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2018 Holiday Beauty GuideBeauty

TBS’s Holiday Beauty Guide (Part 2)

And we’re back with Part 2 and more holiday goodies. This time I brought a few of my beauty girlfriends, Sisi Nike and Tiyana Robinson, because you can never have too many beauty recommendations. To be honest, I’m tempted to buy everything on their lists, but I have to be on my best behavior! I mean, who doesn’t want any reason to splurge on some beauty treats? Without forward ado, here you go. Happy reading (and happy shopping)

IMAN Cosmetics matte lipsticks

A bold lip is THE finishing touch to your holiday glam, and Sisi’s picks to help you pull it all together–Iman’s matte lippies in “Vice” and “Fetish.” The names alone are enough to make a statement. “I love a good bold lip for a holiday party and I love these in particular because they won’t make your lips extra dry but the color also doesn’t bleed on your bottom lip over time either. Clutch!” 

Make Up For Ever Diamond Powder eyeshadow

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend–ok well, fine; these aren’t the exact diamonds, but I think you get where I’m going with this one (lol). If you’re still trying to figure out how to make your holiday pop, diamond powder eyeshadow is the way to go… and that’s a beauty expert’s recommendation!  “If you want ultimate star power and sparkle, this is the product to use!” And those were Sisi’s exact words!

MAC LOOSE PIGMENTS

Bold and metallic is the way to go this holiday season. Sisi shares, “for the same reasons I love the diamond powder, MAC Loose Pigment is a great product if you’re looking for a bold metallic eyeshadow!” What’s even more exciting is that the pigments are incredibly versatile and can be added, for example, to your lip color for added drama- but please use with discretion. You always want to keep it classy. 

STACKABLE FALSE EYELASHES

Another one of Sisi’s beauty must-have for your holiday glam is a pair of stackable lashes!! “False lashes are festive for the holidays! I love to customize and build my eyelashes, so they are as full as I want. Sometimes, I stack 2 – 3 different lashes together to make the perfect bold lash for my eye shape.” If bold and glamorous is your look, then stack ’em up hunny!

BENEFIT WATT’S CREAM-TO-POWDER HIGHLIGHTER

Whoever said you can’t have a summertime glow in the winter has never tried stick highlighters. “I love to create a believable glow to my skin using Benefit’s stick highlighter. Even though the sun isn’t out as much in the winter, I still like to keep my skin looking as fresh as possible!” Sisi, you and I are clearly on the same page! Whether it’s delivered by Benefit or Nars The Multiple, we are here for believable glow ALL YEAR ROUND.

OMGLO HIGHLIGHT FINISHING SPRAY

I love how Tiyana describes OMGLO as “a hydrating mist that’s “J.Lo Skin” in a bottle! It can be worn without makeup for a healthy natural glow, or over makeup for a “filter” in real life.” Ummm, have you seen J-LO lately? Hello!! Every makeup artist that’s gotten their hands on this stray is completely obsessed! I know I am!! In fact, it’s also beauty must-have from two of my other beauty girlfriends (in Part 3). So, OMGLO is a THREE-peat on our guide (lol).

And what I love is that the sprays are hand-made in Philly- love being able to support local small businesses!! In fact, OMGLO is black-owned and has immaculate customer service soooo… need I say more?!

MENTED LIPSTICK

Here is Tiyana’s take on the Mented Lipsticks, another black-owned beauty brand– “their line of lipsticks provides the perfect nude for EVERY skin tone. I absolutely swear by this line because every woman deserves the gift of (finally) finding her perfect nude lippy! Plus the formula is amazing and keeps the lips hydrated and smooth.” Actually, I’ll be putting a little Mented treat for myself under the Christmas tree this season because I deserve my own perfect nude lippy (lol). Will you?

A sassy makeup bag from Tees In The Trap

“What’s better than a chic makeup bag? A chic makeup bag with sassy and snarky sayings! Tees In The Trap’s genius makeup bags are the perfect gift to help your favorite girl keep all of her cosmetics cute.” I’m absolutely in love with this beauty must-have from Tiyana’s list!! Like in love, and so tempted to buy one for all of my girlfriends. 

Autumn Glow Palette by Makeup Geek

If you’re looking to elevate your beauty swag in 2018 or you’re a beauty enthusiast shopping pro picks, then this one is for you. Tiyana shares, “Makeup Geek Eyeshadows are one of the industry’s best kept secrets.” She loves the Autumn Glow set because it has all of the “every day” shadows needed to go from day to night. She adds, “these shadows are easy to use, long wearing, are never chalky and best of all, AFFORDABLE!” 

Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask

I shared my favorite black mask in part 1 of the guide, now here’s a golden treat from Tiyana’s list of beauty must-haves. “If you REALLY want to give your skin a luxurious treat, why not try a face mask made with 24K gold?! This mask is infused with caffeine, peridot, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and, of course, gold to firm and tighten, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and leave the skin looking silky smooth.” 

Stay tuned for the part 3!!
(these must-haves are juicy and will definitely have you glowing to the heavens)
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2018 Holiday Beauty GuideBeauty

TBS’s Holiday Beauty Guide (Part 1)

The Beaute Script Holiday Beauty Guide

What’s better than beauty recommendations from a makeup artist? Holiday beauty recommendations from FIVE makeup artists. For this holiday beauty guide, I’ve reached out to my beauty girlfriends and MUAs I love, all of whom deliver glam and red-carpet moments effortlessly. They shared their beauty must-haves to help you stop the show at your holiday soiree and festivities (oh yea, and to help you with great beauty gift ideas). 

So if you haven’t decided on a holiday glam look OR you’re still looking for a gift for your beauty-obsessed girlfriend OR simply want to splurge on yourself, I’ve got twenty five options for you–starting with five of my picks. Because I love the element of surprise, you’ll have to come back for the rest of the goodies. 

NARS THE MULTIPLE

The feeling I get when I find beauty products that are versatile. NARS The Multiple is the ultimate all-in-one beauty stick for eyes, cheeks, lips and body. Whether you are a beauty lover looking for a new product or simply looking for pro recommendations for your everyday look, this is a must-have (and a great gift option as well). I love the fact that NO TOOLS are required– all you need are your fingers. Another bonus, they come in 12 shades of the shimmer finish and 8 shades of the matte finish (pictured here is the shade, Maui). Major win on all fronts!

LANCER SKINCARE THE METHOD: BODY NOURISH

For me, it was love at first sight when I laid my eyes on the sleek, luxurious packaging of this body nourish, so I know this will be a great gift. In fact, I can already picture the excitement on your besties face when she unwraps her holiday gift and is blessed with this body creme. Once she experiences the Lancer Method, she’ll be flooding your inbox with a ton of emoji heart eyes and hugs.

This body nourish perfectly compliment any self-care session with its rich blend of glycolic acid, hydrating oils, and antioxidants; you’ll be walking around with silky, smooth skin in no time. If you’re planning on giving this as a gift this holiday, I recommend adding another one to your shopping cart to resist any temptations… you know what I’m talking about.

PAT MCGRATH LUXETRANCE™LIPSTICKS
 

Confession time. I’m obsessed with Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance lipsticks, and I’m completely fine with that. I mean, how could you not be? For starters, the packaging is so iconic like the legend behind the masterpiece collection. Stylish graffiti inspired packaging along with its gold trimming and accents, and sleek black holder–I’ll be pulling out my lipstick to reapply every 10 minutes just to show it off. I mean, what’s not to love? In fact, I almost want to reserve it as a beautiful display, but that would take away from the luxurious feeling I get every time I use it. 

So, you’ve been warned—this is not your average lipstick collection.  With its hydrating feel, long-lasting wear, and intense color payoff, you’ll be tempted to overhaul your current lipstick collection. And the way the lipsticks are described on the brand’s site is enough to make you fall in love before even trying it—“This deluxe formulation glides on and hugs every curve, embracing lips in a silky smooth veil of alluring color while imparting an irresistible satiny sheen.”  The color options are endlessly but for this holiday season, make a statement with on her vicious venom dark shades in “Anarkissed” (shown, my fave) or “Wrecked.”

NARS DUAL-INTENSITY EYESHADOW

Everyone loves a dramatic smokey eye look for the holidays. I say take the look to the next level with this bold, metallic gunmetal shade in Titania. If you REALLY want to push the limit and rock a runway style as your look, prep with MAC Prep + Prime 24-hour eye base all over and apply pigmented, metallic beauty all over the lid. Next, apply a black liner to the top and bottom lash line,  and smudge it in for a softer yet sexy smothering effect. Pair the look with your favorite seductive red lip color for a real gunmetal and roses feel. Go ahead and make an appearance at your holiday soirée.

