Beauty Report: The High/Low List
The age old adage, “You Get What You Pay For,” is something that I often hear people say. However, is it really true? Are we savvy consumers able to find similar items with the same quality? We all wish we could afford the La Mer Face Cream for $310.00 but sometimes our budgets don’t allow this behavior. But on the flip side, does our economical shopping sprees at drug stores actually add up to this amount. The discussion on whether buying the La Mer versus Nutrogena shouldn’t be about the price but rather the value of the cream. In other words, what benefits does the pricer items provide that the rather inexpensive ones are not able to offer. That’s what the adage really entails. My solution, especially on a budget, is that you need a mix of both. In order to get the best bang for your buck, you need to combine high-quality, value-worthy items with the drug-store brands to have the finest results.
Below I provided solutions on both ends of the spectrum. You can pick and choose which ones fit your needs as well as what you can afford. Tailoring your shopping cart to your essentials will have the greatest effect in the long run. Enjoy!
The High/Low List: Face Cream
With the nutrient-rich sea broth provided by Kelp, the “Miracle Broth” AKA La Mer Face Cream promises to bring life back into your dulling skin. Yes, it will set you back $310.00 for a 2 oz jar, however, the abundance of happy reviews as well as the numerous awards this product owns, lets you know it’s high-quality and works. If you want to start with the right products for your skin regimen, this is one product you should put on your wish list.
However, for a fraction of the cost, KIEHL’S Moisturizing Face Cream, promises to do the same, especially for dry skin. This brand is never one to disappoint and uses quality ingredients as well, such as glycoproteins to lock in moisture and smooth the skin. It boasts a healthy review of over 650 happy customers, alone, on its site.
The High/Low List: Mascara
Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara-Colorless ($70.00) / Elf 3-in-1 Mascara ($5.48)
We want our mascara to create longer and thicker lashes. Make those beauties pop, please. However, when it comes to coating the lower lashes, most brands fall pretty short. For me, the wands are designed for the upper lashes, but way too cumbersome for the lowers. This is why, Elf 3-in-1 Mascara shines above most high-end mascaras. It’s rounded edge easily covers the lowers, while the uppers are lengthened by the rest of the wand. Here’s one area, where you can save on your beauty supplies.
The High/Low List: Nails
With both products looking identical in structure and promising similar long wear/no chip duration, it would be hard to cough up 12.00 more for the exclusive brand of Burberrys. However, I should add that nail polish is one area where I tend to save my pennies, so this may be why I would go for the later. If you have tried Burberry’s, what’s your thoughts?
The High/Low List: Contouring
Here’s my 2-cents on contouring pallets, which stems from my history of oil-painting. If you are going to try this technique, the most effective and natural looks are from multi skin-tone pallets, not just a bronzer and/or highlighter. The second one from 1PC City Color Contour may be a great buy at $6.99, but powder based application with only three tones, when compared to Anastasia’s kit of six, falls quite short.