Must Have Beauty Products at Walmart

Let’s face it, sometimes looking our best can cost an arm and a leg. I, more than anyone, love to spend money on products that promise to make me look and feel amazing. However, trying to keep up with the latest trends and have the best products can get super pricey. And, contrary to popular belief, there are some amazing products out there that sit on the shelves of a place other than Sephora. What if I told you that there’s some bomb products at your local Walmart? Sure, these products can be found at most drug stores. But, the affordable prices and massive number of stores make Walmart the place that most people can go and shop for beauty products. I want you to be able to gather your loot all in one place. So, here’s a round up of my must have beauty products that you can get at Walmart.

Let’s start with body products that I love.

Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Mist 

It’s officially Spring, and I cannot live without this product. My winter pastiness is at an all time high and this product truly saves me. I currently have half of a can that I’m patiently saving for a trip to the beach next week. You can get multiple applications from one $10 bottle.

This product gives the best color of any self tanner that I’ve ever used. No orange here. The mist is really fine, which makes it easy to get a smooth, no-streak application. You can get your own back and everything thanks to the continuous spray at all angles. The mist dries really quickly, especially if you stand outside or under a ceiling fan. I spray it on and wait about five minutes before getting dressed and heading out the door. In about an hour, a really pretty, rich tan appears, and I’m a new woman.

Hawaiian Tropic Lime Colada After Sun Moisturizer

This is, hands down, my favorite product on the whole list. I, very luckily, picked up this product years ago and haven’t put it down since. If you want a rich moisturizer for all over, then look no further. This product is marketed for use after tanning or being in the sun, but I love it all the time. It smells like tropical Starburst and feels like butter. Does it get any better?

I do think you need to snatch this product off the shelf immediately as it warms up and you spend more time in the sun. It has aloe, and it heals and nourishes your skin. If you ever get a sunburn, you will love this lotion even more. Every time I put it on when I have a sunburn, within a day the redness and pain is dramatically reduced. Also, I’ve never gotten any peeling when I used this product. It feels amazing and way better than that sticky, shockingly cold Green Stuff you put in the refrigerator. One pump of this, and you’re a sun kissed goddess in paradise. That should be their tag line.

Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer

This is a brand new find for me, but oh, man, I love it. I don’t know who came up with this idea, but they’re a genius. With this moisturizer, you actually apply it while you’re soaking wet. Weird, right? After you shower and turn the water off, apply this lotion all over. It feels like it doesn’t sink into the skin at all, but just wait. Once you’ve applied, towel off and your skin will feel silky smooth. It’s like magic. There was a huge difference in my skin after application. My skin is moisturized and soft all day with this lotion. It’s really quick and convenient, which makes it even better.

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt and Foaming Bath

Ok, it’s the end of a long, stressful day at work. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be found in the bathtub. Candles are lit, John Mayer is singing, and I’m forgetting the world. What makes this time even better though are these bath products. I love the Dr. Teals brand of Epsom Salts and Bubble Bath. You can get them both in a variety of scents. They claim to do different things, such as stress relief, muscle pain relief, calming, sleep aid, and more.

No matter what “flavor” I use, I always feel more calm and refreshed from my bath when I use the salts or the bubble bath. As an added bonus, my skin feels softer. The bubble bath produces a decent amount of bubbles and they last for awhile. Now, I don’t think constant bubble baths are necessarily good for your feminine health, so I like to have one only every now and then. In between times, I break out the bath salts. They don’t have the satisfying bubbles, but they do have a fizzing quality that’s equally relaxing.

You can’t feel beautiful without luscious locks, right?

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Best dry shampoo you can get on a budget. Do I have to say any more? Seriously, this gives my hair new life without looking like I caked my head in dry shampoo. I can even wear my hair completely down on the second day with this dry shampoo. Usually, dry shampoo can get me a pass the next day as long as I at least pull the sides up. Not this bad boy.

