SEEMS like everyone's on a budget these days and beauty junkies
everywhere are looking for ways to stretch their beauty dollar.
Yours truly has been pounding the pavement looking for the season's
best indulgences and some less expensive counterparts for
the frugal-minded. So whether you're facing summer's drying heat,
or winter's blustery chill, here is a shopping list sure to provide
just what you're looking for.
Skincare is the biggest expenditure for many beauty
mavens and I'm no exception. What I've spent on my face could have
paid for cosmetic surgery by now. So when it came time to get stocked
up on my favourites, I went looking for some sensibly-priced alternatives.
(A note from your author: I'm not suggesting that these products
are identical in either ingredients or performance. They are just
alternatives for the budget-minded, like myself, who are in serious
danger of exceeding the national debt on eye cream expenses.)
My favourite cleanser from DDF,
Blemish Foaming Cleanser with AHAs and
BHAs is $24, but my new favourite store,
Sally Beauty Supply, has Beyond Belief Foaming Cleanser, also with
AHAs and BHAs,
and also soothing botanicals and panthenol was only $7·99! My Lancôme
Vitabolic Deep Radiance Booster also had to be replaced, and at $52,
I had to choose between my favourite moisturizer and my phone bill.
Thankfully, I found a way to pay for both! Beyond Belief, again from
Sally Beauty Supply, also makes a Vitamin C serum with ginkgo biloba,
and it has vitamin A and Bee Pollen as well, for only $5·99. If you
don't have Sally Beauty Supply stores near you, another line worth
looking into for antioxidant skincare is the all-natural line, Jason.
Found in many health food stores, this line has put much emphasis
on Vitamin C formulations and the like, and is very competitively
priced. (See source list below.)
|They are just alternatives
for the budget-minded, like myself, who are in serious danger
of exceeding the national debt on eye cream expenses
White tea is all the rage since Origins introduced
'A Perfect World' product range featuring the tea's potent antioxidant
benefits. A Perfect World Highly Hydrating Body Lotion with White
Tea ($25) is a fabulous choice for lavishing some TLC
on those legs. What? You say the rent's due on the flat but you still
have to avoid alligator skin? Try out Bath and Body Works' White Tea
and Ginger Lotion for a very sensible $9.
If a lotion won't cut it, you could try Frédéric
Fekkai's sinfully decadent La Crème Luxeuse with Shea Butter
for $65. If the price tag's giving you a case of the vapours, try
out Bath and Body Works Lay It On Thick Shea Butter Body Cream
for $15 to fill in until you get that promotion.
Next I needed to replace my favourite fragrance.
This was going to be tough. Annick Goutal's Eau du Sud, a clean fragrance
with citrus green base and spicy soft wood notes, costs $95! I love
it dearly, but something else would have to take its place this season.
That is how I found the ultra-fabulous Clarins favourite, Eau Dynamissante.
The notes are strikingly similar. However, Eau Dynamissante not only
smells wonderful, it's great for the skin. Its formula is toning to
the skin, thanks to ginseng and horsetail extracts, and is safe to
wear in the sun. How have I missed this all these years? At $42, it's
TOP ROW: (Inset)
Sinfully decadent, Frédéric Fekkais La Crème
Luxeuse with Shea Butter retails for $65. They are not substitutes
for one another, but possible alternatives: DDF
Blemish Foaming Cleanser (left in this column) is at $24,
but Beyond Beliefs equivalent (right) is at $7·99.
SECOND ROW: Similarly, Lancôme
Vitabolic Deep Radiance Booster (left) is priced at $52;
Beyond Beliefs (right) can be had for $5·99,
allowing author Johnson to pay her phone bill as well. THIRD
ROW: Origins A Perfect World Highly Hydrating Body Lotion with
White Tea retails at $25.