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Beauty DIY: Face Elixir Spray

Beauty DIY Face Elixir Spray

Living on a budget often means giving up your favorite luxury products. One I miss terribly is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir. It doesn’t do much for my skin, per se, but I love the relaxing, clean smell. At almost $50 per bottle, it’s an expense I can’t justify to myself.

Recently, I researched to see if I could make a face elixir spray comes close to the original. After looking at ingredients in the original elixir, I went to Whole Foods in search of the ingredients.

I am new to using essential oils, so I started with the main scents (rosemary, lavender, rose, & peppermint). I could go back and add the pricier oils later, but that defeats the purpose of a budget-friendly DIY. I spent around $30 on the ingredients, which will yield enough face elixir to last years.

After playing around with the recipe, I found a ratio of essential oils to come close to the original elixir’s scent. The rosemary scent is key – as soon as I took a whiff of it in Whole Foods, I knew that was likely the main ingredient in the Caudalie version. You can play around with the ratio based on what you like – just go easy on the peppermint. It can be irritating to your skin and eyes if spraying directly on your face.

For all you drugstore beauty lovers like me, check out this recipe for a luxury-grade face elixir that won’t break your budget!

Beauty DIY: Face Elixir Spray

Ingredients:

Small glass spray bottle

Spring or distilled water

Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner in Rose Petal

Essential Oils*: Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, & Grapeseed

Directions:

  1. Fill your glass bottle 2/3 of the way with water. Add the rose toner until it almost reaches the top.
  2. Add your essential oils: 10 drops each of grapeseed, rosemary, and lavender; 5 drops of peppermint (You can always play around with this ratio – perhaps start with 5 each and go from there!)
  3. Place the cap onto the bottle, give it a good shake, and spray!

This oil isn’t just good for the face – I use it as a room spray, aromatherapy spray, and fabric freshener. Just go light on fabrics, since there is oil in it!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and let me know if you give it a try!

*Caudalie’s spray also includes essential oils like myrrh, wild/bitter orange, neroli, rose and others. They’re super expensive, and I’m not sure they add much to their spray anyway. I got around using rose essential oil by having it in the toner. If you use a regular witch hazel toner, add some rose oil.

Fall Beauty Updates

fall beauty updates

(Sorry for the crap quality photo. Sometimes things just don’t go your way!)

Fall is finally here!

I’m looking forward to updating my beauty routine to reflect the new season. Summer is easy, with little makeup and simple updos. Once the weather cools, I get excited about the new beauty trends I can try out. It must stem from my years as a teacher. Instead of stocking up on new school supplies, I’m focusing on new lip colors and some old favorites I still love.

Fall Beauty Update

L’Oreal Preference Hair Dye in Medium Chestnut Brown (5CB)

For many reasons I should probably write about in another post, I chose to stop dying my hair around Christmas last year. It turns out that while I don’t really have any grey hair yet to cover (yay genetics!), my natural hair color is boring the shit out of me. So I’m excited to mix it up for fall with a deeper, warmer hue.

Not Your Mother’s “Love for Hue” Shampoo & Conditioner

Since I haven’t dyed my hair in almost a year, I want to make sure what I do sticks. I used other products from them in the past and they were all great, so I look forward to using these too!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation (Classic Ivory 120)

I have been using the “Dewy + Smooth” version of this all summer and loved it. For fall, I wanted to switch it up and go with the matte version, which is just as great. My skin gets stupid oily in the winter, so this should help.

NYX Butter Gloss in Red Wine Truffle

Okay, this was a total impulse buy. I don’t own a dark red lipgloss, and this shade is perfect for fall. The best part of the butter gloss is that you can really customize the look. I usually wear a little of it more like a stain, but it also looks amazing piled on too!

CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black Brown

This is my all-time favorite mascara. Nothing new – just bought a new one after I got pink eye and had to throw mine out.

NYX Slim Eye Pencils in Charcoal and Light Brown

I have these in black and dark brown, but I like going a bit lighter on the eyes if I’m going darker on the lips. These are a great because I don’t have to be super precise when applying them, and on lazy fall days that’s just perfect.

