Monday, April 30, 2012

Save or Splurge? Beauty Products

I'm kind of a product snob when it comes to certain beauty items. Don't get me wrong, I love a good bargain, but sometimes you have to splurge a little bit. The key is to know what to splurge on and when you can save some money on a drugstore item.

My all time #1 splurge item when it comes to beauty stuff is kind of a big one, and a very broad one. It's skincare. I know, that could be a number of things. But when it comes to beauty, it starts with your skin, so splurging on quality skin care is going to pay off in the long run. Think of it this way: splurge on a good eye cream and then save on money when you don't have to cake on concealer to cover up the dark circles and bags underneath your eyes. Splurge on a good serum and then you don't need quite as much foundation because your skin tone will be more even and smooth. Splurge on a good night cream and save on Botox & face lifts later on. Ok, so a good night cream isn't going to give you surgical results, but you get my point, right? 

I'm not saying you have to spend a fortune on each and every skincare item you buy.

 For example, I use this Neutrogena face wash from Walmart for about $6. 
I have tried a ton of cleansers from just about every brand and this one takes all of my makeup off (even waterproof eyeliner!) and it doesn't make my face dry out either. I honestly don't care what brand of cleanser I use or how much it costs as long as it gets my face clean and removes all of my makeup. So for me, I like to save when it comes to washing my face

I save money by buying the cheap face wash. So what's something I splurge on? My moisturizer.
Lancome High Resolution.
 I used to work for Lancome, so that's how I got started with using this line and I still love it. High Resolution is perfect for the first signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. It has "refill 3x" in the name because it has 3 key ingredients in it that act as natural skin fillers- elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. Yes, at the age of 27 I can honestly say that I do have the first signs of aging. I have a few fine lines on my forehead that just don't like to go away now. And since my husband is anti Botox (at least for now) I've been using this stuff faithfully for a couple of years and it's my absolute favorite. It's moisturizing but not too overly greasy. I have oily skin so anything heavy is a big no no for me. I use this stuff morning and night (there is a day cream and a night cream, but as far as I know the only major difference is that the day cream has SPF 15 in it and the night cream doesn't). This baby is definitely a splurge at $78 for 1.7oz. 

So what's a beauty item that you save on? Do you have a splurge item that you just can't live without? 

Look for more save/splurge beauty items in my upcoming blog posts.

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