7 Beauty Essentials Worth the Splurge

Posted August 8, 2014 by in Beauty

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.