Where to Splurge and Where to Save

I’ve been scratching my head for the past few days pondering where it’s best to invest your cash in the beauty world, and where you can hold back, buckle up your purse strings and no-one will even know, not even you. Where to splurge and where to save – what made the list? Read on…

Where to Splurge

SKINCARE: Ah c’mon that’s the obvious one right? Now I’m not talking Clinique here, but brands that sit somewhere in the middle and still leave enough money leftover for rent after a purchase are worth investing in. Since upping my skincare game (and the relevant healthy lifestyle shebang) I’ve suffered with less redness, congestion and needed to put on less foundation than ever before. Particularly hardy brands that offer up amazing products across their range include Avene, The Body Shop, Innisfree, Ananda and L’Oreal Paris.

FOUNDATIONS/BASES/BBs: Now there are some pretty kick-ass bases out there for under a thousand that do rival some of my more purse-hitting favourites, but in terms of ‘still can’t detect it, even in a terrifying magnifying mirror’-ness you still can’t beat some of the more high-end formulas. Get your base just right – and you can easily scrimp on the rest without anyone batting an eyelid. Some of my favourites? Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup, YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Foundation, Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation.

EYELASH CURLERS: Now this might seem like a bit of an anomaly here, but for elephant-like lash possessors like myself, there is just not a curler out there as awesome of the Shu Uemura one. Think of it as an investment – pop on any ol’ (waterproof) mascara on top post-curl and you’ll be fooling people into believing you’re rocking the extensions.Like I said, awesome.

CONCEALERS: Now I do love Lakme’s offering, and Revlon’s actually, but in terms of coverage, longevity and eight hour sleep faking you just can’t beat the more pricey bad boys. In fact, it’s the category where my favourites are repurchased most often – and when a repurchase happens in my stocks, it’s a pretty big deal. Lancome Long-lasting Softening Concealer and Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection Concealer top my concealer charts.

Where to Save

EYESHADOWS: This is more of a recent find, as before I was a bit of a devout to L’Oreal Paris’s offering, but there really are some fab finds for lids in the aisles of Health & Glow and the sorts. All different textures too – creams are catered for, along with traditional powder pans, shimmers and all sorts. The Revlon Links go without saying, Essence are worth a look in for their Mono Eyeshadows and the Giorgio Armani-esque Shadows from Makeup Revolution are genius too.

BRUSHES: There was once a day when I yearned to own every single MAC Brush. Those days are now long gone and there’s now a fair few standing in my pots, but in terms of brushes I whip out on a daily basis? Not one MAC brush filters through – Real Techniques all the way. I have every darn single one of their sets and they are ridiculously good value, wash beautifully and are softer than soft. The Core Collection is my favourite – worth picking up, even if just for the Buffing Brush alone.

LIP PRODUCTS: I’ve kept it pretty broad here, you know – lip products in general. Glosses, lipsticks, chubby-esque pens, stains, balms; yup, across the board you can pick up something pretty special for your pout without going too cray cray with the paper. Worth a nod: Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lip Gradation Lipstick, Colorbar’s Velvet Matte Lipsticks, Lakme Lipsticks and Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks.

NAIL POLISHES: I’ve made no secret on here of the recent non-pricey polish push I’ve been experiencing recently (see a rave on the Faces ones, and some recent haulage). MAC will always have a special place in my heart, but the sub-five hundred varnishes available now are bringing it. Just as much gloss, colour and longevity. I’m slowly accumulating every single shade of the Maybelline Color Show Polishes, and Innisfree’s Eco Pro line and Colorbar’s Nail Lacquer Pros are good’uns too.

Splurging? Saving? Sorted.