Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Ten Under $10 (Face)

Nothing Bonds Better than a Bargain Find!
Get Your Ten Bucks & Head Out...
Let's Get Something for Your Money Makin Mug!
Another Edition of Tuesday's Top Ten!
This one is Under $10 For Your Face!

1. Face Wash: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, 
Normal to Oily Skin ($9-$10)
Use this cleanser on a full face of makeup & a once over will leave your face squeaky clean! Labelled for Normal to Oily but is a God Sent for Dry & Sensitive Skin. Unscented, Dermatologist approved and the best do it all cleanser if you are on a budget! Available @ Walmart & Drugstores

2. Make Up Remover: L'Oreal Dermo Expertise Eye Makeup Remover & Almay Eye Makeup Remover 
Moisturizing Pads 
(Both $5-$6)
I'm not a big fan of eye makeup removers that make me work for the dollar... the ones that reduce you to tugging and rubbing the delicate skin around your peepers. That's why I turn to these two bad boys when I clean off my eyes. I use the l'Oreal Dermo Expertise as part of my everyday war paint removal, and the Almay pads for waterproof makeup. The L'Oreal is oil free and feels like water. Doesn't make your eyes burn and you don't have to scrub like a mental patient to get a clean result. The Almay is my little pad that could. Thin and with a oily feel this wonder wipes your lashes clear even of the most stubborn eye makeup.
Both Available @ Walmart & Drugstores

3. Face Wipes: Equate Original Clean Facial Cleansing Towelettes ($5-$6)

I'm a face wipe F-A-N-A-T-I-C. I've truly tried them all.... 

And brace yourselves, these Walmart brand Equate Original Clean 
Facial Cleansing towelettes are The Best On The Market!
They are large, textured, leave no residue behind, smell fresh & come at a sixty count for barely 5 bucks
What else more could you want?
However be warned that these will not remove waterproof mascara!  So if that's what you usually rock this isn't for you.
Some complain that these wipes can be dry... purchase your first batch with the plastic housing box, and make sure they are always sealed and you will be sold on this gold.
I use a packing scotch tape on ALL my wipes to ensure they don't dry out. Available Only @ Walmart

4. Cleansing Pads/Cloths: Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads ($6-$8) 

This isn't a surprise as most people rave about these Cleansing Pads. If you are looking for a product that pulls double duty this is your answer. Both face wash and exfoliator, this pup can clean your mug and keep the skin feeling and looking fresh!

Available @ Walmart & Drugstores

5. Ponds' Classic Cold Cream($7-$8)
An Oldie But a Goodie.  Use this as the first line of removal if you like a deep clean. Spread this all over your face and wipe off with either a cotton round or a wash cloth. This will melt the thickest of makeup to leave your skin incredibly smooth.
But be warned this is not for the eyes... it will make you feel like you have spread vaseline al over your ojos and you have cataracts!
Available @ Walmart & Drugstores

6. Toner: Dickinson's Witch Hazel-Daily 
Facial Toner ($4-$5)

This is my summer time savior! I store it in the fridge and use it to clean my face in the am or to cool off on a HOT day.  It wakes you up, refresh you and cleans your face without stripping it of its essential Oils! Available @ Walmart
7. Face Cream: Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Vitamins E & B3 UV Skin Shield SPF 15 Lotion & Night of Olay Firming Cream ($6-$10)  
 Unlike other creams that contain SPF this day moisturizer is light, making it perfect for everyday use and a magnificent base for makeup.  Despite the fact you may think that you are too young to use anti aging products remember this; 
It's easier to prevent rather than fix. Catch my drift? I thought so. 
The night moisturizer is non greasy & while you catch some zz this little heaven sent restores your skins while preventing wrinkles and fine lines.  
Both Available @ Walmart & Drugstores. 

