I do not consider myself a hair expert at all, but I discovered some hair products that really work for me. I have slightly wavy that is thicker than you’d imagine. I wear my hair both straight and curly and use product and heat for both styles. I use a mixture of drugstore and department store products and of course love inexpensive options when available. These are the products that are my favorites.
My favorite hairspray is Kenra Volume Spray 25. This hairspray has a great hold for all styles and keeps my hair in place whenever needed. The bottle is a little pricey, but you don’t need to use a ton so it is worth it and lasts for some time.
Although I have a decent amount of hair I often find that I am lacking body at the root. I fix this I use Aquage Uplifting Foam before I blow dry to really pump my roots. I don’t blow dry every time I wash so I don’t used it all the time, but when I do it is worth it. This product was introduced to my by Kate at The Small Things Blog and is finally available at Ulta.
Over Black Friday weekend last year I tried two Not Your Mother’s products as they were on sale at Ulta. Not Your Mother’s Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray is amazing. I love using texture spray on clean hair to give it a little extra hold. It also works as a light hairspray on days I touch up curls. It has become a total staple on my vanity and is great to help make styles last.
The other product Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo. I use this dry shampoo on day two and three hair to take away some of the oil from my roots. I have tried many dry shampoos and this one is my current favorite. It cannot be beat for the price and it goes on sale regularly.
I don’t always flat iron my hair, but when I do I use L’oreal Sleek it Flat Iron Spray. This spray is applied to damp hair before drying and protects hair as well as makes it super sleek after it goes through the iron. I was without for a few weeks and my straight hair was just not the same. This is also a great item for the price .
These are my favorites, what are yours? I am always looking to try something new!
I love finding great products at the drugstore, but sometimes its worth spending the cash and getting the high end item. These are a few of my favorite department store products that are worth every penny.
Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay
I am sure you’ve heard about the amazing line of Urban Decay Naked products. They basically exploded a few years ago. Well, in case you haven’t tried the shadows, they are amazing. I know that $50 sounds like a lot for eye shadow but this palette will last a long time. I’ve had mine for two years and it’s still going strong. If you’re a eye shadow person this is worth the cost. What makes it so great? These shadows are perfectly pigmented to provide the perfect color application. Not to heavy, not to light. Also, the palette comes with enough colors to give you severals looks from a day at work to a night on the town.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Brows are in and with this product my brows stay on all day. I used to use a cheap brow gel and half way through the day my brows were gone. With Anastasia they are “on point” until I take my makeup off. This little tub was only $18 and has lasted me way over a year and I still have a ways to go. I use it with a E.L.F. brush instead of the one they sell.
Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
I discovered these blushes through fellow blogger Kate at The Small Things Blog. She raved and raved about them so I figured I’d try them out. Turns out she is right. These really are lovely blushes. They are well pigmented and go on smooth. They last all day for a great look. I own blissful and Tipsy. Look around and find the color that works best for you.
Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation
I did my own makeup for my wedding. One of the things I was concerned about was my foundation so went searching for a super strong all day foundation. I wanted something that would cover any blemish, conceal redness and issues, and last 12+ hours. I found this in the Kat Von D Lock-it foundation. Now, I have to admit that was not a brand I had every really thought was worth it, but it is. Her products stay all day, something very important to me. I mix this with a little bb cream for everyday use to thin it out a little. I get the best application with a stippling brush, but a beauty blender would be great too if you’re into that.
Interested in how you can save money on department store beauty products? Check out my post here.
Have you tried any of these products? What do you think? Of course everyone is different and what works wonders for me may or not be your cup of tea, but these are just some of my faves. I have an order coming in next week from Tarte so you can look forward for my thoughts on those products as well.
High end beauty products seem to be the kinds of items that don’t really go on sale. You might get a free mini product with purchase or something, but you just don’t see the same sales as you do with clothing, food, and other items. Regardless, I do have a few tips on how to save money on high end make products. Try these out and see how much you save!
1. Although most of us generally purchase items through Ulta or Sephora, brands also have their own websites which actually go on sale sometimes. Urban Decay has sales quite a bit and they put items on clearance. I was able to grab their Naked Flushed palette in Native for only $11 during a sale. (regular $29.) Its still on sale for $15 here.
Add yourself to the email list for Urban Decay, Tarte, Too Faced, and whatever other brands you like. Look out for emails about special deals.
2. Every December Sephora sends out an email/and or regular mail to their members with a coupon for $15 off a $50 purchase (More for VIB Rouge members) This is great time to grab a new foundation or other expensive item right be before the holidays.
