7 Beauty Essentials Worth the Splurge

Posted 6 months ago by

We’re all about affordable beauty products and skincare —  we just love a bargain! But there are definitely some top-notch beauty products out there that can’t be beat.

Most high-end products last longer than their cheaper counterparts, the ingredients are often of a higher quality, and you can usually notice a difference immediately. But what products are worth the splurge, and which ones are better left for Target?

Below are seven beauty essentials that are just way better with the higher price tag.


1. Face Moisturizer

A good face moisturizer is a must! We recommend a basic light lotion with SPF for daily wear, and a specialized moisturizer for the evening.

By applying at night, you’re giving the product a chance to work without interference from other products while you sleep.



2. Blow Dryer

If you blow-dry your hair on a daily basis, you should definitely look into buying a quality dryer. They’ll cut your dry time in half, which will prevent heat damage in the long run. Our favorites include T3, Solano, Twin Turbo, Eva NYC and Drybar.



3. Texture Spray

The dry texture spray from Oribe cannot be beat. We’ve searched high and low for a cheaper alternative, but we’ve sadly come back empty-handed every time. If you want sexy piece-y hair that’ll make you look like an A-list star, this is the stuff for you.



4. Primer

Foundation primer is a must if you want your makeup to last all day. If you can’t afford high-end foundation and powder, at least invest in a good primer. It’ll totally make up for it!

The primers from Laura Mercier are unbelievable and definitely worth the splurge.



5. Perfume

If you go through perfumes and body sprays like no other, then you should consider investing in a high-quality fragrance. We’re totally obsessed with Bond no.9 for both the quality and the quirky packaging — a little goes a long way and the scent will stay with you for eight hours or more.

The price tag is steep, but if you use it daily, a bottle will easily last you two years or more.



6. Lather-free Shampoo

If you have dry, frizzy, curly or damaged hair, the lather in your shampoo could be causing your locks some harm. Instead, consider using the cleansing conditioner from Wen. Cheaper knock-offs do exist, but they don’t work as well. We’ve tried almost all of them!

Note: Give yourself a full month to get used to this product. It’s way different than what you’re used to, and you most likely won’t like it at first. You’ll start to notice the difference in your hair texture during week two.


7. Serum

Most drugstores don’t have options when it comes to serums, so splurging is pretty much a must. You can find serums ranging from $15-$100+. If you’re new to the world of serums, we recommend checking out the many options from Kiehl’s.



Do you have a favorite beauty splurge? Let us know in the comments below!

*We partnered with Biotherm for this post. 


7 Beauty Products Worth The Splurge

Posted 3 years ago by

Broke & Chic had the opportunity to talk to beauty expert Jarvis DeRoche and Manhattan based hair stylist, Laurie Dimitriou to tell you what’s worth the splurge and what’s not.

When it comes to beauty products, the price you pay directly affects the formula and the chemicals of which it is made, proving the theory, “you get what you pay for.” If you have dry or damaged hair, using that 99¢ shampoo and conditioner from the dollar store won’t hydrate your precious tresses like you hoped.

According to Dimitriou:

If it all comes down to money, splurge on the shampoo and conditioner. It’s okay to save on the styling products. Avoid hair products that have sulfates, phosphates and parabens. Really read your labels. And don’t forget to buy products meant for your hair type.


Oribe is a luxery hair care line created by famed hair stylist Oribe back in 2008. These products are pricey, but actually do what they say they’re going to. Their styling products are to die for. Perfect for the volumista out there. Here are a few of our favorites.

Dry Texturizing Spray: You’ll get bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, making it a brilliant alternative to dry shampoo.


Volumista Spray: Get the volume you’ve always dreamed of!




Saryna KEY

The whole line is wonderful, but Dimitriou’s favorite is the African Shea Butter from the Damage Repaire Series. This deep conditioner is perfect for the girl with damaged, over processed locks.


Super Smile Whitening Toothpaste

This is DeRoche’s personal favorite. Most commercial whitening tooth paste contains a gritty abrasive to scrape away the pellicle — the thin layer of protein that forms on the tooth surface, and to which plaque, bacteria, and of course, stains adhere. Super Smile contains Calprox, which gently dissolves the pellicle instead.

I’ve personally been using this product in green apple for 6 months now. I feel like I just had my yearly cleaning every morning and night. I’ll never go back to regular tooth paste!


Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

This product is for those who wish to combat all signs of ageing: wrinkles, lack of firmness, lack of radiance and dryness. According to DeRoche, this product really works:

This is the only eye cream I ever used, where I actually felt the difference immediately. 


Clean Scene Spot Treatment by Murad

Applying this spot treatment at the first signs of an annoying zit will greatly reduce the severity of it.


Enjoy Shampoo & Conditioner

I’m a fan of this whole line, but Enjoy’s shampoo and conditioners are my favorite, as they cater to all hair types. Out of everything, I recommend their hydrating and luxury line. All of Enjoy’s product are sulfate-free and work to repair your hair over time. Note: Enjoy’s leave-in conditioning spray actually doubles as a skin lotion — what a great way to save a few bucks!


If you’re in the position to splurge on a few beauty products, this is a great list to follow. What beauty products are you willing to spend the big bucks on? Let us know in the comments below!