Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thrifty Shopping

So again I'm on my thrifty Wal-Mart/Drugstore kick solely based on the fact that I can't afford anything else right now (very sad about it, school is expensive haha)! But that being said there are some great products at the drugstores that should not be over looked only because they are inexpensive! I have a lot of staples in my makeup bag that are very inexpensive and that I repurchase constantly because of their great performance! Here are a few things I picked up (I'll specify where in the review) and what I have thought so far, I have had most of them for at least a week so I can give an honest review!

Garnier Fructis Deep Repair Mask - Rexall $2.00
First of all Rexall is only in Canada I believe but its the same thing as Walgreens, CVS, anything like that. I picked up this mask on sale because I wanted a good conditioning treatment for not a lot of money. Garnier products aren't very expensive when they aren't on sale anyways so it is still a good purchase even if you cannot find it on sale! I really like this mask, it leaves my hair feeling super soft and manageable with a fruity scent that lingers for a long time (bonus)! I will tell you that I don't use this mask how it says to use it on the label. If you read the label it says to apply mask to wet hair in the shower after shampooing and leave for one minute (mine is a different jar than the picture I just couldn't find the right picture and my camera is dead). I don't do that though! I apply this mask at night to my dry hair, which I pull up into a high pony tail and saturate the ends that stick out. After that I twist my hair into a tight ballet bun and sleep with it in overnight. This is the best way I have found to use this product and gives the best results! I would definitely recommend this mask and probably any of Garnier's mask products because all the ones I have used have had great results. Just remember if you want and extra conditioning treatment, apply it to dry hair and leave overnight!

NYC Matte Bronzer (Sunny) - Rexall $2.15
I got a great deal on all my NYC products, Rexall was having a 30% off sale and these products are already so inexpensive! I saw this bronzer raved about on a YouTube video and was running out of my matte Hoola by Benefit bronzer so I decided to pick this one up! First the sponge is a joke, I threw it out instantly haha, the packaging is so-so, I feel like I'm going to break it everytime I touch it but what matters is whats inside! And what is inside is a pretty decent matte bronzer! This is probably one of the only truly matte bronzers you can find at the drugstores (well, that I have seen anyways) and its a good option! I still prefer my Hoola bronzer but I do use this one. The only problem I have with this bronzer is it is a bit orange/peach and only comes in the one colour. It still looks surprisingly good on skin though as long as you use it sparingly just to warm up your face or as a cheek colour. I haven't decided if I will repurchase this but I will definitely use it and recommend it if you cannot afford the Hoola by Benefit or are looking for an affordable matte bronzer at the drugstore!

Rimmel Recover Anti-Fatigue Concealer (Ivory 100) - London Drugs $6.00
I love love love this concealer! It is great for anything, blemishes, undereye, brightening, WOW! I have eczema around my eyes so I find it very difficult to find anything that won't irritate it further or look excessively cakey and this concealer does neither! It gives just enough coverage without looking fake or concealer-like and has brightening properties that don't look like shimmer or glitter on the skin. The consistency is great, not too liquid, not to cream and it blends great and wears great. I don't know what else to say about this great concealer but I would highly recommend it and will repurchase it. My only small problem is that it only comes in two shades (according to the website) that will only be good for light to light/medium skin so it won't be good for everyone but if you do have a lighter skin tone, do check this out you won't be disappointed! 

Maybelline Define-A-Brow (Dark Brown) - Wal-Mart $7.98
My brows are pretty full to begin with but I have a few sparse sections on the inner corners which is hard to fill in without it looking unnatural. This pencil is super fine and comes in 6 different shades (which is remarkable for a brow pencil) and even comes in blonde and dark blonde shades for lighter hair. I have had a hard time finding a colour to match my brows, they are super dark but not black and most brow products are too light brown or warm brown and I always needed an ash shade. I finally found that with this large colour selection! My mom found a great shade too and she has very light brows so I can honestly recommend this for any hair colour! The tip is great because it makes hair-like strokes and the comb on the other end makes it look even more natural. This is the best brow product I have used so far and recommend it to anyone looking for a great brow pencil!

Rimmel Eyeshadow Single (Dusk) - Wal-Mart $4.98
The colour I purchased is not the same as the one above I just could not find the right photo anywhere! Mine is a matte chocolate brown, which is a surprisingly hard colour to find in a drugstore! I wanted this shadow only to put over my dark brown liner to give it better staying power and it works great for that! Its a really great deep rich colour with great pigment. I don't know if it is completely matte, I see a little shimmer in it but it is definitely more matte than most eyeshadows. I would also recommend this as a good defining crease colour, its really blendable and has good staying power!

That isn't all that I got...(of course) lol but these are the only things I have used enough to be able to give a good/thorough review on! Keep checking back for more reviews and please let me know your drugstore favourites and your experiences with these products if you have tried them! Enjoy!

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