When I made out my spending plan (while doing my taxes) I noticed that my “Beauty and Personal Care” line item was getting a tiny bit out of hand.
The question; was there a way to trim said budget but NOT sacrifice the quality of product.
This week there are a few star items I wanted to share with you, Dear Reader, suitable for men and women.
The first item was my shampoo and conditioner. I love Wella. Adore it. The great thing about it is that my color lasts forever; my hair is healthy, vibrant, shiny; and there is a specific product for every kind of hair imaginable. My quest, then, was to find out if there was a lower-cost product I could swap in every other washing (or even entirely) for my beloved Wella.
I have settled on Pantene (and yes, there are options on Amazon Mom Subscribe and Save which makes the savings even more substantial as well as coupons you can clip via Amazon now and then). Pantene is owned by Proctor and Gamble (which makes the odds of gaining coupons high) and is one of the most beloved brands in over 90 countries. One of the great things about this brand is, like Wella, it has a huge variety of product for many kinds of hair, and is readily available at WalMart, Amazon, Target etc.
Before buying product from Amazon (which is basically in bulk) I tried the 2-in-1 Icy Shine for colored hair and then followed with the 2 Minute Moisture Mask (I have been keeping my hair blond, so I’m beating the hell out of it). I style it with an AMAZING Pantene BB Creme which is a heat protectant/shine enhancer/fly-away tamer/softener/multi-tasker and is cheap. My hair has never looked so good.
I have also used the Pantene Color Preserve Shine Shampoo which is about $4.50/liter via Amazon Mom (with 20% discount and free shipping) and the Pantene Color Preserve Volume Conditioner which is also about $4.50/liter. So far, my hair isn’t dull (I do these combo’s every other time) and it is very healthy and happy. For comparison, the Wella is $35/Shampoo and Conditioner combo (1L each), which really isn’t bad, considering. So I am calling it a savings of $26 on the Wella and Color Preserve. I didn’t have a fair comparison for the 2-in-1 and the mask.
The Pantene BB creme ($4.15) completely replaced the Chi heat protectant ($12) + Organix Argan Oil ($9.95) + Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($19) = $36.80 savings plus I gained counter space.
Lastly, I found an amazing multi-tasker that works even for my oily-acne prone skin. Murad Oil-Mattifier Spf 15 has been an amazing product. I have tried every highly rated (Read: Expensive) primer out there. And then I have to add SPF moisturizer (or just sunscreen) because I am so fair I burn very easily. I break out, and it is usually so bad, I have to go to the med spa for a facial to unclog my pores.
With the Murad product, I have discovered a texture to my foundation that I never have before. Velvet! For hours! I use either Kat Von D Foundation (a little goes a long way) or Clinique Solutions Acne Foundation (very light but great coverage and cleans those pores) and top it with mineral foundation and Boots Botanics concealer.
One thing about finding foundations that work for you: you don’t waste money with a foundation graveyard. And sometimes using slightly more expensive foundations lets you get away with wearing less makeup overall; having beautiful skin is a key goal. Everything else is frosting.
I have also discovered that having 2 different foundation types keeps me from feeling boxed in and lets me choose depending on my skin problem of the day (do I need more coverage or can I get away with lighter coverage and use the Acne Solutions to heal some of those pores).
Anyway, I hope some of this is helpful.
Photo credit: Josef Seibel