Monday, August 26, 2013

Keeping it Real - Beauty 101

Don't you love when the glossy magazines highlight a celebrity's beauty routine in monthly columns called "What's on your vanity?" or "Beauty Secrets of the Starts?"  The fancy lady lists some wildly expensive concoctions and you think, "Wow, 245 dollars for a face cream? Get real."

So that's what I'm doing today. I'm getting real about what's on my vanity, or as I like to call it, my "bathroom countertop".  Here is the line up:

1. Frizz-Ease $5.99
This stuff is great for curly headed ladies like myself. I spray it on my damp clean hair after a shower and GO. It keeps the frizz at bay and doesn't make my hair all crispy and weird.

I've had the same tin for 3 years, but I use it every day. This multi purpose goo is great on lips, on cuticles, on baby butts or for slicking loose hairs in your hair-do. It's an oldie but a goodie.

This nail strengthener is the only nail polish I use.  My nails look totally natural, but better. And they don't split or crack or peel.  It is, quite simply, the bomb.

I've used this exfoliator since the early 90s and I love it. The original version was my go-to and then I got old and switched to the "Fresh Skin" version, which is a little easier on the skin.

I've only been using Mad hippie products for a year and I'm sold. It's definitely a splurge for my little wallet, but I've had it for a year and I've still got half a bottle. Like I said, I'm getting older and my skin isn't as bouncy-teen-bop-awesome as it used to be. So I layer this light cream over the top of the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum. (see number 6)

After I wash and exfoliate my face (see number 4), I spread a tiny amount of this serum over my face and neck. For me, it visible reduces redness and aging spots. It also tightens up my pores a bit. I know the price seems high, but I have had this bottle of a year and am not even 1/3 the way through the bottle. So I think its a good investment.


Emily said...

I know lots of people who love that St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Maybe I do need to try it?

Daniella said...

Ha! I think $35 for a Vitamin C serum is a great price! Mine is $85. Although it is 20% Vitamin C and thus supposedly awesome, what gets me is that the bottle seems like it is designed to force you to use too much so it will run out faster. I would call yours a great budget find!

Miya @ Design Indulgences said...

I use that apricot sctub too a fee times a week then clean and clean (whichever is on sale....I'm cheap) the other days. And I love Target's E.L.F. brand because their stuff is super affordable. I buy their faux lashes for $1 for special occasions (when I feel like applying).

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

I've used apricot scrub for well over a decade too and I will never switch! Another drugstore buy you'd like is a mask I use once a week. It's St Helene mint julep face mask. It's only $4 and I love it!

Peggy said...

Bought the OPI Nail Envy on your recommendation. Love it! Exactly as you said.... totally natural, but better.