Pantene Dry Shampoo

This is another great alternative if you can’t find Batiste or if you just want something different. In fact, this dry shampoo has less of a white cast than Batiste. The spray comes out more clear than powder white. It does a great job of making my hair look clean as well. It doesn’t feel thick and sticky in your hair, which is a total pet peeve of mine when it comes to dry shampoo. I can go several days without washing my hair with this product.

Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray

I hate stiff hairspray. I cannot take it. The crunch of hair sprayed hair sends chills up my spine. I think it was too many turns in the beauty chair with the Kenra flying as a child that traumatized me. I liked pageants and my mama loved Kenra. Y’all know the one I’m talking about? The 25? I think Kenra would hold your hair in place through a tornado, but I digress.

This is the only hairspray I like to use. I want my hair to move throughout the day. It feels weird when it doesn’t. Even when I curl my hair, I like to use a light hold hairspray. I’ve found that this one helps keep my style without the crunchy feeling at all. I can brush through my hair, and the style still holds. You may not want to use this for an event, but for everyday, it’s definitely a must have beauty product.

And, finally, my favorite, the makeup.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

First of all, this foundation costs $5. Technically, it doesn’t even cost a whole $5 before tax. I love this stuff. This foundation gives you a demi matte finish that makes your skin look healthy and perfected. It’s not full on matte, so there’s still some life to your skin. It covers up the redness in my cheeks and doesn’t settle in my fine lines. It truly makes your skin look amazing. Also, their big claim for this product is that it photographs well, and I totally agree. I wore this foundation in my best friend’s wedding, and it worked beautifully through a long day with lots of photos. No flashback or chalk face. And it lasted all day and night.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

I keep a stock of this foundation at all times. I actually used to wear this in high school and forgot about it for a long time. Recently, I picked it back up and haven’t put it down since. It’s a mousse, just like it claims. I really like the different texture. Something about the mousse formula gives your skin a smooth appearance. Nothing that I own looks more natural than this foundation. I get more compliments on my skin with this foundation than any other, including my pricier ones.

I will say though, it may take some getting used to the texture. By the way, if you find that this or any product doesn’t work, Walmart always takes makeup back with a receipt. Also, my advice is to apply this foundation with a kabuki brush for the best application. Beauty sponges work, but it’s hard to get a lot of product and it takes longer. I find a brush gives me the best finish. The matte finish is not cakey at all. And maybelline has a great shade range, so you can find your color.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petal

This is one of my favorite highlighters, drugstore or otherwise. I keep this highlighter in my professional kit as a makeup artist. Every time I use it on a client it looks great. It has a very smooth texture that gives a really pretty sheen to the skin. It doesn’t emphasize pores or texture, and it catches the light beautifully. The color is a champagne, light rose gold, and it is so flattering on so many skin tones. Again, Wet n Wild is one of the most affordable of all the brands listed here, and this is another one of their best products.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara

I just discovered this mascara, and I cannot get enough of it. This may actually be the first Rimmel product I’ve ever loved. This mascara does wonders for my lashes. I prefer volume over length, and this, surprisingly, gives me both. Usually, you have to compromise one to get the other. Not with this one. My lashes look much longer and thicker with this mascara. It doesn’t take a lot of work to get those results either. It lasts all day long with no flaking or smudging. It’s my new favorite for sure.

L’Oréal Lash Paradise

Everybody and their mama loves this mascara, and I’m no different. I was skeptical because I actually don’t like the Carbon Black that most people love. However, this one is worth the hype. If you love the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, then you have to go get this one immediately. It’s a fraction of the price and a total dupe. I mean even the packaging is crazy similar. It also does a great job of giving length and volume. I don’t get as much volume with it as the Rimmel, but it is a great, long lasting mascara.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Makeup Blender Sponge

I love beauty sponges, but I just cannot fork over $20 for a Beauty Blender. They are fantastic, but that’s a $20 sponge. If you’re like me, then don’t worry. Real Techniques makes a sponge that is affordable and awesome. You wet this sponge just like the BB or any other beauty sponge, and it works magic on your skin. If you find that your foundation looks heavy, then try applying with this damp sponge. Chances are, it will remove the cake and leave your skin looking more fresh. It does a great job of removing excess product and giving you an even application. This sponge has a flat side that makes it really easy to bake and carve out the areas of your face you may want to sculpt.

