The Best Retinol You’ll Ever Use and It’s Under $6

The Ordinary’s Retinol Serum is the perfect pick me up for aging skin.

Retinol, or Vitamin A is a popular skincare ingredient in wrinkle creams and serums. It works by stimulating cell turnover, increasing circulation and  boosting collagen production. The super vitamin can cure uneven skintone, plump skin and reduce fine lines. It also works on large pores and acne. In short, its a super product you can use daily to turn back the clock.

Once only available through a dermatologist, Retinol is available over the counter in a variety of strengths and prices. But just because a product is expensive, doesn’t mean it delivers. One of the best retinol treatments on the market is sold in a non-descript bottle for just $5.80.

The Ordinary’s Retinol in squalane is a nighttime treatment that leaves your skin moisturized, plump and younger after a few treatments. With regular use, my pores are smaller, lines less noticeable, skin tone is more even and my skin is plumper. I really regret it when I go to bed without putting this stuff on. The only negative for me is that it comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper, because I am prone to spilling. Fortunately, I can afford to pick another one up. Unfortunately, it’s out of stock a lot.

The Ordinary retinol serum is available in strengths ranging from .01 to .05 percent. Start on the lower end until your skin gets used to it. Too much too fast and you’ll get red, flaking skin. It comes in a base of Squalane, a high moisture oil found naturally in the human body. You can find it ULTA Beauty, Sephora and Deciem.com for just $5.80

M-A-C Celebrating National Lipstick Day a little different this year

Stores are closed but you can still get a free lipstick.

For years MAC cosmetics has been the place to be on National Lipstick Day. All you had to do was show up (before they ran out) and get a free lipstick. But with MAC stores still closed, you won’t have that option. They are going to make it up to you by offering lipstick themed deals and giveaways all through the month of August.

Unfortunately, because it would be cost-prohibitive to mail everyone a free lipstick, you’ll have to buy something. Now through Jul.29, 2020, spend $30 or more and you’ll get your choice of Amplified Lipstick in Dubonnet, Matte Lipstick in Marrakesh or Lady Danger. No offer code necessary.

Sephora and ULTA Beauty usually have sales for National Lipstick Day along with many other brands. So set up a reminder for the 29th and check all of your favorite beauty sites for deals.

Clarisonic is closing and everything is on sale

Everything on the sonic beauty device’s site is 50 percent off.

After more than 15 years, Clarisonic is closing down for good. Acquired by L’Oreal in 2011, the company has decided to stop selling the high-end facial device across all retail channels, including on the direct-to-consumer website. The last day you can shop is Sept. 30, 2020.

Everything on the site is 50 percent off from devices to brush heads. If you already have a device stock up on brush heads starting at $13.50 each. Devices start at $49.50. The devices last forever (I have had two for over 5 years) and you can find aftermarket brushes to fit. Shipping free and you get a free gift with any purchase over $30.

If the brush head you want is sold out, try looking at other beauty and department stores. Many of the retailers are also lowering prices to clear stock of Clarisonic items.

 

Serovital now available at CVS at up to 40 percent off

Serovital, screenshot form CVS.com

The 21-day supply is only available in stores, not online.

Your favorite Hgh booster is now available at CVS stores. The price for 21-day supply is $59.99, buuuut you might be able to get it cheaper if you have a CVS Extra Care card. Every so often members get 25% and 40% off coupons in their email and regular mail. These coupons are typically good on anything in the store that isn’t on sale.

Serovital is only available in-store, but if you go to the site and put in your location you can find the store closest to you that has it in stock. In the last couple of days, all the stores near me are out so I’m guessing other people got the same idea of using the coupon. If you use the 25% off coupon you can get it for $45 and $36 with a 40% off coupon.

Never tried it? Check out my review here.

Maintaining Your Hair Color During the Quarantine

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No Salon, no problem. Here are some easy ways to pep up your color in between appointments.

You bought food, toilet paper, medicine and you’re all ready for the quarantine. But then one day you look in the mirror and see your roots growing in. But the salons are closed! What are you going to do? Now, if you don’t have to go into work or see anyone over video chat, you might be able to wait until things open back up. Here are four easy and quick products you can use until you can get to the salon.

Color Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re blonde, you’re already familiar with purple and blue toning shampoos. Not only does it take the brass and yellow out of your blonde, it also softens the line between your blonde and regrowth. Not sure if you need blue or purple? Read my article about it. Don’t have blonde hair? No problem. A number of companies make color shampoo for redheads and brunettes like this one from John Frieda (I may get a commission from this link).

Root Touch Up Sprays and Powders

L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up.

Root sprays are more of a daily temporary fix and work great for covering grays. You can find them at grocery stores, drug stores and beauty retailers in a range of colors and prices. One of the most popular is L’Oreal’s Magic Root Cover Up. It comes in eight colors and is priced around $9. Another option is a root touch up powder. These work better on gray, for darker hair colors. Clairol’s Root Touch (I may get a commission from this link) is priced around $10.

Temporary Color

Temporary color won’t lift blonde hair, so don’t expect your roots to look like you went to the hair salon. It works best for brunettes and other hair colors and rinses out in 30 days. The most common and easiest one to find is Clairol’s Natural Instincts. It comes in 19 colors including several blonde shades. You can find it at drugstores and grocery stores for under $10.

 

 

Root Touch Up

Now, this is a product your colorist would tell you not to use. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Root touch up products like (I may get a commission) from this link Clairol’s Root Touch Up are permanent, unlike Natural Instincts. Choose a color that is a little lighter than the rest of your hair so it will blend better and only use it on the regrowth. Root touch up products are easy and quick solutions you can use each month until the virus lets up.

 

 

 

A Word About Highlights 

If you get your hair highlighted instead of colored, you may not be able to use the hair color products mentioned above. Drugstore hair color is made to be pretty foolproof and doesn’t “lift” dark colors. For highlighted hair, using a toning shampoo is probably best until you can get back to the salon. Another word to the wise – the middle of the pandemic is not the time to try and bleach your own hair. You could end up with orange-red-yellow hair and no one will be available to fix it. Just deal with it until this ordeal is over.