Beauty

Make Up Remover Wipes: Are They Worth It?

I recently had a very intense conversation. With myself. In the drug store. In front of the makeup wipes.

I’ve purchased various cleansing and makeup removing wipes in the past because of friend and fellow blogger recommendations, as well as a general curiosity as to whether the hype is well founded.

But my intense conversation started when I really looked at the average price of these little packets of cleansing magic.

Honestly, they work. Most of the makeup wipes I’ve tried do a great job at removing my makeup and making my skin feel refreshed. But the thing is, for me, a clean, warm, wash cloth achieves the same effect (excluding waterproof mascara, etc.).

My intense conversation ended with the purchase of these sensitive skin wipes from Simple. I decided that I would only use them on late nights when getting to bed is more important than going through my entire cleansing routine.

I also always pick up a pack for when I’m traveling. They are a great way to refresh my skin before, during, and after a plane ride.

Verdict: Makeup wipes are a convenient alternative to wash clothes and towels. But if you’re on a limited cosmetics budget, I recommend only using when traveling or in a major rush. Warm wash clothes are cheap, reusable, and amazingly luxurious when warm.

If you are shopping for a pack of cleansing wipes, Simple is my favorite — especially if you have sensitive skin.

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Drug Store Beauty Regimen

A few months ago, the only product that would keep my acne under control was Proactiv+. While this system did wonders for my skin, it was quite unkind to my wallet. As I started to run out of the Proactive line, I tried to wean my skin with more cost effective drug store products.

Now, my routine is done almost exclusively with drug store items.

When it comes to my skin, I do think there is something to be said for treating it well with high end products that contain the best ingredients. For me, I try to keep my day-to-day routine simple (and fairly cheap) so that I can splurge on higher end masks and treatments that flush out pores and brighten my skin. Since I only use those higher end products two or three times a week, they last longer and my wallet doesn’t mind the splurge.

Here are my current daily skin care products that can be found at most drug stores. I’ve also provided links to purchase the items online.

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Aveeno Foaming Cleanser $9

Because I have acne prone and sensitive skin, I want a cleanser that is both gentle and effective at removing acne-causing dirt and oils. I’ve been really happy with this Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser from Aveeno. It doesn’t leave that tight feeling after use, and it smells light and fresh!

Neutrogena Toner $10

In the evenings after cleansing, I like to use a toner to balance my skin and get rid of any dirt or unwanted oils that my cleanser may have missed. Toners can be rather harsh, so I only use this at night after a long day of makeup wearing.

Cetaphil $9

I first heard about Cetaphil from my Dad, a plastic surgeon who offers chemical peels and other facial rejuvenation procedures. This moisturizer is light and has a really simple formula that won’t cause irritation or unwanted reactions with other products you might be using. I use a healthy amount of this product in the evening after cleansing.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer $12

Sun protection is the best thing you can do for your skin on a daily basis. I’ve really been enjoying this Calming Daily Moisturizer from Aveeno. It does a great job moisturizing my skin without making it greasy. It also has an SPF of 15 to protect my skin from harmful rays throughout the day!

What’s your daily skincare regimen? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter @brokebutbougie.

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Hair Styles I’m Afraid To Try

I like to think I’ve been pretty adventurous with my hair choices over the years. I started dyeing my hair when I was ten and since then it’s been red, black with blonde highlights, brown with blue highlights and almost every color in between.

But when it comes to the cut, I’m a little less adventurous. Partly (or completely) because I have a deceptively large forehead, I tend to only cut my hair in ways that include a full bang. A girl can still dream though, right?

Here are a few hairstyles I will probably never be bold enough to try:

The Pixie

It takes some serious confidence to rock a pixie cut. This cut definitely makes deciding how to wear your hair in the morning relatively simple. My fear? That I would decide to cut my hair like this, see how much of my forehead was exposed, then break down into a slobbering mess in the stylist’s chair. It’ll grow back, right?!

The AsymmetricalLook

Again, another bold look. My fear? That it would look like I accidentally cut my hair this way. I guess if you’re going to go bold, go really bold.

What are some styles you’re afraid to try?

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Lush-ious Hair Mask

When it comes to beauty treatments, Lush is typically my go to company. Every time I go into one of their stores, I walk out with something new to try and have yet to be disappointed!

On a recent trip, I purchased their Roots hair treatment. It’s full of mint and olive oil to strengthen hair from roots to ends. I have fine hair, so anything that promises to make it look and feel fuller and stronger is my kind of hair treatment!

It smells really fresh, and when applied to the scalp gives a tingly sensation (which I love!).

I’ve been using the mask two or three times a week, and started noticing a difference after two applications.

The tub costs about $20 but will last you at least a couple months. I’m going on three months and still have several treatments left!

I guess I’m officially hooked on this hair mask! Thanks, Lush!