Do your own research!

Shopping for makeup and skin care can be like shopping for a car.  You can run into a salesperson who is genuinely knowledgeable and will be truthful with you about the nail polish ladyproduct.  And then there are those who only care about making money.  And yes most people who sell cosmetics make a commission.  Sephora and Ulta employees don’t but everyone in cosmetics at the department store definitely make commission.  It’s not huge, but still it’s money and if you sell enough can make a substantial difference in your check.  Being that I worked at the makeup counter I have first-hand knowledge of how things work in cosmetics.

So I compiled a list of tips to help you when you go shopping for your skin care products:

1.  Always make sure you do your own research when looking at products at the department store, especially if you want to buy a whole regimen at once because you’re looking at dropping at the very least $100 easily.  Skin care is an investment so don’t believe what the salesperson tells you.  You wouldn’t believe everything a car salesman tells you, would you?

When I worked at the cosmetic counter at Macy’s customers would ask me if certain products work……ummmm do you think I’m going to say no?  Of course not; that would be me potentially losing a sale.  I would always make every product seem like it was made of pure gold.  Don’t judge…..a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to pay her bills.  Anywho….

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2.  When going shopping be familiar with the brand and their products.  You don’t have to memorize everything but at least know when the brand is known for.  For example, Clinique is known for their 3-step system so better believe when you speak to a consultant that’s what she’s going to suggest.  Being familiar with the brand can give you an idea of what specific products may work for you and how much money you’re looking at spending.

questions3.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or challenge what the salesperson is telling you!  You don’t have to be rude but please believe if they’re trying to push a sale they may start making stuff up.  Take out your smartphone and verify what they tell you!

I looooove YouTube.  I watch it literally everyday.  I always check out YouTube reviews on products before trying something new. I have no shame in pulling out my phone and watching a YouTube review in the store before I purchase.

There’s also an awesome website, Makeup Alley, that has reviews on hundreds of skin care and makeup products.  To check it out, click here.  Both of these are good resources to get reviews from people who have no reason to lie about products and how they work.

I hope these tips help!  Let me know if any of them work for you.

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Watch your beauty professional!

As an esthetician and make up artist, sanitation is the most important thing.  The same goes for cosmetologists, nail techs, and any other beauty professional.

I am such a germ-o-phobe and always have been.  Anything that touches me needs to be clean.  Like most females when I was in middle school I started getting my nails and toes done.  Since then I have witnessed some of the most unsanitary practices ever.  I’ve even had to call out a few people for trying to use an unsanitary tool on me.

Every licensed beauty professional has had to be tested by the state board of cosmetology.  The main thing that’s always stressed in sanitation.  So here are a few things to keep an eye out for when you visit your hair stylist, esthetician, nail tech, or makeup artist:

Waxing Body Parts

double dippingWhen it comes to waxing make sure you watch the person and make sure they don’t “double dip.”  It’s the same concept as double dipping a chicken nugget into the honey mustard.  When being waxed the same stick (or same part of the stick) should not be dipped in the wax more than once.  So either a different stick can be used for use strip or each end of the stick can be used once.  This prevents your (and other people who’ve used the same wax) bacteria from contaminating the wax.  You don’t want other people’s bacteria and hair mixed in with your wax, do you?

Paraffin Wax
This picture to the right is a NO NO!parrafin foot bath

Paraffin is a type of wax but they are very popular at nail salons.  It makes the skin very
soft but a lof of the time it is not used the way its supposed to be.  I’ve seen people get a paraffin treatment and the nail tech will dip that person’s foot into the foot bath full of paraffin wax.  That would be ok if everyone used a different foot bath, but they’re not.  I’ve even seen nail techs dip a foot in the foot bath full of paraffin wax, then put the plastic bag on the feet.  That is backwards.  The foot should be in the bag first, then the wax should be poured in.foot in a bag

So imagine how many feet have been dipped in there before yours.  And if they are that unsanitary imagine how many feet get dipped before the foot bath is cleaned out and sanitized.

The way it’s supposed to work

If you’re getting a paraffin treatment that body party (usually the hands or feet) should be immersed into a plastic bag with the paraffin in it.  The bag is disposable and is only used once and everyone gets nice clean wax.

Just make sure anything that comes in contact with you skin has been cleaned.  When I go get a pedicure I make sure I see the foot bath being cleaned.  Sometimes salons can get busy and people try to take short cuts but sanitation is not the area to take a short cut.  Look out for your health and hold the professional accountable!

Disclaimer:  I know not all nail salons have the same practices.  I’m just giving a list of things to look out for.

Have you ever had a dirty tool be used on you?  Or had someone try?  Leave me a comment below!

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Clinique vs. Equate Beauty

I’m not sure if many of you know, but I have worked for Clinique.  I worked at the counter in Macy’s for about a year.  With that being said I know which products work well and which aren’t worth the money.clinique-logo

Clinique is one of those brands that most people have tried at least once in their life.  I used the 3-step system for a while when I was in college.  It worked ok at the time.  It kept my face clean but didn’t correct anything.  Back then I didn’t wear much makeup and didn’t really need much correcting.  I didn’t like, and still don’t, like the dramatically different moisturizer (the  yellow one).  That’s probably one of the most popular products but me no likey.

Anywhoo, any time I go in Walmart I have to go in the cosmetics section to see what’s new.  I ended up at a Walmart I don’t usually go to and stumbled on some interesting products.  Equate is the Walmart brand.  Their beauty brand, Equate Beauty, has their own version of Clinique products.  They have the 3-step system, a couple of serums (which is good because its hard to find affordable serums), and mositurizers.

whole line

The prices are much better than Clinique, with most products being 1/3 of the cost of Clinique products.  Moisture Surge is probably my favorite Clinique product.  I wanted to see how the generic version compared…..I love me a generic product as long as it works like the real thing. So I purchased the Moisture Wave, Equate Beauty’s version.

moisture surge and moisture wave

For the past 2 weeks I tried out the Moisture Wave, Equate Beauty’s version of Clinique’s Moisture Surge.  Above are pictures of both products and their ingredient list because y’all know I love reading ingredients.  Sometimes with generics it’s an exact replica of the original but that’s not the case with these products.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge is an awesome product.  It’s super lightweight and is good for all skin types.  It doesn’t correct anything but provides weightless moisture.  And a little goes a very long way.  The 1.7 oz jar shown in the picture can last me 3-5 months.

Equate Beauty’s version is a super close dupe (short for duplicate).  It’s lightweight but not as light as Moisture Surge.  I’m super nit-picky and am very familiar with Clinique since I’ve worked for them.  Most people wouldn’t notice a big difference. But honestly the Walmart version is worth it.  The cost is $12.83 where the Clinique version is $39 for the same size jar (1.7 oz).

If you like the Clinique product or have ever wanted to give it a try I say give Walmart’s version a try.  Unfortunately the line isn’t sold at all Walmart stores but it is sold online.  You can use the Walmart app to see if it’s carried in your specific store.

Let me know if you try any other products from Equate Beauty!  I thought about comparing other products.  Would you guys be interested in other posts like this?  I may compare other products in this line.  Let me know!

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