1.) Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleanser + Makeup Remover – I’ve talked about how simple and cheap it is to remove your makeup using household products. Sometimes, I like to cut to the chase and just remove and wash in one shot. This does exactly that while leaving my skin clear and super smooth. Just ask Bob for confirmation! Like a baby’s butt (his words, not mine). For a natural cleanser, it’s one of the more affordable options I’ve seen at an average of $7.
2.) Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème – I consider this more of a seasonal product since my cuticles tend to dry out only in the winter, so the product has lasted for quite some time (great value alert!). Once my cuticles become rough and dry, I apply this 1-2x daily and immediately start noticing results. I would say “balm” is a more accurate description for it, as opposed to “crème”. But it does have the moisturizing power of a rich cream and absorbs into the skin quickly. In a pinch, I’ll use it on my chapped lips or elbows. I swear by this stuff.
3.) RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum – A lot of skin repair happens while you’re asleep, so I try to take advantage of that time by applying a concentrated serum right before bed. It feels like liquid silk going on and makes my skin feel soft in the a.m. But I also use it for its anti-aging property, retinol. I guess the real test will be if I look like I’m 20 when I’m 50, so maybe we’ll revisit this one in a few years…
4.) Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful – What I love most about this cheek stain is how sheer and natural it looks on. It’s wearing makeup without looking like you’re wearing makeup! I like to apply this with a sponge because it allows for easier blending and better control over how much pigment you want. This particular color is my favorite because it’s closest to my natural flush (I have fair/medium skin) and contains no hint of shimmer. It lasts all day with no touch-ups, which is pretty great because this isn’t the slimmest product to carry around in your makeup bag.
See my other favorites here.