BOSCIA LUMINIZING BLACK CHARCOAL MASK

If there’s one skincare trend that I’m obsessed with, it’s facial masks. I live for a good facial mask—I’ve even incorporated it into my self-care Sunday routine. Of all of the masks I’ve tried, this Boscia black mask is one of my favorites. Two words to describe the experience each time I use it: effective and luxurious. A great gift for yourself (or your girlfriend), this peel-off mask does a pretty good job of minimizing the appearance of pores by removing dirt and absorbing excess oils. 

I’m sure you’re expecting me to say this, but the perfect holiday look starts with great skin. This black charcoal mask will surely help you get there in luxurious style.

And there you have it, five of my personal favorites (trust me it was tough to get my list down to five, but I think I did just fine). What do you think? Let me know which of the five you’ll be adding to your shopping list? 

So five down, 20 more beauty must-haves to go. The next 10 will be from my beauty girlfriend, Sisi Nike and best DC makeup artist, Tiyana Robinson. STAY TUNED!!

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Skincare

11 Dermatologist-Recommended Gems To Overhaul Your Skincare Routine

Get ready for a skincare overhaul with these dermatologist-recommended gems conveniently available at your local Walgreens, CVS or Target. In a previous post, we shared four drugstore brands with affordable and efficient skin care products. To take it up a notch, we reached out to one of our experts, Dr. Simela, a medical and cosmetic dermatologist in Paramus and Morristown, NJ. For this post, she shares some of her personal favorites as well as what she frequently recommends to her patients. If that’s not enough to get you as excited, she also drops some valuable gems that you will NOT find on any packaging labels. This, my friend, is just one of many reasons why expert insights matters, so keep reading.

"I truly believe there are great products that can be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy for everyday use”
Tanasha Simela, D.O.

Cetaphil daily facial cleanser

A classic drugstore find, this cleanser is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic (does not cause blackheads), as well as hypoallergenic (less likely to cause reactions). As an aside, the use of fragranced facial care products may lead to skin reactions, so fragrance-free is always a plus. Overall, this cleanser is great for everyday use by all skin types AND at such a fantastic price. Dr. Simela also recommends using the cleanser prior to applying a topical retinoid at night.

PRICE: $6.39 (Target)

La roche-posay hydrating gentle cleanser

You already know how much we love the La Roche Posay brand– it made our list of top four drugstore skincare brands to know. The brand truly delivers on effective skincare products.  Her personal favorite, Dr. Simela shares “not only is it important to look for products that contain ceramides to help with the skin’s barrier, but this hydrating cleanser also contains niacinamide which can help reduce facial redness and refine skin texture.”

PRICE: $14.99 (Target)

La roche-posay Toleriane double repair moisturizer

This oil-free moisturizer is truly a drug store gem and is formulated to hydrate and restore skin barrier. Another personal favorite, Dr. Simela recommends using this moisturizer before applying a nightly retinoid to avoid dryness and peeling. 

PRICE: $13.99 (Target)

Vanicream moisturizing skin cream

This product is what we like to call a legacy product (it’s been around forever), and it’s formulated without dyes, fragrance, masking fragrance, or parabens. Check, check, check, and another checkmark—all major plus!! “I particularly recommend this cream for those with sensitive skin and during the cold winter months,” says Dr. Simela. So, if you’re on the east coast, winter is coming– you may want to stock up this cream to stay moisturized and preserve your glow.

PRICE: $14.99 (Walgreens)

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Personal favorite #3 on the list, Dr. Simela shares she uses this product multiple times during the day to keep her skin hydrated, especially when traveling on planes. “The hydro boost water gel is excellent for all skin types, especially acne-prone skin.”

PRICE: $19.99 (CVS)

Panoxyl acne foaming wash

The active ingredient in this cleanser is benzoyl peroxide, which is one of the most frequently use acne treatments, with more than a 50-year track record. Benzoyl peroxide (BPO) helps to treat acne by killing the acne-causing bacteria, P. acnes, inside your pores. To combat this bacteria, Dr. Simela recommends this foaming cleanser for those with acne-prone skin in various areas of the body, including the chest and back.
 
PRICE: $11.99 (Walgreens)

la roche-posay effaclar duo ACNE TREAtMENT

Another great option for acne-prone skin, Effaclar Duo is a two-in-one acne spot treatment and exfoliator. It contains both micronized BPO (5.5%) and micro-exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acid (LHA). What does this mean? Essentially, the BPO used for this product is uniquely formulated to penetrate the pores better while reducing irritation, and LHA helps to create a smooth and even skin texture. Along with its acne benefits, Dr. Simela also recommends applying a thin layer of Effaclar Duo after shaving. Surprise, surprise ladies (and gents)!

