It’s been brought to my attention that my last post lacked the joie de vie (I hope I spelled that correctly, I don’t actually speak French) that you’ve come to expect from Cheap But Not Easy. My bad. To make it up to you, here is a happy little post about a beauty product. Because really, what’s happier than inexpensive beauty products?
Tip Of The Day: Frugality meets laziness in my new favorite cleanser.
Tip For Tomorrow: It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day. An explanation of my week of crankiness (ladies, I’m sure you can guess what it is!), and cheap solutions for it.
Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: It’s truly sad what a lazy slacker I am. At times, it even threatens to override my innate cheapness.
For example, I know it’s more frugal to fill a bucket with bleach and hot water, don a pair of rubber gloves, grab a rag, and wipe down the hard surfaces of my house. But UGH. That’s, like, FOUR WHOLE STEPS.
So instead, I buy those Target-brand wipes (the ones that are a knock-off of Clorox or Lysol) and clean my house with them. They’re easier, more portable and less time consuming. Not to mention, cheap.
I know I should do the same thing with my face. No, not wash it with bleach and water. That would sting. Also, the bleach fumes would knock me on my can. But I digress.
I should pull back my hair, grab whatever cleanser I have, lather up my face, rinse, and pat dry. But ugh, that’s FIVE whole steps. I’d rather take a nap.
That’s why I’m in love with Pond’s Clean Sweep Cleansing and Make-up Remover Towelettes. They take off your make-up, clean your skin without drying it out, and come pre-moistened so you don’t even need a sink. All you do is whip a wipe out of the packet, rub it all over your face, and then throw it away. You don’t even need to rinse your face. That’s only THREE steps! Hooray.
Now, I know these wipes are not the most environmentally sound products in the world, and that somewhere, Al Gore is mad at me. Sorry Al. I still think you’re cute, though.
On the plus side, the towelettes are completely portable, so you can wash your face anywhere. For example, in your car, after exercising. Just don’t leave them in your vehicle in the dead of winter – they will freeze. HaC and I learned that one the hard way.
The towelettes come in a variety of configurations and price points. I buy the five-wipe packs for 99 cents at Target (20 cents per wipe!) and throw one pack in my purse and one in my main bathroom. You can also buy the 30-wipe container for $5.99 at Target, which gives you a month’s worth of laziness.
While researching this post, I came across one writer’s recommendation to use inexpensive baby wipes instead of the high-end facial wipes like Pond’s. I’ve tried this tip before, only to have my face both dry out AND break out. At the same time. NOT CUTE. But, if you don’t have sensitive skin, you can give the baby wipes a try.
One last tip – one I’m sure you’ve heard before – don’t go to sleep with your make-up on. It does all sorts of icky things to your face. Make sure you take it all off before bedtime, and your skin will thank you in the morning. Figuratively, of course.