The Cheap Girl’s Guide to Beauty Products

November 16, 2012

It’s Friday! Let’s talk about something fun, shall we? Since winter is just around the corner, it seems appropriate to talk about beauty products. During the summer, feeling pretty comes naturally. It’s warm, chances are your skin has seen the sun just a bit, the weather isn’t dry. But for me, winter is a different story. Static, dry hair, dry, pale skin. It’s not my best season. But there are a few products that I use on a daily basis which keep me feeling pretty. I like the idea of fancy face creams and skin care products, but I can never stomach paying top dollar, so my daily routine is pretty basic. In no particular order…

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream: This stuff is seriously thick, which is why I stick to using it at night on my face. When I put it on, it feels too heavy, but I love the way my skin feels in the morning when I wake up. Plus, this one jar lasts forever. $10.79

2. Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream: This is the most expensive beauty product I have in the bunch. I figure since I use very little each night, it’s worth the cost. I’m not sure if it does anything magical, but at 25, I thought it was time to start using something around my eyes each night. $42.00

3. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub: I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I’ve loved it since I was in middle school. This isn’t something I use every day, more like every other day or every third day when my skin is looking a little dull. Usually I mix a bit with my regular face wash. $3.79

4. Trader Joe’s Nourish All In One Facial Cleanser: I picked a bottle of this cleanser up a few months ago and have been hooked ever since. It feels gentle on my skin and does a great job of removing makeup. And at $5.99 the price can’t be beat.

5. Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Treatment: I could not survive more than a couple days without this stuff. I feel like a teenager every time I buy it. Doesn’t Clean and Clear just shout teenager to you? But this gel, made with salicylic acid, is my favorite tool for clear skin. Even if I don’t have any blemishes, I spread a thin layer over my trouble zones each night to keep blemishes at bay.

So now it’s your turn! Do you have any beauty products that are must-haves for you? Specifically those that aren’t too pricey?


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  • Reply krysten November 16, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Too funny that we use almost all of the same products! I am totally in love with the St. Ives scrub as well. I recently tried the Target brand and it is EXACTLY the same thing!

  • Reply Amy November 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    St. Ives scrub is one of my favourites! I love getting Biore nose strips for a treat šŸ™‚

  • Reply Urban Wife November 17, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I like Burt’s Bees or Yes! products. I consider myself frugal but I will spend a bit more for the most natural products I can. I gotta get better at the eye cream stuff though. I always forget!

  • Reply brenda November 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    That Nourish stuff is fantastic. Have you tried the moisturizer in that line? It’s a little on the light side (I have pretty dry skin) but I like it for under makeup or for daytime.

  • Reply Emily Schloerb November 18, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I just started using Neutrogena Naturals products and have liked everything so far. My favorite is the lip balm, but I also like the night cream and facial cleanser.

  • Reply Gail November 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I used to love Cetaphil… until my demotologist recommended CeraVe. I’m hooked, it does the best job of helping my dry skin stay moisturized throughout the day. I’ve had people (such as the person threading my eyebrows) ask how I got my skin so soft!

  • Reply Molly November 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Recently at the Philosophy make-up counter at Macy’s, the make-up artist told me that the St. Ive’s scrub is actually too harsh for most peoples’ faces. The large beads in the product can tear the skin and allow bacteria to flourish leading to break-outs or irritated skin. As someone who has used it for years, this was definitely news to me! She suggested finding an exfoliant with smaller, gentler beads. I’m still on the look-out!

  • Reply Courtney November 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    St. Ive’s must be in everyone’s bathroom – it’s in mine, too. Also, Queen Helene mud facial mask, amazing and like $3. I also love Aquaphor – soooo nice for any patch of dry skin, chapped lips, etc.

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