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Mama Knows Best

My mother hardly ever wore makeup, but what she did teach me was very valuable: spend good money on your basics and go with the affordable, even cheap, products for your colors. I thought I’d open my blog with these words of wisdom, as they kind of lay out my perspective. I am a product junkie, but a poor one, so I constantly debate the value of “is this product worth it?” Sometimes it is worth paying more for a product and sometimes it’s not. Higher priced, higher quality products last much longer, but sometimes something more affordable will do just as well.

So that is my goal – to give you the honest, unbiased lowdown. My friends have been encouraging me to write a blog for sometime, saying “Why should I try five mascaras when I already know Liz can tell me about her experiences with me first?” So here I am, sharing it with theĀ  world — the good, the bad, and the value. I hope LPO will be the first place you check for product advice, and if I haven’t reviewed it yet or covered and advice topic, submit your ideas. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll do the research and get you one!

Based on my product addiction so far I’ve developed . . . da da da da da (that’s my magical drumroll)

The LPO Golden Rules

1. Lipstick – there is never any point in buying expensive lipstick. You get free ones in gift packs and I just haven’t noticed a big quality jump. I guess the only exception is if an expensive lipstick is your very favorite color you can’t find anywhere else. Chubby pencils with lip plumper are a whole other story. I’ll pay a little more for that, but that do have good cheaper ones. Hey, if you can prove me wrong, please do, I just haven’t found a lipstick worth paying a ton.

2. Mascara – Drugstore mascaras have gotten so much better, there are so many options now. There are a few exceptions I’d splurge on, but for the most part, it’s not worth it, when it’s unsanitary to keep your mascara longer than three months.

3. ALWAYS seek out a bonus – If you want to buy department store makeup, always wait until they offer the bonus with purchase. If you buy online with Ulta or Sephora, they always offer free samples, and make sure you sign up for their emails because they’ll have extra bonus samples. Also check to see which brands are offering bonus with purchase. A lot of times the skin care lines do this. Bonus! They are both on ebates.com, so you can get a percentage of your money back. In store, the Sephora staff are very helpful and will often do deluxe samples for you. CVS constantly has beauty offers where you get CVS bucks (basically in store credit) plus their beauty club gives you $5 for every $50 spent. Never buy bath products at Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Bodyworks at full price. They are always having bogo or 3/whatever price sales. And finally, check retailmenot.com for coupon codes and coupons.

4. Skincare – Skin products are a toss up, some cheaper ones are great, some are awful. In this category, it’s just a lot of trial and error.

5. Hair – A lot of hair products are close to the expensive stuff, but not quite as good. What I often do is use more affordable products most of the time and buy a smaller version of the expensive product and only use it once a week (hellllllllllllo Pureology conditioner for going out Saturday night!)

6. Foundation and Concealer – This is the one area where I say go for it! These are always worth spending more money on. It’s like the difference between starting a painting on a crumpled piece of paper or a beautiful clean canvas. Powders I have found are fairly similar, but if you know of one that knocks it out of the park and can’t be beat by the affordable stuff let me know. I’m always open to being proven wrong.

For my quick and dirty reviews, visit my pinterest board – product junkie.

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