In Search of Budget Options…

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Impending motherhood has me thinking about my budget. I’m no math wizard, but I’m pretty sure mypiggy_bank grocery bill is going to go up, and my income is going to go down while I’m on leave. That means making some changes to my spending habits….particularly in the beauty department.

This shouldn’t be too hard; when it comes to things that I use everyday and have to replace often, I try to choose budget friendly options whenever I can. For example, I routinely use drugstore foundation, concealer and mascara. In spite of my thriftiness, though, there are still a few spendy staples that I would like to replace with drugstore alternatives:

1) Urban Decay Primer Potion – This is a tough one, because I’ve used this product for years, and it’s been a real struggle to find something that can stand up to my oily lids as well as this does. I’ve dabbled with others here and there, but I always come back to this one. Today, I’m test driving a promising contender from NYX. I’ll let you know how that pans out.

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The One That Got Away…

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If you saw my April Favourites post, then you might remember I mentioned a new addition to nightresurfacemy skin care routine: Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir. I love this stuff. It’s a light, fluid serum that hydrates and exfoliates. (It contains one of my favourite ingredients, glycolic acid.) This stuff just does wonders for my clog/blemish prone skin. It also illuminates and makes a nice glowy base for makeup. Since I’m now obsessed with this stuff I did what I always do: prowl the skin care aisle in all the drugstores to see if it’s on sale so I can stock up. What I found when I got there, though, was alarming. The Resurfacing Elixir was nowhere to be seen! There wasn’t even an empty spot on the shelf! London Drugs, Superstore and Walmart all yielded nothing.

I did a Google search to see if I could find out if the product was discontinued and couldn’t find any info, so I sent an email to Olay (Procter and Gamble). This was their reply:

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My Quest for the Perfect Sunscreen…

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I have long searched for a facial sunscreen that works with my skin type. My criteria? I want it to be lightweight and non-greasy. I want it to offer a decent level of broad spectrum UV protection without clogging my pores, and I want it to wear well under makeup. Oh, and I want the sunscreen ingredients to be mineral based, because I hate the smell and feel of the chemical ones. Is that too much to ask? Perhaps. Sunscreen is a sticky issue if you’ve got oily, acne prone skin. Literally.

Needless to say, I had really high hopes for this one from MD Solar Sciences:

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It got good reviews on Sephora and makeupalley.com, and is supposed to be formulated specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. Many reviewers stated that the silicone base makes this a great makeup primer as well as a sunscreen. Great, I thought. Kill two birds with one stone. I like where this is going. Unfortunately, this just didn’t work for me. In spite of all the claims to the contrary, I found this to be very heavy and greasy feeling on my skin. I was very aware of it all day long. I could feel it sitting there, suffocating my skin. I hate that feeling. It also clogged my pores. AND, my foundation didn’t wear nearly as well as it normally does. By the end of the work day, I could see little white spots all over my face. My foundation and the sunscreen had pooled in my pores in a most unflattering way. I should point out that my foundation did apply beautifully in the morning. It just didn’t last. All the silicones in this product do create a smooth base for makeup, but they don’t dry down and set. Anything you apply over top is going to slide around all day.

So this product only met two of my criteria. It does offer broad-spectrum protection. It’s SPF 50, and the active ingredients are mineral suncreens: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. (Beware, this will likely leave a white cast on medium to darker skin tones and will cause flashback in photos.)

I will hang on to this to use on days when I’m going to be outdoors in the sun for longer periods. As a day-to-day product, it’s just too heavy and uncomfortable. The quest continues…

Got any recommendations for sunscreens that are well-suited to oily skin? Please leave them in the comments.

Review: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

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boscia maskA while back I posted a small Sephora haul and promised some reviews on those products. I’m here to make good on that promise with some thoughts on the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask.

I picked this up in the deluxe sample size by redeeming a few of my Beauty Insider points, and I’m very glad that I didn’t spend any actual money on this. Although this product is kind of fun to use, it doesn’t actually do a whole lot. It’s all spectacle and no real substance.

This is a peel-off mask. True to its name, this stuff is black. It goes on shiny and kind of sticky and then dries into a solid film that you can peel off in one piece. The texture is like melted plastic when you first apply it.

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