As always though, I'd LOVE to hear your feedback on some or all of the products I feature here. Feel free to let me know of other products you think I should try too. I'm always looking for bargains in EVERYTHING.
* Unless otherwise stated, all products mentioned in this post were given to me by their respective companies via Influenster for the purpose of an honest review.
Developing a beauty regimen isn’t easy. It takes time, patience and of course, money. That last one is a big deal too and if you’re a book lover like me, well, you need as many deals, steals and inexpensive products as you can get. The trick though is finding products that work for YOU. Up until now, skin and hair care products and makeup choices weren’t really an issue. I was and in some ways, still am a tomboy and to me, spending hours on end doing this to my hair or putting this on my face was something that bored me to pieces. That changed when I took a good look in the mirror one day and realized that I had, among other things, dry skin, bags under my eyes, uneven skin tone, thin, dead looking hair and that my way of putting my make up on (Basically the “Throw it on and go” method) was just not working.
So, at 30 I am trying different products to find the ones that work for me and that are affordable. It’s going to be a learning experience, one that I’m actually excited about. So I hope that my experience with these products and others will also help you find something that YOU enjoy and that will fit in with your budget.
The Beach Babe line has some serious moisture going on here. It’s got coconut oil and sea kelp, two things that are fantastic for dry hair. I didn’t even know how badly my hair needed help until after I used the shampoo and conditioner. My hair felt amazing! It was soft and smooth to the touch, and after a few days of use I also noticed that my severe dry scalp problem was also gone. Not only did I love the way the Beach Babe shampoo and conditioner worked but the price really can’t be beat either. I priced these products at Target and Ulta and while Ulta has more product choices, Target is cheaper at $4.99 while Ulta is at $5.99. The Intensive Hair Unit (Hair treatment) is a few dollars more at $7.99 but really, that’s not as expensive as some of the other products I’ve tried in the past. I also love the names that each product line has in order to distinguish it from the others: Beach Babe, Clean Freak, Knotty to Nice (Detangler), She’s a Tease (Volumizing Hair Spray), Way to Grow (Helps your hair grow) and more.
And for those of you who color your hair, the Beach Babe shampoo and conditioner is free of sulfates too!
Retail Price (approximately): $4.79 up to $7.99 depending on what product and in what store.
I Found It At: Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta, Walgreens, Albertsons and CVS (Though the site lists more locations.
Website:Not Your Mother’s Hair Care Products
On myself I also noticed that my skin was softer and had a slight glow to it. I was surprised that for a night cream, it wasn’t oily and gross. I’ve never been a cream before bed kind of gal so this was very surprising. The only problem was that lately my pores have been getting clogged a lot so any thing that I put on my face will clog my pores. I’m pretty sure I need something to close those little boogers BEFORE I try applying stuff on my face. I hear Boots has a pore closer…
Retail Price (approximately): $14.99
I Found It At: Target (Seems to be the ONLY place I was able to find ANY of this brand’s products).
Website:Boots No. 7 (US Store)
HOWEVER, I do have some skin discoloration/unevenness on my cheeks and nose area and I found that this product works GREAT as a natural looking blush. It gave me a nice, natural hue on my cheeks instead of the blotchy red patches I normally have. So while I’m not going to be putting the New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder all over my face, I will be using it as a blush for the foreseeable future.
And since I noticed over a two week trial period that it DIDN’T make me break out, I’m interested in their other makeup products as well.
Retail Price (approximately): $3.59 (Target)
I Found It At: Target (Haven’t looked for it anywhere else)
Website:New York Color