Can we dream for a second about sleeveless maxi dresses and warm climates?
I was looking around my bathroom the other day and saw that I have quite a few items that I can’t live without and will spend a good amount of money on, and also a lot of things I won’t spend money on. I like to try products out, a lot. If it is in the news (or intrigues me on QVC) I
stalk watch it until I decide I want to try it. Below are the things I like to splurge on, and save on, as well as the items I think are or aren’t worth the price.
>One of my biggest splurges is my Philosophy lotion. I by the big mama size from either QVC or Philosophy.com and it lasts me a good 4-5 months. With shipping it costs about $60 for the biggest size, though you can buy the smaller ones at Ulta for less. I adore the Pure Grace scent, it smells like soap and water and is so fresh and clean. I can’t stand overly scented or synthetic scents anymore, and floral gives me the shakes (weird.) Sometimes I buy the Amazing Grace scented, (I have the perfume and love it mixed with Pure Grace), but my favorite and go to is Pure Grace. It’s my happy place to put that on after a shower, then slip into an oversized white tee and hop straight into bed.
>Last Summer I bit the bullet and bought a trial package of Josie Maran’s Argan oil products and quickly became addicted. While I love her face wash (it’s oil based and strips every ounce of makeup off, leaving your face super clean and soft), I just can’t justify that price for the size. Now I just buy the super size bottle of Argan oil and put in on my just washed face in the morning and before bed. It feels weird at first to slather oil on your face, but it doesn’t make you break out! It moisturizes my skin and leaves it so soft and balances out the dry/oily places. A big bottle is $45-ish and last about 6 months. A little bit goes a long way.
>Another product I’ve stalked over the years on QVC is Wen. It’s a cleansing conditioner with no sulphates and is super gentle on your hair and very moisturizing. I bought a kit (similar) with 5 different scents in December and use the cleansing conditioner on myself and my daughter (who has very thick, curly hair.) You use it just like you would shampoo and conditioner, applying it the same way and rinsing it out the same way (it just takes longer to rinse), then at the end you put half a pump in the ends as a leave in. First of all, it makes your hair really soft. You have to follow the directions closely and put in the amount of product they suggest (I use 8 pumps of products per wash, about the size of a small golfball?) and a bottle lasts me about a month (washing my hair twice a week.) I do notice that my hair is better, more manageable and healthier looking. The cleansing conditioner can’t heal damaged hair, so you can’t expect miracles if you have super damaged hair, but after month or so of use I feel that this product is worth it. I wouldn’t recommend this if you are a daily hair washer, mostly because it is expensive and you would go through a lot. Other than that, I think it is great and I’m looking forward to seeing more improvement in my hair as it grows out and I trim the damaged ends off.
>I’m an eyeliner girl. Rarely am I without it, often smudging it on to go to the gym and I’ve been known to wear it at home alone, just because I feel better with it. My favorite eyeliner to use is Urban Decay. It goes on smooth and lasts forever, plus they have great colors if you want to get funky. I usually wear either the Perversion (black) or the Demolition (a soft brown), depending on how edgy I want to get.
>>I haven’t tried this yet, by I’ve heard the Miracle Worker Anti Aging retinol facial pads are amazing. I know retinols are the way to go for cell turnover, and it’s best to start before heavy damage sets in, so I’m working up the nerve to buy a container and see if I see a difference after two months. Again, this stuff is expensive, but I have the feeling it could be another “worth it” splurge. I’ll let you know how it goes.
>> Honorable mention: I subscribe to Honest.com’s family bundle and receive a package of goodies about every six weeks or so. I typically order the body wash, lotion, healing balm, body oil and hand soap. I mainly use these on my kids, but the healing balm is for all of us (it’s great for chapped hands), and love that it is all natural. My kids both have sensitive, eczema prone skin and these products really help combat that.
>I’ve tried a lot of face washes in my life (remember Noxema?), and for awhile I was stuck on Philosophy’s Purity, but in the end I find that CeraVe’s Foaming Face Wash (bought at Walmart) does a better job for a fraction of the price. It’s my go to face wash and I love that it is inexpensive.
I don’t like Cetaphil because I think it doesn’t make my face feel clean or take my eye makeup off completely. I find Cetaphil’s products to be overrated in general, and love CeraVe’s line of lotions, especially their A.M. and P.M. moisturizers.
>I’ve been having trouble with foundations/BB creams lately. Almost everything I use causes me to break out in small patches, especially on my chin. Forever I’ve been in love with Bare Minerals, but it cause little bumps to break out on my face sometimes (despite washing my brushes regularly) and I haven’t figured out why. I’m thinking of investing in some new brushes soon and trying again, but until then I found that Revlon makes a great concealer stick for a fraction of the price that never makes me break out. I use it as a foundation of sorts, blending it where I need it (chin, corners of nose, corners of my eyes, a little bit on my forehead, under eye circles, and blend it in with my fingers. It gives pretty good coverage, but it isn’t a full foundation.
>I also used to buy Philosophy body washes in the super size version, matching the scent in my lotion, as a pair. It came in a pretty big jug and lasted a long time, but the scents weren’t as strong as I liked for the money I was spending. I decided the lotion itself is what made me happiest, and I now buy Dove Body Wash (usually the generic version) and I love it’s clean scent.
>I’ve tried a ton of mascara’s over the past (twenty?) years and my consensus is that the more expensive versions are not worth it. The two that I bounce between are Maybelline Great Lash and Covergirl Lashblast. The first is great for separating and defining individual lashes, and the second is awesome for volume.
>>Lastly, I never splurge on blush (the Neutrogena blush and bronzer in one is great), regular SPF facial moisturizer (the generic Oil of Olay version is fine, as is the CeraVe one), or hair serum (love the smell of the Organix coconut scented hair serum.)
Tell me, what are your must have splurge items?