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I hope you enjoyed this list of must have beauty products at Walmart. I can think of several more products that are great, but this list is enough for now. These are my absolute top favorites anyway. Next time you’re out shopping, browse the beauty aisles and pick up a few of these affordable items and let me know what you think!

Thanks for reading and hanging out with me. If you’re interested in more beauty recommendations from someone who obsesses over beauty products, check out my post on the Best Skincare Products at Sephora and Ulta.

Spring Outfits and Style Inspiration

 

Ok, show of hands, who’s ready for Spring? I don’t know about where you are, but here in South Mississippi Spring has already sprung, and I am on board and ready for the new season. Every time the weather changes, that means we have to switch up our style a bit, right? I definitely think so. Nothing helps me with a fresh outlook better than a fresh style. With that in mind, I thought what better way to look forward to Spring than to share some Spring outfits and style inspiration!

 

 

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1. Powder Pink Trumpet Sleeve Blouse- H & M

I absolutely love simple, casual style, and this trumpet sleeve blouse screams casual Spring style to me. I also think soft colors like this are flattering on everyone. This top can be worn with a pair of skinnies or shorts for that casual look. However, I also think this would be a great Spring blouse for work. It would look great with a pair of slacks and heels. Versatile clothes are a must in my closet, and any closet on a budget. You certainly get the most for your money when a piece can be worn in different settings and with a variety of options.

Maybe going with pastel colors is cliche and over done, but they’re just so pretty. How can you resist? The rich jewel tones of Fall and Winter are beautiful, but by the time Spring rolls around, I’m looking for some lighter, brighter colors to toss in the mix. Loose, flowy tops like this one in a soft pink, purple, or coral are a must for me.

 2. Strappy Tassel High Heels- Jane

One of the main reasons Spring makes me so happy is the shoes I get to wear again. Imma let you in on a little secret; I’m short. Like, really short. So, I love any excuse to bust out a good high heel. And it’s so easy to do during the Spring time because there are so many open toed heels on the market that can be both casual and dressy.

Take, for example, these super cute tassel high heels. I love the block heel and the way they are strappy not just around the ankle but around the toes as well. I think that’s a flattering look for everyone’s feet. The tassels also add a bit of sass, and I always love sass. Shoes like these that can take you from day to night are essential. They would look great with skinnies and a casual top or a Spring dress. Win, win.

3. Floral Maxi Dress- Jane

Maxi dresses are life to me. I think they are so beautiful and feminine. If you can’t tell, to me, that’s what Spring style is all about– soft, feminine looks. This floral maxi dress certainly fits that description. Also, I actually love the non-typical Spring colors in this dress. The darker hues tie in nicely with the winter months, which makes for a great transition piece. A dress like this would be great to wear to a bridal shower or event you might have coming up.

So, you know how I said I’m short? It’s rare that I can actually wear maxi dresses because I have to hem them, obviously. Sigh. That means, to have the perfect maxi dress, I have to find one that won’t look crazy once it’s had a few inches hacked off. That’s part of the reason why I love this one so much. Big florals or any sort of large print pattern works well if you happen to need a hem like me.

Bonus tip: If you’ve never ordered anything from Jane, they’re an awesome company with amazing deals on Boutique style clothing, shoes, and all sorts of good stuff!

