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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.