PRICE: $36.95 (Walgreens)

aveeno positively smooth shave gel

Many skincare brands claim it, but Aveeno products are genuinely dermatologist-recommended, with effective skincare products for those with sensitive skin or conditions with a compromised skin barrier like eczema. With their blend of colloidal oatmeal and emollients, Aveeno products help maintain moisture and reduce dryness. Dr. Simela recommends this shave gel for those who are prone to razor bumps. She also adds proper shaving techniques (e.g., warm compresses, avoid stretching the area) are essential to reducing the occurrence of unwanted razor bumps.
 

PRICE: $4.99 (Walgreens)

BONUS!!!

As if eight results-driven products are not enough, Dr. Simela also shared the following three products for everyday use. While you won’t find them at your local pharmacy, we’ve included them for our online shoppers. They’re available for purchase at the Dermstore.com, which is an excellent destination for exceptional skincare products. Heads up, these next three are a bit more of an investment, but it will be worthwhile in the long run.

 

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum

This well-formulated serum treatment combines 0.5% ferulic acid, 15% vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), pure vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)—a powerful combination of antioxidants that work well together to protect the skin from damage by environmental free radicals. In fact, this serum can be worn underneath your facial sunscreen for added protection against UVA/UVB. “This is a great product for those looking to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend this serum to patients to improve the skin’s signs of aging and photodamage as well brighten one’s complexion.”

PRICE: $165.00 (Dermstore.com)

Vivant Mandelic Acid Wash

Everyone is always curious what products dermatologists use, and this is one of the several exceptional products that Dr. Simela personally uses and recommends. “Not only does this cleanser act as an antibacterial to combat acne, but it also helps with discoloration, wrinkles, and age spots.  I really love it for patients battling with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation,” shares Dr. Simela.

PRICE: $40.00 (Dermstore.com)

avene mineral sunscreen (dark)

We all know the importance of sun protection and wearing sunscreen daily to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays.  Dermatologists recommend physical sunscreens containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide; however, they tend to leave you with a white film, especially on darker skin tones or those with “skin of culture,” as Dr. Simela eloquently describes.  “Avene mineral sunscreen and Elta MD (not pictured) are some of my favorites because they have tinted options for various skin tones.  I use Avene mineral sunscreen (dark) as part of my daily makeup routine.  I substitute it for my foundation…sunscreen, lipstick, and then go!”

PRICE: $36.00 (Dermstore.com)

And there you have it—affordable skin care for everyday use and gems from Dr. Simela.

With holiday shopping sales and deals around the corner, there’s no better time to start your overhaul. For those items that call for a bit more of an investment, tag it on to your holiday wish list, who knows you might get lucky. 

Either way, we are affirming that 2018 is going to be the year for your healthy glow-up. CLAIM IT!!

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Wellness

Staying Motivated, Fit and Healthy: Tips from Body by Akua Fitness

Your body. Your drive. Your results. If you’ve ever met Akua Boakye, founder of Body by Akua Fitness, LLC,  and certified personal/group fitness trainer, you know that she lives and breathes this motto. The Instagram videos of her putting in work and her amazing physique will have you lifting and squatting as if your life depends on it. For our first TBS WellnessTalk session, I sat down with Akua to get some tips and advice for everyday women, mothers, and female entrepreneurs who want to be more active or incorporate fitness into their wellness routine.  From defining the “why” behind your wellness goal to finding time to be fit with a busy life schedule, we talked about it all. So buckle in, because there are some gems in this one. 

Tell us a little bit about your fitness, shall I say your wellness journey.

My passion for fitness started about 15 years ago when I finally got sick and tired of seriously BEING SICK AND TIRED. 

I was overweight for my height, miserable and had no concept of a healthy lifestyle. The transition from frumpy and lazy to fit and active was a slow process but one that needed to take place Pronto!!

I gathered up the courage (and Money) to hire a personal trainer in 2004 when I could no longer take the lifestyle of an unfit chick! My trainer helped me not only to lose weight, but he introduced me to the whole idea of muscle building instead of just losing weight. After my sessions with him expired, I was HOOKED! I saw results in the form of muscles that I did not even know were possible to have!! From that point on, I decided to invest in my health and fitness instead of material things.