4. Soft Glam Eyeshadow Pallette- Anastasia Beverly Hills

I don’t own this palette. Yet. My mouse is sitting on go, but my bank account is pumping the brakes for a second. The minute I’m able (not that I need another eye shadow pallette, but who cares), I’m snatching this baby up. I do have the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, and it’s one of my holy grails. If this one is even close to the quality of the Modern Renaissance, trust me, you’ll want it too.

It’s not just Spring outfits that makeup up our Spring looks. Our beauty routine is just as much a part of our style as our clothes and accessories. I’m a firm believer that you can rock any color lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, or whatever anytime you good and well please. But I do find myself in different makeup moods during the different seasons. I betcha can’t guess what makeup mood I’m in for Spring. You got it, soft and feminine. The colors in this pallette are so subtle and pretty. The shades can be worn casually during the day or amped up for night time. It’s a mix of mauves, roses, berries, and golds. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the Soft Glam palette.

5. 1″ Flipperless Gold Curling Wand- Hot Tools

Hair is yet another way to freshen up your style for Spring. I love to wear my hair curly or wavy all year long, but I find myself styling my hair this way even more often in the Spring. Loose curls compliment florals and pastels so well. This wand from Hot Tools is one of my favorite styling tools. It does a great job giving me even, bouncy curls or loose waves. I have long hair, and I like the 1″ size. I can wrap bigger sections loosely for a very subtle wave. And I can also take smaller sections, wrapped tightly and create a piecey style that I really like.

This wand is not only awesome at styling, it’s also awesomely affordable. I’ve tried wands that are much more expensive, and I honestly don’t see a difference. My curls last all day. Or, to be honest, several days with a lot of dry shampoo. Hot Tools products always work for me, so I keep on coming back.

 6. Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color in Cookie- bareMinerals

Let’s be honest, liquid lipstick can be an actual pain to wear. Most of the time they look amazing, but feel awful. Thankfully, the Gen Nude liquid lipsticks from bareMinerals actually look and feel good. These have a different texture than typical liquid lipsticks. They’re very cloud-like and not liquidy at all. Did I mention that they smell like brownie batter? Like, legit brownie batter that you make in your kitchen.

Even if you don’t like or don’t want to try this particular liquid lip, it’s the color of this one that is most important to me. The shade, Cookie, is a subtle melon that looks great with so many makeup looks. I don’t always love a super bright pink lipstick, but when the shade is a subtle pink, it’s very wearable, not to mention very Spring appropriate.

 7. Aimee Layered Y-Chain Necklace- Bauble Bar

You can’t have a style guide without at least one accessory. So many people love this necklace from Bauble Bar and for good reason. It goes with absolutely everything, and it’s a statement all on its own. I get compliments on this necklace every time I wear it. The three chains are different patterns, which makes it really stand out. I love any accessory that does the coordinating and stacking for me.

Finding a statement accessory to go along with your Spring wardrobe is key. You don’t need to have a million pairs of earrings or fifty bracelets to try and coordinate with all your clothes. If you can get a few really great items, you’re all set. Layered necklaces and chokers are dainty and work well with any and every Spring outfit you might put together!

 

I hope that some of these items have gotten you in the Spring mood. Whatever style you like, think of the ways you can incorporate some Spring trends. I’d love to know what you’re going to be rocking this season. Let me know in the comments how you plan on changing your style routine!

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Best Skincare at Sephora and Ulta

Today, I want to share with you the best skincare at Sephora and Ulta. These are my absolute favorite skincare items. It can be a real challenge when you’re trying to figure out what products you need to take care of your skin. And you DO need to take care of your skin. However, there are so many choices, and it’s easy to get lost down the rabbit hole. Let’s face it, Sephora and Ulta can be totally overwhelming. You walk in to rows and rows of gorgeous products that all claim to work miracles for you and cost an arm and a leg. How is a girl supposed to decide? Shopping online isn’t much better. In fact, it just makes it easier to spend too long scrolling on your phone through all the products. That’s where I come in. I do spend countless hours in the stores, online, and on youtube filtering through the madness, and these are my tried and true recommendations. Hopefully, this list can save you some headache, time, and money!

