Beauty Topic: Buying Beauty in bulk at Costco

I’ll admit that I don’t really like going to super-mega-crazy-big-warehouse stores. I think they are rather overwhelming, not quick or easy to shop, and too often I lose my patience dodging the people who aren’t paying attention in pushing their shopping carts. Nevertheless, I find Costco is worth a trip every 3 months or so, but I plan my visit strategically. Only get what we need, stick to the list, and try to avoid going on a Saturday. One of the departments that I always visit at Costco is the beauty area, as they have fantastic deals on products that my family and I use everyday. Here’s an example of a typical Costco haul of mine, and why I love it:

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Almost every product you see here is something that I’ve already blogged about in prior posts. But what is awesome about Costco is that each of these products you see comes in multi-packs – so you aren’t just getting one of something. Here’s what I buy:

  1. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 15 Sensitive Skin: this is my favorite daytime moisturizer, and I can get a 2-pack of BIG bottles (6 oz) instead of the usual 4 oz bottles at my local Target. Per ounce, the Costco deal is better. Plus, my pale family members and I go through this stuff like crazy, so a 2-pack is perfect for about 3 months’ use.
  2. Simple Micellar Cleansing Water: I just about flipped out when I saw that Costco started carrying kits of my favorite Micellar Water. Inside this box, there’s 3 bottles, one being travel-sized. The larger bottle (13.5 oz) is bigger than what you can get in most big box stores, so you get lot for your money. This stuff is great year round for makeup removal and soothing cleansing of irritated skin. If you’re by the pool this summer, this is a great cleanser to gently remove chlorine and other irritants off of skin quickly. Micellar Water also breaks down SPF, so men and women can use them to help deep clean skin and remove stubborn SPF residue.
  3. Swisspers Cotton Rounds: Costco has big packs of these sleeves, with 100 count of cotton rounds in each. These really are some of the gentlest, cushiest cotton rounds on the market, and they go great with the Simple Micellar Water. For the money, a pack of these is a great value and easy to stockpile in your closet or basement.
  4. Kirkland Daily Facial Towelettes: Kirkland is Costco’s own private brand, and they’ve created a strong contender in the makeup removal game with these towelettes. They do have a little bit of fragrance in them, so if you do have sensitivities to fragrance, then I recommend being cautious about using. But if you don’t have extremely sensitive skin, then these are a great bargain for a box of these packs of towelettes. They also have 2 travel-packs in the box, which are great for gym bags too.
  5. Dove Sensitive Skin bar soap: Oh Dove…how loved you are. I can get a huge pack of these bars for a little bit more of what I would pay for a smaller pack at mass retailers. Having a big pack of these at home comes in handy, as schedules get busy and these bars can do double-duty as body wash, hand soaps and facial cleaners, plus are gentle and effective enough for the whole family.

Many women worried about skincare not being effective enough, or giving them results, if they don’t come with a hefty price tag. These basics are beauty workhorses, and having a good stash of these products that are reliable is a great way to not feel panicked when one starts running low – especially when you get them at a great value. Plus, they are safe for the whole family, which makes your dollar stretch farther. I didn’t even list the 9-packs of EOS lip balms (which are another great item to snag at Costco) or the twin-packs of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. If you have a Costco near you, I recommend making a trip to see what favorites you may find. My cart typically consists of K-cups, beauty products, paper towels, laundry detergent, and a few bottles of rosé. Hey, bulk shopping may not be glamorous, but it’s convenient when it features brands that deliver and gives you more time in the long run to enjoy things you’d rather be doing!

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Beauty Topic: pre-cleansers & why you need them 

 

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a great pre-cleanser & awesome for travel
 
The first step of any legit facial is the pre-cleanse step. This involves removing any makeup, dirt, surface oils, pollution, and loose dead skin cells. This step preps the skin for a deep cleanse, and allows treatments during the facial to work optimally. At night, this step is absolutely essential if you want to achieve great skin quickly and easily. Most cleansers on the market don’t really remove all makeup, dirt and other pollutants. There are a couple of reasons for this – 1) makeup and sunscreen formulas are meant to stick and adhere all day, and 2) cleansers don’t always have strong enough formulas to truly remove these products. Think of it like mopping your floors without sweeping first. You just won’t get the same deep clean that you would if you didn’t get rid of debris first. 

Pre-cleansers can be found typically in either liquid forms, balms, or more recently, towelettes. Eye makeup removers fall into this category, but luckily, there are formulas that can remove both eye makeup and facial makeup at the same time. Here’s a few of my favorites:

  • Facial Towelettes: Yes To Cucumbers soothing facial towelettes – these are great for travel, and I always keep a pack in my gym bag. I also love Simple’s various versions of facial towelettes. My husband loves these too, as he does a quick cleanse at the end of the day before bed. Both of these brand’s towelettes are great for sensitive skin, and remove all makeup. I do apply cleanser after I remove my makeup, and can feel an immediate difference in my skin after cleansing.
  • Micellar Water: this product has been getting a huge amount of press lately, and is technically not new to the beauty industry. The Europeans are especially fond of these, and they are now making their way over the pond to the U.S. There are some expensive options, but my favorite is from Simple. Use it nightly with cotton pads to remove all facial and eye makeup, and then use your cleanser as you normally would. What I really like about Simple’s Micellar Water is that it is especially soothing for extremely delicate skin and Rosacea sufferers. 
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awesome choice for all-over pre-cleansing

These make a huge difference in the quality of your skin and really only need to be used with your nightly skincare routine. Try them out, you’ll notice a great improvement in clarity, brightness, and your other products will work even better! 

© 28daysbeauty 2015