Products Worth the Splurge

Have you ever gotten your paycheck and had to go out and restock your makeup bag? When you are finished, are you shocked to realize that you have almost nothing left until next paycheck? There are so many great products out and they don’t always have to cost you your entire paycheck and then some. Sometimes you can find the perfect lip-gloss for just a dollar. That being said; there are some products that are worth the splurge. Here are the products, treatments, and makeup that are worth a little more and go a long way:

Save your skin the trouble and don’t lay out too much in the sun. Bare Minerals, Warmth ($24), is the perfect bronzer to help you achieve a glowy complexion. Add as little or as much color as you want to appear to have that perfect tan.

If you’re more of a blush girl then you’ll love Nars, Desire ($26). It’s the perfect shade of pink and the color lasts all day. The best part is that you don’t have to constantly re-apply. A little goes a long way with this blush.

For quick drying, vibrant nail polish any from the Essie collection will work. With the single smooth coat that just glides on your nail, it won’t irritate you too much having to spend $8 a bottle.

Lip-gloss is fun and adds personality to your outfit. Bare Escentuals collection of Buxom ($18), glosses are to die for. It feels refreshing on your lips and the color lasts hours without the really sticky formula. Try Kanani for a girly summer look or Dolly on a sexy date.

The skin needs to be exfoliated weekly in order help remove the dead skin. Although the skin naturally sheds itself, sometimes it gets stuck clogging our pores. This leads to break outs in the skin. Sabon’s Body Scrub not only smells delicious but works wonders. You’ve never felt your skin as soft as this scrub leaves it. This is one scenario where the old saying “as smooth as a baby’s bottom falls true. Its perfect in Tropic ($30), for these hot summer days.

Origins, Clear Improvement Mask ($21) is a must have if you suffer from breakouts or oily skin. The mask has activated charcoal that works as a magnet. It gets rid of all dirt, clogged pores and other toxins. 

Spending a little extra on these products are worth it in the long run.

Playing With Pigment

We’ve all done it. You take an innocent trip to Sephora or a walk down the Urban Decay aisle, and there it is: the bright blue eye shadow of your dreams— except you’d never have the confidence to wear it. With the following tips, you can easily leave those days behind.

Dark smokey eyes are a classic, but nothing says summer like a vibrant color. Choose a variety of palettes in the same family, for example ones that containing a few shades of blue or pink, then follow the steps below: 

 

 

Step 1:            Apply an eyelid primer. This helps prevent the eye shadow from smudging and keeps it in place all day.

Step 2:            Once you’ve chosen your color palettes, select an eyeliner that’s darker than the darkest shadow shade and apply to your upper and lower lash line.

Step 3:            Using the lightest color or a light translucent shadow, cover the entire area from the lid up to right below the eyebrow’s arc.

Step 4:               Take the second darkest color in the palate and sweep across the eyelid.

Step 5:            Instead of closing your eyes completely, keep them open half way. With the darkest shade, blend the eye shadow into the crease without touching the eyelid.

Step 6:            Go back to the second darkest color and apply right below your lower lash line.

And wha-lah you’ve created a bright, bold look and are ready for whatever summer brings your way.