Luxury beauty products have such a magnetic allure. Their claims of youth coupled with the fancy packaging can reel you in all on their own. There are many products on the market with a high price tag that are worth every penny and I have highlighted those below. However, the spendy items may not always be in the budget. Here’s the breakdown on some of the best luxury beauty must-haves and their wallet-friendly counterparts:
Splurge: Paul Mitchell Dry Wash
Benefits: Talc-free formula instantly leaves hair feeling and looking washed and refreshed. Has none of the white, powdery effect. Powerful directional spray revives and extends blowout while adding volume with a fresh, clean scent. By far the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used!
Save: Suave Refresh & Revive Dry Shampoo
Benefits: This dry shampoo spray absorbs oil and revives hair. Prevents an oily feel between washes, leaving hair refreshed and full of body. The scent wears off fairly fast but does the trick if you’re in a bind.
Splurge: Tom Ford Extreme Mascara
Benefits: Features a luscious, black hue designed to magnify and intensify your look. The creamy formula is made up of the darkest black carbon, resulting in a mascara that never flakes, crumbles or gets brittle. Lashes look likes falsies; worth every cent!
Save: L’oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
Benefits: Shapes and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. Seems to be used up pretty fast but the formula is super creamy and buildable!
Splurge: Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray
Benefits: The BEST hairspray when it comes to shine and hold!! Secures hair with a firm yet touchable feel. 100% humidity-resistant. Awapuhi extract leaves hair feeling soft and healthy while adding tons of shine. UV protection for color-treated hair. Amazing scent and hold that lasts all day. What else could there be? Nothing. This one does it all. All-time fave product!
Save: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray
Benefits: Humidity-resistant formula creates barrier against frizz and helps maintain smoothness. The hold can’t compare to its all-day hold counterpart above, but expect a hold of 2-3 hours. A good backup to use when you can’t get to the salon for the good stuff 🙂
Liquid Matte Lipstick
Splurge: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Benefits: I’m a makeup junkie, I can admit it! That being said, no other lip stain/liquid has ever worn so well. Super creamy, full-coverage lip color with bold, long-lasting pigment that stays put for up to 8hrs of wear. Does not bleed or transfer; not on utensils, clothing or skin. It literally does not move! Hydrates and softens lips with Vitamin E and avocado oil.
Save: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color
Benefits: Infused with pure pigment for high-impact, matte finish. Glides on smooth and hydrates lips with an ultimate pop of color. Definitely doesn’t last or wear as long as the Stila brand, but the bright amount of pigment makes it worth the $7.99.
Splurge: Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream
Benefits: Super-creamy texture that significantly reduces wrinkles, improves texture and elasticity. Also dramatically reduces dark circles. I started seeing results in less than two weeks with the firmness and reduction in fine lines.
Save: Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream
Benefits: Formula contains Royal Jelly, this eye cream claimed to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for skin that appears younger. Very soothing for the delicate skin under the eyes. I found the cream was hydrating more than anything & didn’t notice any lasting anti-aging results.
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