simple (& budget friendly) beauty products

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budget friendly beauty products

last week i was parenting solo for 4 days and by the time sean came home i was ready for a break!  a nice mini getaway for me is to grab a couple magazines from my daily weekly trip to Target and hideout by myself.  as winter winds down and we head into spring, i needed a little pick-me-up to spark some inspiration, and honestly, to zone out for a bit.  just a little me time.

Real Simple (one of my go-to magazines) had an interesting article about anti-aging beauty products and it got me thinking.  actually, it sparked a conversation with some girl friends as well.  you see, i have a really simple beauty regimen, if you can even call it that.  i’m in my 30’s and have a very basic routine.  thus far, my main defense against aging is sunscreen.  thankfully, my closest girlfriends are in the same boat as me.  no retinoids or serums or masks.  i joked that we at least will be old and wrinkly together!

while i know its time to start adding in some additional help, like maybe some under eye cream, i really enjoy the simplicity of my daily regimen.  and even more, i like the price.  i’m not looking to complicate this part of my life, but simplify!

budget friendly beauty products

i’m going to share with you my daily routine, plus a few extras.  maybe as we head into spring, these products can help you feel fresh and ready for the new season!

budget friendly beauty products

these are my cleansers:  clean & clear morning burst exfoliant (i use this in the shower), and olay oil minimizing toner (i use when i don’t have time for a shower).

budget friendly beauty products

immediately after i wash my face, i use olay sunscreen.  its a moisturizer and spf 30 combo that doesn’t leave my face feeling oily. my other daily musts are mascara, a little swipe of blush, and some moisture on my lips (and a bit of color).

budget friendly beauty products

this next group are my “extras”: either for breakouts or for date night, hopefully not at the same time!

i was having breakouts around my nose for several months then finally went into sephora for some help.  the saleslady gave me murad acne spot fast fix for spot treatment that i can use day or night, and tarte bb tinted treatment for covering up problem areas, applied with a concealer brush.  thankfully my freckles have always been helpful in concealing most of my blemishes so i don’t have to use this stuff too much!

have you heard of e.l.f.?  its a newer brand at target that stands for eyes.lips.face.  and its super inexpensive.  i’ve never been great at applying eye liner but i wanted to try liquid eye liner without investing too much in case i didn’t like it.  turns out its easy and fun!

i always have lip balm on and sometimes add color with lipliners or lip stains – this darker e.l.f. lip stain is a fun change for me, a big step out of my usual tones.

budget friendly beauty products

from top right, clockwise:

lip pencils: sephora nano in cute caramel & maybelline in nude

exfoliator/cleanser: clean & clear morning burst facial scrub

eyeliner:  e.l.f. liquid eyeliner in black

lip balm:  burt’s bees original

moisturizer:  olay complete with spf30

lipstains:  e.l.f. in nude nectar & berry blush

toner:  olay oil minimizing toner

mascara:  covergirl lash blast volume very black

tinted concealer:  tarte bb tinted treatment

blemish treatment:  murad acne spot fast fix

blush:  e.l.f. contouring blush & bronzing powder in st. lucia (i only use the blush – i have no idea how to use the bronzer!)

budget friendly beauty products

when you’re headed to Target this week (don’t lie, you know you’ll be there!), pick up a couple magazines for yourself – you can save $2.00 when you buy any 2 participating magazines titles (All You®, Real Simple®, PEOPLE®) from 3/15-3/28 while supplies last.  how great is that?!  even better – no coupon needed!

  and do you use the target cartwheel app?  its awesome!  this week there’s an additional offer to save 15% on select special issue magazines which include PEOPLE® Crimes of Passion, National Geographic® 100 Journeys of a Lifetime, TIME® Mark Twain, LIFE® Lincoln.  this promotion ends 4/17 or until supplies last.

so what about you?  do you have a simple beauty routine, or a time intensive one?  do you have any simple product recommendations for us?


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    That looks like you just went through my makeup bag. I use the same elf blush (don’t know how to use the bronzer either), Maybelline mascara (I use the coupons I get at the grocery dtore), Burt’s bees. Great minds think alike. :-)

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