8. Facial Mask:  Queen Helene Mint 
Julep Masque ($4-$5)
A winning bargain for under ten bucks. This masque dries up pimples and sucks out those nasty a#% blackheads. Use it once a week to give your skin that deep down clean...plus it smells so damn good!Available @ CVS Drugstores

9. Scrub: St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub &  Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($3-$4)
This is my one and only... scrub of course! Talk about a constant, I have been using this scrub as far as I can recall and have never purchased another exfoliator. An Allure Magazine Award Winner & An Aly Holy Grail. A gentle yet effective scrub, use daily or bi-weekly to keep your face fresh, smooth & Clear. 
Available @ Walmart & Drugstores
10.  Lip Balm: For Day Blistex Silk & Shine SPF15 & For Nighttime Treatment: Chapstick Ultra Renew 
The Lips are a crucial asset and care for the pucker is a Must!
Loving the nighttime treatment from Chapstick Ultra Renewal... Made out too much Saturday Night? Need a recovery? This is what you have to turn too. A good slather and by morning your lips are as smooth as Silk! 

Blistex Silk and Shine.... Goes on smooth, taste a little sweet but nothing that will be too much... Good as a base for lipstick or solo.... Glides like a dream leaving a beautiful sheen... It's like lipgloss without the stickiness and just more natural!
Both Available @ Drugstores

So Here They Are Dollz
 Your Top Ten Under $10 For That Gorgeous Mug!

Which Ones Will You Pick Up?
Godspeed & Love!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Must Have!

Dove Nourishing Oil Hair Therapy Detangler

What It Claims To Do:
Transforms dry, rough and frizzy hair into beautifully smooth hair that’s easier to manage & style. 
Acts as a gentle leave-in conditioning spray with a dual-phase formula that won’t weigh hair down.

What’s It For? 
There are lots of scenario's for using this magic potion. 

First, and most obvious, like a detangler  after you wash your hair.
Secondly you can use this as a "refresher" spray... 
You know when your hair gets caught up in the world's harshness making it look like a rat's nest? This is your magic solution baby!
I also like to pack this to go to the beach as a hair protector and as a detangler after a dip in the pool. 

How Do I Use It?
Take the bottle and give a good vigorous shake… 
Like you are mad at it

You will see the two liquids blend.
Then spray your hair!
I do this both after I’ve washed my hair and it’s towel dried, and in the evenings before I go to sleep…
If it’s been a rough night (wink wink) I do a once over in the morning too!
I recommend focusing it on the ends as they are usually the driest, and most tangled part of the hair… plus you don’t want to weight down the roots!
It’s all about shiny, smooth and full hair! 

6.1 Oz Bottle Will set you back a Whoppin 7 Bucks! 

How Do I Get My Hands On It:
Available in Drugstores, Target &Walmart.
Online @ amazon.com, soap.com & drugstore.com

Why Is This An Aly Approved Holy Grail Product?

I have color treated hair, which can often be dry and I'm always trying to find something that will replenish it.
This Bad Boy Hits The Spot! 
Dove really delivers on it's promises!
 This transforms dry, rough & frizzy hair into a smooth more manageable mane! 

This spray is also enriched with Argan Oil so it nourishes your hair and it makes it smell yummy and rich!
I've put this into a smaller spray bottle and I have it in my purse to refresh my hair here and there. It's like an American Express... I just Don't leave home without it~

Go Get Your Hands on This one Ladies!

That's your Monday Must Have!

Godspeed, Kisses & Love,

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Must Have!

bareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads 
Brightening Treatment

What It Claims To Do:
A  treatment that brightens & renews skin.
Brings back your "natural radiance" by improving skin tone and texture. Increases cell turnover to give you a complexion that glows.

What’s It For? 
 You know when your face goes bat$*&t crazy? 
Breakouts, reddening, sensitive and temperamental
This is what you use to rehab your face back into submission. 

