Category Archives: Budget Skincare

A Skincare Winner: St. Ives Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub

If you’re anything like me, you try products, use it for awhile, then move on to something else. It’s not the product is bad you just want to check something else out. Sometimes those abandoned products end up languishing under your sink and others times you end  up revisiting them and wonder how you lived without it. I’m in the latter category with St.Ives Even & Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub.

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Walgreens Haul Going Up…On a Wednesday

Walgreens IGThis is just a quick post of my Walgreens haul. It’s a little bit of skincare, a little bit of lipstick, and a non-beauty fave I haven’t shared here before, office supplies. Continue reading Walgreens Haul Going Up…On a Wednesday

First Impression: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water First Impression

My first impressions of the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water are positive. I used it a couple of times on fairly light makeup days so I know I haven’t put it to the ultimate test but it definitely removes makeup. Continue reading First Impression: Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer

The Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer is my favorite moisturizer of the moment. I began using it as a replacement for a greasy night cream I disliked. It worked well because I felt moisturized but didn’t look like I slathered my face in goop and since it didn’t have SPF there was no reason to use it during the day. However, when I realized my SPF moisturizer wasn’t really doing much moisturizing I started to use the gel moisturizer underneath. So far it’s great for me and my oily skin whether I’m wearing my makeup or not.

Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer

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Keeping My Skin Under Control With Bioré

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

I’ve been using the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser($6.50) for the last few months and it’s kind of thrown me for a loop. I say that because it feels like my skin has improved since I’ve been using it. Now this isn’t a drastic improvement because I wasn’t battling serious acne to begin with. I had the occasional breakout that seemed to show up around my cycle, but nothing to lose my mind over. However, it seems like even that is under control. Continue reading Keeping My Skin Under Control With Bioré

Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

I feel like I’m turning into a Freeman product junkie. Yesterday I hit up 3 different stores just to find the Charcoal and Black Sugar Polish Mask, the subject of today’s post. A few days ago I finished off my 3rd travel size packet of the product and realized I needed the full size in my house ASAP because I felt such a difference in my skin after using it. Continue reading Freeman Beauty Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask Review

Let This Be Your Best Friend: Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

Feeling Beautiful Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

I picked up another Freeman Feeling Beautiful product. This one is the Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Diamond Rinse Mineral Rinse Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Diamond Rinse Mineral Rinse Mask($1.99)

The last mask I reviewed was the Rose Brightening Paper Mask. I like it and I like this Diamond Mineral one as well. This one is a clarifying clay mask with the antioxidant Sparkleberry and perfect for all skin types. It’s also paraben-free. Continue reading Let This Be Your Best Friend: Freeman Diamond Mineral Rinse Mask

Bargain Sheet Mask From Freeman Beauty

Sheet masks are kind of a big deal in skincare. While sheet masks originated in Korea, they are in worldwide use now with varying ingredients and price points. For those that don’t know, a sheet mask is a cotton or fiber mask infused with a serum that adheres to the contours of your face that usually comes in a single use packet. You leave it on for a specific amount of time, peel it off, and pat the excess serum into your skin. I happened to find the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Brightening Rose Paper Mask at my local Wal-Mart for two bucks.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask($1.99)

The Freeman Facial Brightening Rose Paper Mask is a “serum-infused paper facial mask with Rose Extract that illuminates dull skin. White Tea and Licorice help reduce age spots for more even-toned skin.” There is also Lactic and Glycolic fruit acids that help reveal a smoother surface. Sidenote: when using alpha-hydroxy acids use sunscreen and limit sun exposure.

Freeman Rose Paper Mask Ingredients

I’ve used this mask twice and I like it a lot. After using it my skin was supple and brighter looking. I enjoyed taking the 5-10 minutes to just let the mask do its job. With all things that are going on in our lives, sometimes taking a moment to just breathe and relax is beneficial. However, there are some drawbacks to this mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Here’s the mask. As you can see there are holes for the nose, eyes, and mouth.

The mask is a little tricky to maneuver. It’s folded on a liner inside the single use packet. Once removed you have to unfold it and peel it away from the liner. The peeling away is where it gets tricky. The liner is what’s holding the mask in shape so once you peel it away it wants to fold in on itself. Since it’s soaked in serum it sticks together easily. I didn’t experience any dripping from the mask once it was on my face, but be careful with the packet. The excess serum could fall out and make a mess. Another drawback may be the mask’s size.