You wear several hats– mom, wife, a school administrator, personal trainer, and entrepreneur. How do you find time with such a busy schedule? What’s advice can you share with everyday women who struggle to find time for the gym or a workout in their daily routine? 

I’m always asked this question, so let me start by saying you can’t do it all perfectly. I hope people understand what I mean by that. Something will always lack because we can never be 100 percent all the time. However, whatever role you’re playing at that time, try and give it 100 percent.  

For example, when I’m with my daughter, that’s her time, and I’m giving that everything.  I’m not thinking about clients, school or anything else. Learn to see the time you take for yourself to get healthy as a gift to everyone else and all the different aspects of you. For me, a healthier me makes me a healthier mom, a better wife… you get where I’m going with it. It’s for you, but it’s for everyone else. Initially, you do it for yourself, but then the healthiest version of you benefits everyone at the same time. 

A healthier you is a better you. It’s that simple. In fact, being and staying healthy has so many proven medical benefits– it helps with depression, heart health, etc. When you feel your best, the way people receive you is different because you carry yourself differently. I genuinely hope people will start to look beyond the aesthetics of fitness and see all the other ways it helps you become the best version of you. 

A healthier you is a better you. It’s that simple.

For those who walk into the gym and are instantly confused or intimidated, what do you recommend? Where should she start?

The good thing about the gym is they have experts and trainers there–you have to use them. You can also find someone who has the education and have him/her create a plan for you. Don’t just go in there and do what the next person is doing. You can also get a trainer and have him/her come to your gym with you to show you how to use the machines. You have to find your niche, or you like, and that’s through educating yourself. 

For the ladies who are not crazy about the gym but want to get into shape, where should she start? 

The first thing you need to do is ask yourself whydo you want to get in shape. Nothing accomplished for the short-term will last for a long time because once you reach that goal, that’s it. And it will go with it too.

Also, you do not have to go the gym to get into shape… you can start in your own home. There are so many resources available on online, whether it’s YouTube or even Instagram. You can use technology to help you get started. The point is to get your body moving.

Fitness doesn’t have to be intense in the beginning. Starting out,  you can’t be that “Instagram model.” Start simple. Find out what works for you. For some people, it might be a simple walk, and then you increase from there.

Fitness doesn’t have to be intense in the beginning.

Can you talk about little bit about nutrition and share some tips for developing healthy eating  habits.

I’m sure you’ve heard the 80/20 rule, and it’s very true. Nutrition is 80% of the results you will see. I always say abs are made in the gym, but perfected in the kitchen. You can work out every day, but if your nutrition is off you won’t see the results you want. Think about working out as icing on the cake… that’s just the little bonus. 

I like to also remind [anyone I train] that food is medicine and fuel. The types of food you put into your body will help you perform better. You have ppl who say, “I get so tired when I’m working out,” but you have to tie it back to your food intake. It’s going to directly impact how you feel. You may not realize it but over time, what you eat directly impact fitness and overall wellness.  The right food will fuel your workout so that you get the best results. At the end of the day, nutrition is more about balance and less about restrictions.  It’s about making the right choices– and remember the things that you think are bad can be a treat every now and then but try not to make it a habit.

What’s the one thing that will make or break your fitness goals?

Knowing your “why” will help you achieve your fitness goals. Know the reason why you want to be healthy and zone in on that.  For me, it’s all about longevity—I want to look good when I’m 65, so fitness can’t be something I do just for the weekend or a month. When your “why” is long-term then it becomes a lifestyle. By lifestyle, I mean it has to be a part of your daily routine and it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Nobody likes doing chores. It also has to be simple and predictable, just like waking up in the morning and taking a shower, no questions asked.

Keeping up with what everyone else is doing– that’s going to break your goals. You can’t worry too much about what everyone else is doing. At the end of the day, you don’t know what someone else’s goals are. 

Knowing your "why" will help you achieve your fitness goals.

OK, it’s fall and winter is coming. Any tips or advice on getting and staying snatched until the summer?

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, summer bodies are made in the winter.  In the fall and winter months, we dress more baggy, with more layers during this time of the year, we don’t think about it as much. My advice is don’t wait until June try to get in shape for the summer. You have to make this a lifestyle. Make it what you regularly do.
 
