Beauty

LimeLife’s BEST Products Under $30

If you’re not familiar with LimeLife by Alcone, it is a network marketing company who was founded by Alcone. Alcone is a professional cosmetics company that has been a staple in the makeup industry for over 65 years. With quality products at the helm of their business, everything that LimeLife offers is top of the line. With LimeLife, quality does not mean expensive. They have an amazing price point and many products to choose from! I thought some people may feel overwhelmed looking at a whole website of products, so I decided to put together my personal list of must haves under $30. Ready for it? Here it is!

*This list is in no particular order

Skincare Must Haves Under $30

Dream Clean Facial Cleanser

The description as for normal to oily or acne prone skin. I’m here to say that’s a lie! HA! I have extremely dry skin and I absolutely LOVE this cleanser. It’s all natural, its foams which is really rare for a natural cleanser, that’s usually a chemical reaction. It has Soapberry which helps combat acne, reduces the appearance of age spots. If you want to learn more about Dream Clean, check out this blog post where I go into more detail.

Dew Date

This face serum is something dreams are made of! Somehow its an oil but its not greasy. I’m convinces there’s some kind of wizardry going on! It is made of Palmarose and Sunflower Oil. Dew Date reduces inflammation and prevents skin from damage. It can be used as a moisturizer all on its own, or in addition to your normal moisturizer to give your a boost. Some people with oily skin have found success in using Dew Date at night because it actually helps balance out the chemistry of their skin!

Farm To Tub Soaps

I love the Farm To Tub Soaps because there are a few different ones to chose from and they all serve their own purpose. These bars are all created with ingredients that are sustainably sourced, they’re rainforest-friendly, and they’re vegan.

Peppermint– Made with Peppermint essential oil, will help unclog your pours and energize your skin.

White Tea & Ginger– Made with essential oils from White Tea and Ginger and are rich with antioxidants.

Lavender & Lemongrass– Lavender is soothing and restorative while Lemongrass cleanse and refreshes!

Charcoal, Peppermint & Tea Tree (My FAVORITE and the main reason these Farm to Tub Soaps made my list)- Contains activated charcoal which draws bacteria and toxins out of the skin and then Tea Tree Oil comes in as a antiseptic!

Makeup Must Haves Under $30

Enduring Lip Colors

Enduring Lip Colors are a liquid lipstick. They all dry matte with the exception of one, Wedding Cake. These lip colors smell great, are long lasting, and wont dry out your lips! My personal top 3 faves- Ruby Chocolate (best seller), Wedding Cake, and Macaroon. I made the pictures showing the different color lipsticks so you could see them better!

Eyeliner

Y’all, LimeLife’s eyeliner is everything! There are two different types: a pen and a pencil.

Perfect Eyeliner Pen is a liquid eyeliner that actually has a bunch of tiny bristles that come together to make a sharp point. You can get the wing of your dreams with that bad boy. It’s also smudge proof!

*Pro tip- don’t store your eyeliner pens cap down, it may cause the liquid to run out. Instead store them on their side.

Enduring Eyeliner Pencils are amazing! They dry quickly and once they are set, they don’t budge! If you want to smoke your liner out, you have about 15 seconds before your eyeliner sets up. The pencils are enduring, which means they’ll last 24 hours, and they’re waterproof. Hello eyeliner at the pool that wont let you down!

Enduring Eyeliners come in 3 colors: Nude, Brown, and Black

Translucent Setting Powder

What makes LimeLife’s Translucent Powder stand out is that its so light weight! One color works for EVERY skin tone, so no worries on which powder is right for you! It’s not cakey, it doesn’t crease, and it doesn’t have flashback! It sets your makeup, which helps it wear longer, and it absorbs the appearance of oil on your skin so it gives you a matte finish!

Concealer

Okay this is by far one of my top favorite LimeLife products. I’ve never used a concealer that covered so well with using so little! This concealer is water resistant (hello pool, lake, beach!), long wearing, AND it is an eyeshadow primer! Personally, I use concealer #2 as a skin tone color to help cover blemishes, #0 as a highlight, and #6 for contour. The concealer I use every single day is concealer #0 for highlight and it lasts me a solid 8-10 months!

