Beauty on a Budget
I’ve come to the realization that I don’t include nearly enough budget beauty finds in my blog! Many of my readers are quite young and spending $70-$100 or more on skincare is beyond their reach at the moment (at least that was the case for me when I was that age!).
In order to redeem myself I’ll occasionally make a mad dash to the local drugstore and see what’s to be had, what I try, what I like, and above all in keeping with an inexpensive price tag!
I was able to test out the new Wave Power Cleaner from Neutrogena and this is definately fitting in with Beauty on a Budget. This costs all of $10.49 USD at Drugstore.com or $12 USD at Target. The price, in my opinion, is so right! Plus if you head over to Neutrogena’s website you can print out a $2 coupon so that cuts the cost down to $8.49 or $10! Hell that’s a deal! Click to get your coupon!
I’ve wanted to purchase a power cleaner for a while now, in particular I crave the Clarisonic Skincare Brush but seriously I don’t see myself dishing out $200 for that thing. As lovely as it looks I can’t bring myself to pay that much for a cleaning brush.
I haven’t tried the Clarisonic so I can’t compare it to the Wave however I will say at the bargain price the Wave works bloody well for it’s tiny price tag with a few minor pitfalls!
The entire package comes with the power cleaner, a battery (sweet! I didn’t have to go to the store to get one!), 14 cleaning pads, plus a $1 off coupon for refill pads!
I’ve used the Wave three times so far. Once in the shower and once out of the shower. My first run with this was out of the shower and it was a bit of a disappointing run. First of all this isn’t brain surgery to operate. The cleaner has a ridged surface that you plop on the pads on. No special tools needed to hold it in place, no snap ons, or anything like that. Just slap a pad on and go.
Once your pad is on you run the unit under water, press the on button, and start working in on your face. This doesn’t rotate, there aren’t any brushes that rotate, the pad doesn’t rotate, none of that. The Wave simply vibrates which causes the pad to foam up and begins the deep cleaning of your face. Sadly that was my main beef with the unit. The pads didn’t foam up at all. For someone who wears a face full of makeup daily this is NOT going to remove your makeup so well. Absolutely not. However, after using it and rinsing with my regular cleanser my moisturizer did sink in very nicely so obviously the unit is working well enough!
That’s a minor rant as I found a few better ways to use the Wave. One was in the shower which I believe will be my main place to use it. I think if you have a clean face already and you’ve just woken up in the AM and you’re stepping into the shower this is perfect for doing a nice deep clean. The foaming won’t matter so much as your face is pretty much makeup less. I found that the unit worked wonderfully in the shower and it’s completely waterproof so no probs at all. I decided to get crazy and plop a bit of Philosophy’s Microdelivery Wash on the pad and that’s when I experienced nirvana! This made a huge difference and worked wonders for getting a nice deep exfoliating facial while in the shower! I came out of the shower refreshed and my moisturizer and makeup went on so much smoother!
Cheers for that!
The formula of the pads is a tingly, cool pleasant sensation and the smell is quite nice as well but as I said I seen little foaming from these so that does need a bit of work!
The unit is very tiny which I found fantastic for travel plus it runs on one double AA battery which means I’m not having to tug around a recharger with me when I travel. The entire thing is smaller then the palm of my hand. Really great for storage, travel, and it’s just nice to have a small unit that works well!
You might be curious about the refills and the price. It’s safe to say they are pretty inexpensive at $8 for 30! You know you’ll be able to score these on sell though and maybe even cheaper in Walmart!
I had a totally smashing experience with this little gadget and it’s definately part of my skincare regime from now on!
You can’t really beat the price plus it works great! If you don’t take my word for it check on MUA for the rave reviews! The unit is up to a 4.1 rating!
To learn more about the Wave Powder Clean have a click over here and check it out at Neutrogena’s website!
Did I mention you can choose your favorite color? The Wave is available in blue, pink, and green!
Yea, yea, just call me a regular drugstore whore.
I’m quite a freak lately and have been making the rounds into drugstores far and wide. I’d normally never venture within the realms of a US Drugstore however I’ve had to get a few things for our mate, Rows, at Mostly Makeup thus I’ve seen the inside of one too many drugstores lately and I find…I’m sorta liking it!
I ran across Rimmel’s Spring Collection while rolling around the floor at Harmon’s searching out Milani Wet/Dry Eyeshadows that weren’t to be had or seen!
The collection consists of 6 cream shadow trios, 5 sparkling eye pencils, and 6 potted lipglosses.
Rimmel is far from my favorite brand of cosmetics even though my sister swears by it like it’s God’s given gift to the mortal soul.