Also, it’s important to be more mindful of your food choices during the holidays. Be conscious and intentional about making healthier food decisions. Lastly, the fall and winter months are when you want to level up on your indoor activities because we don’t go outside as much as would in the summer months. 

What are your top 5 exercises? 

  • Burpees: this is an excellent exercise because it’s total body and it gets your heart rate up and going.
  • Planks: I love planks because they incorporate the entire core.
  • Fast knee ups: these are great for cardio because it gets your heart rate up in a short period.
  • Interval sprints: similar to high-intensity interval training, sprints will give you the best results in a short period and saves you time.
  • Donkey kicks (leg kickbacks): these targets the glutes.

Ladies, there you have it. I told you this would be a great one. Notice how you can combine the five exercises above into an indoor circuit–now you at least have something to start with. If you want to learn new exercises to create or switch up your routine, I highly recommend her IG page because she can get creative. If you have any comment or questions, feel free to share them below.  

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Skincare

4 Drugstore Skincare Brands You Need to Know About

If you thought department stores and Sephora were the only destinations for healthy, beautiful skin, think again. Retail pharmacies have moved beyond being destinations for medicine and convenience shopping. In fact, they are quickly becoming a go-to destination for high-quality and affordable skincare products. Kudos to the likes of Walgreens and CVS for making significant strides towards creating better beauty experiences for their beauty consumers. On this post, I highlight four drugstore skincare brands that truly live up to the hype (NOTE: this is not an all-inclusive list–think of this as a primer). Of course, I want you to take my word for it, but it will be worthwhile for you to find out for yourself.

Across the Atlantic, French pharmacies are known to be the powerhouse for affordable, effective skincare products. In my opinion, La Roche-Posay ranks high on the list of quality skin care brands that you’ll find at your drugstores that offers a wide range of products for various skin concerns.

It’s not only the French dermatologists that love this brand–US dermatologists and pharmacists share similar sentiments. It doesn’t end there– I love their commitment to providing quality educational content on skin health and sun safety. I mean, how can you not love a brand that prioritizes educating and empowering their consumer with knowledge. With an exceptional line of products and a wealth of educational information on the website, I think La Roche-Posay sets the bar pretty high.

Here are a few of my favorite La-Roche Posay products:

It’s pretty simple why I love this brand– it lives up to its name (and then some) with an all-star lineup of products that are free of chemicals, perfumes, and dyes that can upset your skin. While it is marketed for and formulated with sensitive skin in mind, you do not have to sensitive skin to consider their products. With Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winners like their Cleansing Facial Wipes and Dual Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, there’s no doubt that Simple is a brand loved by many. And if you’ve tried their cleansing or makeup removal wipes, chances are you’re probably hooked and purchase several at a time like I do. What I love is these wipes don’t leave that sticky like most other wipes.

Here are a few of my favorite Simple Skincare products:

You don’t necessarily have to be part of the clean beauty movement to appreciate this plant-based skincare brand. The Botanics line offers an affordable range of natural skin care products created using plant extracts and organic ingredients. The brand offers options for every type of skin–from the complexion that’s dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone or mature and aging.

Ok, maybe you’re slightly skeptical and are thinking, “a lot of these organic brands boast the benefits of extracts in their products and fall flat,“– if so, that would be entirely fair since organic is trending, and we know how trends works (or not).  However, from my experience, the Botanics products truly live up to their promise.

Most importantly, the ingredients used in the Botanics line are sustainably and ethically sourced. On the product label, you can expect to see natural ingredients such as horse chestnut extract (for an even complexion), hibiscus extracts (for its exfoliating benefits), and natural oils like jojoba seed, argan, and sweet almond.

Here are a few of my favorite products from the Botanics line:

 

Another popular French drugstore brand (not shocking of course), the Vichy skincare line offers a wide range of products—from serums to cleansers to moisturizers for every skin type and concern. Like many other French skincare brands (including La-Roche Posay), thermal spring water is kind of a big deal so they’ve formulated it into every product.With 15 different product lines under the brand, you have a varity of option of products with a range of ingredients for multiple skin types and skin concerns. With best selling products like Minéral 89 Hyaluronic acid face moisturizer, which is also a recent winner of the Oprah Magazine Beauty Awards, there’s no doubt that this drugstore brand delivers on its promise.

Here are a few of my favorite products for the Vichy Line:

 

Now that we’ve covered some our favorite drugstore brands and products, we’d love to hear from you. Comment below and let us know some your drugstore favorite.

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