5 Skin Care Gems Under $10

If you are anything like me, you want to avoid aging skin like the plague. There are so many treatments and procedures out there to assist with combating affects of aging skin. The truth is if we don’t nail down a great daily and nightly skin care regimen, our efforts to “treat” our aging skin will be in vain.  Skin care products can cost a fortune and sometimes we are just paying for the packaging or branding.  I get questions about what I use on my skin to keep it looking young and fresh on a daily basis. There are a ton of products out there and I use my fair share of high and low-end brands, but the majority of my daily products are inexpensive staples that have been around forever. Sometimes when it comes to beauty, it’s best to keep it old school and simple. Here are five of my favorite skin care staples under $10

  •  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- Coconut Oil is the one of the best multi-purpose beauty products out there. I use it to remove makeup, as a nightly moisturizer on my face and body to combat dry skin, and as a cuticle oil to keep my manicure looking fresh! I typically get my coconut oil from the grocery store, but I have seen it at closeout chains like Big Lots and Burlington Coat Factory from about $8


  •  Yardley Oatmeal & Almond Soap- I am all about exfoliating before treating and this soap is the perfect for gently exfoliating your skin without drying it out.  It smells great and lasts a long time. This soap is gentle enough to use as a face cleanser and the best thing about it is that it retails for about $1 a bar. You can find it at almost any drugstore, Dollar Tree, Target, or Wal-Mart.


  •  Queen Helene Mint Julep Scrub- Did I mention how important it is to exfoliate? This staple is a classic that has proved time and time again that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have great skin! I have used this scrub in my nightly routine 2 times a week for the last 10 years! I swear by it. It’s hard to find an inexpensive scrub that doesn’t irritate the skin. This fresh minty exfoliate gently flakes away dead skin and leaves your skin feeling so soft and refreshed and 6 oz. tube last FOREVER! It does have walnut shells in it, so beware if you have a nut allergy. I typically pick this up at Sally Beauty, but I’ve seen it at local Beauty Supply Stores and Ulta for about $4.


  •  Witch Hazel- This is my go-to toner right before I moisturize, I go over my face and neck with witch hazel on a cotton ball. I am always amazed at how much stuff is left behind after what I thought was a good cleanse! Witch hazel is great for refreshing the skin and fighting acne because it reduces oil and inflammation. There are lots of great toners on the market, but for less than $5 at most drugstores, I think it’s the way to go.


  •   Queen Helene Masque- The Mint Julep scrub has a sister and she’s just as awesome! This masque draws out oil, dirt, sweat, and anything else that has been lodged in your pores all week.  I use this masque weekly and I have to say it’s one of the things that keeps my skin looking so young and fresh because it gives the illusion of smaller pores and we all want small/invisible pores, right? This usually retails for about $7 at your local Beauty Supply Store or drugstore. You can also get it on Amazon.com!





Make Your Manicure Last a Full Week

 One of the most frustrating things in the world is to polish your nails just to have your laquer chip off and look raggedy a few days later. As a licensed nail technician, this is probably of the most common challenges I see clients face. So many women struggle with making their at home manicures last, so they spend a lot of money at the salon getting their nails done professionally or they just drop the idea all together. I love seeing my clients every week, but the truth is you really don’t have go into a salon to get salon results. Here are a few insider tips on how to make your DIY manicure last 7 days

  •       Make sure your nail beds are oil free before polishing your nails. Natural oils from our body, lotions and creams create a barrier on the nail bed and prevent your polish from adhering properly. Before you start your DIY mani, it’s important to dehydrate the nail. There are manicure prep solutions you can purchase for this. If you don’t want to invest, alcohol, nail polish remover, or acetone works just as well. Just use a lint free wipe or cotton ball and wipe your nails off well. They should feel kind of tight and look a bit white afterwards.


  •    Don’t skip the base coat! I know it’s so tempting to just grab your color and go to work, but the base coat protects your natural nail from being stained by the polish and it helps the polish adhere to the nail better and longer!


  •   Don’t worry about perfect polish skills! If you get some polish on your skin, just let it dry completely. Nail polish is not made to stick to skin (remember the oils in the body?) Any polish around the cuticles will come off with lotion or soap and water once it’s dry. Be sure to use two thin coats of polish. That first coat may look a little streaky, but that’s okay.  Your second coat will smooth everything out. Be sure to let each coat dry for about a minute before applying the next.


  •   Use a good Top Coat!!! Seche Vite and Out the Door are my two favorites. The top coat seals everything in and keeps it tight. Try to stay away from using watered down discount top coats. One coat is all you need for the initial manicure and add another coat 2-3 days later to make your manicure last!