Primer and Setting Spray

Primer and Setting sprays are crucial for a flawless face of makeup!

Primer gives you a great canvas to put your makeup on. It helps reduce the appearance of large pores, and helps prevent your makeup from settling into lines. It also helps your makeup perform longer.

*Technically the full sized version of this bottle doesn’t land on our under $30 list but if you click on the drop down menu, you will size a travel sized bottle that is only $18! Holla!

Setting Spray will help your makeup last up to 16 hours! No touch ups needed around here! It will set your makeup, help prevent creasing, caking, or transfer. LimeLife offers two different types of setting spray: Time Setter Setting Spray- which is best for normal to dry skin, and Oil Strike Perfect Matte Setting Spray which is great for oily skin. Both the full size and the travel sized bottles of our setting spray are under $30.

*If you want full sized bottles of both products, they come in a collection which will save you $10

Beauty Tools Must Have Under $30

Clean Act Brush and Sponge Shampoo

This brush and sponge cleanser has made cleaning my tools so mush simpler! The formula is chemical free, vegan, and makes brushes last a lifetime and will make your brushes softer than they were begin with! I did a whole blog post about how I use it. You can read that post here.

Blenderful

Real talk- this is my favorite beauty sponge of all time! I love a good beauty sponge. I’ve used them since the Beauty Blender hit the market. The Blenderful is so velvety, so plush, it beats the Beauty Blender in a head-to-head every time!

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Eyeshadow Brushes

The better your tools, the better your makeup will look. Getting quality tools will not only make your makeup apply easier and how you want, they will also last you a lifetime! LimeLife brushes are so high quality! They have weighted handles, are made with vegan bristles, and are so sleek! 14 of these brushes make our list in the price category 😍 so because of that, I’ll share a few of my absolute favs!

– Brow Tamer Brush – my most used brush!

– Large Shadow Brush

– Pointed Blender Brush

– Small Shadow Brush

To see more info about the brushes check out this blog post, Beginners Guide to Makeup Brushes, where I go into detail about what the brushes are used for.

Makeoff Remover Wipes

Rounding out my list with a product I use every single day! Want the most luxurious way to take off your makeup? This is it! Millions of these makeup remover cloths are sold each year! You can get them in a pop up pack (think soft baby wipe container) or individually wrapped. Personally, I like them individually wrapped so I can take them with me on the go… and I might have a tendency to accidentally leave the pop up pack open…

You can’t go wrong with LimeLife products and they offer so many under $30 but I tried to keep my list short as to not over whelm a newbie.

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Mell 💋

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Beauty

How to Heal Dry Cracked Feet!

Whew! Winter was rough right?! The dry weather does a number on my skin!! Including my feet. My heels become so cracked and dry. Luckily, I have found the solution!

Bamboo Renew!

Bamboo Renew is a body scrub that contains Walnut Shell powder, Bamboo, and an essential oil blend of Lemongrass, Mimosa Flower, and Litsea.

I’m all about knowing what the ingredients are in the products I use and why they’re there, so let’s check it out-

Walnut Shell – naturally exfoliates the skin and removes dead or dry skin cells.

Bamboo Powder – comes from the hills of India and makes the skin more vibrant.

Algea and Rice Extracts – are firming agents.

Milk Thistle – is known for exceptional moisturizing.

Another great quality of this scrub is that it’s naturally foaming. When you add water to it, you can work it into a creamy lather.

Y’all know I love a good before and after, so of course I went browsing and look at what I found! These are all results after one use! ONE USE!!

Check out those flip flop ready feet! Okay so look at what else I found. This huge transformation was after just 5 days 😱

For the cost of one pedicure, you can get a tub of Bamboo Renew that will last you for months!

You can get your own Bamboo Renew here.

If you need a great lotion, people have had a lot of great results with combining Bamboo Renew with a body lotion, Creme of the Crop.

