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Save $ or Splurge $$$ Drunk Elephant Babyfacial

Yes, I am talking about skincare again. If you read my last post you saw my detailed regimen. One of the things I do weekly in routine is giving my self a peel. The peel helps to exfoliate, fight acne and restore an even, radiant tone. It also smooths the skin’s texture. I use The Ordinary Peeling Solution which a lot of people say is a dupe for Drunk Elephant's peel. That's one of the main reasons why I love The Ordinary because you can get super high-quality products for pennies. Let me be honest I never tried Drunk Elephant and I don't plan on it (too many people have said that their products are overpriced and mediocre.) unless they are sending it to me for FREE. So I cant give my opinion on which works better. What I do know is that I've been using The Ordinary for a few months and its perfect for me.

I'll let you be the judge. See the details and tell us what you think, SAVE or SPLURGE.



Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin's topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 29% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use. This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in color seasonally and this color variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. This formula is further supported with a crosspolymer form of hyaluronic acid for comfort, Vitamin B5 to assist healing and black carrot as an antioxidant

Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This innovative at-home "facial" contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA, plus Drunk Elephant’s dream team blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric, and salicylic acids. It gently but efficiently resurfaces the skin as it exfoliates, getting rid of built-up dead skin cells by breaking down the substance that holds them to the surface. Babyfacial™ combines potent antioxidants like matcha, apple fruit, and milk thistle to calm and sooth with ultra-hydrating sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer and non-fragrant plant oils to replenish moisture and nourish. Chick pea flour brightens and balances the skin without over-drying, and pumpkin ferment delivers amazing enzymatic action. Niacinamide, a "cell-communicating" ingredient, effectively revives skin’s healthy look and feel as it brightens and tones. Appropriate for all skin types, Babyfacial will dramatically smooth texture, minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, and boost overall clarity—revealing fresh, radiant, baby-soft skin.

Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Cicer Arietinum Seed Powder, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Amylopectin, Niacinamide, Phytosphingosine, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

Have you tried these two products? Which do you prefer?  I've only tried The Ordinary's peel but from the reviews, I read they give the same results. However, some say The Ordinary can be slightly irritating. I use The Ordinary weekly and that hasn't been my experience. The price point alone is worth giving it a try. For me..I'll SAVE!


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Affordable Skin Care Products Under $30

Skin is in as I’ve said multiple times on here. I’ve struggled with hormonal acne since I was 12 with a small side of cystic acne and in these recent years some eczema. Add all that together is a recipe for terrible skin. I’ve tried everything in the book from natural remedies to the strongest of prescriptions, but that thing that has worked the best is a consistent skincare routine. I have to give some credit to Accutane. I did 2 rounds starting in 2016 and that cleared 90% off my acne. However, I still get a hormonal breakout here and there as well as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from my eczema. 

My skincare routine is what keeps everything under control. For years I was using the wrong products. I had always thought that I had dry skin but it wasn’t until I went to an esthetician that she told me I was wrong, I combination/oily skin. I was using gel and foaming cleansers that were literally drying my skin out to the point that I thought my skin was dry but in fact, it was just dehydrated. If you can’t afford a trip to the esthetician schedule a consultation with Hey Aprill or Cave of Beauty they will get you together. Don’t have time or money for that either check out this post on April’s blog about determining skin type. This will help guide you to the right products. Doesn’t matter how good the product, if it’s not for your skin type odds are the product work well for you. 

After finding out my skin type is when I was finally able to get products that worked for me. I switched to oil and non-foaming cleansers added in some chemical exfoliation (helps with pores and hyperpigmentation), started hydrating and started wearing sunscreen. Yes, black people, we have to wear sunscreen. I’m not a skincare expert but this is what works for me. I adopted my own version of the Korean beauty 10 step regimen. Here is my full routine. 
Oil Cleanse - Sweet Almond Oil (PM)
Cleanse - Mario Badescu Enzyme Gel (AM/PM)
Exfoliate/Tone - Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner (AM)
                           The Ordinary Toning Solution (PM)
Essence - Cosrx Snail Mucin Essence (AM/PM)
Serum - Timeless Hyaluronic Acid (AM/PM)
Hydrate - Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream (AM/PM)
Moisturizer - Formula 10.0.6 P.M. Perfector (AM/PM)
Sunscreen - Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 30 (AM)
Seal - Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (PM)
Peel - The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peel (Weekly)
Sheet Mask (Weekly)
Treatment - COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch



Check out more skincare products that under $30. All the products featured are products or brands I have personally used.

