Drug Stores, Pocket Book Change and Name-Brand Worthy Skin

Don’t you just love the fact that we are willing to pay so much more for something when they slap a name on the front of it (or all over most of the time)? Of course spending some extra bucks for certain commodities have its advantages. Purses, shoes, and jewelry are all examples of paying more for better quality comes into place. But we don’t need name brand and name brand prices for every little thing we purchase, I mean there’s tons of money spent on advertising that tells us we do but that’s to be determined. Now I go absolutely gaga over deals and markdowns on brands like L’Oreal and Garnier but most of the time even those mark downs are still pricey. For my everyday run to I like grabbing the store brand versions of face creams and other goodies. Try tasting the coco puffs brand cereal then go back to the store and grab the store brand bag of coco roos…..taste the difference? Neither did I…no actually the bagged cereal was a little better. This has been my experience with some of the store brand face treatments I have been trying out. Instead of paying about $5 (or sometimes up to $10) more for the fancy packaging of the highly advertised brands in Target, Walmart or CVS, I simply look a little to my right or one shelf down (they tend to put the store brand after the name brand) and grab the store brand product.

Products I have been using lately are a CVS brand BB Correcting Cream, and Target brand day cream, night cream, roll on eye correcting pen and a firming and dark under eye correcting cream. I go off and on these kicks with cutting out foundation and concealer from my makeup routine every so often when my skin gets bad break outs but lately my kick has been longer than usual. I slowly stopped using my foundation, and let me tell you it was difficult. If you wear full coverage on the regular then you understand how it is when you are used to creating a specific look that foundation helps you create. I know that us girls that like the full coverage get a lot of slack for it but I love my makeup. BUT I have been having a lot of free time now that it doesn’t take me as long to get ready in the morning.

So, how have these store brands worked out for me? It has been over a month now that I have been using the day/night cream and eye firming combo, I started using the combo while I was still wearing full coverage. First thing I noticed was the clearing under my eyes, I get dark circles from working waayyy too much and it took some heavy concealer to cover them. I started switching from my full coverage to the BB cream a month a two days ago (yes I am that accurate lol) and that’s when I started seeing the major differences. The night cream was really good at keeping my face moisturized and I noticed a more refreshed look on my bare skin in the morning when I used it as opposed to the tired look when I didn’t. I used the BB cream for two weeks then eventually just started wearing some face powder and bronzer for work every day. Wearing the BB cream as opposed to the foundation helped my breakouts clear up and I saw a lot of my dark spots even out with my skin tone. I remember buying this $30 BB cream from Macy’s and it ended up being an overpriced tinted moisturizer with absolutely no benefit to my skin at all. Oh and did I forget to mention all the extra pairs of shoes I was able to buy from money I saved?

There are of course draw backs to everything and the draw back for my regime was the CVS BB Cream. It goes on very thick, so use minimal and try applying it with a moist beauty sponge as I did. Also, it comes in the different hues and I got the deep hue but it can look like you went overboard with flour on your face. I used my MAC powder in my N7 color on top of it to bring back my natural tone and some deeper bronzer around the edges of my face, it didn’t take much so don’t worry about having to use a lot of coverage. Eventually , as I had mentioned, I was able to stop using it all together and now the heaviest makeup I wear is on my eyes (I still wear my liquid eyeliner and mascara)….this probably won’t change as I love my centerpiece eyes and I have separation issues from my makeup.

If you follow along with my blog then you know my face cleansing regime, I use the clean and clear morning burst day wash and the black head eraser scrub at night. I do a mud mask or face peel about every other week and I do the pore strips once a month. Before my night routine I use make up remover wipes and face toner sometimes when I see breakouts. I think the biggest contribution to the changes with my skin was the transition from full coverage to almost bare skin. We already have a lot of natural element stressors so it’s nice to give your skin a break from time to time and save money while you’re at it. Next time you head out to grab some skin care products don’t hesitate to try out the money saving store brand. Giving you name brand healthy skin, with great savings all on your dime with Elle Woods. Happy Shopping :).

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Elle’s Diary: The Misadventures of a Single Fashionista

Dating: Webster’s dictionary defines as “the series of social engagements shared by a couple looking to get married”…..

 

Fashionista’s definition of dating: Finding someone we like more than shoes.

 

I recently admitted to myself that my love life consists totally of shoes, and in this case I have tons of lovers.  I had to look at my group of friends and reflect on where we all are at this point in our lives. Scheduling an appointment for a bridesmaid dress fitting for one of my best friends wedding this upcoming March made me realize that I am far from walking down the aisle in a big white dress than anyone I know.  It has been a little over a month now that I have been totally single….trust me,  it is too complicated to get into, lets just (sighs) yeah just leave it at that…And you start to reflect, I’m still a girl, who is emotional, so I do reflect as much as I’d rather not, but there is a lot of added stress when a fashionista like me breaks up with someone.  All of my girlfriends who are in serious relationships now I remember them all going through a break up either with an old high school sweet heart or with the person they are with again and their break up process went a little different than mine.

 

I remember one of my close friends meeting up with the guy she broke up with and being so cordial and positive, and he had done some pretty bad things. She got her closure and she stayed in touch with him and later got into a new relationship that she is still currently in.  I, on the other hand, with my recent break up with on a shopping spree with all the money I would otherwise use when him and I would plan all these things to do together….you don’t realize how expensive a relationship is until its over.

 

I didn’t reflect and I didn’t linger on the fact. It doesn’t mean I didn’t care it just meant I had other things to do…like shop and work more so I can shop more.    Now my other girlfriend who is very similar to me and is a great fashion designer, I noticed had very similar experience in a break up she had a few months ago.  She was very nonchalant about it and just splurged.  Again, we aren’t these vain, emotionless robots with no feelings, but I do think, at least for myself it is a little different of a process we go through.

 

For myself, I have always loved fashion and having fun with everything in it.  I work all the time to support my habit.  I think it has been harder for me to be n a serious relationship because I have this standard that can be a little intimidating for outsiders looking in.  I’ve been called high maintenance by my guy friends, and I admit they had some merit behind it lol.  But I like getting pampered and I am used to paying for it so I can see how in a relationship, where guys don’t care for these expenses, it could be annoying.

 

So where does this leave me? Just as single as a missing earring.  I don’t know how many can relate to this but I am enjoying these days now while I have the whole closet to myself.  Sooner or later we all will find that person that we are willing to limit the amount of shoes we can buy, for me I’m okay with it being later than soon.  Getting rid of some of the baggage from my closet, on your dime with Elle Woods.

 

Shoe Feign: Fabulously Fringed In The City

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So my recent binge shopping has brought in a lot of shoes that I no longer have room for.  The good news about this binge is that there has been amazing semi-annual sales on two of my favorite shoe sites, Shoedazzle and Justfab.  Talk about an unexpected deal. I originally saw this pair in yellow on the new arrivals lists and I held out on getting them and bought a few pairs from the clearance.  Well thankfully due to my excessive webow-shopping (web-window shopping) I found weeks later that these were put on the sale page. The yellow pair had sold out by that time but I was more than happy to get the purple pair. I think they are more daring and a bolder choice to pull off….Not to mention my favorite color, so i might have a little bias.  I was able to break them in on my full 8-5 work schedule with no aches or pains by the end of the day and was fabulously fringed with a pair of black pants and blazer to really make these heels pop.