How Do I Use It?
After cleansing at night, sweep pad over your mug using a circular motions and voila' - FINITO

$35.00 a pop for 60 pads

How Do I Get My Hands On It:
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy's, Amazon.com and bareescentuals.com All carry this product

Why Is This An Aly Approved Holy Grail Product?
As the seasons were changing from winter to spring I lost complete control over my skin. It became super sensitive and prone to breakouts. It also lacked luminosity... and everyone knows there is nothing worst than dull skin!

I went to Sephora & lugged my significant other along. 

As I looked for my skin' next miracle, my better half came up and proudly asked "Would You Like to Have 80% better skin?"
Well I'd Actually like a diamond but i digress...
 Um yeah hook a sister up!

He had read a description of the bareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads Brightening Treatment & eagerly brought the product.

 So my love story with this true favorite begins.
The pads are two sides; smooth & textured. I use smooth for gentle everyday use & textured for a more intense treatment. I usually do smooth one day, textured on the next and so on. Use this every night after you clean your mug. In about a week or so you begin see the change.... and a month plus into it you will see it's everything it claimed to be!
Since I began using this product my skin has done a total 180! Nothing Has Ever Worked like this on my Skin!
No more temperamental skin and best of all...

That's your Monday Must Have!

Godspeed, Kisses & Love,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Must Have!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple, 
One-Step Facial Cleanse
What is It? 
A facial skin cleanser that cleanses, tones and removes all face and eye makeup in one simple step leaving your skin smooth.

What’s It For? 
When you get home after a 15 hour work day or after a night of partying? When you are so tired you just want to collapse? This is what you use to take all that War Paint off your Mug in one svelte swoop! It’s three in one. Makeup remover, cleanser and toner. Delicate on skin but killer on cosmetics. Wash your face (and yes your eyes since it won’t burn them)  and watch all the traces of  the smokey eye disappear leaving you with just a soft clean face.

How Do I Use It?
Apply to a dry or slightly damp face. Massage for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse thoroughly… Voila’ Done! 

So What’s The Catch? 
Well, for once something that appears to be too good to be true, actually is!!  But, one tip to keep in mind… While this cleanser can do the job all in one step I would suggest this not be the only makeup remover you use. Cleaning your makeup off should be as much a ritual as putting it on.  Only giving your face one rinse through is like taking a shower with your clothes on… See what I’m getting at here? For example, I occasionally use one round of Philosophy Purity Made Simple & aid the process with a washcloth and I’m good to go!

Available in 5 sizes here is the cost breakdown; 3oz is $10.00, 8oz is $20.00, 16oz is $32.00, 24oz is $40.00 & 32oz is $49.50.

How Do I Get My Hands on It?  
Philosophy.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com & at QVC.com. The best bang for the buck is QVC, that’s where I get mine from, I have the 32oz bottle on Auto Delivery, so  I never have to worry about running out of my favorite face cleanser.

Why Is This An Aly Approved Holy Grail Product?
It is by far one of the best face washes out there. Strong enough to be used alone and to wipe away every trace of a fully made up face, yet it’s delicate enough to use over your eyes and feels soothing on your skin… and it’s worth every penny! Now how many products can you say that about?

That's your Monday Must Have!

Godspeed, Kisses & Love,


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Ten Under $10

Top Ten Under $10 (Make Up) 
Get Your Ten Bucks and Head Out...
Let's Get Us Some Make-Up!
Tried & Tested These Are My Top Ten Under $10 Finds!

1. Mascara: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Full-Definition Mascara ($4-$5)
This is one of the Best Drugstore Mascara's (In My Humble Opinion),  a couple of sweeps of this luxurious mascara & you got killer thick, long and lush lashes! Having your peepers lookin like a million bucks for a mere $5.

