I’m very picky when it comes to buying beauty or other skincare products. There are so many brands to choose from and for a novice like me, it’s hard to tell the difference. Do I buy the $100 skin cream or can the $5 one do just as good? I had previously tried a night cream from Walmart, but after extended use, I found it was just sitting on top of my skin and not actually being absorbed. I soon found that a lot of face creams did this to me. I asked a friend about it and she told me it’s because our skin is thinner than white people’s skin so a lot of their products won’t work for us. I looked into it a little and found this article that confirmed that. (Feel free to debate that in the comment section)
So for a very long time, my skincare routine was simply washing my face and using a rose water toner from Trader Joe’s periodically. I would also treat myself to a facial every 6 months, with plans or doing it more frequently. A friend of mine does my facials, and every time she encourages me to maintain my skin and find a routine that works. I would define my consumption of beauty products as at the “drugstore beauty” level. My eyebrow pencils and lipsticks are all under $10 each and get the job done nicely. Being the bargain hunter that I am, when I found these products in Dollarama, I just had to try them!
I really liked the eye masks. It didn’t irritate my skin at all, which is good considering it’s so cheap. Who says you have to spend hundreds to get a good product? I also tried the gel face masks. The first one I tried was the gold. The gold one irritated my face a lot. My face was itchy the entire 15 minutes. I couldn’t wait to take it off. About three weeks later, I tried the charcoal mask. I loved this one. There was zero irritation and my skin was brighter and smoother after washing it off. I’ve used the charcoal mask twice now and each time, it looks like I got a professional facial!
DISCLAIMER: I’m not saying that all drugstore beauty products are created equal. Do you remember the nighttime skin cream that I was using last year? Well I don’t use it any more. I felt like it just sat on top of my skin and wasn’t actually making a difference. I haven’t found the magic ingredient yet that works perfectly with my skin, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know.