Thursday, September 18, 2014

save or splurge: toners

We all go through periods when our skin seems off. Stress, lack of sleep, laziness winning over washing off makeup ... been there! A couple weeks ago my complexion was feeling polluted enough for me to enlist a new product rather than wait around for things to clear and brighten. Because I've been taught to invest in quality and am (however inaccurately) trained to believe a higher retail is directly proportional to worth and effectiveness, I started searching Sephora's stock of high-end toners for a remedy. (I used Clinique's Clarifying Lotion in junior high, but haven't maintained the habit—when Mom stops paying for things, you stop "needing" things, amirite?) I was thisclose to ordering Kiehl's Clearly Corrective™ (a "high performance toner that gently re-texturizes" sounds so clinical and convincing) or Rose Floral Toner (the romantic description promising a "glowing, plump and toned" complexion is persuasive and appealing), but decided on a drugstore drive-by to give something cheap a chance before calling in the big guns. I was a fan at first swipe. Neutrogena's Pore Refining formula wipes away all lingering residue, makes my skin feel SO refreshingly clean before bed, and I've seen a reduction in pore size in my problem areas. If your skin's normal and you just need light rejuvenation, skip the luxury brands and save your dolla bills this fall for some bronde hair, new bag or boots—all things on my must-buy list ya can't pick up at Target for under $10!

1 // Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner (8.5 oz.) // $7.49
2 // Clinique Clarifying Lotion (6.7 oz.) // $13.50

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