Seams and Sprinkles

A sweet and fashionable life, one post at a time.

Blog Mini-Series: Top Picks Tuesday!

Hello and welcome to day three [insert "On a Tuesday" here] of the week and also of my blog mini-series! Today I want to share some of the most fabulous products that I use on a daily basis and are actually inexpensive as well. I know many people call "on sale" what I consider full price still, so trust me when I say I am going to help you out, sister! Paying more for products doesn't make them better, which is why I have really enjoyed trying out items on Birchbox so much. If you like finding new things each month I would recommend it. Let's go on an affordable adventure of daily necessities shall we?

First, my new favorite mascara, E.L.F. Mineral Mascara. It is usually at Target for $3, but I can do you one better- check out your local Marshalls/ T.J. Maxx. I found this mascara there for about $2.50. I love this mascara because it works well and does not clump. My lashes are longer and fuller after using it and it comes off easy in the shower. With its mineral complex, I also think it has helped with my eyelash health and growth. I love it!

Next the quintessential tool for my eyebrows, I am really enjoying this NYX Eyebrow Pushup Bra- Lift & Draw Pencil. I got this product at CVS for around $8, but if you are hitting up Target for the mascara this product can also be found there for $7.39; every penny counts I tell you! The pencil color is great and can work with any hair color. That is a problem I have often had where the pencil is too dark or light and just makes me look all kinds of crazy. This pencil is as subtle or dramatic as you want it to be and it fills in your eyebrows with ease. After penciling in my brows, I brush them and then apply the Pushup Bra end along my brow bone and the corners of my eyes to brighten and lift my eyes. You can also use this end as concealer or over your eyelids to brighten up your eyes even more.This product has lasted me a while, too, which I really appreciate. I will need to make a run to the store myself soon as you can see!

Another one of my daily necessities is my Jan Marini Benzyol Peroxide lotion that throws me a life raft and gets me safely away from my acne issues. I love the 5% strength because it does the job without drying my skin out or making it overly oily to compensate for the dryness. I know this one is a little more expensive at around $22 on Amazon, but it seriously lasts forever! You don't need too much and it is great to apply after the shower so it does its job while you count sheep.

Lastly I want to cover something extra necessary to the daily routine- Deo for your B.O.- yes, don't forget the deodorant! I have recently discovered this Dove Toning Deodorant and got a set at Costco for about $8, love that store! Again, if you are making one Target trip you can also find it there for about $5. Since trying it, I have noticed my ingrown hairs are disappearing and it is really evening out my skin tone. I hate lifting up my arms with cave woman armpits so this has been helping me avoid that shame! It smells great and lasts all day against the additional forces of summer heat! I am glad I got a pack of them so they will last me. 

I hope you get a chance to try these products that have worked so well for me and made my routine a quick and affordable one each day! If you know of any other great and affordable products I should check out and feature in an upcoming post, please leave me a comment and share your thoughts with me. I would love to check them out!

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for my next mini-series topic: What I wore Wednesday! It is gonna be cute, and maybe over the top; who knows! See you then!


  1. You know how I feel about the Jan Marini product. It works and has saved me a bundle in microdermabrasion as well! And it's recommended by skin care professionals so you know it's legit.

    Another great, cheap buy is the Wonder Pencil by NYX Cosmetics (seriously, love that brand). It's $4.50 but lasts a while, it's a full-size pencil and you only need a smidge. It's perfect for highlighting around the brows, concealing pesky zits, and if you get the Light color, you can use it for tightlining on your lower lid to add brightness. Have you been to Pinky Rose yet? We should make a trip and find more cheap makeup goodies!

    1. No, I have not been there! We should make a trip for bargained goods!! Thanks for the suggestion, I will have to try it out.