Cleanser


Exfoliator






Toner


Essence


Serum







Hydrator & Moisturizer


Sunscreen


Skincare is my current obsession. I buy more beauty products than clothes these days that I had to implement a 1 empty 1 newbie policy. So that means I can only buy a new product once I’ve finished one. I have my eye on a few products from Lumene so those will be my newbies. What’s your current skincare obsession? Mine is anything from The Ordinary.  Click here to sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cash back and coupons when you shop!

The Look for Less: Balenciaga

Hey Frugal Shopaholics! It's that time again! If you loved Christen's blog post on the Chunky Sneaker trend then this post is for you. I wanted to take that post one step further and highlight the Balenciaga Look for LESS!

This look for less is under $100 of course and the Balenciaga Triple S Sneaker is well over $800 and If you're anything like me then sometimes paying almost $1,000 isn't in the cards.  Check out the look for WAY less below:





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April 2018 Frugal Finds: FashionPhile

This post may a little different than the frugal finds we usually post. We stick to stores that are accessible for the everyday woman. But as we've said many times you can be a frugal shopaholic on any budget. Yes, those of you who love luxury items can be frugal shopaholics too. Some people love the luxury sales experience that comes with buying a brand new bag. However, buying gently used or pre-loved bags is the perfect way to shop brands that rarely or never go on sale. You can buy a previously owned bag in great condition for a fraction of the retail price. 

Since consignment shops are very popular now. It's important to shop at a trusted store that guarantees authenticity. I recently discovered Fashionphile from our girl Jenee. They are a reputable online fashion resale website where consumers can buy and sell women’s luxury designer pre-loved handbags, accessories and jewelry. Fashionphile guarantee's the authenticity of every item we sell or 100% of your money back. Fashionphile also has physical locations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Carlsbad, California if you would like to shop or sell your handbags and accessories. 

Get that designer bag you've always wanted buy shopping Fashionphile. Check out a few bags that are good steals!

Retail: $4,100
Fashionphile: $1,975


Est. Retail: $6,400
Fashionphile: $5,095

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Target x Hunter Collection

Ladies & Gents, you all should know by know that I am a HUGE fan of the majority of Targets collaborations. My favorite so far is the A New Day collection, I buy the bulk of my work clothes from that collection and... most of the time its off the sale rack! But there's a new collab in town and its the Hunter brand giving us water protection on a budget. 

The Hunter Brand is known for their rubber boots, so its exciting to see more in the Target collection. I have already made my list of WANTS we all know I don't need anything but when it drops on the 14th (This Saturday) I'll be there to try everything on and give you guys my honest opinion. 

The collab is limited edition but is inspired by family, it will include boots, outerwear, clothing, shoes, accessories, and outdoor gear for men, women, and children. 

To explore the collection for the whole family head here! Below are some of the items I think you should add to your wardrobe!











P.S. The collection isn't over $50! A frugalshopaholics dream! Check out the full women's line here! Click here to sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cash back and coupons when you shop!
 

Meet Frugal Shopaholic Dionne

Name: 
Dionne 

Where are you from? 
I'm a military brat born in Germany. However, I've lived in Atlanta since 2002. So that's home. 

Explain your blog or Instagram name? 
A random guy on twitter actually gave me the name Closet Whisperer a few years back. My blog name and everything used to be "Iam_Ideal". One day I just tweeted that I like making people feel like they need a certain thing in their closet and I asked what do you call those people. He responded: Closet Whisperer. I thought it was funny but I loved it and it has stuck ever since. 
Describe your personal style? 
I'd say my style is pretty simple. It's a mix of classic and statement pieces. I know what works for me and I stick with that. 

Where are your favorite places to shop? 
I usually stick to the same places when I shop. I love those little mom and pop stores in the mall. There are gems in there if you can get past the fluff. Of course, I love TJ Maxx, but I only shop their runway and contemporary section. It never lets me down. H&M has also been stepping it up lately. They were slacking for a minute. I, also, prefer shopping online lately. So, a few of my favorite online stores are revolve, Shopbop, and forward. 

What does being a “Frugal Shopaholic” mean to you? 
Frugal to me means being smart. I'm still in the pre-rich stage of my life right now but even if I wasn't I would know that you should rarely if ever buy anything at full price. Besides true style doesn't come from how much something cost but how you wear it. 

What is a frugal shopaholic tip or trick that can share with our readers? 
A frugal tip I have is to always cross check prices. Even if I'm in TJ Maxx and find something I love, I'll look online to see if it's cheaper elsewhere first before I buy it. Also with H&M sign up for their texts or emails and get a 20% off coupon. I don't care if it's already on sale for $5, I will still use that 20% off. Also, a tip for stalking something that goes on sale online and sells out..... If you have google chrome, add the page monitor extension and it will notify you every time something happens on the page. So, say the size of that item comes back in, it'll notify you. Just be quick so it doesn't sell out again. 

How can we keep in touch with you? 
Instagram is my main platform right now. So you can follow me there @ClosetWhisperer 

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What's The TREND? Chunky Sneakers

Grandmas, grandpas and corny dads everywhere have been rocking chunky sneakers for decades so these type of shoes aren't new. But the high-end designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, and Yeezy have got ahold of the shoe and now they are trendy. I will admit I'm not a big fan of the trend but some people can pull it off. If you are here for the ugly, chunky sneakers. Here are some budget-friendly chunky sneakers. 



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Festival Outfit Ideas


You could be going to Coachella or NeauxChella, either way I want to give you guys some outfit inspiration for Under $100. The general look for most Coachella attendees is a less is more concept. It should be fairly warm come April in California so its totally okay to show some skin. By all means use this guide for other festivals you may be attending this Spring and Summer.
Look 1: Crochet Dress | Pom Gladiator Sandals | Fringe Bag

Look 2: Beach Co-ord | Converse High-top | Trash Can Bag

Look 3: Corchet Fringe Top | Louise Wide Leg Pants | Platform Sandals | Faux Fur Crossbody


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Wardrobe Essentials Worth the Splurge Pt. 2

After continuously putting off this post here it is. I have been wanting to do a part 2 for the wardrobe essentials since I left off a few things. And because they are mainly spring and summer items now is a perfect time. If you missed part 1 check it out here. The point of the original post was splurging a little on wardrobe essentials but finding them for the low. Again, the key to purchasing great quality pieces while still being frugal is shopping out of season, outlet stores and major sales.

Shift/Sheath Dress
A simple well-fitted dress is the best because it doesn't need much to look good. When building a wardrobe of essentials, consider a shift or sheath dress that can easily appropriate for many different occasions. You can find designer dresses at T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, or Last Call


Evening Bag

Everyone needs an evening bag something small but big enough to hold your essentials. I purchased a small chain bag from Kate Spade during a secret sale for 75% off. It's a good quality bag but I didn't break the bank. 

Sunglasses
Splurge on a pair of designer shades. We all buy trendy cheap sunglasses season after season but our wardrobe deserves something nice. Go to the Nordstrom Rack in the rich part of town and you will hit the jackpot of discounted designer shades. 

Ballet Flats
A simple flat is a versatile shoe that lands the right look from the workweek to weekend. DSW, Zappos, and 6pm always high-end flats for up to 50% off. 

Heeled Sandal
Just like a classic pump every woman needs simple heeled sandal in her closet doesn't matter if it's calfskin or patent, you need this in your wardrobe. Stuart Weitzman is famous for their nudist sandal. It is the perfect shoe. I've seen them both at  Nordstrom RackSaks Off Fifth and online at 6pm for $100-200. If you see them on sale buy them. The regular price is around $400. 

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March 2018 Frugal Finds: Century 21


Century 21 is an online retailer that sells clothing, shoes & accessories for men women and children. From frugal finds to designer finds this would be the best way to describe this retailer.  Items for as low as $9.99, right up a frugal shopaholics alley! 

I've only made one purchase with Century 21, a really cute "Bloggin" Sweatshirt that I had been searching for, for a while. It's sold out now but look at how cute it is!


Check out a mini round-up of  Frugal Finds below!







Check out Century 21 for yourself for tons of frugal finds! Click here to sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cash back and coupons when you shop!