Monday, 24 August 2015

Makeup Monday: Mundane Beauty Essentials

I must admit, it has been a bit difficult keeping up blogging lately. I'm sure a number of you have recognized that my posts have become less frequent lately. This is likely due to the fact that I have been working full time in my field since June, attempting to pay off my hefty student loans. Hopefully I can kickstart myself back into a regular blogging routine with this post!

I thought I would do something a bit different, and show you what's in my toiletry bag. I often purchase a mix of drug store and high end products. I do find that whenever I find a product that I truly love, I am extremely loyal to the brand, and continue to replenish it each time I'm out. That being said, I have been a fan of some of these products for years, and others, just more recently. I will likely stay loyal to these brands/products *unless* I happen to try something else by chance. However, it's safe to say that I won't go out looking for products to replace them with.
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Low-Cost/Drugstore
Clean and Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover: The first makeup remover that does not irritate my skin or eyes! This is what a miracle in a bottle looks like. I can dowse a cleansing pad with this and make direct contact with my eyes and have no stinging, irritation or redness. 

Jergens Natural Glow: I've been a loyal fan of this product for about 8 years. Both my mom and one of my best friends also swear by this product. There are two shades Fair-Medium and Medium-Tan - I would advise that if you are fair like myself, stick to Fair-Medium (at first) and then graduate to Medium-Tan when you have achieved your desired glow (or get a tan in what little summer we have left!). I find that now (because I have a bit of a tan) that the Fair-Medium just isn't cutting it. It smells good too (like cocoa butter) and doesn't leave any coloured residue on your hands (yay!).

Bath and Body Works Body Scrub: They used to make the scrub in 'White Citrus' which was the perfect minimalist fragrance that did not irritate the skin. This fragrance is muted enough that I don't break out, but I really miss white citrus (also, the formula used to be a bit more effective). However, I do find that this product still does the job. I use it to wash my neck and other darker skin spots called scleroderma, which is associated with my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). 
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Worth-It Splurge/Specialty Store
Josie Maran Argan Oil: A product that I tried for the first time 2 years ago, and really got into over the last year. It is absolutely multipurpose. I recently dyed my hair (blonde and purple!), so I've been using it a lot on my dry ends. I also have a raised beauty mark on my face that is a bit frayed and painful- a dot of this on the mark smooths the skin, minimizes its appearance and even the pain.
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Philosophy Purity Cleanser: This is some serious multipurpose cleanser. You can use it as your daily cleanser. Remember: Always use after makeup is removed, and not as a substitute for makeup remover. I actually like to use it to clean my beauty blender daily- just a nickel size blob on the blender and warm water can go a lot way to remove residue and bacteria.
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I will ALWAYS be a First Aid Beauty fan. See my post here for an extensive review of this product. The cream is a perfect hydrator for my dry skin (especially the scleroderma on my elbows). I also loooove the face cleanser (and use it daily!). *Not pictured*
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Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens: I have used other blotting papers in the past, and they are nothing compared to these Boscia charcoal papers (they also have green tea and clear complexion papers).You can really feel and see the quality in these blotting papers (I used to use ELF papers). In my opinion, well worth the $12 increase of price.
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What product do you think is worth splurging on? What do you opt for at a cheaper price? Please do let me know what you think! Comment below <3 

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