Save Or Splurge: When To Pay Full Price for Beauty Products

Being a girl is hard. We have to make a lot of decisions. Which shampoo should I buy? If I buy that moisturizer will it work for my combo skin? Is it time for me to throw away this foundation and buy a new one? These are the questions we are always looking to answer. We work hard for our money and we want to make sure that when we purchase our beauty products we’re getting the best bang for our buck. So, I have conjured up a list to tell you what beauty products you should invest in.

I think that stepping into Sephora is like stepping in a candy store. At first I’m a little overwhelmed. There are so many beauty products promising me fabulous results and I used to grab one of everything, which only left me sad and broke later. It’s easy to get swept up in the moment and go on an unprecedented cosmetic shopping spree, but try to resist!

Foundation is an investment. I was the girl who swore by drugstore foundation. However, many of those tubes and bottles ended up in the garbage half-finished because they either caused my skin to break out or didn’t give me what I needed. Invest in a foundation that you love, that loves your skin, and will last. It is going on your face after all and you only get one face.

Save on blush, bronzer, and finishing powder. Drugstore brands such as Maybelline, Rimmel, NYX, and Elf are all great at creating these three products. You do not need to spend more than $15 on a blush, especially if you’re like me and are constantly changing the shades you wear based on the season or mood. I will say that splurging on bronzer is justifiable (because bronzer is the best) but don’t feel like you’re missing out because you don’t own the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel (the most overrated product ever to exist).

Invest in eye shadow. A good palette is life changing. Higher priced shadows will usually have better pigmentation. So what you’re seeing in the pan will actually show up on your lid. Higher quality pigments also last longer so you’re stretching your money. Invest in a palette that has a little bit of everything (I suggest checking out the Morphe palettes!).

Save and splurge on eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. I call this ‘fun’ makeup. You really don’t need to spend $30 on mascara. For all you gals and guys with sensitive eyes, Maybelline makes great eye products that won’t irritate you and their eyeliner options are great for any look you want to rock. Lipstick is a bit harder for me to justify not splurging on only because I’m a lipstick hoarder, but NYX has an incredible liquid lipstick formula that even gives Kat Von D a run for her money.

Skin care is also an investment. My advice to you is that you should always, always, always invest in your skin care products. However, be sure to check the ingredients of your skin care. Ingredients are the key to great skin and you won’t want to be purchasing a $100 cleanser if all it really has in it is fillers. Be smart when you shop skin care and get second or even third opinions before selecting what you think is best for your skin. I highly recommend a mixture of both high-end products and organic products such as Lush Cosmetics. You will thank me later!

See, being a girl isn’t that hard. You just need to be smart with your pennies. Don’t settle and definitely don’t make any impulse buys. That $5 foundation may sound like a really good idea but you might be paying the price later when your skin is covered in breakouts. Don’t get sold by pretty labels and colors. Sometimes the best mascara is the one that Gigi Hadid uses, which by the way is Maybelline Lash Sensational for $9. Some things are worth the splurge but chances are your $45 bronzer is going to look the same as your co-workers $5 dupe.

I hope this helps all you girls who spend hours wandering down the cosmetics aisles. Beauty products are fun but they don’t need to hurt your wallet! Spend smart ladies and gents.

Featured Image via Victoria’s Secret.



  1. Lauren buying a good makeup might be critical, in your world.. BUT cleaning that crap off your skin is just as critical, and protecting your skin from the damage that make does to it, is even more so..

    My “kid” Sister is 3 years younger, HOWEVER, she looks like she is 15 years younger than me, and the key to her “youth” is what she uses to clean makeup off her face, and what she uses to maintain soft healthy skin..

    That secret is Coconut oil. Pure coconut oil will clean all the oils & crud from your pores, it will hydrate and moisturize better than any $100 makeup remover / moisturizer.

    I use coconut oil on my face twice a week for a deep down pore cleaning, I use it in my hair & scalp, and when need be, I use it on my feet to get rid of foot odour, and Athletes foot. The uses for the stuff are endless.


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