I’ve only tried one item from the entire line and that was enough to set me off it for good. I can’t recall exactly but it was a mascara and that stuff flaked, ran, smudged, and just made me scream in agonizing pain at the unjustness of cheap mascara! WHY GOD WHY!
However, the Rimmel Spring display did tempt me. It was all bold and bright and the eye pencils called my name and said “Buy us! Buy us! We’re only $3.99 Each!”
So…I brought ‘em.
The eyeshadows held little appeal as I’m not much for creams and the idea of having three creams in one pot with no dividers made me shudder in fear! Imagine the mess?
The glosses weren’t exactly that fab either!
However, the idea of a sparkling pencil did get me slightly excited and the price was $3.99 so I got four of the five colors (I’d have gotten five but they sold out of the black shade!).
I purchased these because they reminded me of MAC’s sparkler pencil yet in deeper, darker, funkier colors!
Well…..the verdict is in and they go on smooth enough with a bit of tugging but I dunno I’m not thrilled. The formula could be a bit softer for easier application but it’s not completely bad either!
$3.99 USD isn’t too bad a price and the color selection is quite gorgeous however I didn’t see so much sparkle but as just an eyeliner they did an ok job!
The colors I got were Peridot which is a cold dark blue, Tiger’s Eye which is a gold based brown, Ultra Violet which is a sea green, and Lapis which is a brownish copper.
The good news is these have fabulous staying power. These babies aren’t going anywhere once on! I seriously had to do some major tugging to get them off with oil based makeup remover! No fading, no smudging, and lasted all damn day and night!
Tiger’s Eye, Ultra Violet, Peridot, and Lapis
Sorry guys the swatches all kinda look the same! New cam is on the way soonish!
As I said for the price you can’t really beat ‘em! I can’t Muse Approve these but I’d definately recommend heading to your local drugstore and having a peek!
You can see more of the collection at Lipstick, Powder, n’ Paint! Click!
Tell the Muse!
I think Vincent Longo is sitting at his desk and being uber pissed at the fact that Milani turned around and snatched his formula for their new Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! They not only duped the eyeshadow, formula, and part of the name but I think they actually, if it’s possible, did it better then Vinny!
“Grrr! Damn Milani! Who do they think they are stealing muh eyeshadow formula! Get my lightsaber! This means war!”
Last week I was wandering around my favorite Drugstore Queen’s blog, Vanessa, when I noticed she was pimping out Milani’s newest eyeshadows. We bow to you Vanessa and your awesome, artful application with mere drugstore brands! How does she do it!? She’s actually Wonder Woman in disguise! Able to leap tall buildings, race faster then the speed of light, and apply $2.99 eyeshadow like it’s Chanel! Seriously, have you seen the art she creates with really cheap cosmetics? I honestly can’t believe my eyes! This is talent people! TALENT!
Behold Milani’s New Eyeshadows! Pretty!
Swatches from Left to Right Milani Lily White, Vincent Longo Sparkle White, Milani Shamrock, Vincent Longo Verite, Milani Blue Lagoon, and Vincent Longo Mermaid Blu
Shamrock vs Verite
Blue Lagoon vs Mermaid Blu
Lily White vs Sparkling White
Somehow whenever I visit with Vanessa I get these strange urges to purchase drugstore brands! I’m slightly disgusted by these urges but I must say I have them none the less! She makes everything looks so appealing! Suddenly Covergirl sounds like the call of MAC to my ears!
I’m a snob. I admit that while blushing. I just don’t have any true feelings for drugstore brands stateside and I just can’t put any love or money into inexpensive brands but the more I read ‘Nessa’s blog the more I struggle with my intense lemmings to go to CVS and Walgreens! Lord!
Last week I gave into my temptations and wandered over to CVS to purchase Milani’s Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Eyeshadow! And I’m actually glad I did. This is my first drugstore purchase in….years…! I rarely touch drugstore brands stateside and you’ll never catch me setting foot into a CVS, Walgreens, or Harmons!
My Haul of Yum!
Strangely enough as I entered CVS last week I thought maybe the building would fall down around me and crumble because it was such an epiphany to have me enter it’s realm! I think I heard angels sing as I entered through the sliding glass doors and perhaps a single ray of pure sunlight touched my face in welcome! I could have made that all up but you’ll never know for sure because you weren’t there so nanner nanner on you!
Now I’d never admit to you that I actually had to visit three freaking CVS stores before I found these eyeshadows! They were sold out everywhere but I’d never admit that I went to three separate stores to find them because that’s just not the case…not me…no way…I’d never do anything THAT extreme!
