Hey everyone! It’s Aspen, and today I am back with a late-night beauty haul!
My mother and I had gone to Panera the other night, and there was a Target located conveniently across the road. Before I had hit up Target, I had driven to go get food from Panera as a means of celebration for finishing our move from apartment to apartment, which took a few physically grueling days to complete. Whenever I go to Panera, I get the “you pick 2” option, because it is very affordable and it can be made healthy, or not-so healthy:)
Here was my food:
Here was my mom’s food:
Now, I love Panera, but there is something about Target that always gets me excited, mainly their wide selection of shoes, food, makeup, and hair stuff. I’ve never been one to shop at Sephora or expensive makeup counters in Nordstrom for that exact reason: they are expensive, and I personally find much of their makeup quite overpriced. Considering the fact that top-notch beauty brands such as Yves Saint Laurent (YSL), Lancome, Ralph Lauren, and Urban Decay (just to name a few) are all owned by L’Oreal Paris, it is almost guaranteed that some high-end formulas have intermingled with drugstore products as well. Because of this near-inevitably that a high-end product will be very, very similar to a drugstore product because they are owned by the same company, sometimes a cheaper drugstore product will work better than its expensive cousin. I also don’t have a lot of money which is in part why I don’t buy my makeup from big stores such as Sephora and huge department stores, but I also think that drugstore makeup works just as well, and you save money doing so as well.
Without further ado, here is what I picked up the other night at Target at approximately 11 PM:
1. Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Kiss, $3.99
In the past, I have tried out the original Baby Lips and Doctor Rescue branch, both of which I loved because they both had a sheer color payoff and tasty flavors (or is it scents? haha), and the Doctor Rescue balms had a minty, menthol taste that was very cooling and nice for the wintertime. I was expecting a high-shine, flavorful lip balm that Maybelline had shown in their past few lines of Baby Lips, and that was exactly what I got with this lip balm.
After applying this lip balm, my lips had remained moisturized for about two hours before re-application was absolutely necessary. As for color payoff, this particular color was a very sheer pink, almost clear. Other colors in this line may have a stronger payoff, as it is possible that this was just the color that lacked color. Because this shade lacks intensity, I would recommend this balm for any girl who’s looking for a lip balm in general, or someone who is just getting started with makeup and doesn’t want to start bold.
2. Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in African Tea Rose, $4.99
Even though I already own a nail polish in a very similar color to this, I was intrigued to try this nail polish out because it claimed to be scented. Last night, I had painted my toes and fingernails in this color, and I absolutely love it! The subtle scent of roses in this nail polish is in no way as overpowering as I thought it would be when I had first bought it. Just as a quick FYI, don’t get distraught when you smell the wet polish and get the standard, chemically scent of nail polish. The scent comes out after the polish is already dry, and will smell like nothing special when it is wet.
For those of you who worry that the scent of this nail polish will conflict with your perfume, lotion, or any other product for that matter, do not worry. I can only say this about this particular color because I don’t own any of the other shades, but you can’t smell this nail polish from miles away. You literally have to sniff your nails to get a whiff of the scent, and from experience, it is really nice to have good-smelling nails, even though you will probably be the only one to live in the happiness. Either way, I recommend this product to anyone who loves nail polish and wants to try out a scented one:)
3. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Purple, $4.49
Before purchasing this pencil, I had already tried out the same pencil but in nude. My only issue with using the pencil in nude was that it made me look like I had a lower-eye infection of some kind that was spewing pus.
The color payoff of these pencils is amazing and they are very opaque. They are also very easy to apply to the upper lash line, tightline, lower lash line, and waterline. I absolutely love the formula of this kohl kajal because it truly is waterproof and will not rub off, even if you hold your hand under a sink and rub. This thing will not smudge off your eye even if you tried, through tears and all, and will only come off using an eye-safe facial cleanser. A lot of cleansers will sting your eyes, so be sure to find one that doesn’t make *vos yeux* feel like they’re on fire. The cleanser that I personally use to remove all of my makeup (including eye makeup), is the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $6.99.
This cleanser is amazing for removing all sorts of makeup because it doesn’t burn your eyes and removes all waterproof makeup, making it perfect for the removal of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in Purple:)
4. up & up Apricot Blemish Scrub by Target, $2.69
Beauty isn’t just about the makeup and products that you slather on your face and hair, but it’s also about taking care of yourself, mainly focusing on your skin and hair. I’ve recently finished up a St. Ives Apricot Scrub that wasn’t designed to target acne with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, and that exfoliant worked just fine. While browsing the skincare aisle at Target, I came across that same St. Ives scrub and was about to pick it up, and then saw the Target faux-scrub right next to it. I had chosen to pick up the Target scrub in the end, because it had the near-same ingredients that the St. Ives scrub had, and it was a comfortable dollar cheaper than St. Ives.
I have horrible hormonal acne, coming in the forms of classic, big, red, unsightly pimples, tiny blackheads on my nose, and overall added oiliness in my t-zone area. This scrub helps to keep my acne at bay throughout the month, and is great post-exercise to wash off sweat and slosh off dead, nasty skin. If you have truly problematic skin year round, I wouldn’t know if this product would help your skin because I only get the occasional pimple, here and there. I do not mean to sound conceited or arrogant, but that is my true thought, and I hope you can understand. If you are uncomfortable with your skin and want help to clear up your acne, I would recommend going to a local dermatologist as they will be able to help you more than I can.
Leave a comment down below telling me your favorite drugstore products, and I will see you later!
Have a beautiful night, Aspen:)
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