Wearing the Freeman Rose Paper Mask
The makers of this mask weren’t thinking about folks with big foreheads.

My eyes may be set too wide for the eyeholes of this mask. I have to stretch the holes for the eyes a bit to get it on my face comfortably. However, there is the risk in ripping the mask because it’s just a thin sheet. It also doesn’t cover my whole face, so keep that in mind big face people.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask
Freeman Feeling Beautiful Rose Paper Mask($1.99)

Even with those drawbacks I would totally use this mask a few times a week and at the very least make it part of my spa day routine.

Freeman Rose Brightening Facial Paper Mask is $1.99 and is available at Wal-Mart and

The Olay Pro-X Brush Is Enough For Me

This is definitely not a post that will disparage any of the other automatic cleansing brushes on the market. For one, I haven’t tried all of them. And two, I believe on some level they all work to the best of their ability, so if you have one that you love by all means stick with it. I happen to love my Olay Pro-X brush.

What do I love about it? I love how it exfoliates my skin. Years ago, I thought flaky patches I would see after I applied my makeup were dry skin. I would moisturize and moisturize those areas to counteract the less than pretty look I’d get with foundation or powder. I now know that it probably wasn’t dry skin but skin that needed to be sloughed off. It’s one problem that I do not have anymore and this brush works better than any washcloth or exfoliating cleansers I’ve tried.

I’ve read reviews about the Olay Pro-X brush and some people complain about the battery compartment being hard to remove. I didn’t have that problem. Others complained about not being able to apply cleanser directly to the brush. In my opinion, applying cleanser to the brush is a mistake because the bristles aren’t dense enough so your cleanser will fall to the base of brush. You’re much better off working the cleanser onto your face with your hands then using the brush. And since the brush spins rather than oscillates, lather may go flying if you’re not too careful.

The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
The Olay Pro-X retails for $29.99 and comes with a replacement brush head and cleanser.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.
Can you see all that space between the bristles? Put the cleanser on your face then use the brush.

I know a lot of people use automatic cleansing brushes to remove make-up. This brush probably could do that, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a good idea. If you’re washing off a full face of make-up you might have to make more than one pass. If you make multiple passes with this brush you run the risk of over-exfoliating so be careful. I prefer to get as much make-up off as I can with make-up remover wipes before I move on to using the brush because I only use it for 1-2 minutes on my face.

I used to really want the higher end cleansing brushes because I heard so many great things about them. Over time I’ve learned that this brush is doing what I want it to do so I want the other brushes less. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally try all of them, but I don’t have this longing for them anymore.

Have you tried this brush?

The Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System retails for $29.99 and can be found where Olay products are sold and online.

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

I’ve been working on building a skincare regimen lately. I’m happy with my cleanser choices(I alternate between a couple). I like my moisturizer as well. However, it occurred to me that I didn’t have an eye cream.

Retails for $22.99
Retails for $22.99

At this point I’m not battling major signs of aging. I don’t really have puffiness, crow’s feet, or dark circles. I count myself lucky. I do have some fine lines under my eye that I’m not stressing about because they just seemed inevitable and not worth fighting. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t benefit from a preventative measure. Enter the RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream.

The Product Claims

RoC eye cream claims

My Take

The first time I used it was after my nighttime cleansing routine. I applied it after my night cream and went to sleep. When I woke up the skin under my eye was softer and it was softer than usual. This made me realize that I possibly missed that area regularly when I applied moisturizer or just needed something stronger.

I’ve used it under my make-up and haven’t had any problems. Some people are sensitive to retinol, but I haven’t felt any irritation so perhaps I’m not one of those people. If you are sensitive, RoC® makes milder formula of this eye cream so you don’t have to be left out.

You really don’t need that much to make a difference. Make sure you’re being gentle with that area as you dab it on. The skin around our eyes is more delicate than the rest of our face so it pays to be as careful as possible since that’s where age tends to show up.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream retails for $22.99 and can be found at Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Ulta and various online retailers.