Five Beauty Products I've Learned To Live Without
Beauty products are my weakness. I don't feel as guilty spending money on them because they're always cheaper than 20 dollars (well, the ones I buy anyway). But this is a bad habit because it's deceiving. When you buy many cheap things at different times, you don't feel how they are slowly depleting your bank account.
And guess what eventually happens to most of those newfangled products? They probably end up as clutter. And worse, it's clutter that will need to be thrown out for hygienic reasons in a few months. So finding ways to make the most out of what you already have may save you space, money, and best yet, they may even work better than some "specialized" products out there.
Here are some beauty products I've learned to live without:
1. Shaving cream: Unless you have terribly sensitive skin, you can probably do without the shaving cream. I know those commercials on T.V. make it seem so uncool to shave with soap, but with razors being so advanced nowadays, I find they're good enough to compensate for lack of foam. Plus, if you get an ultra-rich body wash like Dove it should get the job done just fine without irritating your skin. Just a reminder: never try this on dry skin!
2. Cover Sticks/Wands: They are supposed to be thicker and longer lasting than your everyday foundation, but I find it's hard to find one that matches both your skin and foundation. I say, if you've already spent the money finding a good foundation (one that matches your skin tone), why buy extraneous products? I've been using a small, flat eyeshadow brush to dab my regular foundation on my blemishes and find that it covers much better and lasts just as long as the thicker sticks. The brush concentrates the formula and still allows you to blend, without smearing it off. Tip: squeeze a dab of foundation on your hand first, then dip your brush lightly onto the dab before applying.
3. Hand/Foot Creams: I have extremely dry skin and have been through many different creams and lotions just to be disappointed. Now that's a waste of money! If you find a good all over body cream it's probably good enough to moisturize your toughest skin, even rough hands and feet. I personally like Cetaphil cream, the kind that comes in a tub. It's non-irritating, lasts a long time, and is rich enough to soften the toughest parts, even your heels. Best of all, at about 10 dollars a pop, it's cheap! If I need a portable cream, I just buy an empty bottle in the travel section in any drugstore and fill it up with the stuff.
4. Conditioner: I know, this one may seem a little extreme. I actually love conditioner. I love the way it makes my hair feel and smell, and, yes, it's just fun to use. BUT it is a luxury I can live without. Pert Plus just seems so blah compared to Herbal Essences, or other hipper brands, but I've found Pantene makes a good 2-in-1 shampoo that leaves my hair very soft. For those with more unmanageable hair, this may not be an option, but for shorter hairstyles it can save you time and prevent weighing your hair down.
5. Eye Makeup Remover: Again, unless you have extremely sensitive skin you probably don't need a separate eye makeup remover. Baby oil is very good at removing the most resistant makeup, including waterproof mascara. Remember to use a cotton pad with the oil, and be sure to remove your makeup before washing your face. The oil can get a bit greasy, but your face wash should solve that fairly easily.
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