Beauty on a Budget-Spring into Summer 2017

Spring is finally here and with the changing of the seasons comes the need to change one’s skin care routine. In this posting I’ll share how I do that and manage to stay within the target range I plan to spend on each item. That targeted price is never to go above $5 per item whenever possible. I achieve this by looking for store brands with comparable or the same ingredients. If I am shopping at 99 cent stores then purchasing a store brand is not possible but I look for products by the same manufacturer whose products I have used in the past and which peformed well.


Rite-Aid’s daylogic cleansing cream and astringent.

As the weather gets warmer my skin produces more oil. Especially on hot and humid days, a rich cleansing cream and moisturizer prove unnecessary. I have always done well with Noxema medicated cleansing cream and Sea Breeze astringent during the hot weather. Both reduce the oil and deep clean my skin without resulting dryness. I attribute this to the camphor and eucalyptus oil in these brand name products. Since they are not always available on sale at Rite-Aid Pharmacy, I look for the daylogic brand distributed by Rite-Aid. The daylogic deep cleansing cream has the same ingredients as Noxema while the daylogic astringent has similar ingredients to Sea Breeze, including that important euclapytus oil and camphor. With the Rite-Aid membership card you can save even more money when the daylogic products are on sale. The regular price for the daylogic Deep Cleasning skin cream is $4.59 and the daylogic Deep Cleasing Astringent is $4.49.


Delta Brand’s Lucky Aloe Vera Sun Gel.

During the hot weather, the skin on my legs, arms and torso does not absorb a creamy lotion as quickly as it does in the winter. It is very important to keep the skin supple and moisturized during the summer months. Drinking lots of water helps from within and applying a lotion or gel on the skin’s surface does the work from the outside. But what kind of lotion or gel should you use? I have found an unexpected answer in Delta Brand’s  “Lucky Sea ‘n’ Sun Aloe After Sun Gel”. The green gel is very lightweight and quickly absorbed after a hot bath or shower. I find that it works very well even on skin that is not tanned. This product contains Aloe Vera juice and glycerin but no alcohol. I bought this product at Deal 99 cents and Up in Bay Ridge for $1.49.


Delta Brand’s Lucky Citrus scented Kitchen Anti-Bacterial Liquid Hand Soap.


Delta Brand’s Lucky Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

Hand care in the summer months may require a change in products as well. I use Anti-Bacterial Hand Soaps year round but find that a lighter version works better for me in the summer months. Delta Brands makes a line of anti-bacterial hand soaps that are pleasantly scented and do not dry the hands. I prefer their citrus scented hand soap which is labeled as a “kitchen citrus” but I find it works good for all-around use. After hand washing I follow up with Delta’s Lucky Daily Moisturizing Lotion that contains colloidal oatmeal derived from oat kernel flour. The lotion is of a medium consistency and quickly absorbs into the hands. I find both products work well together. I bought both at Deal 99 cents and Up Store in Bay Ridge. The lotion is $1.29 a bottle and the soap is sometimes on sale for 99 cents but usually sells for $1 or $1.19 a bottle.

I hope you will get some ideas for the challenges of treating combination skin during the spring and summer months. It is possible to do so while staying within a budgeted amount if you’re willing to devote some extra time to comparison shop, as well as trying out different products.

I bought the products at these stores in Bay Ridge:

daylogic deep cleasing cream and astringent at
Rite-Aid Pharmacy, 7118 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

Delta Brand’s Lucky Sea ‘n’ Sun Aloe After Sun Gel, Lucky Kitchen Citrus Anti-bacterial Hand Soap and Lucky Daily Moisturizing Lotion at
Deal 99 cents and Up, 7019 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn NY.


Note: I do not receive any payment in cash or kind for writing about the products featured in this blog. The postings are intended to be informational. Should you have serious skin problems please consult a dermatologist before beginning any kind of a skin care regimen.







