Best Beauty Products Under $10/€10 | Cruelty-Free

Hello everyone, I hope you are all doing well! Today’s post will be the best beauty products for $10 or under! I thought this would be a good post to find some great quality products without breaking the bank. I have included six facial products and two beauty tools. I will leave the prices in US Dollars and in Euros for my European readers! (post is not sponsored).

#1 Essence Get BIG Lashes! Volume Curl Mascara: $3.99 or €3.24

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I love this mascara, especially given the price, that you cannot beat! This mascara gives your lashes a dark full look. The wand is designed to give your eyes a curled style to them. Not to mention that Essence has a huge line of different mascaras! If this one is not for you, then try another one, since now you will be able to afford four mascaras compared to the price of one prestige one! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Essence Website.

#2 Wet n Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush: 99¢ or €.80 

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Okay honestly, this is probably the best bargain. It’s an eyeshadow brush for 99¢! If you do not know already, Wet n Wild has some of the best brushes for makeup (and even their makeup products) at the most affordable prices. I purchased this at Dollartree along with two other brushes, a while back and since then this has been a favorite of mine. I find that whenever I use this, the color picks up very well onto my eyeshadow, I highly recommend. Find at: Target or the Wet n Wild Website.

#3 Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine: $2.93 or €2.38

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Speaking of Wet n Wild, the next product is one of my top blushes! This blush is pigmented giving you a beautiful cheeky lush to your face. The affordable price makes this product a double win, it is also ideal for all skin tones, so definitely check it out! Find at: Walmart or the Wet n Wild Website.

#4 Real Techniques Blush Brush: $9.00 or €7.30 

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Now my holy grail, all time favorite blush brush is this brush right here! Real Techniques brushes are made of 100% synthetic bristles, giving your face only the softest touch. The brushes are priced in the middle, however they last quite some time, because of their quality! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Real Techniques Website.

#5 NYX HD Finishing Powder: $9.99 or €8.10 

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This product barely makes the cut-off, but this product is also one of my favorites, I love to set my face in this, it gives you matte skin, decreasing any creasing in your foundation, and gives your skin a smooth look. I highly recommend this for an oily person, or someone who likes their makeup matte, mixing this in with the Laura Mercier powder gives the skin a flawless look, I swear by it! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the NYX Cosmetics Website.

#6 Essence Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss in 03: $2.99 or €2.43

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Cue in “Lip Gloss by Little Mama”, girl your lips will be poppin after applying this gloss! I love the beautiful juicy look my lips have when I apply this, I honestly feel like a Queen B and you will too! It’s super inexpensive and super duper cute, you just need to get this for your lips to feel like royalty! Find at: Ulta Beauty or the Essence Website.

#7 Mario Badesco Rosewater Facial Spray: $7.00 or €5.68

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Do I even have to explain why this is on the list? Perfect for all types of skin, and only $7.00 for a 4 fl oz bottle. The spray works as a prep spray, finishing spray, and for a refreshing mist throughout the day. Find at: Ulta Beauty.

#8 Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes: $5.99 or €4.86

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It’s no surprise that I am a huge fan of Burt’s Bees and if you’ve read my Nighttime Skin Care Routine 2018 |Cruelty-Free, you would have seen that I use these. I honestly just love how soft and gentle these are for the skin, perfect for those with sensitive skin, and get the job done of removing makeup. Find at: Ulta Beauty.

I hope this post was very helpful to you! If it was then please do not forget to like and comment down below one of your favorite inexpensive products or what product you would like to try from the ones above. If you enjoyed this post then do not forget to like it and please subscribe with your email in the sidebar, to be notified of new posts through your email, (be sure to confirm subscription in email) also make sure to follow me on my social media pages, down below!

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Nighttime Skin Care Routine 2018 |Cruelty-Free

Hello everyone, today’s post will consist of my nighttime skin care routine. I decided to give you the rundown of my current nighttime routine. My nighttime routine often varies between three scenarios for example; when I wear makeup, normal days, and when I am lazy. These are my all time favorite products, now onto my nighttime skin care!

Makeup days:

For the days that I wear makeup, I first start off with removing the surface layer of my makeup with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin facial cleansing towelettes, these are great for taking off makeup, they do not leave my face greasy, and they clean the skin very well.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset

Followed by that, I take my Milky Jelly cleanser by Glossier and pump some into my hands I massage the cleanser all throughout my face (even on my eyes because it’s safe to remove eye makeup 😉 ).Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAfter thoroughly applying the product onto my face, I get my Foreo LUNA mini 2 to deeply cleanse the skin. I love this so much, because it is T-Sonic™ face brush with different intensities, making the skin appear more cleaner and smoother. I move the brush in circular motions all throughout my face. After, I then rinse my face with lukewarm water and pat dry the skin (never rub the skin, as it can cause irritation).  


No-makeup days:

On my makeup free day, I will wash my face similarly with my Foreo LUNA mini 2, but using the Purity facial cleanser by Philosophy (an amazing facial wash for sensitive skin). I apply some into my hands spreading the product throughout the skin and deeply cleansing the skin with the LUNA, rinsing and drying as normal.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset


Daily routine:

These next few products are what I try to use everyday after washing my face, except on those lazy days, lol! I try to apply toner everyday, after washing my face. Toner is the key to good skin, it will kill all the bacteria and wipe away any oil on the skin, balancing your skin’s pH level. Toner also should soothe the skin and calm inflammation if any, I prefer an alcohol-free toner so the skin does not get dried out.  The absolute best toner out there is the Thayers Witch Hazel Lavender Toner.  This toner smells amazing, refreshes the skin, and improves the skins quality. All you have to do is apply some to a cotton round and wipe onto your face and neck.Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetFor days when my skin is a bit dry I apply the Burt’s Bees sensitive skin moisturizer (see Winter Skin Essentials), followed by my Sun Bum Lip Balm in the flavor Mango to hydrate my lips.IMG-0671.JPGBefore I go to bed, I spray my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile, and Lavender  all over to calm my skin.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset


For those lazy days:

We all have those lazy days when we just really do not want to wash our face or anything. The solution that I have for you is, using the Yes To cucumbers calming Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad. This will help remove any dirt, oil, or makeup off the skin without needing to rinse afterwards. It is quick, effective, and the solution to a lazy person’s guide.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset


I hope this post was beneficial for you. I have been wanting to share my nighttime skin care routine and I’m glad I did. Please like and subscribe if you enjoyed this post! Also please feel free to comment about any questions or any suggestions on upcoming posts! (Pictures are all mine, please give credit)

xox, Ari. 🌃

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Current Makeup Routine | Winter 2018

Happy Friday, I hope everyone is doing well today! Today’s post is going to consist of my current makeup routine! I am excited to be sharing my go to makeup look today. Now I do not wear makeup everyday; however when I do go out and decide to put on a full-face of makeup this will be my casual look. My makeup routine often changes, but these are the products that I am currently using throughout my routine.

As a disclaimer all these products are cruelty-free, and my makeup routine is pretty minimal. These products work pretty well for me and if you have any questions at all about the products then ask me down below. Now onto the routine!

Makeup Prep: 

I find that to get the ultimate makeup application it is best to have a fresh cleansed face. Whether I shower or wash my face, I go in right after with my Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream mixed with my Lush Grease Lightning Tea Tree and Aloe Gel to create my moisturizer (Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018). To prime my face, I use the Pixi skintreats H2O Skindrink: Pure Hydration Geljust a little goes a long way. Lastly, spraying my face with my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea, to lock in all that hydration and moisture into my skin. 

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Eyeshadow:

I start off my makeup with eyeshadow just in case I ever have fall-out, I am then able to clean up with the rest of my routine. My go-to palette is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow palette, definitely a cult favorite for many beauty gurus or makeup lovers. As my transition shade I use “Warm Taupe” using my Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush seamlessly blending the tone into my crease and lid. Then, I use the same blending brush to blend “Buon Fresco” onto the center of my crease by doing a halo effect, in the center of my crease. To add depth for the corner of my eyes, I take my Blending Crease brush from It Cosmetics 105 and dip it into “Red Ochre” lightly and blend in a circular motion. Taking my Elf Crease brush, I apply the shade “Vermeer” to add a pop of highlight underneath my brow bone arch. That completes the simple eyeshadow look that looks amazing in sunlight if I do say so myself. (Also please excuse my brows, I am currently growing them out, so the natural look is going to have to do for now. Either way I do not do anything to my eyebrows except comb them through with an eyebrow gel.)

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Base:

Currently, I have been using the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in the shade Light/Med that I apply with a Black Original Beauty Blender (my favorite way to apply any foundation/bb/cc cream). I have not had any recent breakouts, and luckily my skin is actually pretty decent right now. My one skin issue is slight hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and around my upper lip. Surprisingly, I find that the Burt’s Bees BB Cream has good coverage, it illuminates the skin, and it is very moisturizing. For concealer I will be using the famous Tarte shape tape in the shade light neutral, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the concealer it is extremely high coverage, which is why I use a Silicone Liner Brush by Real Techniques to be precise with the application under my eyes and in other areas I want to conceal such as, my upper lip or above my brows.

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Setting the Face:

I usually prefer my face to be more matte since I have oily skin, but throughout the winter I also want that glow; which is why I do not bake but instead lightly set my face using one of my holy grail products, the Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder. I dip my beauty blender into the lid and set the makeup under my eyes and on my T-zone to prevent oil and creasingOnce I am done setting my face, I apply my NYX HD Finishing Powder (My favorite finishing powder that does not cause flashback in photos!) to reduce shine throughout my T-zone using the BH Cosmetics V2 Face Brush. 

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Bronzer/Blush/Highlight:

For bronzer I used the Bahama Mama Bronzer by the Balm Cosmetics, a favorite of mine on the sides of forehead and temples. I also lightly contoured my cheekbones to define them naturally, using my Real Techniques Contour Brush. The blush I reached for was the Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine 328B using my Real Techniques Blush Brush (Real Techniques is my favorite brush line, their brushes are synthetic, extremely soft, and cruelty-free). For highlighter I went back into the ABH Modern Renaissance palette and took the same shade I used to highlight my brow bone, “Vermeer”, using the SLmissglam highlighter brush that I received in my Ipsy bag this month.

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Eyes:

To curl my lashes I use a Sephora eyelash curler and finally apply a few coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, a sample that I received in my November glam bag. Short and simple, just the way I like it. A tip I recommend doing before applying mascara is, to comb through your lashes with either a lash or brow comb, this really helps separate the lashes and gives them a fuller look!

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Setting Spray:

I often switch my setting sprays, but as of now I am using the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. Perfect for that natural glow and helps keep makeup in place with a delicate scent of roses. Also for my lips (not pictured) I used the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Peachy, a sheer gloss.

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The Final Look: 

This is my final makeup look, I love the natural glow that this look gives, it especially looks gorgeous in the sun. I hope you appreciated this post, if you did please like and subscribe! Also comment down below if any of these products are in your current makeup routine.

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Much love, Ari. 🍑

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