I gathered up eight compacts in my arms and frantically searched and proceeded to panic when I couldn’t locate the light blue shade and pink shade that I had seen on ‘Nessa’s blog! My god the horror! They sold out of these essential colors! Didn’t they realize the Muse was in their presence?!!?
Now the shadows are $5.49 USD but last week they were on sale so you’d buy one at the price of $5.49 and proceed to get the second at 50% off which brought it down to $2.75 for the 2nd shadow. I had the audacity to turn to the cashier and ask for a rain check after I brought the 8 colors! Hells here I am shelling $350 some odd dollars out for the MAC Fafi Collection last week yet I was worried about missing out on the buy one get one 50% off sale at CVS! Lord!
Anyway I guess you wanna here my review on these bad boys after all that long babbling dontcha?
The review is easy. Ready?
Get them now.
Run, Fast, Quick now and get yourself some of these! They are GOOD…no..sorry..they are GREAT!
Milani did a most fabulous job with these. If you like sparkle, if you like glitter and shimmer and shine you want these. I’m literally keeling over that these only cost $5.49 USD regularly! Who’d have freaking thought!??!?!?
The quality is excellent! Pigmentation is actually BETTER then the Vincent Longo Diamond Wet/Dry Eyeshadow. Shimmer? BETTER then Vincent Longo’s! These go on smooth, silky, and light your eye up with gorgeous glimmer and twinkle! Dry they are stunning and wet they are bold and vibrant!
The applicator these come with is a dual end. One end is a sponge and one end is a brush. It’s rubbish in my opinion. It’s twisted in such a way that you can’t really make too good a use out of it. Garbage for me. But aside from that very minor flaw these shadows have knocked my socks off!
I’m utterly devastated I wasn’t able to lay my hands on the other colors (I believe I’m missing two now! The pink and lighter blue shades.)
All the colors available in my humble opinion are sincerely workable with any coloring! The shades range from black, to white, to beautiful golds, browns, and greens!
I can’t begin to explain how shocked I am how good these are! They contain much more shimmer then the Vincent Longo ones and I find they go on better as well! I get alot of fall out with Vincent Longo’s while these aren’t nearly as bad and clean up is a bit easier! I’ve noticed that these contain a very fine shimmer of golds and silvers where as the Vincent Longo shadows only contain silver which I guess accounts for the intensity of the sparkle you get in these and why they are so much more brighter and eye popping then the Vincent Longo ones!
Overall, these are a freaking steal! If Milani puts out more items like this in the future they’ll have a fan for life!
These come with the Muse’s highest seal of approval! I haven’t been this excited about a product in a very long time!
Get you to your local drugstore and pick them up now!
Tell the Muse! I definately want to discuss these with you!
By the way, Iris, if you’re reading this, I got you some! YOU NEED TO TRY THESE! I think you’re going love ‘em!
I don’t personally agree with a majority of what she said as you know how much of a snob I am when it comes to cosmetics but it’s an interesting video!
Here’s an inexpensive gloss I actually LOVE! It’s so difficult to find a cheap gloss that’s actually good but mark Glossblossom wins both the inexpensive and great award!
The gloss itself is actually clear and it basically makes the same promise as Smashbox’s O-Glow in that it’ll transform into your perfect pink upon application!
I personally don’t find it very pigmented and on my lips it mostly looks clear not pink however don’t let that change your mind it’s actually quite good!
You might remember when I did my review on Bourjois Paris Eau de Gloss if not click here and read! The reason I’m bringing up Eau de Gloss is because Glossblossom is similar in texture. The base of the gloss is quite like water and it’s super slick and super glossy minus the tacky, stickiness of other glosses I’ve tried. It basically feels like I’m spreading water on my lips, it’s very moisturizing! When I have this on I feel like I have nothing on which for me is a plus as I hate my lips to feel all gross and sticky and most glosses always make me feel that way!
I love this over lipstick, lipstains, or to wear by itself. It’s quite long wearing too! I know some people had mentioned they had experienced problems with Eau de Gloss in that it slid off and wasn’t as long wearing as it promised however I find Glossblossom lasts a good 4-5 hours (minus drinking of course) before it’s gone completely! It also has a very subtle, delightful little fruit flavor to it (nothing overpowering! Just a little hint of fruit).
This is a total favorite item of mine and I have these little tubes stuffed in my desk draw and purse for touch ups!
Plus it’s cheap as day old chips at $6 (but you can get it cheaper! I get mine off of E-bay for $3.50-$3.99).
Glossblossom is Muse approved for purchase!