Favorite beauty items

My personal favorite beauty items (all very affordable)

These are my favorite beauty products for both performance and price. The fact that they are easier to get and afford is a bonus. I have now abandoned all of my favorite makeup because of plastic ingredients. The only ones for which I do not have replacements are mascara and this concealer.

The layout for this article… so you can scroll to particular items you may be interested in…


If you want to look at my article about plastic free makeup…

Anti-aging creams

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

I love this face cream so much! It has so many great ingredients and no plastic ingredients at all. It has a very slight fruity scent. Within hours of using this cream, my skin is rosey and healthier looking although I cannot feel this. I highly recommend this cream.

This cream has 2 peptides: Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1(PAL GHK- synthetic peptide containing 3 amino acids of glycine, histidine, and lysine), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3 (AHK – copper peptide). 2 fruit stem cell ingredients (Malus Domestica Apple, Solar Vitis Grape), Resveratrol, Panthenol, Vitamin C (Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Hyaluronic acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Aloe and cucumber extract and many, many antioxidant ingredients. If you want to learn about these ingredients, I have an article about peptides and other anti-aging ingredients.

Radha Beauty Miracle Retinol Moisturizer cream

I love Miracle vitamin A cream! This cream is fine for use on both the face and the eyelid area. It is the top seller at Amazon. Since it has 2.5% retinol, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 & E, aloe, green tea, jojoba oil, shea Butter, and many antioxidants… it has huge benefits.

This is my article on vitamin A (Retinoid) creams…

Facial Oil

My favorite oil moisturizers are lotus oil, grape seed oil, and sweet almond oil. I have a whole blog devoted to skin oils (Post treatment moisturizer) that are great moisturizers specialized for particular purposes. Feel free to go and research further there. I like using oils, because I can choose my ingredients. These are the ingredients used in most skin creams without any additional ones you don’t want. When you use oils, you can blend the ingredients you choose and even pay less for them. I stabilize them with vitamin E cream (also very inexpensive)

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil

This particular oil has so many of my favorite oils in this blend. It absorbs and smells great. I feel like my skin looks beautiful and healthy after using this. Usually, I use this after skin treatments to sooth and moisturize. No parabens or synthetic ingredients here. It has Argan Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cranberry Fruit Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Blueberry Extact, Strawberry Fruit Extract, Kiwi Extract, Watermelon Fruit Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Raspberry Seed Extract, Camu Camu Fruit Extract, Acai Fruit Extract. This has a wonderful light fruity scent…don’t let that fantastic ingredient list worry you about a strong aroma.
4.6 our of 5 stars for over 80 reviews

Aloe Vera Gel

This is an astringent to tighten pores and a moisturizer that also soothes the skin. I searched through these aloe vera gels and once again learned about chemical ingredients that I did not want in my skin care. Many of them claim to be 100% aloe vera… I guess if it is less than 1% other chemicals, they are allowed to do that. I saw many cases of this. Often these good preservatives for aloe vera gels are citric and ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate.

Sometimes they contain alcohol, Xanthan, Carbomer, and Tetrasodium EDTA. Carbomer is a silicone plastic and Tetrasodium EDTA is toxic for humans, but deemed OK because it does not absorb easily. This aloe vera gel that I list below is good enough to drink…which I didn’t need. Instead of any chemical thickeners, it contains seaweed, which to me is a bonus. This one is also from a small family-owned and operated company with great customer service. They clearly care very much about what they are doing.
4.6 out of 5 stars for over 1,400 reviews

Lip balms & Lip stains

This is the best combination for not showing wrinkles like lipstick often can. I would say that it feels more comfortable and natural as well (a bonus).

