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5 Beauty Products to Splurge On and 5 to Save On

Some of us moms have dreams of using the money set aside for this week’s groceries toward a trip to Sephora instead. Wake up, honey! Get back to pushing the food cart.

Motherhood is a lot about sacrifice but how do we do that without losing ourselves in the process? Sometimes it’s just the little things that make us feel our best. Buying beauty products happen to be one of them.

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Let’s face it : A red lip can make any tired mama feel like a million bucks. But trying the latest and greatest thing at the makeup counter can become costly. Life is about balance, right? So why not apply that to your beauty routine also? Start thinking of your products as investments versus affordable purchases and you’ll be amazed at how far you can stretch your dollar.

SPLURGE (left to right)

1. Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste $49 – Use only once a week to exfoliate dead skin cells and keep your face feeling vibrant and young. Pair it with a sonic cleansing brush, and you have yourself a weekly facial without the spa price tag.

2. Korres Face Primer $28 – A fantastic solution to hydrate your skin before applying makeup. We all know that makeup looks best when applied to a smooth surface. Plus, primer gives makeup a base to hold onto, allowing it to last longer through the day.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21 – Hands down, the best 2-in-1 brow pencil/brush on the market. Brows are one of the most important features that define the face. We can’t forget about them! The mechanical pencil easily fills in any gaps of hair while the brush creates shape and structure.

4. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm $27– We remember to condition our hair and moisturize after a shower but often forget about our hands. Word on the street is you can tell how old someone is just by looking at their hands. Apply this rich, non-greasy balm to your hands before bed to ensure a more youthful look.

5. Le Labo fragrances $160 – Your signature scent is something people will remember you by. You deserve better than a spray from Bath & Body Works. Le Labo fragrances are hand-formulated and prepared with a personalized label. How cool is that? The best part is they sell samples so you can find which one suits your body chemistry best.

SAVE (left to right)

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser $11 – A classic, no-fuss daily cleanser. It works on every type of skin imaginable from normal to acne-prone. Found online or at any pharmacy.

2. Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream w/ SPF 30 $16 – It can be used as a tinted moisturizer or cover up for blemishes, and evens out skin tone. A super lightweight formula with built in SPF 30, protects your face from sun damage.

3. Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen $7 – An easy-to-use, felt tip pen gives you control in creating the shape you want. From a cat eye to the thinnest outline of the lid, this is a no-mess solution.

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4. Organic coconut oil $6 – Buy it at Trader Joe’s and you’re welcome. It can be used on the face and body as an everyday moisturizer, and even on the hair to deep condition. It’s also a great product to remove stubborn eye makeup.

5. Arm & Hammer Essentials Deodorant (Unscented) $4 – The best, affordable natural deodorant there is! It absorbs and fights odor with natural plant extracts from chamomile, coriander and geranium. Found online or at most pharmacies.

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