There is a reason that I am a Sephora VIB, a VIP member of several beauty websites and am known at the counters of my favorite brands at Nordstrom. I have a beauty product obsession. While smart enough to understand and appreciate that there is no magic potion that will rid me of fine lines, eliminate my pores or knock ten pounds off my physique, I also love the process of “beautifying”. I love the glamorous containers that line my counters, the feel of a shiny, sleek blowout and the way my complexion gets compliments with just the right bronzer.
What I don’t love? The cost that can accompany beauty products, especially when you’re not entirely sure that they warrant the dent they’re putting in your wallet. I have no problem spending money on good quality products, but hate spending it on ones that are terrible – or on ones that I can find more economically somewhere else.
So today, I’m rounding up my top 5 beauty saves and splurges for you, so that I can hopefully save you a little time at the beauty counters and a little room on your VISA bill.
Beauty Splurge vs Save #1: Face Cleansers
I have a cleanser that costs $85 and one that costs $8. I’ve always bought inexpensive cleansers in the past, because I was under the impression that they all did the same thing and, let’s face it, get washed down the drain with dirt and I’d slather on lotions afterwards anyways. That was until I tried Creme de la Mer’s Foaming Cleanser. You need the teeny tiniest of dobs of the product and it foams up your entire face, and it smells like you are in a spa… But it’s $85. So I also work in my tried-and-true inexpensive product, Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Grapefruit Cleanser. I have both in my shower and find that I use the La Mer cleanser when I have more time for beauty routines or am going to be going to bed right afterwards and putting on a good mask. The rest of the time, especially in the morning, I use my Neutrogena product to quickly clean my face and then make sure I put on a good moisturizer afterwards. So do you splurge or save? If you’re looking to cut costs in your routine, this is an easy quick way to do so – so save if you need to.
Beauty Splurge vs Save #2: Eyelash Curlers
You may be making a face at me as you read this. Really, Amanda, you want to talk about eyelash curlers? But yes, yes I do. As someone who obsessively does this everyday and would add an eyelash curler to her list of desert island beauty products, you can probably already guess where this is going. Many years ago, I bought a Shu Uemura eyelash curler on the recommendation of a makeup artist in a magazine. It was a fortune at $20 at the time, but I bought it and fell in love – my lashes curled to perfection every time and I never once pulled out lashes or pulled and squeezed my eyelids. Fast forward until last year when I accidentally forgot it on the counter of a hotel in London. As I ran to the closest Sephora to buy a new one, they were sold out. Desperate, I decided to buy the Tweezerman Eyelash Curler for $11 and immediately felt the pain of squeezing your eyelash skin in a metal object while subsequently pulling out globs of eyelashes. I lasted about two months before I sucked it up and bought another Shu Uemura one. So do you splurge or do you save? Shu Uemura is worth. every. penny. Splurge and save those extra $9!
Beauty Splurge vs Save #3: Nail Polish
I don’t buy many nail polishes because I very rarely paint my fingernails and my toes are always a shade of grey. While I just recently purchased a UV lamp and Shellac polishes, I’m not nearly as good at them as I want to be. On my hands, I still use the standard old-fashioned polish more often than not. All my polishes are either Deborah Lippmann (like this pale pink Baby Love) or Essie. The Deborah Lippmann has gorgeous colors, but takes about eighteen coats to put on. If you’re looking for the sheerest of sheers, it’s your jam. If you’re looking for normal coverage that you’d expect out of a nail polish, be prepared to have patience. Or tip your manicurist extremely well. So do you splurge or do you save? Save! Essie has so many options that you can definitely save some pennies here.
Do you have any splurges or saves you can share? I’d LOVE to hear them!