10 Drugstore Products You Should Try

Happy Monday Y’all! I ran a poll on Twitter about what type of blog posts Y’all like the most and beauty/skincare and affordable stuff were the top picks- so I’ll be doing more of those! I feel like the thing everyone deals with is the cost of skincare/beauty products being high for something that’s not too great. I’m showing Y’all my favorite items from the drugstore (Target, Ulta, Walmart, etc.).

The Biore nose strips are so good! Daniel has oily skin so he uses these and it works so well- not really on my skin because I don’t have as many black heads but if you do and you have oily skin I’d recommend these. You can get them Here.

The Wet and Wild liquid eyeliner is good if you want to find a great drugstore liner. I personally like the felt tip liners but this one is black, easy to use and doesn’t run. You can get it Here.

I gave into all the YouTube hype and got the Butter Bronzer and Y’all… it smells like coconut and just a summer smell! It isn’t super dark to where you overload it but it is build able and literally feels like butter in the pan and on your face. You can get it Here.

I got really curious one day to try drug store moisturizer so this E.L.F one caught my eye. Not going to lie I was kinda scared cuz I hear drug store moisturizers can feel greasy on your skin but I put a few drops of the Herbal E Oil from Ginamarie Products and it was such a good/cheap moisturizer! I wouldn’t say it’s my holy grail but it’s good for the price and it didn’t break my face out. You can get the E.L.F moisturizer Here and the Ginamarie oil Here but make sure when you’re checking out you put the name ‘Natasha’ in the spot where it asks “How did you hear about us?” To get $$ off your next purchase!

I love these Burts Bees cucumber face wipes! I like the Neutrogena ones too but Burts Bees are one of my forever favorite brands- I even love their chapstick because not a lot works for my skin. You can get them Here.

This Oh My Gloss from Rimmel really surprised me. I’m usually not a fan of glosses because they’re sticky and don’t really hydrate. This one is light, not sticky, and hydrates my lips! You can get it Here.

I love a good face scrub and I love finding an affordable one! Everyone says such great things about Mario Badescu so this face scrub would be perfect to exfoliate and get any dead skin off and smooth out your skin.. plus it smells like strawberries! You can get it Here.

I remember trying this Double Extend mascara for the first time back in junior high (cringe worthy makeup) but I forgot how much I loved it! I’m a strong believer in priming your eyelashes then applying mascara so you get 2 for 1 price with this! You can get it Here.

I know a lot of people are starting to use micellar water to take off makeup- not that I have anything against it but why not use witch hazel? It tones your face and has healing properties for if your skin is in the middle of a breakdown or if you have any skin issues. I’ve loved using this for many years and I swear by it to heal any breakouts! You can get it Here.

Lastly, one of my favorite drug store finds ever is this E.L.F perfect HD finish powder. I kid you not this stuff makes your foundation and makeup stay in place all day and it doesn’t have a cake look at all! I did love my Laura Mercier translucent powder, but the price wasn’t my favorite since I go through it so fast. You can get the E.L.F powder Here

I hope Y’all try out these products! Let me know if you have any favorite drug store products I should try!

Xo, Natasha.

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May Favorites | YouTube Video

Sorry, I didn’t post on Monday! I have had issues with my joints/shoulders and took a break- but I did post this video. I wanted to start a new series every month about my favorites involving skincare, makeup, home items and more! I love trying new products so I know I’ll have new favorites every month to share with Y’all.

 

This first product is a self-tanner and to be completely honest I didn’t really like it at first.   This ‘Send me Sunshine’ Tanner has a dark color to it… but here’s the catch- it applies on clear! So one thing since it applies on clear was I missed a few areas the first time using it and had bad streaks. I know most people get discouraged after the first time using a product that doesn’t work well but something told me to give it another shot. I so badly wanted to love the product since I did buy it so the second time I did it I loved it! My boyfriend Daniel said, “I think this one works better than the other one” (Which I’ll do a whole post about my self-tanners soon) This tanner only comes in one shade so if you don’t like the color of the first application I’d re-apply the second layer. Did I tell yall how amazing it smells?? Most tanners have a weird smell but this one smells like fruity lotion and feels hydrating! You can get it here.

