Ask Belle: Beauty Product Splurges
Oct 16, 2012
How much are you typically willing to spend on a particular beauty product? Personally, I draw the line at $50 for make-up and $75 for skin care (with the exception of my Clarisonic, which thanks to Belle I adore), I can spend that much on a few splurges without resorting to easy mac and being devastated if they aren’t the fountain of youth. I’m curious how other readers decide what to splurge on beauty wise and how to decide when to?
This is a great question, but let me preface my answer by saying that I spend more an beauty products than most. And I always have. Even in college when I was eating Taco Bell to save money and Friday night at home with pizza and a rented movie was a splurge, I still had Philosophy face soap and Shiseido Body Creator.
That being said, let me answer your last question first. How do you decide when to splurge on a beauty product?
Every woman has unique skin issues. Maybe you have wrinkles, dryness, uneven skintone or acne. Whatever your unique issue is that is where you should be spending your money.
Also, you should NEVER splurge on a skincare product until you’ve tried a sample (unless you purchased it at a store that will allow you to return it if it doesn’t work for you–Sephora, Nordstrom, etc.). Nothing feels quite as wasteful as having a medicine chest filled with unused, unwanted products.
Lastly, with regard to how much you spend on a product, you need to do a bit of skincare math. Ask yourself, how well does the product work? Does using this product make me feel more beautiful/confident? And then ask, is there are cheaper product that I might like as well?
If you need some suggestions on how to buy drugstore brands, LearnVest has a good article that will show you which ingredients treat which skincare concerns.
So what do you splurge on, and what are your favorite drugstore brands?