I’ve grouped the products in the order you might use them in your skincare routine and links are provided in each description!

1. Philosophy- Purity Made Simple Cleanser

This might be my favorite product out of all of them. You might be surprised how much a good cleanser will do for your skin. If you want a gentle cleanser that takes off all the dirt and makeup and leaves your skin soft, then this is the one for you. I use this cleanser at night after a makeup wipe to get rid of my excess makeup. After I’ve lathered, I can rub this cleanser all over my eyes to remove mascara traces and it does not sting or burn. Hallelujah! This is not a foamy cleanser. It actually has a texture more like a gel lotion than a typical cleanser, which I think makes it feel gentle and creamy. You can buy this cleanser in multiple sizes, but I like to go for the bigger ones. I buy the 24 oz for $44, which seems expensive, but I’ve had my bottle for over a year and still have well over 1/4 of the bottle left. Honestly, I would buy the $55 32 oz with the pump if they had it at my Sephora or Ulta.

2. Boscia- Balancing Facial Tonic

I hate toner. There’s something about searching for a cotton round, pouring out the liquid, and applying it to my face that irritates me. Weird, I know, but true. Tah-dah! Solution found. This is a toner that you can mist all over your face. It feels amazing, and no cotton rounds needed. I spritz this on my face after my cleanser. The Boscia tonic is supposed to help hydrate your skin while it purifies according to its Sephora product description, and I think it definitely does that. If your skin tends to feel a bit tight after cleansing, this is a refreshing boost that will help out with that, all the while balancing your skin. Ulta, unfortunately doesn’t carry the Boscia brand. If you’re on the lookout for a non typical toner like me, this one’s for you.

3. Drunk Elephant- T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

Let me just say, this product costs a pretty penny. There’s no denying it, and it pains me to add it to the list. It pains me to buy it. I truly believe that your skincare is an investment. If you want your makeup to look good, your pictures to look good, and your skin to feel good, then you have to put some time and money into your skin. I’ve been hearing about this product for so long, but the price tag scared me away from it. 1 oz of this product will set you back $90. I know, my wallet weeps with you. Thankfully, over Christmas, Sephora had gift sets with sample sizes for $20 that I snagged to see if it was worth the hype. As much as I hate to say it, it is a game changer for my skin. If you have large pores or texture on your skin, this will work wonders for you. When I use this product, my texture is gone and my pores truly vanish. It really is that good. It’s actually a chemical exfoliator, so this would be something to add to your routine 2-3 times a week. Do you absolutely need it? No, because let’s be real, most of us (including me) can’t afford to spend this much money on a skincare product. However, if you have a chance to treat yo’ self or if texture and large pores are your main problems, you might want to consider this serum. By the way, Drunk Elephant is another brand sold at Sephora and not Ulta.

4. Origins- Original Skin Renewal Serum

If you don’t want to go for the Drunk Elephant serum, another great one is the Origins Skin Renewal Serum. This is the one I use regularly. This serum is aimed at helping younger skin (20’s-30’s). It targets fine lines, skin brightness, and pores. I do see a difference in all of those things when I use the serum. Actually, I use it in the morning as well as in my nightly routine. One of the best things about this serum to me is that it works as a good base for your foundation. It’s not a primer and won’t help with the longevity of your foundation, but it helps with the application. I always find that when I put this on before I get ready, my makeup goes on and looks better. It diminishes the appearance of my pores and smoothes my skin out to an even, clean slate. Ulta carries the Origins brand, but for some reason they don’t have the Original Skin line. No fear though, because you can find it here at Sephora.

