I love to go to Sephora and walk around. I usually start with a few things in my hand and very slowly start to put them back on the shelves. This whole process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and I walk out with nothing. There are somethings I will never give up, things like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Nars bronzer, but some things are also so expensive! It’s not even the amount of money, it’s that I know I could get the same for less, while that’s not true with every product out there, I think there are suitable substitutions at any local drugstore. Here are my top five drugstore beauty products that I can’t live without!
1. Sinful Colors Nail Polish – I love to get these and really trendy colors. For the classics, I suggest paying a little more, but you can’t beat $1.99 for neon!
2. Olay Pro X – I have had my eye on a Clarisonic forever. My skin is super temperamental, so I didn’t want to spend $100+ on a product I wasn’t 100% on. I bought the Olay Pro X with the intention of upgrading to a Clarisonic. But, wow, my skin is completely different. I have used it for a little over a month now, twice a day. I did break out for a week or so after I started using it, but my skin has cleared up and is glowing. I don’t see the point of paying more, so I’m going to stick with it. I don’t use the cleanser, I found it too abrasive so I switched out for my Cetafil cleanser.
3. L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Caring Coral – I was so sad to find my favorite lip gloss (don’t laugh) Wet N’ Wild’s AmazeMint was discontinued. I picked this up, thinking it would just have to do. Well, I am obsessed. I like lip color, but I hate feeling like I have too much on. This is perfect, it’s like a tinted chapstick only better, and it has SPF 15. I’m sold!
4. Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara – I had been back and forth through different higher end brands and it seemed pointless. It’s kind of hard for me to tell the difference between mascaras, so I grabbed this because it was a little more heavy-duty than the Maybelline Great Lash and haven’t looked back.
5. Cetafil Daily Facial Cleanser – Cetafil and I have a long history. I used it in high school and then as I got older migrated to more high-end brands. After buying a $65 face wash, that somehow managed to make my skin look worse than it already was, I decided to go back to the basics. I had to ask myself, what was I doing when my skin was at it’s best? What am I doing differently. So, I recreated my high school routine and adjusted from there. Every once in a while I get a little ballsy and try something new, but it never lives up to expectations (or the price tag) so I just go back. I’ve used both the Daily Facial Cleanser and the Gentle Cleanser and both are great!
Every time I got to the beach, I scramble to find an appropriate bag. My canvas totes aren’t large enough and my purses are not beach worthy. I found this straw bag at a Goodwill for $5, depending on what you have around the house, this upcycled could cost anywhere from $5 – $12. I absolutely love my new bag. I can’t wait to stuff it full of snacks and beachy goodness.
Things you’ll need:
Flat Head Screw Driver
1/8 in. Suede Cord
Shirt or Tank (the bottom width should measure the same as mouth of bag)
Step 1: Find yourself a nice sturdy beach bag.
Step 2: Remove the handle rivets. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the top of the rivet and pulled it apart using pliers. Not the easiest job, but well worth the trouble.
Step 3: Take your suede cord and cut into 18 even lengths. Tape down 9 sections at a time to a table and braid using 3 lengths as 1 strand.
Step 4: Use the holes left from your rivets and thread the sections from your leather braid through them. If you need to make them a little bigger, use your scissors. Tie knots on the end on the strands and trim.
Step 5: If your bag has lining that you think is pretty gross or just want a new clean liner, use a seam ripper and remove it. Then take your bag and lay it over your t-shirt or tank. Measure a few inches below the bag and cut.
Step 6: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the bottom.
Step 7: Sew the shirt to inside of bag. I followed the holes left from the seam I removed, this seemed a lot easier than trying to create a new straight line.
I can’t get over the whimsical feel of these suits from ANI Bikinis. I am a fan of the wrap around bikini top and these are beautiful. I love the texture of the hand dyed fabrics and crocheted knits and all the suits are made in the US.