HSN, thats right, the Home Shopping Network carries a few nice beauty brands. Join (for free) and receive emails with nice coupons. I have used $10 of a $20 purchase coupons to get mascara half off. Check it out, they always have a discount or sale going on.
3. Still want to buy your items at Sephora? Download the app Ibotta and get $10 back on a $50 purchase at Sephora (excludes JCP locations.) BONUS: Join through the link above and get an extra $10 back when you redeem your first rebate. That’s $50 worth of products for $30. (even less if you combine with another tactic mentioned here.)
4. Ok, so you still want to buy your products at your regular store or site. That’s ok, you can still save a little buy purchasing with a gift card. Ok, not any gift card, but one from a gift card resell site. I have used this technique many times to save on expensive items including my dishwasher! Read the fine print, but generally these can be used in store or online. I find the best deals with an app called Raise. Currently, when you join Raise for free using this link you will receive $5 off your first gift card order. Most cards are electronic so you will receive it within a day. Some cards are physical so they may have to arrive in the mail. Just check before you buy. I found cards for Sephora inside JCP for up to 23% off and regular Sephora cards for 10% off. An Ulta fan? I found cards up to 10% off.
5. Lastly, if you are shopping online at all you NEED to be using Ebates. Ebates is a free cash back program that gives you cash back for almost every purchase. Generally you can get between 2% and 10% back on beauty sites. This trick works in combination with the online options mentioned in this post so double up!
Have you used any of these tricks before? Did they work well? Do you have other suggestions? Share in the comments!
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I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few of my favorite drugstore products of 2015. I love to use drug store products, but hate buying them and finding that are not as good as advertised. Below are a few products that i feel are as good as high end items at a fraction of the cost.
CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor (On sale at Amazon for only $6.99 with $2 off coupon!)
I have a huge problem with lipstick wearing off. I have tried practically every brand and within an hour its gone. I ran across this in CVS one day and grabbed it on a whim. Well turns out its amazing. Yes, it is a liquid product which is a little more drying, but it comes with a super cool clear coat that locks in moisture and provides shine. I have tried other high end brands of liquid lipstick since this product and although they work, this one is just as good and half the cost.
Maybelline Baby Skin Instand Pore Eraser $4.49 on amazon
I started using primers about a year and a half ago and let me tell you, they are amazing. Now, you will notice this produce is not advertised as an primer, but it is. I had been pretty loyal to Smashbox, but $36 was starting to get a little pricy so I tried this. It’s basically the same thing and makes my makeup application dreamy. (Yes, dreamy.) Even if you’ve never used a primer before, for $5 this is worth a shot. (Trust me!)
Ok, this product is awesome, but it might just over do it on claims. I discovered this on sale at Target last year and have been in love ever since. I use it on wet hair before blow drying to reduce frizz and leave a silky smooth texture. I also use it before using a flat iron and it really helps reduce the crazy bulky feeling of my hair. I love that it doubles as a heat protectant spray, so that is on less item to buy. As a resident of Florida I deal with gross frizzy hair all the time and this really helps combat the issue. I also use it before curling for a little protection. Does it last three days? Maybe in the winter, but lets not get too crazy. Besides, for $5 what more could you ask for?
This product is from the naked line that Herbal Essences came out with. It claims 0% paraben and colorant; It also comes in a pretty matte can. I am a dry shampoo lover; as an owner of colored red hair I avoid shampooing whenever possible. I have trained my hair to go at least 2 days between washing, but sometimes it gets a little oily by the 3rd day. This is where the dry shampoo comes in. I have tried every drugstore dry shampoo and it wasn’t until this product that I found my favorite. This dry shampoo, unlike other brands, goes on clear and does not leave an icky white residue. Perfect for those of us with darker hair and roots, and those who don’t want any more gray then necessary. I spray this onto my roots area, let it sit for a few minutes then brush out and style as usual. Viola! Another day without washing my hair.
This nail polish has been around for a few years now but I continue to enjoy it. At $7.99 a bottle it is one of the more expensive drug store polishes but its worth it. I have the biggest problem with nail polish chipping and wearing off too fast. This polish, along with a good bottom and top coat really do last and make painting your nails worth the time. This polish goes on sale all the time so keep an eye out.
This is my current go to morning moisturizer. This product delivers the moisture my normal to dry skin needs as well as provides a great layer of sun protection. (Super important!) I love that it is in a bottle with a pump instead of a a tub as this keeps the bacteria and germs from my fingers out of the rest of the product..
Have you used these products? What do you think? Do you have some favorite drugstore beauty products? Share them in the comments!