A Few Skincare Buys

Hello! I recently splurged and bought three new skincare products. It was just my birthday so I thought I'd treat myself. I purchased the Clarisonic Mia, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, and the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. All three products are wonderful, but the Clarisonic is the one most worthy of a purchase! IMG_2994

Now, if it wasn't for my birthday and have some birthday money from last year, I would not have purchased it. It was something I definitely saved for and took a long time to consider buying. I have combination skin, and suffer from tons of blackheads on my nose. After using it for only three weeks, I have noticed a difference already. My skin is softer, clearer, and definitely cleaner. The Clarisonic is meant to clean down to 6 layers under your top layer of skin. So happy with the product, and I've been using it with my cost-effective Neutrogena Naturals products (See my previous post here). Worth the purchase.

The First Aid Beauty products are also pretty great. The Lip Therapy is moisturizing, and helps to keep the Autumn winds at bay. Would I switch back to my other more cost-effective lip balms? Yes. It's great, but other products do the same job. The Repair Cream is awesome on the other hand. I have pretty dry skin so I use it on my body, my hands, and my face if I need extra moisture. It's worth the buy if you have sensitive skin, and uber dry skin at that. My dad gets cracked fingers this time of year, and they've been completely healed with using this cream.

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Do you have these products? What are your thoughts on them?

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The Beauty of Sample Products

I don't know about you, but I love beauty products. From a young age, I've been fascinated with doing my hair and makeup (although I don't like wearing too much). The problem with loving beauty products is that my budget can't really afford to keep up with it. But I have a way of trying the products I want, without the huge price tag! The first thing you can do is go into your beauty store of choice (mine is Sephora), and pick up a couple of samples. Samples are a girl's (and guy's) best friend. They're free, give you a chance to try out that lux product, and you don't have to commit to a large price tag.

The second thing you can do, which really you should do before the sampling, is become a member of the store, if given the opportunity. Sephora has the beauty insider program where you gain points, can redeem them for products, and get exclusivity to new and exciting things. Its a win win in all regards. Again, utilize those perks and you'll get products on discount or for free! What could be better.

The last thing you can do, and this involves actually spending money, is buying a value set. Once you've sampled the product, and want to commit, wait for a value set to come out. You can to try new products that are most likely amazing, and you get the product you want for a fraction of the cost! I have an Origins value set coming in the mail, and I can't wait to use everything that comes into it. The whole set, which includes six of their bestselling products, is a fourth of the price! What a great deal. I'll be doing a post afterwards on the set.

Getting beauty products that you want is within your means as long as you're willing to wait for good deals or simply use those samples until you've saved the money.

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