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Seven Affordable and Awesome Beauty Products

At VW we are huge fans of saving money and of quality products that make life more enjoyable. So we’ve hand selected some of our favorite beauty products to share with you. Hopefully the results and the price tags will bring a smile to your face!

Witch Hazel 16oz for $3.59 at Target
Extracted from plants, this natural astringent is marketed to soothe and relieve minor skin irritations. Several online sites claim witch hazel also helps with oily acne-prone skin, but our favorite use for it is to tame the red irritation and bumps on sensitive underarms and bikini area after shaving. You can buy cleansing pads or just moisten a cotton ball and gently apply it after you step out of the shower. We use it over the course of a week in our beauty regimen when preparing for a special event like a wedding(sleeveless dress anyone?) or for a summer beach or pool party.   

Baby Powder 9oz for $2.99 at Target 
After years and years and years of searching for a deodorant that works and doesn’t destroy my skin I discovered that I already had the solution. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder with Aloe is wonderful when applied under arms after a shower. The baby powder leaves skin feeling dry and smooth. Plus there are no more red bumps after shaving and no more discoloration on shirts from pore blocking antiperspirants. On really warm days or after exercising, showering is a must as is drinking lots of water, which is super healthy for skin anyway. Then just reapply and use a natural deodorant like Schmidt’s if necessary. You can get a 9oz bottle of Cornstarch based J&J Baby Powder with Aloe and Vitamin E at Target for 2.99! Also works great for sweaty feet and when sprinkled lightly into flats or shoes!

St Ives Apricot Face Scrub 6oz for $3.59 at Target
Great for exfoliating the skin on your face and neck. This stuff is inexpensive and leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh. I use it once every other day at the most, especially for a week leading up to a special event. I also like to use a gentle facial cleanser like Cetaphil day and night on a regular basis in addition to this great facial scrub. Get St Ives Apricot Face Scrub 6oz for 3.59 at Target.

Neutrogena® Alcohol-Free Toner 8.5 Oz $5.79 at Target
I also recommend Neutrogena® Alcohol-Free Toner for prepping skin a week in advance of a special event. I use it once a day on dry skin after cleansing, usually before bed. If it is the big day then I also use it on dry skin after cleansing and before applying makeup. It helps to reduce oils and the size of pores and makes my skin feel tighter and more youthful. I like to let my skin dry before and after applying it with a cotton ball on the most oily areas of my face (the “T” zone) where my pores usually look bigger.

Vaseline Various sizes $0.99 at The 99 Cent Store
This stuff is great for a number of uses, my favorite being on dry chapped feet and skin, and especially on super dry and irritated patches of skin like on my nostrils when I have a cold or places where I’ve dried my skin out too much using anti-acne products. Rub it into your feet and wear cotton socks over the top to bed, then wash in the morning with a gentle soap like Ivory. I’ve even successfully hidden dry flaking skin by applying foundation then dabbing on vaseline and powder foundation then cover-up liquid foundation and a final dusting of powder foundation. Also works well for chapped dry lips!

Flushable Moist Wipes by Fresh’n Up $0.99 at The 99 Cent Store
These come in small packs that are great for travel. I’ve used for perspiration and on my face and hands. Pleasant subtle scent and super soft though I wish they were thicker. I also get these at 99 Cent Stores.

Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner $2.89 at Target or $4.99 for twin pack of Shampoo and Conditioner

We got a bottle of this shampoo and conditioner on recommendation from our sister-in-law and immediately loved it after just one use. I have normal-oily hair that I dye and so many shampoos and conditioners fail because they leave my hair too dry or overly moisturized with an icky residue feeling. This shampoo and conditioner work perfect to clean and moisturize my hair leaving it looking shiny and soft. Try them in a twin pack from Target for only $4.99 and let us know what your think!


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