Beauty on a Budget: What Would You Do?


Happy Wednesday, Beauties!

How are all of you today? The weather in Southern California is kind of all over the place. The winds by my work are so strong that they almost knocked me flat on my butt this morning; I just keep reminding myself that we’re actually pretty blessed because we aren’t buried in snow or ice. It still wasn’t fun to walk into the office with my hair teased to high heaven by the winds. I’m combing out the knots in between typing lol.

On to more important things!

I decided to put this post up because I wanted different views on something that I’ve been fighting with myself about. A few weeks ago, I was watching on of Tiffany’s favorites videos and she mentioned how much she loved Origins VitaZing moisturizer because she used it almost as a foundation and hadn’t had any issues with it making her break out. I’ve used the Aveeno calming moisturizer because my skin can get red with certain chemicals and loved that it took the redness away, but didn’t love that it didn’t control oil very well. While walking around Macy’s a few days after that, I picked up a decent sized sample of VitaZing to try out and used it for two weeks.


Well, as luck would have it, I’m hooked, so I picked up another sample that will last me about a week and a half. This stuff is so awesome! It moisturizes just enough, doesn’t make me break out, controls shine, has a slight tint to it that gives me an amazing glow, and holds my Mineralize Skinfinish in place all day. So, you’re reading this thinking, “What’s the problem, Nessa?”

The problem is that it’s $35 and I’ve never spent that much on moisturizer. I’m on a budget while I pay off my car/credit card and save up to move out so that is A LOT for me to spend on one thing. I keep going back and fourth because I’ve never loved a moisturizer so much and my skin has never looked this good before (I’ve gotten a ton of complements :-)). The bottle will last about 6 months or so with daily use, which is how long my current moisturizer lasts (at half the cost). Pretty much the only bad side to this situation is that it costs $35 and that I’m scared I won’t be able to afford it once I move out and be miserable. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it would suck.

What do you think? I’d love to get your opinions!


13 thoughts on “Beauty on a Budget: What Would You Do?

  1. Ok, I’m kind of torn on my advice.

    On one hand, $35 isn’t bad for 6mo of use,that’s just less than $6 a month.

    On the other hand, I am SO cheap sometimes when it comes to make-up products IDK if I myself would buy it. I really only splurge on lip gloss and eye shadow, everything else is cheapie (oh I do buy MAC powder).

    Have you tried Oil of Olay moisturizer? I’ve used it since ’02 and love it and it’s great for sensitive skin.

    • I haven’t tried Olay yet, but I’ll check it out. I just need it to control oil and not freak my skin out lol, VitaZing seriously makes my skin look luminous and lit from within. I’ll survive on samples for now 😛

  2. Going off of the comment above, my mom has used Oil of Olay for at least my entire life (…and I’ve borrowed it a few times myself). I have really oily skin too and Olay seems to do a good job of moisturing without making me extra oily. It is on the higher-end of drugstore products, but I think it’s worth a shot before spending $35 on Origins.

    However, if you’re still stuck on Origins, wait until you’ve moved out and on your feet/settled in to your new budget/spending routine (so about a month or two after you’ve moved) and make room to splurge then. It’s not a monthly expense, otherwise I would say ‘forget it’ but $35 twice a year can be managed.

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  4. hmn i think skincare is kind of essential to spend money on, its not like you can just get the CVS brand version or whatever. if it makes that much of a difference, i would go for it 🙂

  5. I think $70/year is a reasonable expense for a moisturizer you really like that has good physical sunblock ingredients. You’ll find room in your budget by saving elsewhere.

  6. If the bottle lasts you 6 months that is about $5.84 a month…I would so buy it & I think I’m going to pick up a sample…I’ve been using Neutrogena but have been breaking out so bad & my friend actually recomended Orgins but I had the same issue on $$

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