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My makeup saves and splurges: a matter of priorities

Like most women I think, in my makeup drawer (yes, I said drawer, not bag or kit) I have a mix of higher end and lower end products. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not buying any $100 face cream or $40 mascara – I wish I had that much disposable income – trust me! However, there are some items that I am much more willing to part with a bit more of my hard earned money for.

When I choose to buy less expensive products it’s not usually that I’m settling for an inferior product because I can’t afford a pricier one. There are some inexpensive products that I love and think it would be ridiculous to drop a bunch of money on something that I probably wouldn’t like as much. I have a thrifty side, for sure. If I can get something cheap that works well for me, I don’t care what anyone else thinks about it. It doesn’t bother me at all to pull a drugstore brand out of my purse or to recommend it to a friend. If it makes me look great, why not?

Everyone has their own set of beauty priorities. I think that they usually revolve around a person’s best features. For instance, I love to draw attention to my lips and eyes. I realized though, that even though those are my favorite features, I normally buy less expensive items for those areas. I think that when it comes to buying expensive beauty products, I am tempted to spend more on an item that I feel improves a feature I’m not so comfortable with.

A good example of this is my skin. My skin is pale, oily, prone to breakouts and features dark under-eye circles. I have been loyal for years to the reasonably priced and unassuming Phisoderm to wash my makeup off at night and cleanse my skin in the morning, but all of the rest of the creams, serums, scrubs and devices I use on my skin cost me a fair bit more.

For instance, over the last few months I have become rather addicted to the natural Suki skincare products. They aren’t cheap, but they smell fantastic and make my skin look soft and smooth. For foundation, I am constantly on the lookout for the next best thing, trying every new formula that promises flawless results. Currently, I’m using NYX’s HD Studio Photogenic Foundation – not super expensive, but kind of steep for a drugstore brand. I am in love with the idea of having a glowing look, so cheek gels and stains are my go-to products and the more expensive products have worked best for me thus far. I also love HD powder for times when I want an extra flawless look, but here, thankfully, I have found a way to save. The Studio High Definition Powder by e.l.f.  works great and costs next to nothing.

When it comes to my stronger points, the lower priced items will usually do. I guess when you’re happy with a feature, the desperation factor isn’t there. There is no need to fix anything, so spending extra money is unjustified. Plus, if you’re happy with a feature to begin with, any little bit of enhancement is just a bonus. That’s not to say that I don’t ever spurge on a costly lip gloss or mascara, but for the most part, I am just as happy with some great basics in these areas. Give me my Mark Juice Gems and my Covergirl LashBlast anyday. I’ll have no complaints, but don’t take away my splurges either. Chasing perfection is all part of the game!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing