Last week I talked about my favourite bargain beauty find but today we're switching gears and taking a peek at the products I'm willing to fork over the big bucks for. You'll notice a bit of a trend here; most of the products I'm willing to splurge on go directly on my skin. I'm prone to the odd breakout and have somewhat fussy combination skin and do notice a difference when using cheap vs. higher quality products like foundation and primer. Nobody likes zits and decreasing their frequency is worth it to me. What about you guys, do you have specific products you are willing to splurge on?
1. Kevin Murphy Shampoo and Conditioner
I had been using Monat hair products for awhile but was finding their shampoo and conditioner too heavy for the summer (who wants to wash their hair everyday). My hairdresser uses Kevin Murphy products in her salon so I took her advice and tried out the shampoo and conditioner (or wash and rinse cause they're fancy). The products smell DELICIOUS and have been working wonders on my hair, it's softer than I think it's ever been! Quality hair products are definitely something I'm willing to spend a bit more money on because I do find they make a difference. Usually they are extra concentrated so you can use less and this makes the cost difference not quite as substantial as you'd think.
2. Nars All-Day Luminous Powder Foundation
This stuff is the bomb! I despise heavy foundation always but during the hot summer months I want next to nothing on my skin and like to switch to a light powder. This stuff is perfect for me. I like to apply a light coating with a brush and it gives me just enough coverage but feels like nothing on my face. You do have the option to apply it with a dampened sponge which makes it more buildable for heavier coverage but the lighter the better for me. Powder foundation doesn't work for me in the winter when my skin dries out but this is my go to for the summer.
3. Atelier Cologne - Orange Sanguine
I've never been a big perfume fan but this stuff has totally changed my tune. It's very orangey so beware of that if citrus isn't your thing but I love that freshness. No strong florals that give you an instant second here! Even for perfume this one is a splurge so maybe add it to your Christmas or birthday list ;)
4. Clinique Sonic System
This is another great item to add to your gift list (I can't be the only person that keeps an ongoing hidden pinterest board for things I want people to buy me!) I've been using the Sonic System for almost two years and would replace it in an instant if anything happened to it. It's so good at deep cleaning your skin and getting every possible bit of gunk out of your pores. It also holds a charge forever; I've never actually had it die on me and maybe charge it one every 6 months. The scrubbing head can also be replaced but I'm using the one it came with and it's still in really good condition.
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
I've raved about this blush before but it really is that good and I think worth spending the money on. It goes on silky smooth and is really easy to blend. The best part though, it lasts longer than any other blush I've ever tried. Look for a sample at Sephora and I promise you wont be disappointed.
6. Rocky Mountain Soap Co Sunscreen
Sunscreen, the necessary evil...at least in my world. This stuff costs more than your run of the mill drugstore sunscreen but it makes up for it with it's greatness. I usually dread applying sunscreen because more often than not it is sticky, greasy and not so great smelling but Rocky Mountain Soap Co has solved all those issues. This lotion absorbs well, has shea butter for moisturizing and smells AMAZING. Plus it doesn't have any of that bad stuff you'll find in cheaper versions.
7. Benefit Porefessional Face Primer
If you want your foundation to stay put and look good throughout the day (especially powder foundation) a primer really is essential and this is my favourite. Yes, it's expensive...but a little goes a long way and it is the smoothest, silkiest stuff ever. A thin coat of the primer will already make a difference in the evenness of your skin and once you add a light coat of foundation you'll be good to go.