I have never been one to cave in and splurge on beauty products. Clothing and shoes? Yeah, I cave all the time. I have always bought drugstore makeup and drugstore skincare. But I have begun to cave… on a lot of products.
I am going to be explicitly honest right now. I have had awful acne since I was 11. I knew it was not strictly hormonal, considering it was a constant. They were red, they were deep, and they never went away. I tried so many different remedies, from antibiotics to natural homeopathic acne treatments. And to no avail. Nothing that I was doing really worked. However, just within the last year, my doctor recommended going on the pill for my acne. At this point, I wanted my acne gone. I was 19 and in college. So, I went on the pill. I was amazed. It cleared up my skin almost immediately. So, even though I do not struggle with cystic acne like I once did, I still get those pesky breakouts! My growth from drugstore skincare to splurging was very gradual. I used to buy Neutrogena skin care products religiously, and I still have a few favorites. Then I started solely purchasing skincare from Burt’s Bees. Both brands are available at most drugstores, and range anywhere from $6 to $16.
Mario Badescu Skincare
I often heard about Mario Badescu products from beauty blogs. A few months ago, I saw it at Ulta. I splurged. I really splurged. I have become so addicted to this brand that I have every single product. I wish I was kidding about how obsessed I am. Mario Badescu skincare products are not the destroyers of cystic acne, but they truly do help in subsiding the amount of new acne coming in. If you struggle with cystic acne like I did, the one product I really recommend is the drying lotion. It is honestly a life saver. Whenever I had a really big under-the-skin pimple (which was all the time), the drying lotion helped it disappear the next day. These products range from $7 to $30, but it is so worth it. Your skin feels so clean and refreshed after using each product.
Perfume from UO
I generally am not too obsessed with fragrances. I like smelling good, obviously. But I do not usually buy perfume too often. I have had the same perfume for a really long time, and I received it as a gift. I bought this Macaron Rosé Parfum from Urban Outfitters for $20. Which is not too bad for a perfume. It smells really good. The name allures the idea that it smells really sweet-maybe even sickly so. But it is actually very subtle and warm. I wear it almost everyday!
Glossier Balm Dotcom and Boy Brow
Alright, I am quite obsessed with Glossier. From the packaging to the products, it is the best beauty brand. I used the Balm Dotcom (12 dollars) for all around moisturizing. Whether that be lips or skin. It is so universal and so skin friendly. The Boy Brow is beyond amazing. And for $16… it should be. It comes in three shades: blond, brown, and black. I bought myself and my sister a Boy Brow because we both have naturally thick brows that do not necessarily need a full brow pomade every single day. The Boy Brow is a customer favorite, and for good reason. It keeps your brows in place throughout the day, and helps you achieve a natural brow. It is also good for your brows! It has collagen that helps thicken and strengthen hair fibers.
I do not splurge on all my beauty products. I think there are drugstore products that are of equal or better quality to high end products. I still shop at Target (way too often), and I still use mostly drugstore brand beauty products. Very rarely do I splurge on high end products because the drugstore equivalent is just as good, plus it is probably cheaper. It is important to try, and experiment, with different products until you find what you really love!