5. Origins- Eye Doctor Moisture Care for Skin Around Eyes

You’re going to see Origins a few more times on this list. There is nothing that I’ve tried from them that hasn’t worked exactly like it claimed and been good for my skin. This particular product helps with tired looking, dry under eyes. It also plumps up the skin, helping with fine lines. Anything that improves my makeup is a plus, and concealer doesn’t settle into my fine lines when I am consistently using this moisturizer. Keep in mind this is to hydrate your under eyes and doesn’t have anti-aging power. But, if you need the moisture, go with this one. I’m all for an anti-aging eye cream, whatever your age, but those can be quite pricey. Besides, any moisture that you are giving your skin is helping aging and appearance. So, for now, I’m saving a few coins and sticking with this eye cream. Luckily, this is an Origins product you can snag at both Sephora and Ulta.

6. Clinique- Moisture Surge

If there’s something that makes your foundation look better than a good moisturizer, I don’t know what it is and you need to tell me. This might be my favorite product from the entire list. I fully believe in the power of a good moisturizer for your skin for so many different reasons. My grandmother used the Clinique “yellow lotion” for years as her primary skin care. She lived to be over 90 years old and she didn’t look a bit of it. The yellow lotion doesn’t work for me, unfortunately. I prefer a moisturizer to have a more gel-like consistency and find the creamier ones to be too heavy for my skin. The moisture surge is the perfect solution for me. It really feels like gel and makes your skin feel so soft and plump. Did I mention foundation glides on like a dream? I have combo skin, and it doesn’t make me produce any excess oils during the day either. Do yourself a favor and go grab it here. You can find the 72 hour and Intense formulas at Ulta, but I’v only tried the intense and like the original better. And, I know this is a Sephora/Ulta post, but you could also buy this product from your nearest Clinque counter when they’re having a gift event!

7. Belif- The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This is another one of my favorite moisturizers for the same reasons as the Clinique Moisture Surge, so I won’t go on too long about this one. It’s also a gel formula. Did I mention that I love gel formulas? This one has an added bonus. It feels cooling to the skin, which is so nice and refreshing in the mornings. I use this moisturizer at night and during the day when my skin is not overly dry. Honestly, I don’t think you need the Belif and the Clinique, so check them out and see which one speaks to you. The cooling effect of this one is hard to resist though. Be on the lookout for gift sets, so you can try more than one product from their line and get more bang for your buck. Find it here.

8. Origins- High Potency Night-A-Mins

If you have dry skin, I think you’ll love this moisturizer. As you can see by the name, it’s specifically a night time cream. Unlike, the previous moisturizers on the list, this one is a thick, buttery consistency and not a gel. I know, shocking. It’s not at all greasy, which makes me forgive it for not being a gel. I find that when I use this moisturizer my skin is not only plump and supple, but it’s also smooth and radiant. Something about this product also helps with my texture and uneven tone, which I didn’t expect from a moisturizer, but happily accepted! I especially love this product for the colder, drier months. This is one of the Origins products that you can find at both Sephora and Ulta.

9. Origins- Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

I wasn’t kidding earlier, I love Origins skin care. I’ve never been one to mask, but I can’t stay away from this one. It’s from the same line –Original Skin– as the serum I recommended earlier in the list. The mask is all about getting your skin back to its youthful origins… See what I did there. Be prepared to look insane and take jokes from your husbands, boyfriends, roommates, etc. The mask is a thick, pink cream that dries to a thick, pink hard mask that basically will freeze your expressionless face. Trust me though, the jokes are worth the results. My skin is so smooth and soft after this mask. If you’re feeling like your skin is not looking its best, try this mask out and see the difference it will make for you. It’s from their Original Skin line, so it’s at Sephora only.

If you have made it to the end of this list, you have my undying gratitude and mad respect. Thank you for reading about the best skincare products at Sephora and Ulta (in my humble opinion), and I hope that these recommendations work for you like they have for me! You can, of course find these products from their brand websites. But, I figured that it might be easier to shop online or in store at Sephora and Ulta. Feel free to share this post and have a spa day with your friends and your new products! Comment below and let me know if you’ve tried these products, if they work for you, or share your recommendations with me!