10 Beauty Products Worth the Splurge
I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again...it pains me to spend a ton of money on products. If I can find a way around it, I will. Is the shampoo they use at the hair salon really that much better than the Biolage Colorlast I’ve been getting at the local drugstore the last 15 years? I personally don’t think so. Do I really need to spend more than $3 on bodywash? Nah, I’ll stick with Suave. However, sometimes things come into your life and even a pessimist like me can’t ignore the fact that they’re L’oreal worth it.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $46- Magic in a bottle. I actually have no idea how I managed before I was introduced to Oribe. I absolutely hate feeling like I have too much product in my hair and spent much of the late 90s and early 2000’s in a state of crunch. It’s safe to say I know the difference between quality hair products and garbage. I don’t know how they do it, but it’s lightweight to the point where you forget anything is in your hair, but holds volume like nobody’s business. It’s absolutely worth the price tag and I will never bother with another texturizing spray.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask $17 for a single sheet mask- Ouch. It’s tough justifying spending $17 on a facemask you’ll be throwing into the garbage 20 minutes later, but it’s worth the splurge for a special occasion or a treat yo self moment after a personal accomplishment worth celebrating. Optimize the Pitera (re- the SK-II website: amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and organic acids, said to improve skin lucency, decrease wrinkles and lighten dark spots) and do it before bed, allowing the remaining “essence” to seep deep down into your pores (and soul) overnight.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir $49- There are facial mists and then there’s Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir. It’s in a class of its own. It smells amazing, wakes you up, refreshes you throughout the day, tones your skin, and sets your makeup. It’s a lady of many talents who deserves serious props.
Le Labo Perfume $189- I dare you to walk anywhere in Downtown NYC and not smell Santal 33. I was at the Union Square Farmers Market the other day and walked by approximately four people wearing it. Yes, it’s extremely popular but there are countless Le Labo scents that are waiting in the wings to be your potential signature scent (big fan of Neroli 36 and Noir 29). It’s strong, so you won’t need to reapply throughout the day, which will save you money in the long run.
Nars Lipstick $26- They stay on all day and night, the colors are gorgeous, and they last forever and a day...drops mic.
NuFACE $199-$429- NuFace stimulates skin with gentle waves to give you a more defined appearance, evenly toned skin, while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. My friend used this before her wedding and said it was basically an electronic facelift garnering noticeable results. She was kind enough to lend me hers to use the weeks leading up to my wedding and safe to say, I’m pretty damn pumped.
Diptyque Candles $65- This may not exactly fall under the “beauty product” umbrella but it does for me. I’m a candle nut and purposely never purchased a Diptyque because I knew I’d never be the same. When I was gifted one I held off lighting it for a while to savor the goodness. Once I let it rip, I quickly realized that all the hype was legit. I love re-purposing the holders for makeup brushes, q-tips, etc. You can even use them as tiny chic vases. The best scents (in my humble opinion) are Vanille, Baies, and Figuier.
Odacite Black Mint Cleanser $39- Full disclosure- I’ve solely used regular old Dove bar soap to wash my face for my entire existence, with some casual inconsistent flings with Cerave. Needless to say, spending $39 for a facial cleanser is a little outrageous in my opinion. However, there’s nothing more refreshing than this Odacite Black Mint Cleanser. It “tingles” without being abrasive. This cleanser + coffee + your favorite playlist = happy mornings.
Drybar Buttercup Blowdryer $195- This baby was sent to me on accident several years ago when I ordered mascara (lol), which I obviously did not flag to beauty brand I shall not name. I have A LOT of hair and this particular blow dryer is an angel sent from above, my perfect partner in crime. It cut my drying time in half, and knock on wood, it’s still kicking. If I forget to pack it when traveling, I don’t even bother using anything else and just let it air dry.
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer $68- I got this sample last week and um, it’s pretty much the best moisturizer I’ve ever used day or night. Like- I’m actually annoyed because I had my regimen down to a science and now my world has been rocked. It’s moisturizing, matifying, plumping, soft, fluffy, magical, everything I’ve ever wanted in a go-to product. I don’t know how big the full size jar is but I’m hoping comparable to the price tag.