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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Five Functional Products

I'll be the first to admit there is nothing glamorous about today's list of products. They are pretty ordinary, and most of them are quite cheap. However, I don't think it can be denied that they are super useful. The products do their job for sure!

Honestly, I think products like these get overlooked a lot because it's more fun to talk about fancy products and big brands with glittery names. However, these brands are really affordable-- which means more money for splurges on high-end products of interest. While I love high-end products as much as the next beauty blogger, I can't help but thinking that products that I use every day don't have to be super fancy. Do I really need a $50 product for moisturising my elbows?

Without further ado....

This lotion comes in the most enormous bottle imaginable, and lasts basically forever. I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond when my parents were in town. This lotion is heavy duty and often saves my skin after rough photo shoots outdoors. It's a bit sticky when first applied, but soaks in and definitely does its job. 

I've been using this moisturiser for about four years, as my dermatologist recommended it to me. I'm a huge fan of this product because it has sunscreen in it. It's also light, soaks in quickly, and doesn't leave a sticky residue. It doesn't smell amazing, but since I tend to wear perfume, it's fine. 

3) Carmex

While  I adore fancy lip products like Tatcha's Camellia Moisturizing Lip Balm, Carmex is my fall back product when my lips get really dry or scaly. I've been wearing a lot of lipstick lately, and it's very drying. I also had this weird patch of red angry skin on the bottom corner of my lip. I don't know what makes Carmex work, but it does.

This is the cheapest eyeliner I have ever used, and it's one of the best. It's not for those new to eyeliner in the slightest- the formula is fairly runny, and the applicator is stiff and requires steady hands. Regardless, I love it. It's a deep black colour, goes on quickly, and doesn't take 10 years to dry. And for $3, who can beat the price?

5) Cetaphil

Cetaphil is the least fancy face wash ever, but it's one of the best.t gets through most makeup with ease, though eye makeup in general requires additional products to remove. Since most days I just wear BB cream and light eyeshadow, Cetaphil does the job. It smells a bit like baby powder, which I'm not a fan of. Anyways, I quite like this product because it gets the job done.

What are your fall back beauty products?


  1. This is such a refreshing post! I love seeing people's every day non-glamourous products.

    1. Hi Jodi,
      I'm glad you liked it! In a weird way, it's easily the most personal post I've ever done. Even though I'd love to say I always use fancy products, that's just not true :D

  2. Great review Nat,
    Thank you for sharing
    Maggie D.
    <a href="”> Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion Blog </a>

    1. Hi Maggie!
      Thanks for reading. Pleased you liked it :D

  3. Lovely post Natalie,Olay moisturizer is fantastic and was featured and recommended on Ireland's top fashion and beauty show only this week! xx

    1. Who knew?! I think it's funny that something I didn't think was terribly glamorous was actually on TV. :D

  4. Jergens Ultra Healing used to be my fave coz I had dry skin... now I'm too lazy....
    I recently finished Cetaphil but won't be repurchasing because they have parabens..
    I tried the Olay moisturizing and immediately returned it. it didn't work for me. I prefer Alba Botanica products now and it's a bit hard for me to try anything else...



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