Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Top 7 US Beauty Products Under $30!

Hello dolls! How are we this evening?

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So one of the things I have always wanted to see before traveling is a list of things to buy. Seriously, when you travel to another country, how do you know WHAT to buy? This entry is specifically for those who are not living in the U.S. and wonder what items are worth purchasing...that do not break the bank.

1. Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner
2. Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover
3. St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
4. Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel
5. Milani Eyeliner Pencil in Dark Brown
6. Urban Decay Naked Basics
7. Physician's Formula Shimmer Strip Shadow and Liner in Hazel

Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Toner
I have mentioned this toner before. Not sure if this is available in other countries, but this is the toner I use before I sleep. It definitely prevents existing/growing pimples from disrupting my face any longer. Super affordable, can be found in any drugstore (Walgreens, Target, CVS, etc.). I purchase mine online as I can never find it in the actual stores. You can buy it here for $6.39.

Up & Up Eye Makeup Remover
Up & Up is a Target (drugstore) brand. They make a variety of items, some of which are comparable to branded items. This eye makeup remover is comparable to Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. Because my mascara is currently waterproof, this makeup remover is needed to make the clean-up job easier. I had purchased the travel size bottle, but this is also available in full. Travel size costs about $2.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
I had purchased this sometime ago, only because I always asked my friends with clear skin, "What cleanser do you use?" The response was always St. Ives. This cleanser is a facial scrub, wonderful to use at the end of the day to scrub off all the dirt and grime. The formula is gentle enough that it will not dry out your skin, so it is great for all skin types. The cost makes it even that much better. Purchase at Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, or any other drugstore for under $4.

Shiseido Pureness Blemish Clearing Gel
This item is pricier than the others listed. As I had previously raved, this little vial is potent enough to rid of some of the most stubborn pimples. Without this, I would have easily broken out all over my face. This can be purchased at Sephora, Macy*s, Nordstroms, JC Penny, and any other department store with a beauty department. Nordstrom has this online for $20.50.

Milani Eyeliner Pencil in Dark Brown
You can tell how much a product is used by the amount of it left in the photo. The un-used version:

Haha. This is a wonderfully creamy eyeliner with a warm brown tone. The color and pigmentation is so perfect for those with warm or neutral skin tones. The brown is very deep, and smudging makes this perfect warm color. It is not waterproof, but the color/pigmentation is so perfect. You can purchase this at almost any drugstore (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.) and it costs about $4.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
This is the palette I carry around whenever I travel. I also use this every morning before I work. Actually, I use this ALL THE TIME; this is my HG. The only time I do not use this is on the weekends when I use my Naked 3 palette (it was a gift from a dear friend!).

This palette is small, but that is the point. It comes with neutral tones (not warm or cold); this works well for those with fair/light skinned ladies. Pigmentation is great, and like the other Naked palettes, the shadows are soft and apply smooth. This costs about $28 and can be purchased in Ulta, Sephora, and any department store with a beauty department.

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Shadow and Liner in Hazel
This is the fusion of Naked 1 and Naked 3 palettes, but for a fraction of the price and a fraction of the size. With this line from Physician's Formula, a selection of other colors are available (meant to match your eye color; note that this is Hazel) for you to select from.

The first half of this palette is Naked 3 appropriate, and second half is Naked 1. Prior to my Naked Basics, this was my travel buddy (now I use both), evident by the crack. Note this ladies: never leave palettes in you luggage, ALWAYS take it with your carry-on when flying. The whole palette is glittery and pigmented, so this is wonderful for Spring and natural night looks (and it comes with a liner!). Can be purchased at your typical U.S. drugstores (CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.) for about $11.

Any items you can think of recommending to me that is under $30?

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