02 October 2016

Splurge or Save?: The Beauty TAG

I have been 'Tagged' by the lovely Joanna from My Pink Rambles to do the Splurge or Save beauty TAG. I love writing TAG posts and have written a few already on Lippy In The City so naturally I jumped at the opportunity when I found out about a new one.

This TAG is all about when I like to splash the cash, or save the pennies when buying makeup or beauty products. I strongly believe that you don't always need to spend a lot to get good quality, some of the best beauty products can be the cheapest. It's important to keep a balance though and know when to fork out that little bit extra that makes all the difference.

As a general rule, I believe that spending a bit more on eyeshadows usually pays off. I find that higher end brands such as MAC, Urban Decay and Dior all offer amazing quality eyeshadows that are highly pigmented and stay all day without smudging or creasing. This is what I look for when buying eyeshadows because I haven't got the time to touch up my eye makeup throughout the day. I need products that once I've applied them, aren't going to budge until bedtime.

Facial Skin Care
Like eyeshadows, I believe that with skin care you get what you pay for. I find that more expensive skin care products contain more active ingredients to really help your skin with whatever it needs. Origins is one of my favourite skin care brands and all their products contain natural active ingredients. I can't live without their Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil (£24.50) or Modern Friction Face Scrub (£23). Another skin care favourite or mine is Estee Lauders Advanced Night Repair Serum (from £52). This is a cult classic that I apply after cleansing and before my night cream, it makes my skin look incredible, This is definitely a splurge item that I'll always repurchase even if my bank account doesn't thank me for it.

Like Joanna I always save when buying mascaras. I go through a mascara every two months and can't justify spending £20 a pop on a cosmetic with such a short shelf life. All of my favourite mascaras tend to be under £5 with Wilkos own makeup brand Essence Cosmetics carrying a few of my favs. I have blogged about their Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara (£3.30) many times but I can't get enough of it. If you haven't tried a tube of this yet, you really need to.

Lip Products
Now this was a hard one to put into the save category because I do own a lot of high-end lip products, aswell as cheaper alternatives. I've put lip products into the save category for the same reasons as mascara. Lip products have a relatively short shelf life. If your anything like me you switch up your lip products daily and are constantly transferring them to and from your handbag, with the odd one getting lost along the way. For this reason alone I would be gutted if I lost a £30 lipstick simply because it went walkies. Some of my go to lipsticks are from MUA and NYX. You can't fault their quality, colour range or longevity.

I'd love to know what beauty products you splurge or save on. Please TAG your post in the comments or use the hashtag #SplurgeOrSaveBeauty on Twitter xoxo

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