Beauty on a Budget: Enjoy little luxuries every day!

As the hot and humid days of Summer 2016 recede into the past I’ll remember how I sought enjoyment each morning and night at bath time.  One of my favorite products purchased over the summer is U’s Green Tea Cucumber Body Wash.  It makes a fragrant foam when used with a mesh body sponge.  I found the scent was very light and my skin was softer after the bath.  In the high heat and humidity using lotion after a bath or shower is not always an option.  The lotion does not absorb well into the skin on the days with highest humidity. This body wash was a good alternative. The 12 oz. bottle cost $1.19

After a leisurely bath, I used a rose scented dusting powder by Simply Sensual.  The texture of the talc is very fine.  The puff which comes with the powder is soft making the use of this product very pleasant.  At first the rose scent is noticeable but gradually fades.  I found that there was no clash between the green tea fragrance of the body wash and the rose fragrance of the dusting powder.  I do think that when one is using upscale products which are formulated for staying power, it’s best to consider the effect layering different scents creates.  The Simply Sensual powder, like the Green Tea Cucumber Body Wash, is an inexpensive product. This does not take away from the enjoyment you can get from using them. Simply Sensual dusting powder cost $1.19.  The container is attractive and can be used to store small items after the powder is used up.  I plan to use it for storing paper clips or straight pins.

I bought the dusting powder and body wash at:

Deal 99 Cents Store
7019 Third Ave.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
Tel:  718-759-9335

Deal 99 Cents Store also has bubble baths available for under $2.00 a bottle.

Note:  I do not receive any remuneration in goods or payment for these postings.  The content is strictly informational.  If you have allergies or sensitivities to any cosmetic or skin care product it is your responsibility to know what is good for your skin before you make a purchase.





Fashion on a Budget: Mix and Match boy shorts & tank tops

It’s August in Bay Ridge.  The Summer of 2016 has been very hot and very humid.  I decided it was time for a mid-season treat.  I needed a few outfits to wear around the studio during the days I work at home and on the weekends.

Deals and Discounts did not disappoint me when I found the cutest boy shorts and tank tops for $1.99 each.  Yes, that’s right:  $1.99 each.



The first selections I made were amongst the many patterned boy shorts available in cotton/poly or rayon/poly fabrics.  One print that I immediately put into my shopping basket was filled with cute yellow duckies against a royal blue background.


The patterned boy shorts were by Love 2  Sleep and the ones with graphic images made of words are by Just Love.  All have elastic drawstring low rider waistlines.


The tank tops by Citi-Wear are rib knits with a racer back.  They are true to size so you don’t have to worry that a small is too small or a large too large.  My size medium fits comfortably.

The huge plus to this current sale at Deals and Discounts is that all the Citi-Wear tank tops color coordinate with the Love 2 Sleep and Just Love boy shorts.  It just doesn’t get any better than that when you have to make a few pieces go a long way.  I recommend heading over to the Deals and Discounts in Bay Ridge as soon as possible.  These items won’t be on the racks for much longer.  They are too colorful and reasonably priced.

Deals and Discounts is located at 6912 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.


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Beauty on a Budget: Light, fragrant body and face creams

Every woman needs a light moisturizer to keep her skin supple.  One that is lightly scented adds to the enjoyment of using the product.  I have very sensitive skin and am hesitant to spend a lot of money on a new skin care product.  I’m also unwilling to pay $20 and up for brands sold at chain drug stores.  To satisfy my needs I’ve tried experimenting with inexpensive products by testing them first on a small area of my neck or cheek.  To my surprise I have found a very good moisturizer that satisfies both my need for a light, absorbent moisturizer and one that has a pleasant fragrance.


Age Defying Skin Cream may not actually halt the aging process but I find it makes my skin smooth and soft after I use it.  It is very light and not at all greasy.  I can use it over my face and neck and even under my eyes without any irritation.  It contains Vitamins A & E according to the label.  I use it instead of a liquid make-up base and find that face powder and powder blush stay on my skin longer.


I also bought a jar of Cooling Aloe Skin Cream to use on my hands.  Now that winter is over I don’t need a heavy hand crème with ingredients like cocoa butter.  This cream works well as is very absorbent.  The Aloe leaf juice added to the product would, you think, make the price higher but it doesn’t.

Both of these skin creams are made by Universal Distributors, manufacturers of products for discount and dollar stores.  I bought mine at Deal 99 Cents Store, 7019 Third Avenue (near Ovington Avenue and 71 St.) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.  The Age Defying Skin Cream cost $1.19 and the Cooling Aloe Skin Cream cost $1.29.  The packaging is lightweight plastic so there is no worrying about it slipping and breaking.  I’m very satisfied with both skin creams and recommend you give them a try.





Beauty on a budget: A touch of Spring

After weeks of being cooped up because of the cold weather I took a long walk this past Sunday.  It was a day where hints of Spring were everywhere in Bay Ridge.  I saw bees flying in one garden where a few flowers had begun to bloom.  The tips of the trees are looking fuller, a sign of the green buds that are forthcoming.

