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No matter what level of education you’re at, all students are on a tight budget, especially when it comes to things like beauty supplies! So here are some really good, inexpensive products that will get you farther for less money. You don’t need everything, just the products that suit your lifestyle, skin type, and style! Happy Shopping!
shsljontronfan asked: do you have any advice for someone considering buying shampoos/conditioners/body products from stores like tjmax and ross? (beyond checking to make sure they haven't been opened)
Certainly! I’ve gotten a lot of good deals at my local TJ Maxx (it’s where I first found The Balm makeup, actually!) but you do need to look out.
The first issue is just buying something because you don’t want to pass up on a deal. I have a hard time with this, personally.. as soon as I see a sale sticker on something I automatically want it. Look up reviews first to see if it’s actually something you want, or if it’s going to work for you.
Next, you should check other places prices as well. Just because it’s at TJ Maxx doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be a bargain! I’ve seen Philosophy products there for the same price as what they cost at Sephora, and to think I almost bought them just because I figured it would be a deal being at TJ Maxx!
Also remember that if it’s at a store like that, it’s either because something was wrong with it, or because of overproduction. Check everything, smell it, make sure there’s no holes, etc… oftentimes the only defect will be an issue with the packaging, but you can never be too careful. You don’t want to buy a bottle of something only to discover that it was only half full, or you realize that the dispenser is stuck and won’t open.
Today is the last day to pick up Hautelook’s Summer Beauty Bag for $29! This cute makeup bag is filled with summer beauty essentials, from skincare to hair products, lipstick to CC cream. The value of all the products you’ll get in this bag is way more than the price - if you’re unsure, check out my quick review of the goodies I got in my Spring Beauty Bag — here! You also get tons of cool discount codes on the brands featured in the bag.
dreamer-in-the-garden asked: Since you just posted about curling irons a quick question! When I use my curler I have a little trouble with my baby-hair/fly-aways, I get perfect culrs and a lot of fuzz XP I hidrate my hair a lot so its not that its dry or anything! Do you have a trick to prevent this?
Baby hairs are just a fact of life, unfortunately! They are caused by new hair growing in, or they could be the leftovers of hair that was broken off. Everyone has them, and yes… they are a huge pain!
To help keep them less noticeable, use smoothing products before & after styling your hair, like an anti-frizz serum. These help close the hair shaft and prevent humidity from expanding the hair, making it stick up! You can try:
Don’t use more than a dime-sized drop of these.. rub the serum between your hands and then lightly smooth your hands over your hair.
Another trick I like to do is to use hairspray… not all over my head, because I hate crunch, but just on an old toothbrush or a Q-tip, and use this tool to smooth down the baby hairs that stick up along my part. This also works really well if you put up your hair in a pony tail and the baby hairs stick up along your hairline.
Hope that helps you and everyone else battling evil baby hairs!
theophaniajewel asked: Hi, I just bought the NuMe Curling Wand, Flat iron and mini flat iron set off of Hautelook for $79. :D I'm so excited, but my question being what heat protectant, flat iron, curling stuff do you use when using your curling wand?
Hello! Congratulations on your new baby! haha you’ll love her!
Using heat protectants when styling your hair is probably the single most important and beneficial thing you could do for your locks, whether your hair is thin, thick, long, short, kinky, straight, and everything in between! So I commend you for knowing the proper steps for caring for your hair ;)
My long-time favorite, ever since it came out, has been Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray. It is lightweight and never gets greasy or heavy!
But recently I’ve been using Pantene’s BB Creme for hair, which does lots of wonderful things besides heat protection, like adding shine and moisture and taming/preventing frizz!
I think you’ll find that with a high quality tool like the NuMe one you’ve bought will work so well that you won’t need many more styling aids. I can curl my hair with my NuMe wand (or any of my other tools) and the curls will last for two to three days with just a bit of hair spray! My favorites at the moment:
L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray - $7
Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Flexible Hold Hairspray - $5
Rock Your Hair Spray It Hard Big Volume Hairspray - $16
For straightening, you might want to add a finishing serum or leave in cream to keep your hair looking smooth and shiny. For this I’ve been using the Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme recently as well, but I also like:
Dove Style+Care Cream-Serum - $4
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment - $40
And also, now that you’ll be using a really high-heat tool, you’ll want to baby your hair to keep it healthy and strong. Use deep conditioning treatments regularly and avoid prolonged sun exposure!
Hope this helps you! :) By the way, you can find these products at Ulta!
On Hautelook Today! 3 really well known and high quality brands that are summer-beauty-friendly ;)
PurMinerals - similar to BareMinerals, also including skincare, eyeshadows, primer, mascara, lipsticks, etc. 50-75% off!
NuMe - one of my personal favorite hair tool brands! The quality is amazing, and they will help you cut your hairstyling time in half. They’ve got flat irons, curling irons, blow driers, serums, conditioners, and much more… 50-75% off!!
Tan Towel - one of the most popular self-tanning products on the market. Their products are very high end and awesome quality. They last for a long time AND look natural! 50-75% off!
As always, I wouldn’t share these deals with you if I didn’t totally vouch for the products, the companies, and the sales themselves! I’m personally ordering the Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation to try out, and the Tan Towel Full Body Plus Pack :D
Million Dollar Tan will be available tomorrow (5/30) and Crown Brush will be on sale on Friday (5/31)!
Has anyone out there used PurMinerals makeup before? If so, what did you think?
mcoutuu asked: Hey ! I have a question on the color oops product you mentioned I'm your April hit and misses. I have naturally blonde hair that I have died more times then I can even remember. If I used this product, would it send me back to my natural color or back to the previous died color ?
Well honestly I’m not sure. I can only state from experience that I dyed my hair bright red about 6 times (over 4 months), and then went back to blonde using this and it performed really well, except for it didn’t take me right back to the color I had before - it was a more yellowy shade that I wouldn’t really want to walk around in by itself. If you’ve been dying your hair for years, it probably will make your hair the same yellowy shade, or it will take out your most recent color, but it won’t get you back to your natural shade unless you use it a couple of times, I would imagine. It takes out your most recent dye job (but as I said, it took 6 applications of red out of my hair, so I think it does more than just the last coloring). If you’re planning on dying your hair blonde, it will help you significantly. If you’re just wanting to be natural, it probably won’t work that way!