Save & Splurge Beauty Products
I love good quality, higher end (okay, read: Sephora) beauty products as much as the next girl. But I’m also not a huge fan of spending the money that comes with these more expensive skincare brands. I’m always looking for some new suggestions or recommendations for products, so please leave them below, but there have been some of my favorite splurge and save finds that I’ve used!
Let’s get to the most important category (at least for me) first. I use dry shampoo on the regular, especially as we transition into the summertime here in Austin. Basically every run is going to turn into a swamp-fest and every time that I can salvage my hair, I’m going to. But, not all dry shampoo is created equal. Some has a bit of color-enhancer in it (no thanks, for me) and others just make my hair more greasy than when we started. But these are my two favorite winners.
This Living Proof version of dry shampoo is my personal favorite. If you’re lucky, you can usually nab a bundle at Sephora, which includes a travel size as well as a full size container. But, it is a bit more spendy than the drugstore version.
Pros: Soaks up oil quickly, doesn’t leave a residue, great clean smell, can’t spray “too much”
Cons: Sometimes the nozzle gets clogged.
Honorable mention: DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo
Batiste is probably the only drugstore version I’ll use. My original foray into dry shampoo ended several years ago when I thought I could just get any version from Walgreens and it would be fine. Wrong. Having lots of finer hair means anything too heavy is going to make my hair fall, greasy, and well, gross. Batiste is a great value for the cost (and Amazon Prime, duh!) so, that’s a big bonus.
Pros: Cost, great oil absorption, available on Amazon or at a local drugstore.
Cons: Not all the fragrances are good, can definitely spray “too much” on your hair and make it worse, leaves a bit of a white residue that doesn’t immediately brush out if too much is applied.
And now, time for the second most used product in my bathroom! Mascara! I don’t use makeup daily since I’m constantly sweating, but I do keep mascara on my eyes. I’m a huge believer in Revitalash for lash growth (and unfortunately, not there is NOT a “save” for that, but it’s 100% worth it for your lashes, I promise. Check out Dermstore’s subscription service on beauty products to save a bit!). A simple mascara that doesn’t clump or make my eyelashes look caked and chunky is what I’m going for!
This is one of the first big girl makeup purchases that I’ve ever made and I’m not going back any time soon. This is an OG love, right here.
Pros: No clumping, long length, the regular version is almost waterproof (I’ve worn it during marathons), doesn’t smudge
Cons: Only comes in black and brown, doesn’t come off easily and sometimes pulls out lashes, tube tends to dry out quickly
If you’re thinking that I’m crazy for spending $25 on mascara, here ya go!
Pros: Super long length, price point
Cons: Can DEFINITELY clump if you add too much or layer too quickly
Vitamin C serum
Okay, let’s switch directions for awhile here and switch over into some skincare products. If you’ve been following for awhile, you know that I’m pretty much a convert of the Drunk Elephant & Sunday Riley brands. But while they’re high quality, that doesn’t mean that I enjoy spending money. So, of course, I’ve been branching out and trying some different brands as well! Vitamin C is great for repairing skin damage and sun spots, as well as helping with brightening, firming and anti-aging!
Splurge: Drunk Elephant C-Tango - $80
I can’t say enough good things. I love this stuff. I love this whole brand. Here’s another post about Drunk Elephant if you would like to hear my extended thoughts:
Read more: Why Drunk Elephant is my Go-To Skincare
Pros: I love the smell, isn’t sticky or greasy, lasts for up to 72 hours, 1-2 pumps is more than enough, so it lasts!’
Cons: Definitely expensive, starts to oxidize and could change the products effectiveness, smell (if you don’t like oranges)
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, then here you go! I will say, with Vitamin C serums, you’re going to get what you pay for. It’s not a comparison, but if you’re looking for something to dabble with before committing to a more expensive option, this is great!
Pros: Vitamin C at a lesser price point, Amazon Prime, great customer service
Cons: not as effective as higher priced serums, some reviews about drying out skin
I go more in-depth with the moisturizer cream in my blog post (read: Why Drunk Elephant is my Go-To Skincare) but this stuff is amazing.
Pros: So rich and thick, lasts a long time (1 pump is more than enough), very hydrating
Cons: price point, sometimes too thick for sweating.
I haven’t used this moisturizer personally, but I’ve had a few recommendations for it from friends I trust, so I’m going to add it here.
Pros: Great price, great moisturizer, fragrance-free, non-oily, Amazon Prime
Cons: Causes breakouts on some people
This is one of the few categories that I don’t think that you can find a convenient Amazon purchase. Undereye creams need to be rich, hydrating or otherwise they’re not going to work.
Definitely spoken a bit more about my love for the Sunday Riley skincare line (read more: My daily routine with Sunday Riley) but this depuff cream goes beyond just a normal under eye cream. It has a bit of caffeine that helps with puffiness, but it also has a tad bit of shimmer in it that helps with dark under eyes. I like to layer it underneath my moisturizer for a good fit.
Pros: shimmer for under eye darkness, caffeine for puffiness, a little bit goes a long way
Cons: a little greasy, has a bit of smell (I personally like it, but I know not everyone will)
Pro tip: Take advantage of Dermstore’s first time use or subscription service! Products like this are rarely discounted at Sephora. Linked below.
Save: Tula Eye Cream - $52
Okay, now hear me out. It’s not as much of a save as some of the other products, but if you get Tula on a subscription from Dermstore, it makes it only $44.20! Or, there are always great sales and discounts going on, so you almost never have to pay full price for this.
Pros: Super rich and hydrating, antioxidants to protect skin, higher end skincare at an affordable price through Dermstore, a little bit goes a long way
Cons: A little more expensive, greasy if too much is applied.
I’m not even going to spend the time to give you a “splurge” on beauty blenders. I really have NO idea why you would even spend $25 on a single sponge when you can get the same exact ones on Amazon. And, if beauty products have taught us nothing, it’s that you shouldn’t keep a sponge around forever anyway. And, knowing me, if I spent $25 on it, then I won’t want to throw it away when it’s time.
Pros: Not $25 (aka, you can afford to throw them away), you get 4 + a bonus foundation brush, Amazon Prime
I feel the same way about brushes, but please keep in mind, that I’m not a beauty blogger by trade or a makeup artist. I definitely do not apply high end makeup, or even put on makeup daily, so these are quality finds that I’ve been using myself and have fit the bill regarding easy to use.
Save: BS-MALL Makeup Brushes Premium Synthetic Foundation Powder Concealers Eye Shadows Makeup 14 Pcs Brus - $11
Pros: Variety of sizes, soft bristles, Amazon Prime
Have any makeup saves that you absolutely love? I want to share everything that people find on Amazon - it’s quickly becoming my favorite thing!
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