Splurge or Save? When to buy designer versus drugstore beauty…

5 Jun

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We all have our favorite beauty products, while others we seem to constantly be changing and searching for that right one.  Learn what to splurge a little extra money on and what you should save on without sacrificing your look, and most importantly, your wallet.

First things first…Foundation- definitely a Splurge item.  I’ve had so much trouble finding that right shade and texture, and when you find it, you don’t want to let it go! I’d much rather splurge on foundation knowing that it is the exact shade and formula that works for my complexion!

Next, Mascara- Save. Don’t get me wrong, designer mascaras can be nice, but either way all mascaras need to be changed within a three month time span and usually dry out before then anyway.

What’s next? Eye liner- most definitely a Splurge.  I line my eyes dark and use quite a bit of liner doing so, and I have tried almost every single eyeliner I have come across trying to get one that was long lasting, highly pigmented, and that didn’t irritate my eyes.  I splurge on my Urban Decay eye liner, but it glides on so smooth and lasts forever, unlike the cheap brands that fade away or smudge/run, if you can even get them to apply nicely in the first place.  Your eyes deserve a break from any extra irritation!

As for lipstick- I personally Save on most and once in a while Splurge on one cute gloss or lipstick…but really, if you have a good lip primer, you can get away with a drugstore brand lipstick and no one will tell the difference.

Eye shadow- I believe in a good eye makeup primer, splurge on the primer if you find a good one!  Eye shadow seriously lasts a good while, so I splurge on a good palette that’s nicely pigmented and is versatile when it comes to matching my look…If you can find a great shadow for cheap, then definitely save if you can!

Nail polish- in this day and age, Save! With all the nail strips and stickers and cheap brands of polish out there, you can get a ton of polishes for the price of one designer brand and still have a great manicure!  Now if the nail polish is a one-of-a-kind or a handmade nail polish that you can’t live without, that’s another story…but you can always afford a couple of those if you save on the rest of your polish collection!

And last but not least, Blush/Bronzer- If you don’t want to look like a clown from over applying a cheap blush…blend!… or better yet splurge a little more on a better brand, they are usually nicely pigmented and have more natural looking shades that last longer and apply beautifully.

Hope this helps!

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3 Responses to “Splurge or Save? When to buy designer versus drugstore beauty…”

  1. zanspence June 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I have come to the same conclusions. It doesn’t make sense dishing out a lot for the low shelf life stuff like mascara that is good for 3 months max.

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