Lip stain

Cover Girls is 4.1 out of 5 stars for over 45 reviews
Revlon is 4.1 out of 5 stars for over 950 reviews

Lip balm

4.6 out of 5 stars for over 500 reviews

SPF 15
4.4 out of 5 stars for over 150 reviews

Maybelline Nouveau Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

I cannot stress enough how great this concealer works! Having tried many concealers, I can say this one is the best performer by far! The only drawback to this concealer is that it is so very hard to get to start dispensing through the sponge tip. Please start on this before you need it. The sponge tip really spreads it beautifully. It blends and becomes natural looking so easily. I no longer like the ones that come in a stick. Those are far more difficult to use and give poor quality results as well.
This stuff has ingredients that I do not care for, but there is no good substitute for this product. When you need a high performance, natural-looking concealer… this is it.
4.3 out of 5 stars for over 3,600 reviews

For acne issues…

The key here is that sulphur and benzoyl peroxide are very effective in taking care of acne. If you want to use more natural solutions…beat up an egg and use it as a mask. It provides nutritional benefits to your skin and heals up the problems fast…not as fast as my favorite mask, but really does compete on effectiveness and less than a day behind. If you aren’t familiar with this mask, it used to be called Proactive refining mask.

I love this for spot treatment and prevention. It works extremely fast. This is a big quantity here. These are 3 ounces size.

Cuticle oil

I love cuticle oil…I have had my current one for many years…
My favorite ones have been roll on dispensers and these are!The first one is argan oil and the second is grape seed oil. Both types of oil are wonderful.

This one has a beautiful fragrance too…which can certainly make taking care of your nails even more pleasant. The fragrance is a big hit. It is a mixture of many beneficial oils, additional Vitamin E ingredients, and extract of milk and honey. There is an eyedropper type dispenser built into the lid.

You will love having these convenient hair products

I have these and I love them! All you have to do is wash your hair, wind it around these and then snap the ends together. Perfectly comfortable to sleep in…they are padded fabric tubes. The next day you can just brush your hair and go.

Comfortable curlers!

There are 12 rollers in this set.
3.8 out of 5 stars for over 160 reviews.

This includes 2 sets of them… one is regular size and the other is large size rollers. 12 regular size and 10 jumbo size.

These work by the same principle. They don’t even need the snap. You can just bend them into a loop…no snap needed.
4.5 out of 5 stars for over 3,300 reviews

Easy hair fastener!

These go by the name Magic Hair Comb or variations on that. They can be hard to find when you KNOW about them. I love them! You place the hair comb in one side, loop the bands around the hair to contain, and place the comb on the other end in place. They are easy, fast, and work just great on any length hair. These are actually attractive, where my early models are very utilitarian.

My magic combs
My magic combs

The new designs are much better than my early model… about 11 years old now. I use mine almost daily. Handy for when I exercise and when I wash my face. This video shows many creative hair styles that can be easily done with this tool…

wood bead magic comb
wood bead magic comb
One pony tail style
One pony tail style

Casaual Fashion: Set of 6, 5 out of 5 for only 1 review, but I think these are the prettiest.
FUMUD Fashion: Set of 5, 3.6 out of 5 stars for over 20 reviews. Wooden beads.
Kloud City: Set of 2, 3.5 out of 5 stars for 9 reviews. Wooden beads.

My favorite hair color that is easy to DIY at home

I love both of these hair color systems. They are easy to use and do a great job. The color is beautiful and vibrant. It lasts very well. If anything, they give me more tools than I really need. You can use them for a full color or touch up. I do use them for touch up color. Here is why…the specialized touch up kits are very close to the price of these color kits. Why not just use the ones I love and I know are a good match? This will color the new hair and restore the old hair to life in the proper color.

The full color time is 30 minutes for both types, but the breakdown of new hair and touch up hair are different. I like the Excellence brand best because it is thick and stays in place well. This makes it far easier to avoid any mess while using it. The Preference brand has a conditioner that just smells SO wonderful. They are so good that you cannot go wrong choosing these. I am listing my favorite colors I use, but I will also have the page for them so that you can choose whatever color you are longing to use. For your reference, my natural hair color is dark chocolate brown.

Excellence Creme

This was the first color I have used…and the first time was for my wedding! It is a gorgeous natural looking red head color. This is a shiny, coppery reddish brown. The highlight colors that this brings out are wonderful. Beforehand I did research with red heads that I knew. I stayed with this color for many, many years. I like the true coppery red, not the artificial burgundy red.
This is Red Penny.

These are other colors I have used and love…Light Reddish Brown, Medium Golden Brown

Here are the other choices in Excellence Creme…just click on the red font below
Loreal Excellence Cream Hair Color

Superior Preference

This one has the copper highlights to it, but is far more red than the Excellence color I have listed. It doesn’t have the brown element to it. Intense Red Copper

This is another color I have used and loved… Medium Copper Brown.

Here are other choices in Loreal Preference Hair color…just click on the red font below
Loreal Superior Preference Hair Color

You will not believe how easy it is to cut your own hair beautifully…with the right tools!

The tools cost so little, and the results are just wonderful. It is so easy to do this. You will become faster and more confident with time. The great thing about the demonstration video is that it shows someone with long hair doing this task. It is so much easier to get the gist of the process and you can then cut to whatever length you like. I have found that it is easiest if you cut the length in the back first. If you want short hair, you may need help with that.

The full hair cutting set, both guides (straight edge and curved) and the scissors (hair cutting and thinning) too

3.9 out of 5 stars for over 300 reviews

Hair cutting guide set

4.2 out of 5 stars with over 550 reviews

Hair cutting scissor sets

6.5” scissors
4.9 out of 5 stars with over 200 reviews

6.5” scissors

4.3 out of 5 stars with over 200 reviews

Hair cutting professional scissors

These are the ones I have… They come in 5.5” and 6.5” long scissors
4.5 out of 5 stars with over 3k reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars for over 2.9k reviews

Magnetic eyelash set

OK…I first bought these… ABSOLUTELY LOVE this idea! I have always wanted to use false eyelashes, but am totally off put by the whole gluing process close to my eyes. This is so simple and just brilliant! Why did no one come up with this sooner?!?!

Magnetic eyelashes caught my attention very early on and they were not keeping up with demand. I had the idea of buying the magnets and the false eyelashes and making my own. Waiting a little bit allowed the sourcing and supply to improve, as well as the cost. There is already not much advantage to making them yourself now.

The first one that I got and what I thought of it…

When they arrived, I was surprised that they are actually what is called demi lashes. Demi lashes are partial lashes, that also have an angled edge.

These are very highly rated and a very decent price too. I have tried them, but feel like there is not enough eyelash to do the job for me. I have looked at the eyelash reviews and see that the problem is that there should be more pieces for a full lash. Twice as many as are available here. The angled ones are used at the outside edge. This is a 4 piece set. For the full false eyelash effect, 8 pieces are needed.
4.9 out of 5 stars for over 350 reviews.

I also ordered these… (not magnetic)

These false eyelashes are extremely highly rated and have a big review history. How could I pass them up, they cost so little (less than $3 – $1 per set)?!? I was thinking that since I had never gotten false eyelashes before, that these would also be helpful and I am glad I got them now. I want to make clear that this set is NOT magnetic. You could make them magnetic by gluing the healing magnets onto them. They are easy to get and are a good size for this use.

These are the perfect size for my eyelids! They look great. I got very thorough and soaked them in rubbing alcohol. These are beautifully made and everything about them held up well through this. Having investigated healing magnets, they come in the proper size to work. I still would prefer gluing magnets to false eyelashes over gluing lashes to my eyelashes… The top set in this picture below are the ones that I alcohol soaked and put back in the package.

