Beauty – buying budget vs. high end

Gorgeous cosmetics, makeup and beauty products can be practically impossible to resist, and that’s probably why so many of us have so many beauty products bursting out of our dressing tables! Particularly hard to resist can be gorgeously packaged high end and high cost products which can mean that we only want them more.

While it is true that for some items it is better to splurge (you get what you pay for after all!), for others you can really save your pennies by buying more budget options. If you’re not sure when you should be discriminating between brands and prices, then we are here to help. Read on for some handy tips to help you decide.

Foundation – splurge

It’s the base to all of your other makeup, and if you are looking for a flawless foundation then you’re going to have to splurge. Higher end brands tend to have more shades to choose from, meaning you can get the right one for you, and their formulas will stay put longer too. Whether you prefer liquid, cream or powder foundation, if you splurge anywhere, splurge here.

Shampoo & conditioner – save

This is one area where you can save though – shampoo and conditioner after all get washed in and washed out, so you can afford to buy budget options here. There are still loads of options and lovely scents to choose from and at great prices, so there’s no need to always stick to luxury brands.

Face cream – splurge

If you want a face cream that will moisturise, won’t cause sensitive skin to flare up, and has an SPF in it, then you may want to look into buying from one of the pricier beauty brands. They will offer all of these things and a little will go a long way, so see it as more of an investment.

Body lotion – save

For standard body lotion though, the kind that you slap on after you’ve been in the shower, then purse-friendly supermarket versions are just fine. Look out for natural moisturisers like coconut and cocoa butter since they’ll smell great and will leave your skin silky and soft.

Mascara – splurge

It’s not so much the formula that you need to splurge on with mascara but the brush, and this is really where more expensive brands beat budget ones. If you want to make the most of your lashes, then a higher end mascara (and its brush) will really help you achieve the look that you are going for.

Eye-shadow – save

You don’t always have to splurge on the highest quality eye-shadows, especially if you’re favouring quantity rather than quality. And with bargain eye-shadows you can really amass quite a collection even on a shoestring budget, so save your money rather than buying pricy versions. If you truly find that the colours on cheaper brands just don’t pop the same, then use a primer or white shadow on your lids first before applying the colour you want.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to spend versus save, but with these tips you can make the most of the beauty products that you do buy.

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