It's not always time for a splurge, so we've rounded up the best of Kate and Doree's "Low" products from the podcast's High/Low segment. Read on for the podcast's most effective serum, mascara, toner, and more — that won't bust your budget.
— Amber Petty
In Episode 7, Kate details the glories of Pixi Glow Tonic, which she uses after washing and before moisturizer at night. With 5% glycolic acid, it's kind of a cross between a serum and a toner — either way, it's a great exfoliant.
(And it's not an exact dupe, but the similar Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum is $90/oz., and this costs a little less than $5/oz.)
After Doree's infertility doctor recommended CoQ-10 supplements for its cell regenerating properties, Doree was delighted to find that it also came in serum form. As mentioned in Episode 2, Doree uses it in the morning and loves the feel. Sure, it may "kind of have the consistency of semen," as she puts it, but it's a great, affordable option that seems to make a difference in her skin. Kate also tested out the CoQ-10 waters and mixes it with foundation for a light, tinted moisturizer kind of look.
In Episode 4, Kate describes her nightly routine and highly recommends the COSRX Good Morning Cleanser. Sure, it says morning on the bottle, but it's good day or night. At about $2 an ounce, it's a great cleanser that removes makeup, dirt and anything else. Kate says, “I love it, it’s great, it’s all you need to get your face washing done.”
In Episode 7, Doree sings the praise of two shades of NYX Butter Gloss — Creme Brulee and Tiramisu. Despite their names, Creme Brulee is a brighter, sheer pink tone while Tiramisu is a light mauve-ish shade. Doree loves the feel and appreciates that the color stays in place all day. Most importantly, they don't smell weird. Watch out — these come in 13 shades and are only $5 a pop, so it's easy to enable a Butter Gloss addiction.
"I'm a big freaking fan of this L'Oreal Mascara!" Kate says in Episode 12. Kate's a fan of much of the L'Oreal Voluminous line, but specifically recommends the Million Lashes for its clump-free lengthening power. Plus, it doesn't smear or smudge, even after a day full of contacts induced eye-rubbing. The main reason to give L'Oreal a try? Kate says it's better than Diorshow — she even did a poll on the Forever35 Instagram Stories to find out which one listeners preferred, and the votes were overwhelmingly in favor of the L'Oreal. Since Million Lashes is almost $25 cheaper than the Dior, that's pretty high praise.
Doree is no stranger to traveling and in Episode 5, she reveals that the iYaYoo cosmetic bag keeps all her serums safe when she's on the road. The bag has separate components that can snap in and out for easy storage. Sure, the "accessories" pouch has a picture of a band aid and "body wash" is illustrated by a toothbrush, but this under $10 tote is sturdy, portable, and fits all Doree's travel skincare needs. Plus, the bag's embossed with this confusing, yet heartwarming message: "Long Term Travel Bag. Every day Everywhere. Times Love." Times love, indeed.
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