My Top 10 Beauty Splurges

You guys know I'm all about beauty on a budget, but that doesn't mean I don't like to splurge on higher-end items once in a while. I've tried so many products over the years that turned out to be total duds, so when I find something that lives up to all of it's claims I don't mind paying more for it...especially if I can't find a suitable dupe at the drugstore. Sometimes, it just makes more financial sense to own one or two expensive eyeshadow palettes that you use every single day than a drawer-full of $10 palettes you barely use! So I wanted to share my top ten beauty splurges with you. These are items I would purchase over and over again because these brands just got it right. Let's take a look...

My Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products For March

March brought us some really great products and my total number of reviews for the month was 35! So I wanted to round up my 10 favorites (although it's really hard to choose because there were a lot of great things on the list)!

It Cosmetics CC+ Illumination, EvoDerma Noome, Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2, Colourpop Super Shock Cheeks

First, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination was an improvement on a formula I was already obsessed with (and I didn't think it could get any better).  I love the new glowy finish!

Next, the EvoDerma Noome  is an anti-aging device that's non-invasive and feels amazing.  I look forward to my facial massage each night, while I smooth wrinkles and firm my skin at the same time!

The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette proved to be an exact dupe for Lorac's Pro 2 palette at a fraction of the price!

This month, I tried a lot of Colourpop products and loved them all! But my favorite had to be these three Super Shock Cheek blushes...they're just gorgeous.  I also reviewed the BB Blush Sticks from NYC and the Ombre Baked Blush from Hard Candy which I also loved, so it was hard to choose. But these edged those out just a little bit.

L'oreal La Palette Nude 2, Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights Palette, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Foundation, Hard Candy Fierce Effects Argan Lip Gloss
I was so excited that the L'oreal La Palette Nudes finally came out.  I reviewed both La Palette Nude 1 and La Palette Nude 2, but I liked 2 a little bit more due to the matte finishes and cooler toned shades. 

Makeup Revolution's Radiant Lights palette was an almost spot-on dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lights palette at a way more affordable price.  I use this every day...I'm in love! 

Hard Candy's Glamoflauge Foundation was a surprise for me...I expected it to be heavy like the concealer but it's super lightweight yet delivers amazing coverage. 

Hard Candy's Fierce Effects Argan Lip Glosses were beautiful and had an amazingly hydrating formula.  I fell in love with both the intense shades and the sheers, especially the sheer Black Rose which looked black in the tube but surprised me by being a beautiful dark raspberry shade. 

Elf Elsa Snow and Ice Eyeshadow Palette, Skinfood Black Sugar Mask.
Another surprise this month was the Elf Elsa Snow and Ice Eyeshadow palette.  I saw this at Walgreens and didn't think too much of it at first...until I swatched it.  It had incredible pigmentation and was buttery soft.  Plus there are some unique and beautiful shades in there.

Last, but definitely not least is Skinfood's Black Sugar Wash Mask.  This is literally the best face scrub I've ever used and is a dupe for Fresh's brown sugar face scrub! My skin has improved so much since using this.

So those are my top picks for this month! I can't wait to see what products I'll discover in April. Did you end up purchasing any of these products, and if so what did you think of them?

My Top Ten Drugstore Exfoliating Products

When Winter starts coming to an end, I always start thinking more about exfoliation and getting rid of the dull, dry, dead skin on my face and body to reveal the bright smooth skin beneath. I do it here and there during the Winter, but I tend to get a bit lazy about it since I'm covered up anyway. But now is a good time to start because pretty soon I'll be wearing dresses, shorts, sandals and tank tops. Plus, my face can always use more exfoliation in the wintertime because that's when my skin is driest.
So in no particular order, here are my Top Ten budget-friendly exfoliating products!

1. Olay Fresh Effects Exfoliating Wet Cloths $5.99

These aren't your average exfoliating wipe- they pack some serious grit and scrubbing power on one side, and are smooth on the other for makeup removal.  Plus, the fresh scent is a great pick-me-up! See my review HERE.

This Allure Best of Beauty award winner is a hybrid mask and scrub.  Smooth a layer over the skin and leave it for a few minutes to let the charcoal draw out toxins and impurities.  Then rub it in and the sugar granules polish and remove dead skin.  My skin always glows after using this and it comes in a huge tube for $3.99...crazy! See my review HERE.

For those days you don't feel like dealing with a scrub, these pads use gentle lactic acid to loosen and remove the dead skin from your face.  So simple to use, just swipe it all over your face once and toss! These use the same ingredient as Philosophy's Microdelivery Pads, so they're a bargain dupe.  See my review HERE.

This body scrub is heavenly!  It contains rich Shea Butter, Macadamia, Avocado, and Sweet Almond Oils to soften skin, plus sugar to polish dry patches.  The tropical, beachy Hawaiian Kukui scent is my favorite, but this also comes in scents like Almond Honey, Tropical Mango, and Brazilian Nut plus more new scents!  I love the natural ingredients and that Tree Hut products are made in the USA. See my review HERE.

This Glycolic Acid serum works overnight to exfoliate the skin and reveal a fresh new complexion. After only a few nights of using this, my skin looked brighter and had a years-younger glow. After 2 weeks, I'm actually using less makeup!  It's on the more expensive side, but CVS has .5oz trial sizes for $11 that will last a few weeks.  That's what I did, and I'll definitely be purchasing the full size next. See my review HERE.

6. Emjoi Micro Pedi Nano $24.99

Forget the Pedi-Egg or other foot scrapers- this battery-powered exfoliator is unbeliveable!  It literally pulverizes hard, callused skin on your feet and turns it into dust in a few seconds.  You can get pedicure results at home with this tool...I totally love it. It's so easy to use and you get really fast results with it.  Read my review HERE.

7. E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator $3

This lip exfoliator from ELF is made from Sugar, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils.  Apply like you would a lipstick, and rub your lips back and forth while the sugar grains slough off dead skin and the oils and butters moisturize.  A steal at only $3, since there are similar luxury products that cost a lot more!

When you don't need a heavy duty scrub and just want some light exfoliation, this body wash is amazing! With brown sugar and karite butter, it's really moisturizing and foams up nicely to clean your body and gently polish.  Plus the brown sugar scent is delicious!

This soft rotating cleansing brush takes any cleanser and works it deep into the skin for the ultimate cleanse.  I use mine at night and it removes makeup and gunk from pores better than just cleansing alone.  It has two speeds and is gentle yet effective!

10. Swissco Bath and Shower Exfoliating Gloves $4

I got a pair of these in a recent Beauty Box 5, and I like them so much better than a shower pouf!  The gritty texture provides great exfoliation- just put them on, pour some body wash into your hands, rub them together to create lather and go.  You can use any body wash or soap you want because the gloves do all the work, polishing away dry dead skin.  

What are your favorite exfoliating products?  Have you tried any of these, and if so, what did you think?  Drop a comment below!

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