‘Tis the season to spend money on others… so why not save where you can on products for yourself? Store brands have definitely stepped up their game with lots of different beauty products, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite store brand items in this post! Some of these products aren’t available online (at least, not yet), but you can definitely check them out in the store.
Wal-Mart: Equate Everyday 2 in 1 Daily Facial Cloths ($8.37, WalMart.com)
These are the kind of face wash cloths that are dry in the package, and then you moisten them with water to build up a bit of a lather to wash your face. I’ve been using similar cloths from Olay since college to remove ALL of my makeup- even eye makeup- with no irritation. One side of the cloth is very smooth and the other side is textured and has a nice exfoliating effect. These are also incredibly handy for travel… you can just grab a few and they take up hardly any space (you also don’t leave a mess of the day’s makeup all over your host’s washcloths). These cloths from Equate are definitely my holy grail face cleanser/makeup remover!
Dollar General: DG Body Vanilla Body Butter Wash ($2.50, Dollar General Stores)
If you like creamy body washes that don’t strip your skin of moisture- this one from Dollar General is a great option! For less money than brand-name Softsoap, you still get a luxurious texture and a lightly sweet vanilla scent. I love that even though this is a very thick body wash, I feel like I’m getting totally clean. If you find that your family is quickly draining bottles of shower gel, save a few dollars and try this!
Walgreens: Well at Walgreens Sphere Lip Balms ($2.99 each, Walgreens stores)
Walgreens now has their own version of the popular EOS lip balms. For a dollar or two less (depending on your location and special discounts), you can try out these sphere-shaped lip balms. So far I’ve found a couple of flavors- Watermelon and Strawberry. They have a deliciously sweet scent and a tasty fruit flavor. Keep them around the house for a moisture boost when you need it, wear them under lipstick or lip liner for a smoother application, or keep them in your purse… I’m able to find these quickly in my bag because of their unusual shape!
Target: Up & Up Crease Brush and Smudge Brush ($1.97 to $2.49, Target.com)
You might be surprised at the quality of brushes you can find at Target for just a few dollars! Target’s Up & Up brand has a couple of eye brushes that I’m especially fond of. If you feel like most eye brushes are a bit to large or don’t give you enough control with your eyeshadow application, give these a try. The bristles are super soft and nicely tapered to give you a great blend. The crease brush is nice for softening the edges of your look, and the smudge brush is actually a great size for patting shadow on your lids.
Have you found any store brand beauty products that perform as well or better than their brand name counterparts? Let me know in the comments section- I’d love to check them out! And if you’d like to see more beauty reviews and tutorials, check out my Beauty Broadcast YouTube channel and blog. Have a great day! – Emily
It’s kind of hard to tell from the completely schizophrenic weather, but winter is HERE. The official start date isn’t for a few weeks, but my skin seems to think otherwise. It’s already showing signs of the season (read: super dry). Before the snake coating completely takes over, I’m taking precautionary measures with this dry skin arsenal.
1. Tocca Crema de Mano Luxe, $20. Keep a rich hand cream on stand by. You’ll need it.
2. RMS Beauty Oil, $74. Oils seems scary, but are really hydrating and actually balance out the natural oils in your skin. So give one a try!
3. Vaseline Rosy Lips. A petrolatum-based lip balm is a must during the winter.
4. Little Green Soothing Balm, $14. Perfect for both my son’s sensitive skin and mine.
5. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $38. A delish scent and super hydrating.
6. Pixi Redness Reducing Primer, $28. Put this on under your makeup before heading out into the cold.
Look our for more dry skin tips in the February issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.
Hi everyone! It’s the season for dry skin, and sometimes the dryness can be pretty sneaky! This time of year, I often find that I’ll like the look of my makeup when it’s freshly applied, but as the day rolls on and I’m out in the dry air… everything from my lips to under-eyes are visibly dry. Here are a few quick, inexpensive, purse-friendly ways that you can touch-up throughout the day to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!
NYX Dewy Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray ($7.99, Ulta.com)
This setting spray helps you combat the appearance of dryness as soon as you finish applying your makeup. A couple of sprays of this on your face help lock in your makeup look, while removing a powdery appearance. I don’t find that the finish becomes overly “dewy”, but it really makes the face look fresh and keeps the makeup looking like skin. This is great for a little pick-me-up late in the day as well.
E.L.F. Daily Moisture Stick ($6, eyeslipsface.com)
If your main problem area for dryness is the under-eye area, this is the product for you! While I love my full coverage under-eye concealers, they don’t always stay looking so fresh as the day rolls on- especially when you’re applying it on top of fine lines and wrinkles. Just get a small dab of this on your finger, then apply it directly to any dryness under the eyes. It doesn’t un-do your concealer, but instead makes it look freshly applied- plus there’s a bit of a cooling sensation! This is also great for dry patches elsewhere on the face or body. Click here to see a video that shows my before & after with this product!
