Weekly Goods: Beauty Products

I thought it was time for an update to my original beauty post from a year ago. I’ve really become more of a tried and true kind of person with the products I use, but a huge difference in my life from a year ago is my financial situation – starting your own business means that splurging on fancy products at Sephora will make you feel guilty for weeks – so they better either be totally worth it (hello, Clarisonic) or you need to find cheaper alternatives. I haven’t found a lot of cheaper alternatives so far, but some.

1. Sephora Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain – last year I was using Benetint, the $30 bottle that made my cheeks perfectly rosy. But that bottle of liquid gold was the most expensive beauty product I used, so I tried the Sephora cheek stain and never looked back. It’s only $12 and seriously lasts forever- since the summer I’ve only replaced it once and I use it every single day on my cheeks. It’s terrible as a lip stain for me, but so was Benetint. I also really like that it’s a gel, which is easier to apply and less messy than liquid. I use Pinot.

2. Organix Coconut Milk Weightless Mousse – a lot of you have asked me what I use for my hair, and my position on hair products hasn’t changed much since last year – my hair is so “normal” I’m not loyal to anything and don’t care about hair products much. However, my new haircut requires some styling product or I look like I belong on Three’s Company. So far I love this mousse because it smells amazing and isn’t too crunchy or sticky – plus it’s affordable and I can get it at the drug store. I run it through my damp hair, scrunch and then let it air dry.

3. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – I know a lot of people have been singing the praises of this lip balm for a while, but I finally tried it and love it. I have it in Tiger Lily and it’s just a tiny bit of peachy color and shine on my lips for every day use. Also an affordable drug store buy.

4. Clarisonic Mia – OK, this is the splurge. You’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about this, and for good reason. It’s a miracle worker for me. I use it once a night with my Boscia face wash and my skin has never been clearer, my pores smaller, or my skin softer. Like any beauty product it’s not for everyone, but if you break out or your face peels, try the sensitive brushes before giving up. I have relatively sensitive skin and I haven’t needed them, however.

5. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock – This is my latest cheaper version discovery. I was never one to wear SPF every day on my face, but since moving to LA and all this cancer business, I don’t leave the house without it. But I have super oily skin and it’s hard to find one that doesn’t feel greasy. I was using Boscia, which is fantastic for those of us with oily skin, but it’s only SPF 15 and not affordable. I tried some other pricey options at Sephora before finally realizing that I should try out some drug store options. This Neutrogena sunblock is the absolute best – it goes on like a moisturizer but immediately absorbs and you don’t even know it’s there. It also doesn’t smell like sunblock one bit. $10 miracle.

Phew! Ok, that’s it. So, any new products you guys are using? Any cheaper alternatives you’ve switched to that you love? I could talk beauty products forever, it’s one of the few things I’m quite “girly” about.