Earth Therapeutic’s Triple Butter Intensive Foot Balm

I’ll gladly admit that my feet get absolutely wrecked in the fall/winter months. Changing out sandals for boots leaves them pretty dry and gross. So this year, I’m hoping to keep on top of it with a nightly ritual of foot balm and cozy socks. This one smells and feels amazing, and not at all greasy.

What are you planning to stock up on this fall? I’m still looking for a good hand lotion, so if you have any good suggestions, let me know in the comments!

Beauty Review: Que Bella Professional

Beauty Review: Que Bella Professional

If you’ve been following my blog (or any of my old ones), you know I’m a sucker for great drugstore beauty products. I’ve always believed that great skincare doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and many companies have created amazing and affordable skincare.

Que Bella‘s face masks have been part of my skincare routine since they first arrived in Target stores in 2011 – and that might be the longest I’ve stuck with any one brand. Their Purifying Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Mud Mask is am amazing drugstore “dupe” for The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Face Mask – and I would argue that Que Bella’s is better.

Recently, Que Bella released a new Professional line of masks in Target stores and online that gives us more options than ever to get the skin we’ve always dreamed of. You have no idea how excited I am – well, maybe you do because by the time they came out, they were almost completely sold out!

Thankfully, the lovely people at Que Bella were kind enough to send me their Professional line to try for myself. I was so excited I may have squealed a little when the package arrived…

Beauty Review: Que Bella Professional

Pros:

  • They smell absolutely amazing. Seriously, no weird medicinal or harsh scents here – every single one of them smells great! My husband’s favorite was the Revitalizing Overnight Face Mask – he said it reminded him of a nice perfume or something (I don’t remember exactly how he put it…I was half asleep).
  • The quality of the masks is comparable (sometimes better) than more expensive masks. The Repairing Charcoal Mud Mask, for example, is a great dupe for the Origins charcoal mask, and costs a lot less per ounce. I can confidently say they easily rival any high-end masks!
  • All of the pouches (except the sheet masks) contain enough product for two or more masks. This makes them an even better bargain – or the perfect excuse to share with a friend (or curious husband). The Moisturizing Gel Eye Masks come in sets of 3 pairs, so you can definitely share, or keep them for later!
  • The sheet masques live up to the hype! They fit perfectly and contained enough product to stick to my face. I’ve had a lot of trouble with sheet masks falling apart or drying out, but these were perfect!
  • They make the perfect gift! Between the pretty packaging and the price, I think giving a lucky friend or family member a set of these would be a great idea for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or any occasion, really!

Cons:

  • The only problem I had was some irritation on my sensitive skin. I’d highly recommend doing a small patch test before using if you have sensitive skin, or a particularly bad breakout (which was my issue). Even with sensitive skin, I only had a reaction to one mask – the rest were fine.
  • They are difficult to find in stores – but I guess that’s a good “con” to have, right? I’d suggest buying them online, especially if you live in a big city like me – and buy in bulk!

Other Notes:

Well there you go – another great drugstore beauty product to keep your skin glowing and your bank account happy!

Make sure to follow Que Bella Beauty
on Instagram at @quebellabeauty and
on Twitter at @quebellabeauty
for updates on new products and promotions!

 

(*Note: I was sent these products as part of a promotional campaign by Que Bella Beauty to review for my lovely readers. All opinions are entirely my own. Seriously, go buy these masks – they’re amazing!)

2015 Year in Review: Style

2015 Year in Review: Style

Winter Style Inspiration / Thrifty Fall Updates / What’s in my bag?: Fall Edition / Style Confession: I’m Basic

After going through my style posts for 2015, I realized that I wrote a lot more about other people and their style more than my own. I guess it’s because I have taken a while to really nail down my personal style, especially now that I no longer have to dress like a teacher.

While I hate taking photos of myself, I want to get better at it in the next year, so stay tuned for posts of my own outfits (and a few Pinterest-heavy posts too).

