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So I went to Target yesterday, and no matter what, I ALWAYS make sure to check out the cosmetics section (mainly NP Set, NP Plixi, and Sonia Kashuk).  I’ve been looking for a new foundation because my Revlon liquid has SPF and makes my face look a little washed out on camera.  Fiending for a brand other than drugstore, I found this NP Set Memory Foundation on clearance for $7.  It was originally $28, so I decided to give it a try.  I tried the tester, and it looked pretty good but I knew I had to wait until I got home to get the full effect.  After putting it on my face on top of my concealer, I loved it!  It’s really a tinted moisturizer but it acts just like a foundation.  Doesn’t make your face look cakey, looks natural, and also “recreates younger, dewier skin” which is a factor I’ve been looking for for a while now.  The label says A blend of vitamin E, Vitamin C and seaweed extract to nourish and protect the complexion. FOR THE WIN.  I needed this for sure!  I purchased this product in Medium Dark, and you can find these products at Target (they have an amazing line) or at the official Napoleon Perdis Set website.

I don’t know why I have the urge to try EVERYTHING whenever I walk into the beauty supply or a drugstore.  Recently I’ve been itching to try Olay facial products… but because of their advertising, I thought it was mainly targeted toward older women and women with wrinkly skin. I decided to go ahead and try it, since I just couldn’t resist…  I got the Olay Foaming Cleanser, and it’s AMAZING… it puts Aveeno to shame!  It comes out of the pump like an actual cleanser as opposed to the Aveeno, which comes out as a foam.  Olay has a rich lather, and provides a deep clean.  You’ll be able to tell as soon as you dry your face…

Unlike other washes, this cleanser really leaves your skin supple and minimizes pores!  It’s definitely becoming a staple in my regimen!  I suggest everyone go out and try it… it’s good for anyone with normal skin.  I also use the Equate Beauty lotion with it (it’s the generic Olay lotion from Walmart).  Both work great and keep my skin glowing.

Let’s face it:  today’s economy is gradually improving, but our glamourous guilty pleasures aren’t getting any cheaper.  I’m a total beauty junkie, and keeping a low bill at the register can sometimes be an impossible task.  Luckily, Ghada from SmallWorldBeauty reached out to me with an opportunity to write a piece about staying chic without being reluctant to whip out that wallet!

We’ll stick to the basics here, nothing is better than a natural beauty.  One of my favorite moisturizers is drugstore brand Vitamin E cream.  I always make sure to pick up a jar from the local drug store because it’s super cheap, and it hydrates the skin thoroughly.  Vitamin E is great for reducing fine lines and dark spots that may have been the result of acne.  Not only is it cheap, but it will leave your skin feeling soft and is even better after using an exfoliant. 
And now that I’ve brought it up, exfoliating gloves are also a great spa accessory to own .  There are so many pros to owning this product:  you get a spa treatment as often as you like, your body is left as soft as silk, they’re CHEAP… Must I go on? Once again, your reliable drugstore is the place to snag this steal.  It’s way more effective than a loofah or a regular washcloth.  For skin that is even more supple, try slathering on some baby oil gel before you dry yourself off after a shower.
For a more glam approach to being frugal, E.L.F. cosmetics is a great way to go!  I’ve always heard good things about this line, but I’ve always passed it up simply because I assumed it was expensive (it’s sold at Target).  However, I was convinced to take a look at the collection when I found a 10 piece brush set for 10 bucks… can’t beat that!  Nothing in this collection at Target is more than $3!  Foundation, lip stains, concealer, and even FALSIES are unbelievably inexpensive.  I was convinced that this line was a scam, so I tried out one of the lip stains and I have absolutely  no complaints!  It actually worked better than some of the more expensive models because it STAINS your lips as opposed to acting as a gloss.
Aveeno has a Clear Complexion skincare line that is to die for! Not only is it inexpensive, but it contains ingredients that don’t contain harsh chemicals and promote healthy skin.  One of my favorite products is the Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, partly because it’s a light foam that gently removes makeup and debris from the face without all the extra irritation that some other cleansers may contain. 
And I love getting manicures, but sometimes relaxing in the spa takes a little too long and becomes just a tad bit too relaxing if you know what I mean : D .  I always get caught up and spend way too  much time and pay for services that I probably don’t even need.  A frugal way of keeping your nails looking looking flashy is to get nail foils.  They’re a great opposition to Minx nails, and just a bit cheaper.  The technique to apply them is the same,and they last for an adequate amount of time. A good brand to get is Blixz Nail Foils.  Only $17.50 for a mani that lasts a month?  That’s a deal that’s not to be turned down!
Of course there are several other products that would make my list, but I wanted to tell you of my absolute favorites!  Trust me, if I had time to go on and on about my favorite beauty steals, you’d be sick of me by the end of my ranting.

Time for some R&R! I was reading The It Girls Guide to Blogging with Moxie and they have these great drink recipes and spa treatments at the end of every chapter.  I figured I’d share one that I ran across:

Skin-firming Flower Mask with Orange Flowers

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped orange flowers or scented geranium leaves
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon clay (green, white, or bentonite)

Mix ingredients together.  Apply to clean face and neck.  Leave on for several minutes while breathing deeply.  Rinse with tepid water and pat skin dry.  Clay draws out impurities in the skin, the orange ingredients cleanse, and honey moisturizes.


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