Jack Black Intensive Therapy Lip Balm – Lemon & Chamomile SPF 25 ($7.50, Ulta.com)
Dry lips are something I’ve come to expect this time of year, and there are lots of great lip balms that can make your lips feel soothed and moisturized! But I stumbled across a new favorite when I was with my husband, browsing the Jack Black products in Ulta. This lemon lip balm will blow your mind with its amazing scent, but it’s equally impressive in its ability to hydrate chapped lips. I like to put it on before I start applying my makeup so my lips are nice and soft by the time I add lipstick, lip liner or gloss. It’s also handy for touch-ups on the go.
Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($7.75, Wal-Mart)
I love keeping my hands moisturized with lotion, but for some reason, my cuticles often remain dry. This cuticle oil has become a must-have for me- not just when I’m doing a manicure, but anytime I feel like the skin around my nails is feeling extra dehydrated. Just apply a tiny drop on each cuticle and rub it in. It makes a world of difference in the overall look of your nails!
Do you have any must-haves for dry skin? Share your tips in the comments section! And for more makeup reviews and tutorials, check out the Beauty Broadcast blog and YouTube channel. Have a great day! – Emily
Now that there’s a chill in the air, I’m all about cuddling up in the blankets (and a little snuggling never hurt anyone). Looks like I’m not the only one with bedroom eyes this Fall – there are a slew of boudoir beauty products that are seriously bringing sexy back.
1. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mon Eau de Lingerie (~$80) – La Petite Robe Noire is a best-selling fragrance in France, so you know it has to be ooh-la-la good. Now these saucy beauty experts have launched Eau de Lingerie, a perfumed spray created for, well, your lingerie (or your little black dress)! It’s designed especially not to damage fine fabric – so spray your linens while you’re at it!
2. Soap & Glory Sit Tight ($38) – A “lower body” (ahem) firming serum that releases tightening ingredients to visually smooth skin and reduce puffiness when you sit down. It comes in an ergonomically designed massage roller – and how you apply it is none of my business!
3. Naked Princess Boudoir Candle ($58) – I’ve long been a fan of this exquisite lingerie brand and their small, but gorgeous, selection of beauty products. This candle is beautiful smelling, looking, and … feeling! The wax is actually made from natural butters and can be smoothed on for a skin conditioning massage.
4. Sarah Happ The Lip Scrub in Red Velvet ($24) – This cult classic has been a part of my bedtime routine for years, and this delectable special flavor is the perfect “dessert.” Scrub lips to smooth perfection and then apply your favorite balm, thus increasing your chances of cuddling up – and/or having gorgeous lips by morning.
Sweet (and sassy) dreams, my friends!
BALANCE OUT OILY SKIN
The zinc in pumpkin seeds are great for acne suffers because they help control hormone levels, oil production and also assist with healing the skin.
¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 egg yolk
Combine all the ingredients and blend it together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
HYDRATE DRY SKIN
Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. It helps to build and protect the cell membrane and maintain a good barrier function of the skin
¼ cup fresh pumpkin meat
1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil
1 tablespoon of whole milk, cream or yogurt
Combine the ingredients and blend it all together in a food processor. Apply the mixture to your face leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water.
FADE DARK SPOTS
The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.
1 table spoon pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon/lime juice
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine the ingredients together and apply to clean damp face, leave on for approximately 30 minutes or until dry then rinse off with lukewarm water
As Jessie J says in song, “it’s not about the money, money, money,” and that goes double for beauty wares. Here, ten drugstore delights to don for under a tenner each, to polish your look for fall.
Color me impressed. For under $3, this top coat yields Liza Minnelli shine for days. Get involved.
Here’s a little tip: ’90s drugstore brand Jane cosmetics was just purchased by the same company that owns Stila–and there are more than a few similarities in their products. Like this Stila-esque long-wearing liner for a cool $6. I KNOW!
When Olay says they’ve dumped an entire jar of moisturizer in their new body wash, they’re NOT playing around. Like Prego, “It’s in there,” and it’s so in there it renders your regularly scheduled body lotion post-shower completely redundant. I’m forgoing my favorite spendy washes in favor of this bargain gem.
I am never without a ziplock of these miracle workers. A simple swipe rids me of my eye look without assassinating my lash extensions. If they get a bit dry, just dump some liquid makeup remover into the jar. Done and done.
Fake a ravishingly robust lashline with this perfectly portable liner from L’Oreal Paris. Dot it in between lashes for a subtly fuller fringe.
Apothecary-style packaging sans the apothescary price tag AND a Girl Scout Cookies Savannah Smiles scent. It’s briefly on sale at Target; I suggest you stock up on the lotion AND the incredible scrub.
A classic for a reason. I dab it on lips and heels, even my split ends, as well.