2015 Year in Review: Style

Spa Night / Fall Nail Polish Update / 10 Beauty Duds…and how not to waste them! / Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition

One topic I did talk about a lot this year was beauty products! I’d say that if I had to choose one topic for my blog, I’d have the most fun with beauty-related posts. I love trying new things, and sharing my old favorites. Each season in WA is different than the last, so it has been fun trying to find the right products to get me through spring, summer, fall, and winter!

Right now, I’m piling on as much lotion and lipgloss as I can (thanks cold, dry air), but I’m also looking at self-tanners, BB creams, and other fun things I want to try out next year!

Overall, I assumed my style posts would be the worst out of all the topics this year, but they weren’t so bad after all. I’ve enjoyed sharing my thrift store steals, drugstore beauty buys, and my process to figure out my own personal style. I hope the coming year has more of the same, and maybe a few more career-friendly fashion posts too!

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 1

We’re in the middle of an insane heat wave here in Washington. This means I spend many afternoons at the beach, soaking up the sun – then straight home to hide in the cooler temps of our half-underground apartment. No A/C here – thankfully we don’t need it with the apartment being partially underground!

I thought now that we’re eyeballs deep in 90+ degree temperatures, it would be a great time to share with you some of my skincare must-haves for hot and steamy weather!

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 2

 L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion in SPF 30

I have oily, breakout-prone skin in the summer, so I always switch out my face sunscreen to something that dries matte and lasts forever. While this one isn’t technically for your face, it is gentle enough for sensitive skin, dries to a light finish, and does the job well. In fact, my face is still a shade or two lighter than the rest of me – it works that well! You can use this on the rest of your body as well, but since it comes in such a small bottle (and isn’t cheap compared to other sunscreens), I think it’s perfect for the face and neck.

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 3

 Olay Foaming Face Wash – Combo/Oily

While I’m usually a Cetaphil junkie the rest of the year, I usually have to break out something a bit stronger in the summer. This stuff is great for removing makeup, sunscreen, and sweat without being too harsh. It also doesn’t have the “tingle” that many other cleansers have, so it’s perfect when you get a little too much sun too. It also smells nice, but what cleanser doesn’t anymore?

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 4

Secret Outlast Solid Antiperspirant & Deodorant in Completely Clean scent

This is a fairly new product that Secret brought out. I’ve always used their clinical antiperspirant, but it does get expensive to keep shelling out $10 for a tiny stick. This stuff costs less than half as much (I got mine for $4), contains twice as much product, and after using it for a couple months now, it works just as well! If you’re like me, and you got hooked on the super strong antiperspirants, try this one out! It contains the same ingredients (just a tiny amount less of the “active ingredient”), and is a much better value than the clinical version!

(*Tip: If you’re “well-endowed” in the chest department like me, slide this stuff under your boobs before heading out. It helps prevent against heat rashes and the dreaded boob sweat lines!)

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 5

 

Up & Up (Target generic brand) Sport Sunscreen Lotion in SPF 30

Unlike sunscreen for my face, I have no problem going cheap on sunscreen for the rest of my body. After years of working as a lifeguard, I found cheaper sunscreen worked just as well as the brand name stuff. I ended up with the Target one because that’s where I happened to be when I remembered I needed some – nothing more complicated than that! This stuff works really well, smells nice, and stays put. I always recommend going with a “sport” sunscreen because they don’t shift around as much when you sweat.

Summer Skincare: (Mostly) Drugstore Edition 6

 Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

Okay, so this is the only thing I use on a regular basis that isn’t a “drugstore” purchase, and frankly, it doesn’t really do anything. Keep it in the fridge, and spritz it on after a long, hot, sweaty day. Trust me – even the best of us need a bit of refreshing once in awhile, and don’t always have time to shower. This stuff will help in a pinch, and isn’t as strong or offensive as perfumes can be in hotter temperatures!

There you go – some easy summer skincare swaps that are easy on the budget too!

What skincare products are you loving this summer? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas!