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Affordable Skincare Products Under $30

ORIGINAL: 4/24/2018
UPDATED: 4/21/2020

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 (or so I thought). 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 with products that fit my actual skincare needs. 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 small breakout here and there as well as some hyperpigmentation cause I have a bad habit of picking my face. My skin problems were under control until I found out I had an underlying disease (cutaneous lymphoma) that was pretending to be eczema. The past year and a half my skin has been horrible due to the lymphoma. When it got really bad I couldn't even do my skincare routine because everything irritated me. But after completing phototherapy and radiation it looks completely better. Now, I can get back to perfecting my skin. 

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. It doesn’t matter how good the product is if it’s not for your skin type. Odds are the product won't 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 more hydrating cleansers, added in some chemical exfoliation, started hydrating and wearing sunscreen. Yes, black people, we have to wear sunscreen. Have you been trying to figure out why that hyperpigmentation won't go away? Well, it's getting darker every time you go out without SPF.  I adopted my own version of the Korean beauty 10 step regimen. I’m not a skincare expert but this is what has been working for me. Here are the steps I take in my routine.

Oil Cleanse - DHC Cleansing Oil (PM to remove makeup)
Exfoliate - Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid (2x A Week)
Essence - Cosrx Essence (AM/PM)
Serum - The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum + The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder  (AM)

Peel - The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peel (Every Other Week)
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. This keeps my product junkie under control. And of course, I keep it affordable when it comes to what I buy. There are great quality products at all price ranges. I just tend to buy on the lower end. I've put together some widgets with affordable skincare products under $30. Check them out!








Treatments  & Masks

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Stay at Home Essentials

What are we on Week 6 of Quarantine? I know it's been tough on all of us. To sit still and not go out can be annoying after about Day 7, but it's our new normal. If we have to stay in the house the least we can do is look cute and cozy while doing it. Here are some comfy and cozy living room fits for the low!




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The Look for Less: Judith Leiber Stack of Cash

Judith Leiber bags have been in the hands of celebs heavy lately. Celebs like Beyonce, Keke Palmer, Angela Bassett, Rihanna, Lupita, J.Lo, Alicia Keys and every member of Kardashian/Jenner clan have been seen wearing the unique novelty clutches on red carpets, parties, and award shows. Judith Leiber's bag comes in so many styles like cocktails, foods, money, animals and whatever else you can imagine. Now, her bags start at $800 and can go up to as high as $7000. I found this store on Etsy that sells reasonably priced crystal embellished clutches in similar styles as Judith Leiber's bags. Have you been eyeing her bags but the price is too steep?  Well, look no further. 

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Frugal Shopaholic Tip: Buy Promo Codes On eBay

Have you ever been looking for a promo code while shopping and haven't been able to find one? Well, I now have a solution for you. I found this great shopping tip on Twitter. Simply go to eBay.com, search for the retailer you need a promo code for, purchase it and code will be delivered to your email instantly. Now, this won't work for every retailer but I've seen good discounts for major retailers and they are worth it because they cost as low as $0.99. That's nothing compared to what you could be saving. 

Step 1: Find the promo code you wish to purchase.

Step 2: Buy the te listing on eBay. 

Step 3: Get the promo code and save some $$ when online shopping and sometimes in-store. 

I hope this tip helps you save some money on your next shopping trip. Share this tip with everyone you know, cause friends don't let friends(and family) pay full price.  Click here to sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cashback and coupons when you shop!

Danielle Bernstein x Macy's Collection

If you aren't familiar with Danielle Bernstein, there's a good chance you are familiar with We Wore What. Danielle is a huge style influencer and is also the Founder and Designer of We Wore What. I personally have been following Danielle on Instagram for a few years and have always enjoyed the fashion she shares with her audience. While randomly scrolling through Facebook last night I saw an ad that included some really cute pieces. What a trap! I clicked it and to my surprise it was Danielle's collaboration with Macy's.

The collection was released on March 5, and has already sold out of some pieces. It is size inclusive and the size range is 00-24. Huge plus because we all want to be fly no matter what size we wear. The entire collection is under $100 and the color palette is pretty neutral. I am most excited about the structured items. She has a ton of suit options from pinstripe to plaid, you can also grab the shorts or the pants. I am always here for a Power Suit. Super excited to share the line with you all. Check out my favorite pieces and the full collection below!


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Save $ or Splurge $$$ Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I swear every time I go to buy a high-end product I end up unintentionally find its dupe. In the search for a new setting powder, I ran to my friend google to see what was the best option. Laura Mercier's powder (which had been on my wishlist) was the highest rated and a cult classic. Before I went to purchase, I saw a comparison to Milani's setting powder and decided to try it out. The 2 products are very similar and both have a light and deep formula. Check out the comparison and my thoughts below. 

Make It Last Setting Powder is a high performance, ultra-fine translucent loose powder designed to seamlessly set and extend makeup wear. Features a weightless, oil-free formula infused with light-reflecting pigments to diffuse fine lines and imperfections for a luminous, shimmer finish. Available in Translucent  Light to Medium and Translucent Medium to Deep.

A lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 12 hours. This award-winning powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear without adding weight or texture. It absorbs oil and reduces shine all day, creating a flawless, matte finish with no flashback in photos. These truly-translucent shades work on all skin tones= and create a soft-focus effect to subtly blur fine lines and imperfections. Available in Translucent and Translucent Medium Deep.

Have you tried either of these powders? I've tried them and they are both nice powders. However, when you do the price break down the save isn't really a save at all. Milani is actually double the price per gram. So the smart thing to do would be to purchase the Laura Mercier. I'm currently using the Milani right now because I found them at Walgreens for under $3 and I purchased the last few they had. 

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The Look for Less: Skims Sleep Set

Happy New Year! This is my first blog post of the new year.  I hope everyone had a great holiday season. The older I get the more I look forward to getting new pajamas for Christmas. Pajamas are one of those essentials that I hate to buy myself. I don't even wear them to sleep, it's more so loungewear for me. But anyway, I received a couple pairs for Christmas. A cute Victoria's Secret romper from my sister and a 2 piece set from my mom. But the real star was the Shimera Tranquility Set my sister got my mom from Nordstrom Rack. It was the softest fabric I have ever touched. I instantly went to find what fabric (Modal) is was and what I could buy that was made out of this fabric. I have a rare form of lymphoma that affects my skin and lots of things make me itch. So when I discovered Modal fabric I was shook. 

Modal is especially big in pajamas right now. Every brand is making pjs in this fabric, even Mrs. KKW herself. For the low low price of $128, you can have a modal sleep set. Now I told you I was obsessed with this fabric. I have shopped around for these pajamas at different price points and have found that the fabric is all the same. The $100 set from Nordstrom feels like the $40 pair from  Nordstrom Rack that feels just like the $30 set at Target. So I can't imagine that the Skims pajamas are much different than those at Target. If you had your eye on them save yourself some money and go to Target. 

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Budget Friendly Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

There are 10 more days until Christmas and I hope you have done most of your shopping. If not I'm not judging, I haven't done any shopping either.  That's why I put together this list of last-minute gift ideas. Now you can easily do all your shopping at the gift card section of your local grocer or drugstore but I prefer to still buy gifts. It's weird because I like receiving gift cards but don't like buying them. Maybe it's because I'm a good shopper and can get the bang for my buck. I shop outlets, sales, and use the deal club when buying gifts. So if you are a last-minute shopper like I am, check out widgets below for some ideas. Don't forget to use Ebates to get cash back in-store and online when you shop!

Gifts For Her

Gifts For Him

Gifts For The Home

Cyber Monday 2019 Sales and Deals

Today is CYBER MONDAY and we hope you are in the mood to do some online shopping! As always we've compiled a list of sales and promotions to make it easy for you to shop the best beauty and fashion sales for CYBER MONDAY. But before you start doing any shopping click here to sign up for Ebates. Double your savings by shopping on sale and buy getting cashback when you shop both in-store and online!

ALDO: Buy 2, Get 25% Off. Promo Code: CYBER
Amiclubwear: 65% Off. Promo Code: BF65
ASOS: 30% Off Everything. Promo Code: BIG30
Banana Republic Factory: 60% Off Everything. Free Shipping, No minimum. 
Extra 15% Off Purchase. Promo Code: CYBERSALE
Banana Republic: 50% Off Everything.
Barney's Warehouse: 20% Off Your Entire Purchase.
Bloomingdale’sTake 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Items and Take 50% Off Clearance Labeled Cyber + Free Shipping! Ends 12/3.
BooHoo: 30% Off Everything.
ColourPop: 30% Off Sitewide. 
Cotton On: 40-60% Off Sitewide.
Ego Shoes: 30-75% Off Everything. No Code needed.
Express: 50% Off Everything.
Fashionphile: 10% Off Giftable Condition Items. Promo CodeL MONDAY10
Fashion Nova: 50-90% Off Everything. Promo Code: CYBER90
Fashion to Figure: 40% Off Everything + Extra 10% Off. Promo Code: CYBER
Flashybox: 50-90% Off Entire Site
Forever 21: 40% Off + Free Shipping. 50% Off Sale. Promo Code: BLKFRIYAY
Gap: 50% Off Everything. Promo Code: GAPCYBER
Gap Factory Outlet: 60% Off Everything. Free Shipping + Extra 15% Off. Promo Code: GFCYBER
H&M: 30% Off + Free Shipping.
J.Crew Factory60% Off Everything + Extra 10% Off.
JcPenny: 30% Off $100 or More. 25% Off Under $100 Promo Code:JINGLE19 Ends 12/4.
JustFab: Deals starting at $10.
Lord & TaylorCyber Sale Buy One Get One Free Women's and Men's Shoes. Ends 12/3.
Macy's: Extra 20% Off. Promo Code: CYBER
Madewell: 30% Off + 10% Off. Promo Code: YAYINTERNET
Mango Outlet: 70% Off Everything.
Miss Guided: 50% Off Everything. Ends 12/3. Promo Code: HUSTLE
Miss Lola: 40% Off Entire Site. Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY
Nasty Gal:60-80% Off + 15% Off. Promo Code: GOWILD15
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Free Shipping on All Orders. Promo Code: CYBER
Nine West: 50% Off Sitewide. + Extra 20% Off. Promo Code: SHOES20
Nordstrom: Spend $125 Get $25, Spend $250 Get $50, Spend $400 Get $100. Ends 12/2.
Nordstrom Rack: Spend $100 Get $20, Spend $150 Get $30, Spend $250 Get $75. Ends 12/2.

Old Navy: 50% Off Everything. End 12/2.
PrettyLittleThing: Up To 80% Off. Ends 12/4.
Public Desire: 40% Off Everything. Promo Code: CYBER40
Rent The Runway: 20% Off Your First Order or 50% Off Unlimited.
Romwe: Up to 90% Off.
Saks Off Fifth: Extra 30% Off. Promo Code: HANDBAG30
Sephora: Spend $50 Get 20% Later.
SheIn: Free Shipping Sitewide.
ShoeDazzle: All Boots & Booties $10.
Shopbop: Up to 25% Off. Promo Code: MORE19
Shop Miss ATake 25% Off Everything + $1 Shipping
Simmi: 30% Off Everything. Promo Code: HEYBF
Steve Madden: Up to 50% Off Full-Priced Merchandise! Use Code CYBER19
Target: Up to 50% Off.
TopShop: 20% Off Sitewide. Promo Code: CYBER20Ulta: $10 Off $50. Promo Code: CYBERMON19
Uniqlo: Free Shipping on All Orders.
Universal Standard: 25% Off Everything. 
Urban Outfitters: $75 Off $200. $50 Off $150. $10 Off $50.
Windsor: 30% Off Everything + Free Shipping!

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Black Friday 2019 Sales and Deals

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all are enjoying your day and are spending it with family, friends or both. Tomorrow is officially Black Friday. These stores couldn't wait for people to start spending so sales have already started but we're here to give the official Back Friday deals. As always we've compiled a list of sales and promotions to make it easy for you to shop the best beauty and fashion sales for Black Friday. But before you start doing any shopping click here to sign up for Ebates. Double your savings by shopping on sale and buy getting cashback when you shop both in-store and online!

ALDO: 20% Off Regular Price + 50% Off The Orginal Price of Sale Items. Ends 12/3.
Amiclubwear: 65% Off Sitewide. Promo Code: BLACK65
ASOS: 30% Off Everything! Ends12/2 at 8am GMT.
Banana Republic Factory: 60% Off Everything. Ends 11/30.
Banana Republic: 50% Off Regular Priced Items. Ends 11/30.
Barney's Warehouse: Take 20-50%, Online Only.
Bloomingdale’s: Take 15% Off When You Spend $100, 20% Off $250, 25% Off $400+ On A Large Selection Of Items PLUS, Free Shipping For Everyone! Ends 11/30.
BooHoo: 60% Off Everything + $6.99 Shipping
ColourPop: 30% Off Sitewide.
Cotton On: 40% Storewide. Ends 11/30.
CoverFX: 30% Off + Free Shipping. End 12/1. Promo Code: BESTFRIDAY
Ego Shoes: 30-75% Off Everything!
Etsy: Deals Up To 60% Off!
Express: 50% Off Everything + Free Shipping. Ends 12/2 2:59 AM ET
Fashion Nova: 50% Off Every Single Item. Promo Code: FN50
Fashion to Figure: 40% Off Everything. Ends 11/30
Flashybox: BOGO Free Sitewide. Valid 11/29-12/1
Forever 21: 30% Everything + Extra 50% Off Sale

Gap: 50% Everything Everywhere. Ends 11/30. Promo Code: BLKFRIDAY
Gap Factory Outlet: Everything 60% + Extra 15% Off. Ends 11/30
H&M: 30% Off Everything + Free Shipping! Ends 11/29.
J.Crew Factory: 60% Off Everything. Ends 12/1.
JcPenny: Sitewide Sale!
JustFab: 60% Off Your Entire Order.
Lord & Taylor: 25% Off Almost Everything Through 12/1.
$100 Off Your $200+ Purchase. Ends 12/3. Promo Code: FRIDAY
Macy's: Sitewide Sale
Madewell: 30% Off Your Purchase. Ends 12/1.
Mango Outlet: 70% Off Everything. Ends 11/30
Milani Cosmetics: 30% Off Sitewide. 
End 12/1. Promo Code: THANKS
Miss Guided: 50% off Everything. Ends 12/3. Promo Code: HUSTLE
Miss Lola: 35% Off Entire Site!
Nasty Gal: 60-80% Off Everything + Extra 10% Off sale.
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Extra 40-80% Off Everything!
Nine West: 50% Off Sitewide
Nordstrom: Spend $125 Get $25, Spend $250 Get $50, Spend $400 Get $100. Ends 12/2.
Nordstrom Rack: Spend $100 Get $20, Spend $150 Get $30, Spend $250 Get $75. Ends 12/2.
Old Navy: 50% Off Everything. Ends 11/29.
PrettyLittleThing: Up To 75% Off. Ends 12/1
Public Desire: 40% Off Everything. Promo Code: CYBER40

Range Beauty: 45% Off + Free Shopping. Ends 11/30.
Rent The Runway: 40% Off All Memberships
Romwe: Up to 85% Off Plus a FREE Gift. Ends 11/29
Saks Off Fifth: Take An Extra 50% Select Clearance. Ends 11/29.

Savage X Fenty: 65% Off Everything
Sephora: Up To 50% Off!
SheIn: Save Up To 70% Off + 10-20% Off
ShoeDazzle: Get 2 for $24
Shopbop: 15-25% Off Sitewide. Ends 12/2. Promo Code: MORE19

Shop Miss A: Take 25% Off Everything + $1 Shipping
Simmi: 30% Off Everything. Promo Code: HEYBF
SKIMS: 2 Bras for $78 AND 3 Panties for $48
SkinStore: 25% Off Sitewide. Promo Code: BLACK
Steve Madden: Up to 45% Off Full-Priced Merchandise!
Target: Sitewide Sale! 

Save 30% Off Beauty Sets
Tobi: 65-80% Off Everything!
TopShop: Up to 50% Off Thousands of Styles at Topshop PLUS Free Worldwide Shipping Through
Ulta: Sitewide Sale!
Uniqlo: Free Shipping!
Urban Outfitters: Buy One Item, Get 50% Off An Item Of Equal or Lesser Value. Ends 11/30,
Windsor: 20% Off Everything + Free Shipping!
Zara: 50% Off On Selected Items. Starting 11/28 at 8pm EST

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