2. Eye Shadow: Any Wet & Wild Eyeshadow! ($1.99-$6.99)
There isn't one time I’ve purchase or recommend Wet & Wild Eyeshadows that I don't hear the quizzical "Wet & Wild Really? The Cheap Shadows? Those Work?". Do They ever! The color payoff is incredible! The shadows are thick and velvety from their singles to their palettes. Don't even get me started on the color selection! The Best Value for money here is Wet & Wild’s Color Icon™ Eyeshadow Collection. This palette has 8 color-coordinated shades… they can be used together or separately. The possibilities are endless!

3. Foundation: L'Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup ($7-$9) 

With 33 shades divided in Warm, Cool & Neutral Tones you are bound to find the perfect partner for your skin. The consistency of this foundation is thick but doesn't overwhelm your skin... Use a few drops of True Match mixed with your fave moisturizer for a lighter tint or build on your mug for a more complete coverage! With all the options this foundation offers it's a steal @ the drugstore price!

4. Blush: elf Studio Blush in Pink Passion ($3)

For a  price tag of a whopping three bucks this Blush sure packs the punch!! A dead on dupe of NARS' Desire and with a savings of $25?? Umm This Bitch is down... SOLD! I was oblivious to this brand until stumbling upon it at Target... Now I can't go a day without looking at their website! A good way to experiment with color without killing your budget.

5. Cosmetic Brushes: Eco Tools Bamboo 6 Piece Eye Brush Set 

Can you say fluffy & Soft?? If I didn’t know any better I would think these were high end brushes! Aside from the wide variety the company offers this 6 Piece Eye Brush Set is all you will need to for a Smokey eye, a Sparkly or any kind of  DAMN eye you want!  

6. Powder: Milani Mineral Compact Makeup  ($7-$8)
Wanna look flawless but not cakey? This is what you gotta get! This powder is Velvety smooth and glides on your face like a dream.  This Milani product is a powder foundation that I wear in a ton of ways… over my B.B Cream, over my full coverage Liquid foundation,  as a touch up powder, or worn alone for  natural looking coverage or I Buff it on with a kabuki brush to even out my skin tone and kill that oil slick called my T-zone!– Let me tell you I get my mileage out of those $7-$8 spent on this product.

7. Lipstick & Lipgloss: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks  ($7-$9) & Revlon Super 
Lustrous Lipglosses ($6-$8)

Can’t go wrong with a classic! Revlon was founded in 1932 and it still hits the mark 80 years later! Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks  have lots of different finishes… Crème, Matte & Frost, and, a HUGE array of colors. These lippies are Creamy, pigmented , go on smooth and makes your lips feel subtle and moisturized… all under $10. The Super Lustrous Lipglosses carry the same high standards! Shiny, not sticky and in some universally flattering tints! Both of these Revlon Masterpieces are True to The Tube Tint, layer-able and Affordable

8. Primer: Rimmell Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer ($8-$10) 
If you are looking for a silicone primer this is not for you… but if you like a more creamy consistency to your face shield this is the BOMB! My favorite drugstore primer hands down NO DISCUSSIONS! Keeps my makeup on all day… and I’m talking News Producer all day… From 2am till you take it off!
9. Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer ($6-$7)
They don’t call this a heavy duty concealer for nothing… it is INDUSTRIAL STRENGHT! If it can cover tattoos it can cover the darkest of under eye circles, the deepest imperfection and the most stubborn of blemishes!  It comes in three shades Light, Medium and tan with a corresponding Concealer Pencil… and for 6 bucks a pop, do what I did and buy all three to mix and match for the perfect concealer whether you are mozzarella white or roasted from the sun! 
10.  Highlighter: Hard Candy So Baked 
Bronzer In Tiki ($7-$9)
A golden sheen highlighter with a rock star result for a bottom price! A close CLOSE match to NARS’ $28 Albatross, and what a glow it gives! I use it on my cheekbones to give me a sunny glow… makes me look sparkling… Kissed By The Sun! 
Next Week on Tuesday's Top Ten Here at Life With Aly...
Top Ten Under $10 Face Products!

Godspeed, Kisses & Love,