I longed very much for a light floral fragrance to fill the air but it’s still too cold for the earth to send forth the fragrances of grass and flowers.  I was in the mood to buy a fragrance but without the money for any kind of a name brand, pricey purchase.


I ended up at one of my favorite 99 cents and up stores where they are selling copies of designer fragrances at $4.99 a bottle.  My late Mom loved Anais Anais, a fragrance that not only evokes Springtime for me but a feeling of well being since memories of my Mom always lift my spirits.  When I saw the tester bottle of Ana Ana I was very skeptical.  I decided to try it.  To my surprise Ana Ana was very light, reminding me mostly of lily of the valley.  I went outside the store and waited a few minutes to see what the fragrance was like after a few minutes.  It was still light but growing faint.

I decided to buy the bottle anyway.  The fragrance remained faint but that is fine with me because I do not like a fragrance that is very noticeable.  I decided to use Ana Ana as a tool for aromatherapy.  In the evening I will spray my bed with it before going to sleep or spray my lingerie before getting dressed.  Having this fragrance around me even for a short time is very pleasing and worth the $4.99.  So many happy memories arise and you really can’t put a price on that.

I bought Ana Ana at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.


Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any merchandise or remuneration from the manufacturers of products featured nor from the stores mentioned.


Beauty on a budget: a perfect mask for sensitive skin


Oatmeal Oxygen Bubble Mask pack contains two treatments.

Of all the home beauty treatments I’ve tried so far, the Oatmeal Oxygen Bubble Mask is the one that is just right for my sensitive skin.  It refines the skin texture and eases fatigue lines on the face but does not result in a tight feeling once washed off.  The mask is like a gel that you apply to your face after thoroughly washing and drying your face.

The gel works into a rich foam that has a mild fragrance.  The instructions did not say how long the mask should stay on.  I kept working the foam into a rich lather and left it on for 2 minutes.  There was no pulling or hardening.  The mask remained rich and creamy as I washed it off.  I recommend using a clean wash cloth and warm water as the foam becomes thicker the longer you massage it into your skin.

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Soften winter weary skin with a Cucumber Extract Facial Mask


Packet containing facial mask by Cala Products.

I’m continuing a series of home treatments using different products from the 99 cents & up stores in my part of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  Today I tried a facial mask made by Cala Products.  The label describes it as containing Cucumber Extract and being good for all skin types.  It also claims to relax the skin.  My skin is showing signs of stress from the cold weather and the many matters I have to attend to right now.  My eyes are very puffy, too.

I have repeatedly heard that putting two cucumber slices on my eyes would bring the puffiness down.  But I’m a little reluctant to use a food product on my skin since it is very sensitive.  I once tried a homemade mask made with egg whites and honey as a teenager.  My skin was very oily at that time.  The mask did tighten my pores but also irritated my skin.  I do not want to have any problems with my eyes so I’ll skip experimenting with cucumber slices.  I went shopping for an eye mask but could not find such a product.  When I saw a Cucumber Extract facial mask I thought it might be good to try since I want to find a product that will give my skin a boost, a kind of substitute for a mini-facial.

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Epielle Deep Cleansing Nose Strip


A box of Epielle’s “Deep cleaning nose strip” comes with three strips.

I’ve always wondered if these strips you put across your nose really worked at clearing out the dirt that accumulates in enlarged pores.  I decided to give them a try when I picked up the Epielle brand of “Deep cleansing nose strip” at a nearby 99 cents and up store.


The strips are very easy to use.  First wash your face and dry.  Moisten your nose area with some water and then apply the strip according to the directions on the box.  The important thing is to smooth the strip so that no air bubbles remain.  The strip stays on for 12-15 minutes.

In the beginning I did not feel anything but gradually the strip began to harden and I felt a tingling.  It did not hurt but it definitely felt like something was happeneing.  I just hoped my skin would not look red or puffy when I took the strip off.

When I took the strip off I was surprised by how many blackheads had been lifted up and out from my pores.  At first my skin was a little puffy but after a few minutes it was very smooth.  The pore size had minimized.  I decided to forego make-up or moisturizer until my skin no longer felt puffy.  The package directions state that the strips can be used every three days but I think given the sensitivity of my own skin I’d use them once every 7 to 10 days.

I think the strips do a superior job of cleaning and tightening pores.  I plan to use them rather than a mask.  Epielle “Deep cleansing nose strip” is made in Korea for KareWay Products.  I paid $1.29 for a box at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

I have placed a photo of what the strip lifted out of my pores behind the cut which follows.  It’s really icky to look at so if you’re easily grossed out just skip to a different posting.

Please note:  I do not receive remuneration of any sort from the stores or manufactures whose products I review.  This posting is for informational purposes only.  Before using any type of skin care product do a test on a small part of your face or arm to ensure you do not have any negative reactions to it.

Behind this cut is a photo of the gunk the strip lifted out of my pores…

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