BEAUTY: WHEN TO SPLURGE & SAVE
Are you a money-is-no-object-when-it-comes-to-vanity kind of woman? Or do you hunt down products that deliver for less?
I have to confess, I swing both ways.
Nothing gives me greater joy than stumbling across a budget beauty item that brings results for a small price tag but, I have to confess, I’m also a sucker for the big guns of beauty.
Sometimes those big guns do not live up to their hype and price but often they do.
I call these beauty items my investment products. Just like my wardrobe has a number of investment pieces, if you were to take a peek in my beauty cabinet, you’d find the high getting on very nicely with the low.
By all means go the splurge option. I have a girlfriend who will not buy anything but Lancome Hypnose mascara.
Yes, it’s a damn fine mascara but there are options out there for you that will still leave plenty of dollars left over for champagne… and shoes.
Priorities, people. Are you ready for some splurge and saves?
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow $50 | Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Eye Shadow $11.95
Cream eyeshadows do remind me of watching my hip step-mum (fresh from London to regional Queensland) in the ‘70s applying her silver and blue colours. Even as a young beauty coveter I could see that they didn’t last her a night on the Mateus. These new-age pots of cream eyeshadow are the complete opposite. They have staying power and I’m addicted. The Bobbi Brown version has a finer texture than the Maybelline but at $11.95, you can afford to stock up on a stack of colours. Bobbi Brown is available at selected David Jones and Myer stores. Maybelline at supermarkets and mass retailers.
YSL Touch Eclat $55 | L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Highlighter $26.95
This YSL product has a cult following – and has done so with good reason for years. I can’t use either of these products as my actual concealer (I need something more heavy duty). What I do is use them for is to highlight and brighten my eye area over the top of my foundation and concealer. And you won’t be disappointed in how the L’Oreal Paris product works for that purpose – at half the price. YSL is available at Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies.
L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil $38 | Schwarzkopf Extra Care Daily Oil Elixir $8.99
Hair oils are genius. They’re a lazy-girls’ easiest way to give hair a leave-in treatment boost after every wash and condition. The salon ones – like this L’Oreal Professionnel one – got me started but I’ve since discovered some fabulous supermarket versions and this new one from Schwarzkopf ticks all the boxes. Whichever way you go, you only need one or two pumps at a time so it’s an economical product. To find a L’Oreal Professionnel salon, click here.
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