Do you really need to spend $20 on a lipstick? How about $60 for a face wash? Such questions are always surrounding my mind as I scope the latest beauty and hair products. From makeup to skincare, and even hair products, here is the real scoop on what you really need to spend and save your money on.
Save on Face Wash
You don't need fancy ingredients to remove dirt and oil. In fact, the top dermatologists and skincare specialists almost always recommend drugstore brands. However, it's crucial to pick out a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping essential oils. Any skin care buff will tell you that there is nothing better than Cetaphil's Daily Facial Cleanser ($11.99). This amazing low-cost product includes skin softening ingredients like glycerin and Pro-Vitamin B5. They combine with other ingredients to cleanse skin and provide noticeable freshness.
Splurge on Moisturizer
The most beneficial skincare product you should apply during the day is without a doubt SPF. Plenty of inexpensive moisturizers provide both good sun protection and hydration. However, skin that requires special treatment for either problem areas or skin damage needs more than what the basic moisturizer provides. In fact, if you have a limited budget, your splurging should be done on your treatment cream. Your money will get you the sophisticated research, development, as well as the active ingredients that are only present in concentrations of higher quality. Creme de La Mer ($140), which has already inspired a cult following, will nourish your skin with its extraordinary formula. Because this product is super packed with beneficial active ingredients such as fermented sea kelp, you only need a small amount to introduce big changes.
Save on Lip Color
While you should spend more on a lipstick you wear everyday, don't blow your budget on colors that are trendy or you rarely use. If you are a big lipgloss user, don't bother spending your bucks on a product that rarely lasts. Most drugstore brands like L'Oreal and Maybelline make a huge range of glosses in almost every color. L'Oreal's Color Riche Gloss in Soft Pink ($8.99) flatters all skin tones, while keeping your lips smooth, shiny, and soft.
Splurge on Foundation
If your skin doesn't look good, nothing else will, which is why it's important to get the right texture, formula, and shade when picking out your foundation. For the most part, you can't try on foundations at your local drugstore, so it's beneficial to visit a makeup consultant to match the perfect foundation to your skin. In fact, you will probably end up saving money by going to a department store to buy the right formula rather than go through trial and error at your drugstore by buying multiple shades and types. Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation ($43) provides long-lasting wear and evens out skin tone while increasing skin's luminosity and clarity for a gorgeous glow. Also, keep in mind that you might need a different shade during the summer and winter.
Save on Mascara
The truth? There is hardly any difference between drugstore and expensive mascaras. And since you should replace your tube every three months to avoid bacteria, there is no reason to spend big bucks when you will barely get any use out of your product. Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara ($7) will probably, if it hasn't already, go down as the best drugstore buy ever. Used by virtually every celebrity and high fashion makeup artist, this mascara is a great deal for under $7.
Splurge on Eyeshadow
Any good makeup artist will tell you that department brand shadows are vastly superior to the ones sold at drugstores. Not only are the colors richer, they go on smoother, and adhere to lids much better. On the other hand, drugstore brand shadows tend to crumble and have low pigmentation. Stila's Eyeshadow in Kitten ($18) is a shimmering nude pink that flatters all skin tones and eye colors. This color is a great base and functions perfectly as an everyday shadow.
Save on Shampoo
Shampoos are meant to clean your hair by removing dirt, oil, and buildup. Consequently, any fancy ingredient will go down the drain with the rest of the suds. Most drugstore shampoos will clean your hair without stripping the natural oils. Garnier Fructis Daily Care Shampoo ($3.99), a favorite among hair professionals, works deep to strengthen hair and conditions the surface for a healthy shine, all for under $4.
Splurge on Conditioner
Conditioners are pretty much the only way to protect your hair from getting damaged. Because expensive conditioners usually contain healthy ingredients that adhere to the hair and do not get washed out, they really do make a difference when it comes to getting gorgeous locks. While there are a number of great conditioners that will nourish, protect, and treat your hair, there is no comparison when it comes to Kerastase's products. Its Masque Chroma Captive Conditioner ($60) is a shine intensifying masque for color-treated hair. Not only will this conditioner preserve 30 to 60 percent more color depth than other leading conditioners, it also polishes the hair fiber from root to tip, leaving it smooth and super shiny.