High End vs. Drugstore Products

Back when I was a teenager and had no concept of bills and responsibilities, I was quite the snob when it came to skincare and makeup. Anything from the drugstore was like taboo for me. Back then makeup and skincare were the only high end things I could afford and it made me feel super glam. A couple years later rolled around and I find my self broke AF and now where my money used to go to glamorous beauty products, it now goes to rent and groceries. Needless to say I had to downgrade my beauty routine, or at least what I thought was a downgrade.

Once I tried a few foundations and concealers from Maybelline (it helps that they made their packaging more chic btw) I was actually hooked! The Maybelline Fit me line works just as well if not better than some foundations you will find at Sephora, and for a fraction of the price!

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Another item I like to buy at the drugstore is lip products. I don’t see the value in spending 40$ on a YSL tinted lip balm when I can get a similar product for 10$.

A few things I still find myself getting at high end places is blushers, bronzers. I am just a sucker for cute packaging and I just don’t think the drug store has nailed it in that department yet… It’s definitely no Too Faced or Benefit! (check out this post https://livelifeintheflorallane.com/2019/04/06/makeup-collection-blushes-bronzers/ to see my whole blush and bronzer collection!)

And finally, with skincare I can go either way. I’ve used both drugstore and high end stuff but it depends on the product. Eye cream and moisturizer I am okay with getting at the drugstore since the Neutrogena hydro boost line is really good. But when it comes to serums and special treatments, I prefer to leave to the high end brands. My favourite right now is the Kiehls Cannabis Sativa Oil, but I will leave that for another post!

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When it comes to Masks, I always thought the more expensive the better, however I have found my holy grail mask… and it’s from the drugstore! I tried a similar mask from a higher end brand (PTR), and the L’oreal one was just so much better for me! It felt like it got more of the gunk out (sorry for the visual lol).

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That’s it for me for now 🙂

My Current Skincare Routine – Sarah

So I can’t say that my skincare routine is all that glamorous at the moment. I used to be so much more into high end products and cool serums but as a working adult now I just don’t seem to have the time! I keep things super simple. So I’ve broken it down into a few categories.

Makeup Removers – Garnier Micellar Water: This is the only thing I will use, no wipe can ever compare to this stuff, it gets off pretty much everything! As you can see I clearly love is as it’s almost gone. However, when I do feel like using a wipe, I have these travel ones from Sephora that do the trick!

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Next category is moisturizers. My skin is so weird, it’s both oily and dry at the same time so I have a weird mixture of moisturizers that I need to use.

The Neutrogena one is for my oily areas, the Dr. Jart cream is for my cheeks because they get super red and this one is supposed to help with redness. The Cetaphil is for when my skin just can’t figure its shit out and is flaking everywhere. It really does help the driest of skin. And finally, I use La Roche Posay eye creme. Yes I know it’s expensive but it’s what my parents have always used and I’m a creature of habit!

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The next category is for acne products, because unfortunately I was cursed with terrible genes. My fave face wash for acne is the the Biore charcoal face wash. I just love the tingly feeling it gives me, it makes me feel like it’s really getting a deep clean. Of course I use the Mario Badescu drying lotion just like every other girl in the world. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a holy grail, but it’s just fun to put on and take silly pictures 😛 Next in line is tea tree oil. This has been an herbal remedy for skin problems for ages, and plus I just love the way it smells and it can’t really do any harm! And finally, my dermatologist has prescribed me Retin-A. It essentially helps cell turnover to help get rid of acne and dark marks quicker when used over a long period of time. I just need to be better at being more consistent with it!

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The next section of my collection is the toners. I love Pixi products, the glow mist smells so good and makes my skin feel so hydrated. The only problem is it’s oil based and I can’t use it all the time because I get eyelash extensions and oil based products make them fall out faster. So in those times I gravitate to the glow tonic or the lush tea tree water. I know tea tree is still oil I just try to cover my eyelids when I use it LOL.

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My favourite part of skincare is the face masks. I’m not made of money (yet) and so I gravitate towards more affordable masks, like the L’oreal Clay masks. But just because they’re inexpensive, does not mean they don’t work. These things work wonders!! I love every single one and each colour helps with a different skin condition. I forget what each does now but it’s all available on the L’oreal website. Confessions of a lazy blogger LOL.

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And that’s what I currently use on my face! I do other treatments like dermarolling and such but I think I want to do a separate post for that. So bye for now 😉