Beauty Report: The High/Low List

Beauty Report: The High/Low List

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

The High low List face cream

La Mer Face Cream ($310.00) / Kiehl’s Moisturizing Face Cream ($26.00)

La Mer
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

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

The High/low List Nail Polish

Burberry Beauty Nail Polish ($22.00) / Whim Reds Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

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

The High/low List Contour

Anastasia Contour Kit ($40.00) / 1PC CITY COLOR CONTOUR EFFECTS PALETTE ($6.42)

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.

OMBRE LIPS Easy “How-To”

OMBRE LIPS Recommendations and “How-To”

Lace to Lashes Ombre Lips

Ombre Lips: THINK Gradation Not Color Blocking

The above picture was taken recently and shows my love for this trend that never wants to end. Whether you favor its chromatic composition or you’re seeking new ways to enlarge your kissable pout, ombre lips have seen an amazingly healthy rise, especially in creativity. It’s dramatic and dynamic with its elaborate pigmentation and when done correctly, I believe it can be quite stunning.  And like every trend, the execution of the steps is critical to get to the desired looks. This is why I shared my favorite tutorial so you can download and save for the next rainy-day.

Ombre Lips How-To-1

La Petit Trianon

The Baroque period is hands down my favorite era of art. The dramatic scenes, the vibrant rich colors, and the intense light that plays against the shadows all give way to an emotional scene that the viewer can’t help but become attached. Baroque is the aesthetical response to the medieval and post medieval gothic. In medieval gothic, which I do appreciate as well, it was all “too much” about solidarity, the submission of the man to the creator, and this emotional bleakness. These men failed by angering their creator and as a consequence, suffering was needed to reach salvation. Then the “cool sister,” aka “Baroque,” was born and she was greatly needed. She released these constrictions and wanted to finally live life. She cared about the welfare of the man and most importantly, she wanted freedom, frivolity, and joy to be emphasized. For me, I see Marie Antoinette as Baroque’s most recognized symbol and the most easily copied. In Vogue Italia,“Petit Trianon,” shows the playful yet libidinous version of Ms. Antoinette. And what a fitting name! In Italian “petit trianon” means either little bird or in this case, little naughty. I designed my own version of what I imagined her lingerie collection would look like. The boned, circle skirt paired with an embroidered corset suggests a since of sensuality. She’s innocent and beautiful but her desires are at her will. This is not a form of pornography but rather a release of the sexual constrictions, which Baroque entails. Below I demonstrate ways that you can achieve this look, whether you are trying to find something to spice up the bedroom or used as a costume. Enjoy!

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Marie’s Closet

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La Petit Trianon

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Victorian “How-To”

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The Teal Tease