Caffeine + Credit Cards is a Monthly Series covering my must-buy items of the month, complete with reviews.
On past blogs, I’ve failed miserably at keeping up with series that I launched. I’d like to think that this blog is a fresh start for me, so all of those fails don’t carry over. With that said, I’m launching a new series called Caffeine + Credit Cards! (Note: I’m not a supporter of loading up credit cards. I just wanted some alliteration.)
Shopping is a major hobby of mine. In fact, I think I missed my calling as a personal shopper or buyer for a department store. If I am feeling a little bit of cabin fever from working from home, it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll get out of the house and walk right into a store. I even upped my shopping game in March when we got Amazon Prime to make it easier for us to get things like dog food and diapers.
Each month, I have my own personal budget I can work with to buy whatever I want, separate from our family budget. Since I found out I was pregnant, almost ALL of that budget has gone into buying cute baby stuff I saw at the store. But now that we are all stocked up and baby only needs a few things, I was back to having room to spend on myself this month. And oh, how I’d missed it. While I don’t ALWAYS focus my budget on health and beauty items, that was definitely the overall theme for this month. Here are the products I tried out this month:
I have to admit… this product was a little bit out of my comfort zone. It uses snail mucus to regenerate skin cells. Yuck, right? But I figured that we have a LOT of products with yuckier chemicals in our bathroom right now, so I gave it a try. Admittedly, I haven’t used this a ton yet. The main reason I bought it was to help with breakouts, but Maxon and my hormones have been good to me on the acne front the past few months. I’m sure my usage will pick up post-labor and delivery!
However, though you can’t take my word for it yet, this sucker has 1,000+ Amazon reviews and four stars.
TONYMOLY isn’t a new company to me. You can find their masks, lotions, cleansers, lip glosses, etc. at Ulta, where I’ve purchased MANY a sheet mask. I’ve always had great results from them, and they are far less expensive than some other brands. With Korean skincare getting more and more mainstream, TONYMOLY is getting more of a name… but you should believe the hype. I use one of these a week to wind down over the weekend. I even packed one in my hospital bag, which my husband thinks is ridiculous.
For most of the products on this list, I looked to PInterest for bloggers to tell me what the best Amazon finds were. This seemed to be on almost every list. And when I shared a photo of my purchase on Facebook, SO MANY of my friends sang its praises. Apparently I was behind on this trend. Don’t be like me.
You mix this clay mask with apple cider vinegar and let it harden on your face. I ended up needing to use the suggested mixture for sensitive skin, but figure out what works best for you. My skin honestly felt so clean and fresh after this.
I’ve used Bare Minerals as my setting powder for a few years now, but I was intrigued by this compact’s promise to hide sebum, that oily stuff that lubricates our skin and hair. Especially with summer approaching.
I’m happy to say that this compact does what it says, getting rid of the shine while not causing me to breakout. The applicator it comes with, however, is pretty weak, so I apply it with a brush instead.
This is probably what I was most excited to get on this list. I wouldn’t call my hair flat, but it’s definitely not voluminous. My friend and hair stylist hooked me up with a great wet volumizer, but I wanted a powder that I could apply to dry hair, if needed. This came highly recommended.
One thing to note is that the actual bottle this is in is VERY, VERY small. I was a little bit shocked at that. However, a small bit of product goes a long way. I sprinkled just a little boy on my roots and got an instant lift that lasted for hours. My only complaint is that it makes your hair hard to brush through and gives it almost a… sticky feeling? I just tried to avoid touching the crown of my head, because it LOOKED great.
These are nice wipes with a good scent, and like that Yes To products include fewer harmful ingredients than other brands. However, I’d just come off of using exfoliating apricot wipes from Target and my face didn’t feel as clean with these wipes as it did with the textured Target wipes. This is another item getting tossed in my hospital bag for delivery.
I bought the Colourpop products directly from their website – with a purchase of $30 you get free shipping. This shadow is SO PRETTY and long-lasting. And it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a lot of department store makeup brands. I’ve heard so many awesome things about Colourpop (rumors say that Kylie store her lip kit formula from them) and I just had to try it. I got a few colors and they were all beautiful.
This little stick keeps all lipsticks on my lips, Colourpop or not. And it’s incredibly cheap. It’s definitely a staple for me from now on.
Another Amazon favorite, this rosewater appealed to me because I love the smell of roses. Well… rose-scented things. Roses make me sneeze. This spray can be used as a toner, makeup setting spray, pre-moisturizer and more. I’ve particularly loved spraying it on myself and then sitting in front of a fan to get through a pregnancy hot flash. It’s also a great light body spray for anyone who isn’t into overwhelming scent.
Again, I love Colourpop. This stuff stayed on through several drinks and didn’t look overdried like some matte lipsticks. See photo below.
This stuff is the moisture bomb.com. It has hyaluronic acid to keep you looking young and fresh, and the gel consistency feels amazing on the skin. Not to mention, it really moisturizes. Since I started using it, I feel like my makeup goes on smoother and my skin looks healthier overall.
With all of these new products, I needed a REALLY BIG makeup bag. This sucker is the biggest one I could find with a style that I loved. Mud Pie has such adorable products for women and babies, and this product has been particularly useful since I got it. It holds almost all of my makeup.
Most of these items are Prime Eligible on Amazon, so add them to your shopping cart and start treating yourself!
Don’t expect a lot of makeup in next month’s Caffeine + Credit Cards post. My face needs a break 😉
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