Long Cross False Eyelashes Natural 3D Fake Thick Black Eye Lashes Icycheer Soft Fake Lash
Long Cross False Eyelashes Natural 3D Fake Thick Black Eye Lashes Icycheer Soft Fake Lash

4.2 out of 5 stars for over 500 reviews

This is my next step to my magnetic eyelashes quest

Yet another set of magnetic eyelashes ordered! I know…this is crazy, but this is exactly why you want to read blogs about this right? I spend money on mistakes that I explain and you get to avoid them and make smart choices! In my younger years I always used black eyeliner and loved it. Now I have come to prefer brown for that role. Why am I mentioning this? It is because I came to realize that super black fake eyelashes looked super fake on me…

Now after much research…

I have now ordered brown ones. There was a long time on research for this choice too. First, I have to say that the brown ones are so much harder to find! I learned that there can be problems with ones that are really straight and don’t curve to conform to your lids. The super cheap $3 full lid length lashes I got were great. So I decided to get the full length. I read through many customer reviews to get an idea of issues and approval rating for the choices. Then too I wanted to be sure that they were not flimsy and easily separate from the magnets. I got this chosen set for me and a set for an additional Christmas gift for my mom.

One Amazon reviewer had a very good idea. If the full lid length magnetic lashes are difficult to put on, you can always cut one side into pieces that contain the magnets. The long lash length is also a great choice to me. I did not like being forced to deal with a sloped edge lash. You can always trim the lash length to a shape and volume desired. I cannot say whether I will do these things yet, but isn’t it great to be able to tailor them to what YOU want?

My update

These arrived and I really like them. They seem to have a nice brown color. I am so glad that I ordered 2 of them to be safe. I figured I could adapt them to whatever length I needed that way. As it turned out, these are half the size that I needed for my lid. 2 sets is what I need to have a full lash. They have a gentle slope that I think I like just right.

The package is more attractive, which I did not expect at all. The backing used for the lashes is a shiny metal gravel effect. It is like bedazzling. It makes a big impression when you take it out of the package for the first time. These are generous on the thickness, nice color, and a good length.

These are a great choice

These magnetic lashes have all the qualities to be able to make them your own…tailor them to be exactly what is right for you. You can curl them more, trim back the length, or thin them out if you want. I think getting a set of plastic tweezers to help in putting them on. I practiced putting them on a few times…they hold up and don’t lose the magnets. They are made well.

Here are more options in brown

This is thin lashes
Ultra-light natural looking style
Use: Reusable up to 30 times with proper care
False Eyelashes Length: 0.5-1.3cm
False Eyelashes Terrier: Plastic Black soft Cotton Terrier

4 pc
Size: 0.86″ x 0.47″
lightweight style

Here are more options in black

8 pc 15 mm lashes
Ultra Thin, Natural Look style
4.7 out of 5 stars for over 1300 reviews

8 pc set with the tweezer for application included
4.4 out of 5 stars with over 370 reviews

Applicator to put on the magnetic lashes (plastic)

Without this it can take a lot more patience to put the magnetic lashes on. I am all for tools that are well suited for a task that make it easier to perform. These are the highest rated set.
False Eyelash Applicator: Eyelash Extensions Tweezers for Easy Lash Application and Removal
4.2 out of 5 stars for over 35 reviews

This is the deodarant/anti-antiperspirant category

I feel that getting away from aluminum is important. Studies show us that aluminum absorption and presence in the brain contributes strongly to the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Another troubling issue that studies show is that it’s introduction to ocean water causes the death of coral who inadvertently consume it.

I use Milk of Magnesia for anti-antiperspirant. It takes a little patience to dry, but it works. In fact, this works well for me, when I am getting sweaty exercising. I washes out of clothing much easier than the standard anti-antiperspirants too. It is even kinder to your clothing. My bottle of Milk of Magnesia seems like it will last for me for many years, which also makes it cost effective too.

Here is the new item on my “wish list”. It is an odor neutralizer that is all natural and has wonderful ingredients like organic shea butter, coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and others. The first one is my favorite because it is lavender. They are all very highly rated.
Lavender in jar, Lavender in sticks, Coconut-lime stick, Orange sticks

Retractable makeup brush

I love these because they are easy to travel with you. They retract and close up where you can keep them clean no matter where they are in a purse, drawer, or overnight bag.

Retractable Kabuki brush

Angled bronzer/blush brush

In case you got inspired to find something and did not find it…try here…

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