This Oil is also one of my favorites when it’s time to self-tan. I got the idea from Katey McFarlan to apply oil onto the wrists or any dry areas before applying tanner so it’s not as patchy and noticeable. I use this Ginamarie Herbal E Oil because it’s super affordable plus you can use it all over your body not just for tanning. You can get it here and make sure when you’re checking out, put ‘Natasha‘ in the section “How did you hear about us?” so you can get some $$ off your next purchase!!

I just discovered this scent from Bath and Body works that smells so amazing I bought it in the body wash version and a travel size lotion for my purse. I know it’s not some name brand lotion but I mean it’s to die for and affordable! You can get it here.

I’ve talked about this perfume before in This Post but I can not get over how long-lasting the scent is! All my coworkers ask what I’m wearing and I even gave one of mine away to a coworker because she loved it so much! Plus they give back and who doesn’t love that? You can get the perfume here.

I have dry skin and especially dry lips so I use this Image skin care lip complex that is super thick and hydrating so a little goes a long way! If you have lips that dry easily or crack you’ll need this product. You can get this lip product here.

I can be the laziest person in the world especially when I’m tired, so these Burt’s Bees makeup wipes are perfect for when I don’t want to wash my face because I’m too tired. I still use them to wipe off my makeup before I even wash my face because if I don’t I feel like I’m just moving around soapy makeup on my skin instead of cleaning it. You can get the wipes here.

I don’t know about Y’all, but I love coming home to a room that smells amazing! I have a wax warmer from Yankee Candle but I use the Burt’s Bees soy wax melts because they actually make the room smell, unlike other waxes. Another thing I use to make my room smell good is… (I know so cliche) Bath and Body works Candles. Don’t have to tell me twice when there’s 2 for $24. You can get the wax melts here, and the candles here.

I hope Y’all love this new favorites series! Let me know what items you love or recommend so I can try them!

Xo, Natasha

Ballin’ on a budget | Pt. 1

Hello everyone! I’m starting a new blog post series called Ballin’ on a budget which means I’ll show y’all how to find designer items at affordable prices, and items that are trending/in style without breaking the bank! Sadly I won’t be doing any “save or splurge” posts but this will be very similar!




1. Tory Burch // 2. White shorts // 3. Denim skirt // 4. Off the shoulder top // 5. Oversized cardigan // 6. Layered necklace // 7. Nude espadrille sandals // 8. Saddle bag // 9. Monogram necklace // 10. Black heels

I’m in love with everything in the photos! I’m a lace up shoe fanatic so both of these designer shoes are right up my ally plus they’re great prices! Especially for Marc Fisher. I don’t know if y’all know this about me, but I love wearing sweaters and nice cardigans all year around (I know that makes me sound crazy in Houston) but I can’t help it. This oversized cardigan is definitely on my wish list. These gold layered necklaces are so in style right now so why not get one without breaking the bank? To top everything off this Tory Burch pink pouch is super cute and it’s a great price. I love finding designer items that don’t make you feel guilty for spending a lot…That’s what ballin’ on a budget is all about!

Xo, Natasha

Favorite Nail Products

Hello! I hope everyone is or had a great Memorial weekend! Today I wanted to talk about what my favorite nail products were.

I’m sure y’all have heard me say countless times about how I have dry skin, so I love using this Herbal E Oil on my cuticles! I’m trying to ball on a budget so I don’t really get my nails done unless I have a special event to go to- so I’d like to call myself a nail polish connoisseur haha! Nothing drives me crazy more than chipping a nail right after painting them. I work with my hands so I’m constantly putting nail polishes to the test.

