My Favorite Low Budget Things: Fragrances

Signature smell. When it comes to perfume, I opt for very light floral scents. My favorite perfume is ISLAND Michael Kors which is described as a lush floral with subtle fruit and woodsy accords. It took an entire year after its launch in 2005 for this perfume to appear in Marshalls at a reduced price. But, it was worth the wait.
Burberry Weekend (not pictured because I’ve used it all) is another favorite. Luckily, this perfume is almost always in Marshalls.
Vera Wang by Vera Wang, another soft floral, is also a favorite. I have never seen this one trickle into a Marshalls. But, I was able to cop it at a weekend sale at Dillards.
So, what perfumes are you wearing?

My Favorite Low Budget Things: Makeup

Growing fascination. Yes, I’ve got a growing fascination with makeup hence an expanding collection of products. So, today’s post focuses only on products I would rarely leave the house without wearing.

Ok so we’ve heard it—mascara is a must, it opens the eyes. Cover Girl Lash Exact and Volume Exact mascaras are eye-openers. They deliver just what they promise– no clump, no glob, and beautifully-defined lashes. They make magic when used together.

Blush adds radiance to the face. And, I am hooked on the L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Blush in the spice plum color.

L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow in the color lush raven makes a great eye liner when applied with an angled brush.

Maybelline New York’s new Define-A-Brow liner is a great brow filler. Both the medium and dark brown colors work for me.

All products—Wal-Mart

My Favorite Low Budget Things: Skin Care

Winter retreat. Dry skin is certainly at its worst during the winter. These are a few products that give my skin refuge during this time.

Showering strips the skin of moisture, and these Olay soaps give the skin a fighting chance. The Olay Body Winter Retreat bars for extra dry skin and the Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons (my favorite being the jojoba butter) wrap the skin in an aromatic lather that moisturizes.

Now, I must say that I have used the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula lotion for many years. And, it is great. But, the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Extra Care Cream wins this battle. It is richer, moisturizes deeper, smells better, and most importantly costs less. On occasion, I use the Vaseline Deep Conditioning Lotion which is much lighter than the cream.

All Products–Wal-Mart

My Favorite Low Budget Things: Hair Care

Lock it up. Get this; my favorite shampoo is a $0.97 bottle of Suave Naturals Refreshing Waterfall Mist. It is infused with watermint extract and vitamin E and has a magnificent smell. To condition my locks, I use Organic Root Stimulator’s Hair Mayonnaise. Organic Root Stimulator’s shea butter lotion provides just enough moisture for the scalp and hair without clogging pores like the oils do. The best thing about this product has to be the smell though. To twist, I avoid gunk like the waxes and opt for Organic Root Stimulator’s very light lock and twist gel.

Suave shampoo—Wal-Mart

Organic Root Stimulator Products—Any beauty supply store

My Favorite Low Budget Things: Facial Products

We hit 100 today! For my 100th post, I have decided to stretch out a little. In addition to my eternal search for great clothing bargains, I am the ultimate product tester. Today’s post features facial products I cannot live without. This facial regime is the result of an arduous search to find affordable products to treat sensitive skin that is prone to breakout.
In the day, an oh-so-natural Pears soap is used to cleanse while the Olay Complete all day UV moisturizer for sensitive skin provides all day moisture and protection from the sun. At night, the ever-popular and well endorsed Proactiv solution system prevents breakouts. I know the celebrity endorsements are annoying. But, it really works and has been in my regimen for the past 8 years.
Olay Complete—Wal-Mart Pears Soap—Dollar Tree Proactiv—QVC