Cover up all manner of skin situations with this mattifying stick foundation that’ll take you seamlessly from the sweltering days of August to the serene days of September. Its core boasts an oil-digesting formula of Will Hunting levels of genius.
9. Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, $5 each
Story time: I used this shampoo and conditioner and was able to eke out FIVE FULL DAYS of a blowout. Whaaaaat? Pressed for time due to traveling, a new baby, million-hour work days? Lather up with these two and feel like you have someone else’s low-maintenance mane on your head. Because it surely doesn’t feel like yours. In the best way possible, of course.
10. CoverGirl CleanGlow Bronzer $7
With the warm shades and undulating texture of Sonora Arizona, this palette brightens as it imparts a warm glow. Pair with a fluffy brush over a smidge of cream blush for the ultimate fresh-faced look.
When it comes to my summer makeup concepts, in the sage words of Rihanna, I want you to stay. That’s all. Many primers talk a big game about helping your makeup ride out the day… and many fail. It acts like a sort of double-sided tape to keep your makeup from wilting before 5pm. Here, a roundup of the top five primers that have passed my rigorous tests. Check it.
Essence I Love Stage Eye Shadow Base, $3.50 at Ulta
This cheap thrill delivers. Use it under concealer or eye shadow for a little insurance against humidity or distance from your makeup bag throughout the day. Its creamy texture is blendable but not runny. I apply it with a small concealer brush to hide discoloration on my lids and undereye area.
NARS Pro-Prime Pore-Refining Primer, $34 at Sephora
Pores are so 2012. Lose yours with this skin smoother that locks on makeup while mineral powders control oil and blur the look of fine lines, pores and wrinkles.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Primer, $13 at Neutrogena.com
The silky, lightweight formula includes soy and SPF for protection and a makeup base in a single step without clogging pores. I like to wear it by itself sometimes just to smooth and perfect my skin on low-key days.
Hourglass Mineral Veil SPF 15 Primer, $52 at Sephora
It smooths my skin, protects from UV rays and doesn’t pill. I like that it gives everything I layer on top of it a little extra oomph. It’s a bit pricey at $52, but a little goes a long way and a bottle should last you six months plus.
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, $42 at Sephora
Don’t be put off by its Incredible Hulk green hue; this mattifying pore eraser yields smoother, more even skin, shrunk pores AND won’t break you out, a claim not many primers can make due to their high silicone composition. This step saves me from humidity and helps anchor my makeup under even the most vile weather conditions.
What primers are you loving this summer?
The saying “there’s an app for that” just shot to a whole new level (no pun intended). If you are or have ever considered a little facial tweak, then you know that it’s a big decision. Allergan, the makers of Botox, Juvéderm and Latisse have taken the pain out of the decision making process by creating three different apps that let you see what you look like before and after each of the treatments. The Botox Cosmetic iVisualizer Tool, Juvéderm XC Visualize App and the Latisse iLash Studio app can each be downloaded through iTunes. So if you’re thinking about erasing those elevens or would like to see what you’d look like with thicker, fuller lashes, then download the app, upload a pic and see the potential. Even if you eventually chicken out and decide against it, it’s fun to at least see what you could be missing out on. Here’s an example.
If you’re anything like me, you haven’t had much time to actually sit in the sun and get a little color this summer. When you have kids, you’re just constantly on-the-go, there isn’t any time to just sit and relax by the kiddie pool — you’re in it, chasing a 5 year old! And when you’re swimming in the “big pool,” you’re actually focusing on 3 boys and making sure everyone is safe.
Yeah, sunbathing. It’s not in the cards.
And don’t even get me started on going to the beach or a local park, it’s just as chaotic. Gone are the days of setting up a beach chair and just relaxing. Oh, no… as a mother, you’re on full alert, and that’s how it should be.
But (I will admit) for someone like me, I love a little color on my cheeks during the summer, so I rely on my bronzer powder. I am (literally) obsessed with my bronzer. It’s my go-to makeup item in the summer, and truthfully… year-round! It just gives your cheeks that quick little pick-me-up that they just really need and it’s awesome!
Here are 3 FABULOUS Bronzers for the Summer:
1) Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder – This is my FAVE one right now. It goes on super lightweight, but can leave a dramatic effect if you need it to. I think it’s just an exceptional product and works beautifully!
2) MAC Bronzing Power – This bronzing powder will give your skin a sheer, natural color. They have colors that will work with all skin types, too. I love this one because it’s really wonderful for summer use and stays on all day.
3) bareMinerals READY Powder Bronzer – OK, this bronzing powder I love because you can actually use this in place of a self-tanner, it’s THAT good. Of course, it’s just for your face and upper body, but it’s absolutely fabulous. There is an innovative new solid-mineral technology in it that delivers a rich, golden-bronze color for a beautifully even glow.