetaphil cleanser, but not the moisturizer. I think I am going to have to start an eye cream soon. I still rock the prenatals too, because I bought a jumbo bottle!

  3. I am currently using Neutrogena pink grapefruit foaming scrub.
    It has a gentle exfoliator that is not too harsh that it rips your face off - lol

    I am a Neutrogena fan and this pink grapefruit line has a really fresh scent to it.

  4. I use the Aveenoo skin brightening daily scrub $6.49 at Target. I've actually been using it for years in the morning and it smells so nice too!

  5. I've tried and liked the St. Ives Apricot scrub that Katie recommended. The Neutrogena one is good too. I just started using the Olay face scrubber (similar to the Clarisonic Mia, but $100 cheaper) and I love it! It seems to exfoliate my skin better than the scrubs but more gently. Love the idea of the Mint Julep mask as a spot treatment. The Aztec Clay mask is anothger great cheapy!

  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who has found the pricey items work about e same as the stuff that is half the price... It's all brand loyalty and marketing I tell you! And I am SO GUILTY of doing the same thing with face wipes just out of sheer laziness ;)

  7. I like the St. Ives scrub for my body. It's too rough for my face, but I just leave the tub in the shower for my body.

    I'm increasingly cheap as well. Having a baby makes you poor!


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