Beauty Booty: Spend vs. Skip

by Rachel on May 27, 2010

Good Thursday morning! Today I wanted to share two quick reviews on two beauty products with you! They are kind of pricey, so read on before you go spending your hard-earned cash…

First, a reader asked me a few weeks ago to check out the new Crest 3D Whitening mouthwash so I did! I’ve been using it for three weeks now, morning and night.

The verdict? SKIP IT.

It’s wildly overpriced — that bottle is teeny tiny — and I haven’t seen a noticeable difference. I actually saved the receipt and I am going to take the company up on the “If you don’t like it, we’ll send you a refund!” offer. No one can beat Crest Whitestrips, but I have yet to find a decent competitor for the Listerine Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse (and I’ve tried many others)! The Listerine works within a few days. And I will be buying another bottle of that as soon as I get through this one!

Next up, I wanted to share this new SPF before your summer officially kicks off this weekend! I love me some Neutrogena even though I hate wearing sunscreen. So when I saw that the newest Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock promised it “looks invisible and feels like water on the skin”…I was unable to talk myself out of spending $12 on a bottle.

The verdict? DAMN, IT’S TRUE!

Sorry you guys, but it’s amazing. It feels like nothing. I actually kept putting on more because it didn’t feel like I was putting anything on. It barely even smells like sunscreen. Because it’s so pricey, though, I’m going to make vanity less expensive and only use it for outdoor events when I care about looking good. Like…a date at a baseball game or a picnic with friends when the camera is coming along. I wouldn’t want to sweat it all off during an outdoor workout. But the good news is, you can get a $2 off coupon on the Neutrogena Web site.

One other quick beauty-related note: a few of you echoed my sadness at the great Maybelline Lash Stylist having been discontinued. You can still get it on e-bay! Tons and tons of discontinued cosmetics and perfume right there. So all is not lost!

Have a great day!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MelissaH May 27, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love Cover Girl Lash Blast. It’s a great replacement for the Maybelline if you want to give it a whirl.

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2 Rachel May 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

Oooh I like Lash Blast but I don’t think it compares! However, now that I use Latisse, I probably shouldn’t even worry about it. That stuff is CRAZY!

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3 Kelly May 27, 2010 at 8:25 am

I bought the Crest mouthwash thinking it was the one that you recommended and it was on sale! Sad to say, its not :( Once I finish it I will get the Listerine one

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4 Laura Georgina May 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

OMG, I tried the Neutrogena Sheer (not the liquid) and it was awesome, but then I couldn’t find it in Walgreens and tried the Walgreens brand version–it was just as good and I think it was $4 cheaper. I could put it on in after my shower, go about my morning grease-free, and hit the pool at noon, which I couldn’t do with the Target knockoff (unless I wanted to feel like a basted chicken).

So yeah, Walgreen’s Neutrogena knock-off rocked!

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5 Rachel May 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Laura — I’m DEF down with the sunscreen knockoffs. For basic laying out or exercising outside, I use Coppertone Sport Spray and I tried the Wal-Mart version this week…$5 and it works the same!! With something I go through so fast in the summer, yeah, I’m not a label whore!

I don’t think this new stuff has a knock-off yet!! Thanks for the tip on the original Sheer/Walgreens though!!

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6 Ariel May 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

Unrelated to your beauty post, but I saw this ad and got a kick out of it. Thought it might make you giggle, too.

http://bit.ly/bzaETl

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7 Kendra May 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

Thanks for the sunscreen tip! My ghostly white complexion definitely needs as much protection as it can get. I’ve been looking at some new options.

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8 march May 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

Do a post on latisse please!!!

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9 Madelyn May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for reviewing the crest mouthwash. I used it and saw no difference, so I will definitely try out the listerine now.

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10 Rachel May 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

March — I LOVE my Latisse! Here’s the review! http://www.rachelwilkerson.com/2009/12/03/latisse-review/

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