Monday, October 31, 2011

Usually those four words in a sentence don't go together very well.   Having been a student veeery recently... I totally understand the stress that comes along with the good old college budget.  Besides the obvious expenses of books and tuition, people often forget about the little things that often come up.  

Personally, I completely forgot to budget in clothes and personal items such as, makeup, toiletries, gifts for people, etc.  In high school, I didn't have too many expenses and I was able to try out new goodies that Maybelline or Covergirl here and there.  After moving out on my own, those little "treats" became a thing of the past.  It wasn't until my last year of college where I discovered that you CAN look amazing without spending a fortune.  I have made a short list of tips and tricks that helped me through school and I hope they'll help you too!  :)

**DO: BUDGET IN MAKEUP.  Don't deprive yourself.
If you deprive yourself of little things you want/need, you end up spending way more than you need or intended to by randomly splurging.  Set a budget for yourself!  This may seem obvious, but it's a little thing that gets overlooked.  Tell yourself you're going to spend $X and stick to it!  You can always change it based on income or what have you, but know what your limits are.

**DO: MAKE A LIST
You don't have to stick to it.  When I'm watching YouTube videos or surfing the web and I come across a product I'm wanting to try, I'll jot it down on my "makeup want list".  I'll then have an idea about how much it's going to cost and I can then look for sales/coupons to knock the price down even lower.  Sometimes, I'll even write a product down and find myself, a week later, not really wanting it after all.  Lists help to eliminate the impulse buying problem I have sometimes! :)

**DO: KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SALES/COUPONS
This ties into the "make a list" tip.  If you have a list written down, you know which exact products to look out for and what coupons to snoop out.  This will save you lots of bucks in the long run!  You can use the money that you saved and put it back into your "makeup fund" or towards something else.

**DO: JOIN REWARDS PROGRAMS
Sephora has one, Ulta has one, even CVS has one.  Just because you join a store's rewards program, doesn't mean you need to shop there exclusively.  I'm a member of about 5 or 6 rewards programs myself!  Having an option to build up rewards points with your purchases only works in your favor.  When you reach the store's threshold you get money off, rewards back, etc.  (depends on the store) I'll shop at whatever store is having the sale that week, rack up my rewards and eventually I will receive products or money back from every place I signed up with.  Another bonus is that if you sign up, the store usually will email/mail you coupons and other discounts you can use on top of the sales!



**MYTH: ONLY BUY THINGS ON SALE OR THAT ARE CHEAP
Makeup is like clothing for your face.  In your closet you have a few quality basic pieces like a winter coat, boots or black blazer.  In my makeup collection I like to have a few quality basics that cost a little more, but know I will use them for a long time.  Spend extra money on things that aren't considered "trendy" like foundations, primers and eyeliners.  Trendy items are things that change with the seasons and fads can be things like nail polish and eyeshadow.  Save up for more expensive items and you'll feel a sense of accomplishment.  If you are unable to, put pricier items on your "makeup want list", then ask for them for your birthday or christmas!  :)

**MYTH: DRUGSTORE ITEMS DON'T WORK
I used to have this thought.  For awhile everything I bought seemed to just not work!  I gave up for awhile and lately, almost everything I bought has done the job its supposed to do.  I'm not sure if the companies have been increasing the quality of their products to compete with high-end products or what.  But it's awesome!  Even drugstore companies like Wet n' Wild have really stepped up their game.  I just keep an eye on YouTube reviews and blogs to know what works and what doesn't so I don't end up wasting money.

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Hope you guys found this helpful for your future pretty purchases!  :)

Stay Beautiful!
Laura

New Makeup & College Budgets.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

So when someone asks...what is a staple you have in your beauty collection, I think of things that I find myself buying over and over again.  There are some products I've tried just once and threw them out, but others I find myself re-purchasing for years.  All the products mentioned, I feel, are quality products that can be found at a very reasonable price.  Some of these mentioned, I have been using since high school...even middle school!  I've come up with 5 must-haves for your beauty collection.  I hope you get the chance to try some of these out if you haven't already!!  :)

1. Treseme Shampoo/Conditioner

My hair misbehaves every. single. time. I get out of the shower and believe me...I've gone through probably close to every kind of shampoo/conditioner lines the drugstore has to offer.  The one I keep coming back to over and over is the Treseme line.  All their products are very affordable, you get A TON of product for your money.  They smell FANTASTIC!  (always a must).  They offer various "types" for different kinds of hair.  Lately...my fav has been their new Naturals line.  It's lower in sulfates and silicones, which won't strip your hair of its natural oils or make it look dull.  If you have ridiculously frizzy, unmanageable hair like mine...try this.  It won't disappoint!

