Drugstore vs. High End Makeup - Is There Really A Difference?

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I've always wondered whether the big priced tag attached to some of my favourite brands of makeup really was justified. I'm by no means a product junkie, so I decided to go to someone who is and put some makeup to the test! I spent the morning with Amanda from Lashes Lips N Liner (follow her on Instagram for your daily dose of makeup heaven and product recommendations) and we did a quick makeover using drugstore brands on one side of my face and high end makeup on the other. Surprisingly, when I asked you all on Instagram which was which, the majority of you spotted the difference! I'm going to cover which products we used, which Amanda thinks are comparable and which she absolutely thinks are worth the extra investment! We went for a super quick and easy every day look and will be covering some tips and tricks next week!

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BEFORE - NO MAKEUP

BEFORE - NO MAKEUP

AFTER! MAkeup by Amanda left side: Drugstore brands ($43) right side: High end brands ($158)

AFTER! MAkeup by Amanda
left side: Drugstore brands ($43)
right side: High end brands ($158)

These are the products we used: 

Correcter/concealer: Pixi by Petra ($17) vs Benefit Boi Ing ($30)
Blush: Annabelle ($8) vs. Burberry ($50)
Mascara: L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($6) vs. Urban Decay Perversion ($32)
Brow Gel: Essence Make Me Brow ($4) vs. The Brow Gal ($22)
Lipstick: Rimmel by Kate ($8) vs. MAC ($24)

Drugstore Total: $43
High End Total: $158

Over all, the only 2 products that Amanda really recommends spending a bit more on are the Concealer and the Lipstick. You can see in the picture that my dark circles aren't as well concealed by the cheaper brand (and we know that as moms we need all the help we can get covering those bad boys)!

The lipstick is also worth the investment for a few reasons: 
#1. The feel. I could IMMEDIATELY feel the difference. The more expensive lipstick felt nicer on my lips
#2. The smell. The cheaper brand had a more plastic and synthetic smell.
#3. The wear. The cheaper lipstick will run and will not last as long. 

Stay tuned next week for our 5 product - 5 minute makeover! 

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Neutrogena To The Rescue This Summer!

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I got my hands on Neutrogena's MUST HAVE products this summer and am thrilled to say they don't disappoint.

Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment : Ok so this is the coolest product I've seen all year. It uses red and blue light to treat acne without any discomfort! It's portable (it is literally the size of a pen), it's quick (the treatment takes 2 minutes) and it's affordable. This is totally my must have product this summer for those hot days and the blemishes that often accompany them! Click here to get more info.

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Deep Clean Micellar Water and Makeup Remover: BEST feature of this product, hands down: It removes waterproof makeup! This had me jumping for joy. I am obsessed with micellar water but I haven't been able to find one that removes waterproof mascara and waterproof sunscreen which leaves me struggling in the summer for something that works. I am so happy to have discovered this just in time. It smells divine, is gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn't leave a residue behind. OBSESSED. Click here to learn more.

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Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion: The first thing I noticed was the smell - it smells heavenly and not like a sunscreen at all. It goes on so smoothly, doesn't leave a white residue behind, is SPF 50 (no sun spots for me!!) and a little goes a long way! I also love that it's a gel cream - it has the most incredible texture. Click here to learn more!

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Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Wipes: These 3 in 1 wipes are perfect to throw in your purse, gym bag or work bag for a quick midday cleanse and makeup touch up during the hot sticky summer. I love that it targets impurities and removes makeup and cleanses without needing water! Click here to learn more.

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Hydro Boost Multivitamin Booster with Hyaluronic Acid: This serum can be used on it's own or added to a moisturizer you already have for added moisture and radiance. It helps to energize and brighten the look of your skin with Hyaluronic Acid and a Multivitamin Complex!  I will definitely be adding it to my tinted moisturizer because my skin needs all the hydration it can get after being out in the sun. Click here to learn more.

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If you're looking for a few new additions to your skincare routine, I totally recommend one of the above products! Let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

xox Tovah

Glycolic Acid for Sensitive Skin

Glycolic Acid is a product that I believe everyone should have in their skincare routine. Whether you choose a serum, cream or lotion, this magic ingredient will forever change your skin. Having said that, it's also an ingredient that if not used properly, can deter you from ever wanting to use it again, so if you have sensitive skin like I do, it's important to find the right product for you, and to integrate it slowly into your routine.

Glyclic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that is derived from sugar cane that exfoliates the skin. When it's in a serum, cream or lotion, not only does it exfoliate, but it also will hydrate so you'll have none of that flaking or peeling skin that we often associate with using an acid. Glycolic Acid is found in many different concentrations in skincare products so it's important to chose a lower concentration if it's your first time using it or if you've taken a break from it. You'll also want to start off slow - use it once a week, then twice a week, then three times a week until you're using it daily. It's important to give your skin a chance to build up a tolerance - otherwise you could be left with red and irritated skin. I know that when I get new products, I'm eager to jump in full force and integrate it into my routine - but Glycolic Acid products really need to be integrated slowly. 

I have very sensitive skin so I started using Glycolic Renewal 5% Smoothing Cream by NeoStrata (and eventually moved up to the 10% formulation) every other day and I now use it twice a day (it took me about 2 months to tolerate it well). It eliminated my black heads, smoothed my skin, and left it glowing every day. I even had my husband ask if I was doing something different with my skin! When my husband notices a change - I know it's for real :) 

Glycolic Acid is a great complement to anti-aging routines as well as acne routines because it will help eliminate dead skin cells and allow the active ingredients in your other products to better penetrate the skin! It will also help (in the case of acne) to dry out your pimples or blemishes. Unfortunately, it's not safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding so I had to stop using it for the past year but I am so excited to be starting again now! 

If you have sensitive skin, I recommend going to your local pharmacy or Sephora and getting a sample of a Glycolic Acid product before investing in an entire bottle. It will take about 2 - 3 weeks to see the difference in your skin, but once you do you will never go back!

These are some of my other favourite brands that have Glycolc Acid other than the NeoStrata one that I use!

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