“Splurge” on Quality Products

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m kind of obsessed with getting great deals on everything I buy.  However, there are times when I discover a must-have product that isn’t exactly budget-friendly.  Here’s a list of my discoveries…

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray.  $29

This stuff helps prevent shiny-ness and helps keep makeup in place.  I live in a hot, humid climate, AND I have oily skin, so this is a great product for me.

Jack Black Lip Balm.  $7

If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be spending $7 on a lip balm, I would have said “No way.” or “Good, that means I’ll be winning the lottery soon.”  I ended up buying this stuff one day when I was in desperate need of lip balm and it was the only under-$15 one available in the mall.  (I really miss the mall in South Carolina that had a Target inside!)  Anyway, it’s the best lip balm I’ve ever used.  And I’ve used a lot of lip balms.

Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Pressed Powder.  $27

This powder enhances coverage without looking “cakey” or too powdery.  I don’t think it would be great for darker skin tones, but it’s perfect for mine.  It works great over liquid or mineral foundation.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer.  $28 (for the small one)

This is a little-goes-a-long-way product, which I love.  It’s the perfect texture for hiding blemishes – even those ones that are drying out from the spot treatment you put on to try to get rid of them faster.

Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser.  $19.50

By far one of the best cleansers I’ve ever tried.  It’s taken me a while to embrace “foaming” cleansers, and it’s probably only because that’s the formula this cleanser comes in.  It smells nice and makes my skin feel über-clean.

L’Occitane en Provence Lavender Hand Cream.  $22

Smells SO good, but I love lavender.  It’s nicely creamy and last longer than many similar products.

Tigi Headrush Mist Spray.  $18

This super-fine mist adds the perfect amount of shine to your hair (as long as you’re not too heavy-handed) without making it look greasy.  It also smells great.

Sephora Brand Advanced Lash Booster (Mascara)  $12

I use this as a second (and sometimes third) coat for my mascara.  It makes lashes look fuller instantly, and it’s deeply pigmented (darker than many “blackest black” mascaras).  If it were waterproof, it would be perfect.

Strivectin-SD Concentrate.  $95

I’ve only been able to try this because I hoarded a bunch of samples.  However, it does actually works.  It doesn’t erase wrinkles, but it softens them.  It’s not as dramatic as the price would make you believe it should be, but sometimes a little improvement is enough.  (Although – if you do the math – you might be able to get Botox cheaper if you get a Groupon or something!)

In Summary:  Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s overpriced.  And, if it works twice as well as a cheaper product, maybe it’s worth paying twice as much.

Savings Tips:  Most of these products (and several others I didn’t list because this post was getting long!) can be found on reputable websites where you can use a promo code.  Also, if you join Ulta’s “club”, there are a couple times a year they mail out coupons that are good for 20% off your entire purchase, including “prestige cosmetics”, which are not usually discount-able.  Following Ulta, Sephora, and other beauty stores on Facebook or Twitter can also get you exclusive deals.  If you have access to a U.S. military installation, some of these brands are carried in the military exchange at about a 20% discount (plus, no sales tax!)   Shop around to find a good deal if you want to buy a “splurge” item.  Just avoid places like eBay and amazon.com third-party sellers, where you’ll likely to end up with counterfeit items.

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