$5 per bottle at local drugstores, Target, Walmart <--- (where I've seen it the cheapest), etc.


2. Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara in "Blackest Black"

Now, I know most of y'all have tried this already.  It's my go-to mascara that I just throw in my bag and use it for touch ups.  I also grab it when it's on sale.  The rubber brush makes it easy to apply mascara clump-free.  The formula doesn't smudge or wear off during the day and it's easy to take off at night.  I will say that it doesn't give uber amounts of volume, but it definitely is your "workhorse" of mascaras.

$5-$7 at local Drugstores, Target, Walmart, etc.


3. Olay Daily Facials Express in "Sensitive"
Now, I know that taking off your makeup with one of these babies is a no-no.  But some nights you just can't help it.  You guys know what I'm talking about.  You're just so lazy that even washing your face becomes a chore.  Well, doing this is better than nothing in my book! :)   I use them prior to my Olay Pro-X spin brush and all traces of makeup from the day are gone!  They're pre-moistened towlettes with a re-sealable cover.  You can keep a pack in your gym bag for after your workouts and one in your bathroom.  And at about $5-$7 per pack (30 towlettes per pack), you can't go wrong.


4. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
This one is a tad more expensive.  You can find it at places like Ulta, Salons and anywhere where they sell higher end brand hair care.  Even though it's about $18 a bottle, I still find it totally worth the money.  First, it lasts FOREVER.  I can buy one bottle and it will last me about 6-12 months.  And second...it WORKS!  It leaves my hair smelling fresh, shiny and looking just plain healthy...all while taming the ridiculous frizz.  Look for sales around the holidays.  I've been seeing some salons selling theme as a two-pack for $24.  Just call and ask!  :)


5. Clean and Clear Pore Perfecting Moisturizer
I've been using Clean and Clear products ever since my first breakout in middle school.  I've found them to be very gentle and with my sensitive skin, that helps immensely.  This particular moisturizer leaves your skin feeling fresh, dewy and doesn't leave a greasy feel.  It says it helps with the appearance of pores, but I haven't really noticed a difference.  Top it all off with an SPF 15 added in and you have yourself an awesome effective and gentle daily moisturizer you can get for about $6 at your local drugstore.



Hope y'all got some ideas for your next shopping trip!  Don't forget to check out my twitter and youtube channel for updates on new vids and other postings.

Stay Gorgeous!!  xoxo.
Laura

My Top 5 Beauty Staples

This past month, I received Philosophy's Purity one step cleanser in my Birchbox.  I was really excited to try it because so many people have raved about how good it is!


It's a natural product (no harsh chemicals), which is fantastic for those of you with sensitive skin.  It claims to wash away dirt, oil, makeup, even waterproof mascara.  I've been using it with my Olay Pro-X spinning brush and have gotten fantastic results!  My skin has been transformed from dull and lifeless to glowing and clear in just one use!  Now, the downside is that it's too expensive for my taste.  I mean $20 for an 8oz bottle of face cleanser?  Come on.  I'm starting to run out of the sample they gave me, so I've been on the lookout for something that gives the same result and is easier on my wallet.



Behold.. I've found it.  It's the Neutrogena Naturals Cleanser.  Both have a light, fresh scent.  Both have the ability to remove all traces of makeup.  It's even gentle on my eyes.  It doesn't strip my skin's natural oils and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.  Not dry like other drugstore products do.  Pair this cleanser with the Olay Pro-X Brush, and you will have the best skin of your life.  Just be careful...this formula likes to foam when used with the Pro-X brush.  I got suds alllll over my mirror the other day!  :)  And the best part...the Neutrogena cleanser is only about $7 at drugstores.  YES!  You're skin will thank you for it!  :)

I will say this though...I absolutely love both cleansers.  if I HAD to choose one (money no issue) I would go with the Purity.  Reason being is that I feel like it gets my skin just a tad cleaner.  Not by much, which makes the Neutrogena a fantastic alternative.  It really comes down to just a matter of budget and personal preference!  :)

Stay Gorgeous.
Laura

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Dupe for Philosophy's Purity?

Happy almost Halloween everyone!!  :)

This is my favorite time of year.  I love everything from the hot apple cider to the halloween costumes.  The air is getting chilly (except here in CA! haha).

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Happy Autumn.  Stay gorgeous.
Laura

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