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I’ve always been a fan of buying affordable products, or buying expensive ones at a discount. There is just something about that feeling of saving money. That being said, drugstore products have been a hit or miss for me. I’ve used some great drugstore makeup and skincare that was on par or better than high end products, but I’ve tried some that was really not so good. When you start guessing and trying random drugstore products, the costs of bad/useless ones can really pile up, which is why I’ve always loved reading blogger reviews before deciding which products to try. Well, today is my turn to show you a few affordable products, and hopefully help you decide if these would work for you.
I’ve partnered with ShopperArmy to showcase products from a few recognizable brands that can help you achieve a quick and natural beauty look and get you out of the door faster. For those days when your hair just isn’t at its best, I have two varieties of Batiste dry shampoo, which is one of my favorite dry shampoo brands ever. If the winter isn’t over for you either, like it isn’t where I am, you may want to try the new EOS lip balm. And last, but not least, we all know that great looking eyebrows frame the face and can make us look better, even on no makeup days, so you can read what I think about the Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil.
Batiste is one of the most popular dry shampoo brands, with their products being sold in over 50 countries. Their range of products offers something for everyone, whether you need more volume, a hint of color, or just want cleaner, better smelling hair. I am a big supporter of not washing hair too often, and I only wash mine twice a week. However, I also don’t like feeling dirty. Also, having long hair, drying it takes FOREVER. Dry shampoos are a staple for me, especially when I’m traveling, since I can never be sure if I would have enough time to wash and dry my hair (which can take up to two hours, and that’s without any real styling).
Batiste range includes two volumizing dry shampoos, and I haven’t tried either of them until now, when I received their Heavenly Volume dry shampoo. Just like most similar products, this one goes on somewhat white, but it’s very easy to rub it into my hair, and there is no white or ashy cast that some products leave. This dry shampoo literally soaks up all the grease, leaving my hair completely dry to the touch. Heavenly Volume definitely adds much more texture to my hair than other varieties of Batiste dry shampoos, which will not be everyone’s favorite feeling, but this also makes hair styling much easier, as any style locks-in more easily. However, don’t expect the same hold that you’d get from a hair spray – this dry shampoo is more like a texturizing product that also removes any greasy shine from my roots. The scent is very subtle and somewhat floral. I really like this variety, and will keep it for those days when I need to quickly clean and style my hair, especially because it adds more volume than other dry shampoos.
As I already mentioned above, some dry shampoos can leave a white cast on my dark brown hair, which is why Batiste came out with two brown dry shampoo varieties, and I received the lighter one for testing. Beautiful Brunette has the same awesome formula as other Batiste shampoos, but with a hint of brown color. Although I don’t have huge problems with other Batiste varieties, since the white color blends in OK, the brown version definitely makes it easier and much quicker to blend into darker hair. However this one has just a little bit of color, and if you want a deeper brown I recommend you try their other brown shampoo, the Divine Dark. Compared with the volumizing shampoo I reviewed above, this one doesn’t add much texture, which makes my hair feel lighter and more natural, but it absorbs all the grease just as well. I also feel like I can use the brown one two days in a row if needed, while I wouldn’t reapply the volumizing one the next day, because I feel all that texture would be just too much. I don’t prefer one shampoo over the other, though, I just feel they have a different use. I use the brown one for a quick middle of the week pick-up, while I’d use the volumizing one on a dinner date night when I didn’t have time to wash my hair, but I also want to style it a bit.
EOS is a company mostly known for their lip balms, however they have hand and body lotions and shave creams in their range, too. They have recently reinvented their range of lip balms, and I was given a chance to try their Crystal Lip Balm. I was so happy to try it, since I literally can’t live without lip balms, and have them everywhere – in pockets, purses, nightstands… you get the point. My lips are dry even in summer, so I love trying lip balms to find new favorites. EOS Crystal Lip Balms are available in Hibiscus Peach and Vanilla Orchid, and they are formulated without wax! They are supposed to nourish with 5 natural oils, without the heavy feeling of wax.