Creme of the Crop is a very rich, thick lotion that contains African Shae Butter, and Safflower Seed Oil that penetrates deeply to heal dry, cracked, calluses skin. If you need some extra healing, you can grab yours here.

Don’t forget, there is a 30 day money back guarantee on ALL products! Also, LimeLife has free shipping starting at $77. Something I like to keep in mind when I’m browsing around!

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges

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We always hear that we should clean our makeup brushes regularly, but we don’t always know why. There are a few reasons that we clean our brushes regularly:

  1. It will make your brushes and tools last longer. A good makeup brush should last you virtually forever.
  2. A dirty makeup brush will cause you to not have to makeup look you are going for. A dirty eyeshadow brush will cause your eyeshadow to look muddy and that perfect blush color may not look so perfect when its mixed with your old blush color because of a dirty brush
  3. Most importantly, bacteria transfer. When we apply makeup we are getting our bacteria and facial oils on our tools. We need to clean our makeup brushes regularly to keep it sanitary. Also, if you suffer from acne, its important to clean your tools to help cut back on breakouts.

Here are my two tools to clean my brushes: Clean Act and a Brush Egg.

Clean Act is a chemical free, vegan brush and sponge cleaner. What I love about it is that it not only cleans your brushes but it also conditions them and restores them. Its brought some of my old brushes back to life! It uses Tea Tree Oil and Natural Coconut Oil to clean and sterilize your brushes and sponges. You can get it here.

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The Brush Egg is a silicone brush cleaner. It pretty much just gives you texture to rub your brushes against in order to help clean them. They my sound like its not important but it greatly sped up my cleaning time! It is just big enough to slip two fingers into. I love it because it has two sizes of texture. Stripes for bigger brushes, and little granules for smaller brushes like eyeshadow brushes. I ordered mine on Amazon HERE. Its only $4.99 for the pack of 2 and they ship free for Prime members.

I love the little egg because it is easier to store but if you want a great silicone cleaner mat with more surface area, this one is really great and only $6.99 plus it ships free with Prime. You can get it HERE.

Cleaning Your Brushes

PSA: my fingernail polish is chipped and my hands look like man-hands (Seinfeld reference), we can’t all be perfect 🤷‍♀️

  1. Get the brush wet. Now this is actually important. All brushes are made the same way.

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You want to make sure you keep the water away from where the Ferrule meets the Handle. If water gets in between the Ferrule and the Handle, it could loosen up the glue that holds the handle on and may eventually fall off.

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2. Swirl the brush around the Clean Act puck. Only a couple swirls is enough. Going around and around in the Clean Act too many times will make it hard to clean out all the soap from the brush. Plus it wastes the cleaner. A little goes a long way

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3. Rub your brush against the brush egg until your bubbles turn white. You’ll easily be able to notice when you brush is clean. Occasionally you may have to repeat this process if your brushes is super dirty.

4. Rinse your brush. Again, making sure we don’t get water past the line where the Ferrule and the Handle meet. Make sure you rinse your brush out really well. If you leave soap in your brush it will feel “crunchy” when it dries.

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ALL DONE 🙂 Simple, right?!

Cleaning Makeup Sponges

It works essentially the same way but it’s a process that you will repeat over and over until you get even the inside of your sponge clean.

1. Soak your sponge

2. Press the sponge into the Clean Act, circling around the container a couple times.

3. Squeeze sponge over and over again and even run water over it while you squeeze it.

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4. Repeat this process a few times and you’ll have a sponge that looks brand new!

Drying the tools

During the cleaning process I lay my tools flat to dry on a clean wash cloth or towel.

Once they are no longer dripping wet, then I put them back in my handy dandy makeup brush roll and let them stand up while they air dry.

I do recommend washing your brushes at night so they can dry over night. Your biggest brushes may need even more time than that to dry.

If you want to see all of this happen in a video, check out my YouTube video showing how I clean my brushes.

What are your biggest tips for cleaning your tools?

Til next time!

~Mell💋

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