Beauty on a Budget- Handling Oily Skin

black-woman-washing-face1by Tonya Rapley

As I have told you guys, Tonya is one-fifth of The Frugal Fab 5 and half of the duo at My Fab Fico, a seriously on point personal finance and lifestyle blog. (Please check it out!) Today she is tackling the topic of oily skin…on a budget. I know that I battled with acne (and still do from time to time) so I was so happy when I saw this post earlier this week. I am going to try it out. -ks


I have oily skin.

Like terribly oily. Like soak through 3 blotter papers oily. And sometimes temperamental although the lemon water is turning that around. It’s one of the many things I inherited from my fantastic mother (who doesn’t look a day over 40 despite being in her early 50s). I’ve spent loads of money on procedures, mattifying products, powders, cleansers, regimens, you name it! I pretty much have tried everything to keep the oil at bay. I even worked for Estee Lauder for 6 years and couldn’t seem to find my miracle solution.

For some this may seem like a silly post but for other it will be extremely helpful. Lord knows I know the angst of trying to remain within your budget while planning for a major event, but resisting the urge to run to your nearest cosmetic counter and drop everything but your first born on whatever miracle solution they can concoct to keep you looking “fresh” and shine free.

After much research and youtube stalking I have found my regimen. I’ve tested it for about a month now an I must say, my skin appears less oily for a lot longer, sometimes the entire day, and I haven’t had any ridiculously shaming breakout. As a matter of fact my skin is really clear.

What are these products you ask?


Good ol Milk of Magnesia and Revlon Foundation. These two products have worked wonders in my life.

Yes the stuff that helps you with your stomach issues (the original which is unflavored).

I was looking for an alternative foundation that offers good coverage because I can’t wear MAC foundation for the life of me. Well I can wear it but within 1 hour of wearing it my skin looks like that of a 15 year old boy.

I had heard of Milk of Magnesia for oily skin before but thought it was just weird. It still is weird. Whats even weirder is someone figure out what it does for oily skin. Nonetheless, I finally decided to give both a try after checking out Lover 4 Fashion’s youtube video and I am so glad I did. Revlon Colorstay is about $5-7 cheaper than MAC Foundations and in my opinion covers just as well. The color I use is Mahogany and I must warn you, I had to go to 3 Targets before I found one that had it in stock.  I apply my foundation and Milk of Magnesia with a $3 E.L.F Foundation Brush.

I don’t wear foundation everyday, I pretty much incorporate these items into my regimen when Im going to special events, or will have to go to an event after work.

deskselfieOther items in my regiment include Bobby Brown Skin Foundation Powder, which I’ve been wearing for about a year now. It is my everyday product.

I wash my face exclusively with N-Diya Spa’s Honey and Tea Tree Cleanser and I tone with Lush Cosmetic’s Tea Tree Water. And I drink Lemon Water ALL-DAY, EVERY-DAY.

Have you ever tried Milk of Magnesia or any other non-conventional products in your beauty routine? What ways are you achieving a fierce and fabulous face for less?

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