EOS Crystal Lip Balm in Vanilla Orchid is vegan and paraben, petrolatum and gluten-free, and comes in their recognizable packaging, now shaped more like a rounded pyramid. It’s made with a special clear Shea butter, which allows for the balm to be so clear.
Ingredients: Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyamide-3, Isostearyl Isostearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Polyamide-8, Flavor (Aroma), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate1. 1Component of Flavor
I found the balm a bit hard, so it will last a long time, unlike some softer ones that apply too much product and get used up too fast. It feels very lightweight on my lips, and just a tiny bit sweet, and it has a light vanilla scent that is not overpowering. My migraines can get triggered by strong vanilla and coconut scents, so I am happy to be able to enjoy this vanilla scented product with no fear. I like that it’s not too sweet, so it doesn’t make me lick my lips. As you can see from the photo below, the balm is completely clear, and I really appreciate no added colors. There is also no water in the mix, which means they didn’t have to use any preservatives. The balm is hydrating, but not as much as I need in the winter, and for me it would be great for the summer. I do have to reapply it after eating or drinking.
Revlon is a company that really doesn’t need introduction. Some of my first makeup products were Revlon nail polishes and lipstick, and I’m always happy to try some of their new products. They really stay in touch with the trends, and eyebrow products have been very important lately. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can find various eyebrow products in the Revlon collection, and I’ve been testing their Brow Pencil from the ColorStay range of products.
Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil is formulated to be waterproof and to last for 24h. It has an angled precise tip on one side, and a blending spoolie brush on the other side. I love the compact design and the addition of the brush, since it makes it easier if I have to carry the product with me.
The brow pencil comes in 5 colors:
- Soft Brown
- Dark Brown
- Soft Black
I have very dark, cool toned eyebrows, so the color I received, Auburn, is definitely not a match for me. However, I have purchased the same eyebrow pencil in Soft Brown a few months ago (ideally I’d choose the Dark Brown, but they didn’t have it in my store), so I tested it thoroughly using the pencil in Soft Brown.
The pencil is very soft, and the color payoff is really great. There is no need to press hard, since even the light strokes deposit enough color. The spoolie is a bit hard, but it blends the color so well, that it’s pretty much my favorite part of the product. Since I’ve been using the pencil for a while, I’ve noticed that it can break inside the plastic quite easily, but I’m still able to continue using it. Try not to use too much pressure when applying it, to avoid breaking it. The brow pencil is very long lasting, and even if I touch my eyebrows it stays put. At the end of the day, it’s easy to remove with with pretty much any cleanser – I use my eye makeup remover. Although they advertise this pencil as very precise, it is only precise in the beginning, and as you use it more, it may become more dull (like the one I swatched on the left on the photo below).
With a good color match, it can look very natural, which is my preference, but you can use it to easily get your eyebrows done on point. Here I have swatched the Soft Brown and Auburn pencils. Auburn is great is you have red hair, or brown with red undertones. Even if you dye your hair red, this color of the brow pencil will make your eyebrows match your hair better. Soft Brown is perfect for lighter brown hair and eyebrows.
According to ShopperArmy, these products are 2018 Best New Product Award Nominees. The Best New Product Awards is North America’s most credible consumer-voted awards program. ShopperArmy is holding a contest for a $35 amazon.ca gift card, so you can purchase and try these products for yourself. I encourage you enter the contest here. (Contest open until April 4th, 2018 to Canadian residents only)
You can purchase Batiste dry shampoos at Walmart, and both varieties I’ve reviewed here retail for $9.72. EOS Crystal Lip Balm is available directly from their Canadian website, and retails for $7.08. Revlon ColorStay Brow Pencil is also available at Walmart and retails for $6.97.You will probably be able to find all these products at most grocery and drustores. In my experience, these prices may vary stores.
Have you tried any of these products? What is your experience with them? Are you interested in trying any of them?