So, technically, I’m not really supposed to be shopping. I’m trying to take a break after traveling and moving. Still, I’ve been picking up some items here and there and have a little bundle of new stuff I can share, and including makeup, skincare, nail polish, hair care, and bath products – a little bit of everything.
1. Swisspers cotton rounds: ok, so this one is kind of boring. But I didn’t just buy one pack, I actually bought nine in a box from Costco. If I use two cotton rounds a day, I’ll still be set for over a year. It was a decent deal, though, at 900 cotton rounds for $9.
2. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: I really like using salt sprays in my hair, particularly when I have certain kinds of haircuts, but I’ve never tried the Surf Spray before because it’s expensive. But I found this 4 oz. bottle at a Cosmetics Company Store outlet for $14.50, down from $27. I recently got some funny “star” layers in my hair (quick explanation) and this is proving to be a great product for adding some style.
3. Formula X for Sephora Sheer Strength polish in Tenacious (update – see photos here): Formula X came out with a line of tinted nail strengtheners recently, and I was keen to try or two because my nails are generally pretty weak and regular use of nail polish tends to make them peel. Plus, the sheer tinted polish reminds me of my grandmother, who always stuck with a translucent rosy-pink polish for a put-together look. Tenacious is described as “sheer linen porcelain”.
4. The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm: I found this two-pack at Costco. I’ve seen Honest products pop up at Target, which I think is where they’re mainly sold, and I’ve definitely been curious about some of their stuff. The all-purpose balm (regularly $12.95 each, but available at Costco in the 2-pack for $15) is made up of 9 oils and flower extracts and is free of petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, parabens, and fragrance. I have a tube sitting on my nightstand, as I’ve been using it on my hands and elbows, and I gave the second one to a pregnant friend.
5. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara and Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner: I went to the drugstore looking for a mascara that was on sale, and L’Oreal eye products were on buy one, get one 50% off. So, I picked up the mascara and a liner. I think it’s so funny that L’Oreal has stuck with this completely unmarked eyeliner tube!
6. MAC Lipglass in Modern Lure: this is another Cosmetics Company Store outlet find that I bought for $11.75. There were, I think, 3 lip colors from last year’s Alluring Aquatic collection (though no other eye or cheek shades, unfortunately) and I took the opportunity to try out the berry-toned Modern Lure. It’s a pretty shade with some subtle sparkle, and I’ll probably use it mostly to layer with other lipsticks (you can see Temptalia’s review for further photos).
7. Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner: I’ve run out of my Giovanni shampoo and conditioner and am moving on to try out another natural brand. These are a fairly good deal, with 13 oz. bottles costing $9 each. The Tea Tree variety sounds like a middle-of-the-road sort, not overly clarifying or moisturizing. The pair includes peppermint for a cooling feel as well as yucca for shine and conditioning.
8. SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex Body Wash: I bought this just last night at Target, and was excited to see the brand’s line of body washes on sale for $8 (they’re usually around $10). I love their Frankincense and Myrrh body wash and am excited to try a different one. Since running out of my Giovanni body wash, I’ve been reaching for some hotel minis that I’ve accumulated, but they’re making my skin itchy so it was time to buy another real one. I like to avoid SLS because my skin gets dried out and irritated easily, and SheaMoisture’s ingredients are fantastic.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright facial cleanser: The final Cosmetics Company Store outlet purchase. Actually, it’s primarily for my boyfriend, but I’ll be sharing. We took a look at the Lab Series and Clinique for Men offerings, but I thought this one looked more promising and he was game. It was a little more expensive, somewhere in the low $20s (regularly $30) and is indicated online as being appropriate for combination and oily skin. It’s supposed to have ingredients that help lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.
Have you tried any of these before? Have you picked up any interesting products lately?