Last week I talked about my favourite bargain beauty finds 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 when it comes to skincare. I apparently also have a thing for products that come in turquoise packing...which I only realized when I collaged those pictures. Keeping my skin in good shape is important to me, it means less time (and money) spent on make-up. 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. Briogeo Rosarco Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
I've been using this shampoo and conditioner combo for the last few months, and it has worked wonders on my winter-ravaged hair. I really hate strong smelling products, and this stuff is perfect; the scent is light and natural...just the right amount of coconuttiness (I may have just made that up). Briogeo products are sulfate, paraben, and phthalate free but I find that the shampoo still works up a good lather and, unlike many 'natural' shampoos I've tried, you don't need to double-up on the shampooing to get clean feeling hair. I'm planning on trying out their volumizing shampoo and conditioner when I run out because my hair tends to need less moisturization in the summer months.
2. Estee Lauder NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask
I'm not really one to spend a lot of money on face masks but I got this for my birthday from my mom and it does wonders for my skin. Sidenote, you know you're getting old when your mom buys you a bunch of anti-aging products for your birthday. Anyways, this is a clay-type mask that spreads on easily and really does dry in three minutes. I have issues with clogged pores but after rinsing off this mask by skin feels super clean and smooth.
3. Atelier Cologne - Orange Sanguine
I used to never wear perfume, not even for special occasions. I'm that person who constantly complains about people wearing strong perfume, it gives me an instant headache. But for whatever reason, this stuff just works for me. It is very orangey, so if citrus is not your thing, then it will likely be a hard pass. Atelier Cologne does have other scents that you might get hooked on though (I love their grapefruit one too, obviously I have a citrus thing). Perfume is never something I would spend money on myself, but it will definitely find it's way back on my Christmas list when I'm running low.
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 swear mine lasts for 6 months and I use it every other day. The scrubbing head can also be replaced but I'm still using the one it came with, and it's been over a year.
5. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
I got a sample of this blush with a Sephora order and nearly immediately went and bought the full-size version. It is really easy to apply and blends better than any blush I've used before. I have the 'Captivating' colour which is a perfect peachy shade, and it is my go-to for daytime make-up. It also lasts forever! I can't even remember when I initially bought the full-size one and it I've hardly made a dent in it with near daily use.
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 its 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 make a huge difference in the evenness and texture of your skin. I've even been known to use this and skip foundation all together.