I haven't done a good job with my scientific method, so I can't definitively tell you which of these things DEFINITELY WORKS AND IS WORTH IT, but I can tell you that all of these things, in concert, give me nice skin and whatever.
Some of it definitely works best of all. But some of it I just really THINK works.
I have extremely, obnoxiously sensitive skin, I'm very pale, I tend to break out if I use anything weird, and get dry and flaky if I don't tend to my skin at all, or some unflattering combination of the two. I've reached the fancy age of 30, where I've started to notice my fine lines and under eye circles.
For some things I find spending the extra money worth it, for others I find that I actually PREFER the drugstore brand.
|Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad, $5|
|Sephora Brush Wand, $12|
I love it.
It hits all the eye makeup needs I want filled, and I actually PREFER the crease and smudge brushes here to some of my full sized ones. I keep it in my pencil case in my purse. It's only $12. Most of my single brushes cost way more than that.
|Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $11.49 for the giant size|
|Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, $19|
|Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, $39.50|
|Smashbox O-GLOW Intuitive Cheek Color, $26|
|Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15|
|Clearsil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream, $7.99|
|The Supernatural, $30|
Don't feel like finding pictures for:
Jojoba Oil (I buy mine from Trader Joe's for like $7ish I think?). I use this for my makeup remover, by putting it on a cotton pad and rubbing down my eyes and face. It feels weird to swab oil all over your face, but I find the dirt and makeup removal to be EXTREMELY satisfying, and (mind, I follow this with washing my face (Cetaphil, above)) it doesn't make me break out. And I am prone to breakouts. I also find that some eye makeup removers irritate my eyes, and this does not. And I just like it.
Coconut Oil (I buy this from Trader Joe's too, but they sell it in the food section). I use this for my eye cream. It feels nice, it smells nice, it works, it's cheap, most eye creams make my skin hurt, especially if they are meant to 'do' something.
I have also had many tried and failed 'I don't think this works that well don't buy it' experimental purchases I've made and samples that I've tried, but I'm bored of this, so I'll save that for another time.