Tuesday, 30 April 2013

When to splurge and when to save on makeup

As much as I love splurging on beauty treats that make me feel pretty and confident, I also get a buzz out of saving money while still looking great...


In this post I am going to show you which beauty treats are, in my opinion, worth the splurge and which are not.


From bottom left: Chanel Perfection Lumiere, Bobbi Brown Corrector, BB Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer,  Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash, Rouge Dior 841 Belle De Nuit, Estee Lauder Hydrationist Lotion
From bottom left: Chanel Perfection Lumiere, Bobbi Brown Corrector, BB Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer,  Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash, Rouge Dior 841 Belle De Nuit, Estee Lauder Hydrationist Lotion



SKINCARE PRODUCTS

I tend to splurge on face creams and serums because they stay on my skin all day and I look for the ones which include a fair amount of antioxidants, skin repairing ingredients, cell communicating ingredients, which make your skin behave and look better and ideally a SPF15 or above (click here to read post on how to choose the right moisturizer). When I say splurge I mean that I spend between £30 and £40 and that the max I would spend is probably around £60, which I have not done yet. In fact I do not believe in investing in creams beyond a certain price tag, at least at my age (40 now!). My favourite face creams are Estee Lauder Hydrationist Lotion and Daywear Lotion SPF15because they contain the above mentioned ingredients and I can see a difference when I use them. If I need to save some pennies I usually go for Olay face creams like Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer or Olay Regenerist Rehydrating Lotion SPF 15.

I tend to save on face cleansers and eye makeup remover. After all face cleansers go pretty straight away in the sink and you can find good eye makeup removers at a reasonable price. At the moment I am really enjoying using L'Oreal Skin Perfection Recomforting gel-cream wash because it is gentle, effective and inexpensive.

I can either splurge or save on toners: if I am looking for a toner loaded with antioxidant I go for Estee Lauder Soft Clean toner; if I want a basic gentle toner on a budget whose only purpose is to remove the last traces of makeup without whistles and bells I buy La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner.  

MAKEUP

I believe in investing in a good foundation and concealer, in the right shade and texture because if my skin tone looks naturally even and you cannot tell if I am wearing anything, half the job is done. I love Chanel foundations (Chanel Perfection Lumiere review here) and Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (review here) and Corrector but if I had to scrimp on these two items I would go for Bourjois New Healty Mix Foundation and Healthy Mix Concealer.  I also tend to buy expensive lipsticks from Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown simply because they come in more interesting colours and wear better on my lips. I may treat myself to a great mascara too, which can make my eyes pop in one coat rather then three or more, without clumping or smudging and it is easy to remove at the end of the day. My favourites are Diorshow, Chanel Inimitable Intense , Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour, Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero Smudge and Makeup Forever Smoky Lash (review here), even though I lived on free sample mascaras given away with other items purchased from Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown for the whole of last year. My favourite 'cheap' mascaras instead are from Max Factor.

I definitely save on eye pencils (with the one off exception of By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly, review here), lip pencils, lip glosses and nail polishes since I have never found a huge difference between expensive and inexpensive ones.

What about eye shadows and blushes? It depends, sometimes I go for the expensive ones and sometimes I do not. I particularly appreciate the dazzling array of colours, excellent pigmentation and ease of use of Nars eyeshadows and Bobbi Brown blushes (review here). On the other end, even though inexpensive eye shadows may not be as pigmented, long lasting, or anti-crease as the expensive ones, you can still 'upgrade' them using a primer or an eye pencil underneath. You can also find nice blushes, like the Bourjois ones  (review here) for less than a third of the price of the Chanel ones and they are often very similar. Another interesting brand for eyeshadows and blushes on a budget is Kiko (one review here).


From bottom left: Revlon Nail Enamel in 261 Sparking, Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Silver Spark, La Roche Posay Eye Make-Up Remover, Revlon Lipgloss in 170 Coral Reef, L'Oreal Skin Perfection Gel-Cream
From bottom left: Revlon Nail Enamel in 261 Sparking, Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Silver Spark, La Roche Posay Eye Make-Up Remover, Revlon Lipgloss in 170 Coral Reef, L'Oreal Skin Perfection Gel-Cream 

P.S. If you would like to know more about saving on makeup, check out this other blog http://www.makeupsavvy.co.uk/


What are your favourite items to splurge on? What do you save on instead? 


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