The drug store nail polish that I love is by Sally Hansen and it’s the Miracle GelI’ve purchased 2 different colors in that line that I love. They don’t chip and they last for days. Like I said I work with my hands so if you don’t then I’m sure they’ll last longer for you. When I say they last for days that means without any chipping. They retail for around $8.

One brand that I absolutely love (if you can find it) is Odeme. I bought this green color called Oz in the picture and it lasts so dang long! One thing I was guilty of was not applying a base coat so when I took the polish off it stained my nails yellow-which freaked me out at first! It is such a pigmented color and even 1 coat looks really good. I bought this from a local boutique called Beehive which I’ll link here. If you want to purchase this brand of polish online you can click here to go to their website. This polish retails for $12.

I had acrylic nails for years, so my nails became very thin. One thing that I don’t see a lot is biotin in womens’ daily vitamins so when I saw these 365 vitamins from Whole Foods have them I had to get them! I’ve always had to buy a separate bottle of vitamins to help grow strong nails so I’m happy I found these.


I hope this helps y’all with any nail polish or nail care questions! It’s always great to get your moneys worth from nail polishes that don’t chip and to take care of your nails with vitamins!

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Xo, Natasha.

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Round-Up

Happy Fri-yay everyone! This week started off kind of “EH” for me, but I had to turn it around and now it’s great! I’m getting so excited for this Nordstrom sale thats going on- because who doesn’t like getting great items on sale?! I’ve listed some of my favorite items from this years sale as well as some items I got from their previous sales! Plus, this is a great time to start buying Christmas gifts (I know it sounds crazy) but it’s great to get it out of the way!

1. White shirt // 2. Leopard sandals // 3. Black bag // 4. Cluse watch // 5. Sunglasses // 6. Leopard espadrilles // 7. Good Vibes // 8. Rain boots // 9. Bow top // 10. Tote bag

Here’s some items I’ve gotten from previous Nordstrom sales:

Black jacket // Ankle boot // Blue jeans // Black jeans // Over the knee boot

I hope y’all love this post! Go check out the sale for yourself because there’s something for everyone.

Xo, Natasha.

Skincare routine with Ginamarie

I recently teamed up with Ginamarie products to test their skincare and makeup products to share with y’all! I’ve been using their skincare products for over a week now and my skin has been so soft and healthy. I suffer with dry and sensitive skin, so trying new skin products usually scares me (unless my sister gives me the ok) because she is an esthetician. However, these Ginamarie products are so gentle and simple! I love it all. One of my favorite products is the Herbal E Oil, which oils can be bad or good due to them clogging up pores but this one is so good.

If you’re a mask person then you’ll love the Marine Mint Mask. If you go here and search for the ‘Mini Skincare Kit’ you’ll get a nice sample of everything before you fully commit to the full-size products! You can read all of my tips and tricks about their products here as well. Just click on ‘Natasha’s Beauty Tips & Tricks’ on the page to read!

I hope y’all enjoy this review of Ginamarie! I post for them every month so always go back to that link.

Xo, Natasha.

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Easy Chicken Enchiladas 

Hey y’all! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done a food post so I decided to share this easy dinner recipe! In no way is this an authentic Enchilada recipe, but it’s yummy and easy! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 lbs chicken tenders
  • Shredded cheese of your liking 
  • Corn tortillas 
  • Green or red salsa 1 cup

First, I made sure to get any fat off the chicken. In a large pan pour half a cup of the salsa and add the chicken. Let the chicken cook in the pan with the salsa on both sides for 5 minutes on medium heat with the lid on. Once all the chicken is done cooking, shred it in a large bowl. When you’re done shredding, place a medium amount of chicken into tortillas then roll up and place into a medium deep baking dish. Repeat until the dish is filled. Then pour the desired amount of your salsa over the tortillas and then cover with cheese. Lastly, place in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Then enjoy! 


Pair this with some rice and beans and you’re set! The only time-consuming part is the shredding, the rest is easy. I hope y’all enjoy this and have a great weekend!

Xo, Natasha.