In all honesty, a majority of high-end beauty products have a drugstore equivalent. But I said a majority. Below are seven products I’m currently obsessing over that don’t have a drugstore match:
1. Gold Perfume by Commodity
I received this perfume for Christmas, and it is now my all time favorite. It smells like vanilla, but it’s extremely complex. Vanilla will be the first thing you notice upon spraying, but you’ll shortly start to notice sandalwood, camphor, bergamot, and juniper berries.
You can find the 10ml bottle online at both Commodity and Sephora for $24. The full-size bottle will cost you about $100. So worth it though! It has become my signature scent and I’m planning on buying the large bottle when I’m out.
2. gleam by Melanie Mills
If you want fab looking legs, this stuff will become your best friend. Apply it before a night out to achieve an instant tan (with a bit of shimmer) that won’t transfer. The subtle glow is stunning, and it does last all night.
This moisturizer will also enhance, even out skin, add depth, and extend a spray tan. Plus, it hides imperfections like stretch marks and scars! Watch this video for a tutorial.
I was first introduced to this product at The Makeup Show back in May. I tried the Rose Gold and I just had to buy it. It was pricey ($40), so I use it very sparingly on special nights.
3. Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced
I’m usually not impressed by ‘designer’ mascara brands, but Too Faced wow’d me. I received a sample of it at an event during New York Fashion Week back in February and every single friend and family member has received it as a birthday gift since then. Two strokes, and you’ll have va va voom lashes!
If you’re weary about spending $20+ on mascara, purchase the travel-friendly size first. Those are usually under $10.
4. Super Line Preventer Xtreme by Prescriptives
If you’re a sun worshipper, this serum is a must have. Super Preventor Xtreme defends against the visible aging effects of free radicals triggered by the sun both immediately after exposure and again up to 72 hours later.
I apply it to my face, neck, and chest about two-three times a week before bed. I then top it with a night cream.
5. Cleanse by Lauren Napier
This is another goodie I bought at The Makeup Show. They’re individual packaged cleansing wipes for the face. I personally use them for travel; just pop them in your luggage and you’re good to go. They work extremely well, too. Even my most stubborn makeup is removed 100% when I use these wipes.
I also keep a couple in my night stand for those nights when I’m too lazy to wash my face.
Find them online for $40.
6. Bb All-Style Blow Dry by Bumble and Bumble
When I was looking for a new blow dry cream, my stylist knew just the thing. This product fights frizz, protects your locks against the heat, and it has an all-star ingredient — oil-absorbing powders to extend the life of your blowout.
I’m obsessed! I also haven’t been able to find a drugstore product that’s similar. If you know of one, let me know.
7. Perk Up Dry Shampoo by amika
I loved this product even before I started working for amika. It smells heavenly, and it’s aluminum free. It also absorbs the oil without giving your hair that grainy texture that some dry shampoos tend to leave.
I try to only wash my hair twice a week, so every morning I spray my visible roots, plus my crown and where my side parts would be (just in case I switch it up during the day).
While the dry shampoo does its job, I curl my ends. Once I spray my curls with hairspray, I massage the dry shampoo out with my fingers.
What products are you willing to spend big bucks on? Let us know in the comments below!