Beauty on a Budget for March 2017

Although tomorrow is the first day of Spring 2017, winter is still hanging on here in Brooklyn, New York.  We were hit with very heavy snow fall during a Nor’easter two weeks ago.  Since then the streets are clear but piles of hardened snow and ice remain.  It is cold and damp so my outings in search of bargains are still limited to the immediate neighborhood.


I happened upon Personal Care’s Deep Cleansing Skin Cream while out on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge this past Saturday.  As the seasons change, so does my personal care regimen.  In the deep of winter I often use only cold cream to remove my make-up and clean my face.  As Spring nears I do not need such heavy moisturizing.  I sometimes use Noxema to clean my face during the Summer but I do not buy it on a regular basis because the price is too high for a chain drug store product.  I was very pleased to come upon Personal Care’s version of Noxema.  It contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils but in smaller quantities.  There is also soybean oil to give this cream a light and moisturizing consistency.  My skin was not irritated when I used this product and so far I am very pleased with how clean my face feels after washing with it.



I wanted to find a rich, creamy bar of bath soap that provides an alternative to Dove which is not over $1 a bar.  Silk Route Beauty Products makes a packet of 3 bath sized soaps that is available in my neighborhood for $1.19.  The soap, according to the label, does not contain any fragrances containing alcohol nor animal fats.  It is rich in milk cream and promises an luxury bathing experience.  I decided to give it a try.  I figured if I didn’t care that much for it I would use the bars of soap to hand wash my lingerie.  This morning I opened a bar and was very pleased with the floral fragrance and the rich lather.  My skin was smooth after the bath without any tautness or dryness.  Plus the rich purple color is very appealing when the soap is placed in a pure white soap dish.


For days when I need an extra treat I bought Perfect Purity brand’s Sweet Pea Blossom Body Wash.  The light fragrance is indeed sweet but not cloying.  It reminds me of the perfumes that were sold for little girls when I was growing up.  The Sweet Pea Blossom layers well with the Midnight Orchid bath soap.  I find it an uplifting little treat at the start or end of the day.  By the time the warmer weather comes I will be in a spring time mode already with all thoughts of winter already in the past.

The products featured in this posting are available at Deal 99 cents and up in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.  The prices I paid are very reasonable and the quality more than I expected.

3-bar pack of Silk Midnight Orchid Soap….$1.19

Personal Care deep cleansing Skin Cream…$1.19

Perfect Purity’s Sweet Peal Blossom Body Wash…$1.29

Store Information:  Deal 99 cents and Up, 7109 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any payment from the stores or from the manufacturers of products I write about.






Winter time skin care on a budget


It is now February of 2017 and it has been a long and trying winter.  Rain and heavy snowfall have limited my weekend outings.  I decided to indulge in some old school beauty routines that made the long evenings indoors more enjoyable.


A leisurely, hot bath is made even more pleasant by addition of a fragrant bath foam product.  I enjoyed the light scent of Percara’s Cucumber and Aloe Bath Foam.  It makes lots and lots of bubbles and left my skin very soft.  I used Dove soap along with the bath foam and found the scents did not clash.  To keep my skin adequately moisturized I used Express Hydration Body Lotion by Nivea after my bath.  I have continued to use this combination of products since mid-January and my skin has remained soft throughout the cold and damp weather.


It is not always true that one has to spend an extravagant amount of money to find a good moisturizer.  I have found the line of anti-aging and anti-wrinkle skin creams made by U (Universal Distribution Center) just right.  My skin is sensitive so I stick to products I can trust.  All of U’s creams have the same base that contains glycerin, collagen, as well as Vitamins A and E.  Since I could not find the anti-aging cream I went with U’s Anti-Wrinkle Skin Cream.  It has a lighter consistency and absorbs more quickly into my skin.  This cream also works well as a base under liquid foundation, blush and a finishing of powder.

The Percara Aloe and Cucumber Bath Foam and U’s Anti-Wrinkle Skin Cream cost $1.19 each and are available at Deal 99 cents and up in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

Store Information:  Deal 99 cents and Up, 7109 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.


Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any payment from the stores or from the manufacturers of products I write about.





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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