Friday, August 04, 2006

Spend or Save?

In the August issue of Real Simple magazine, the writers examined when it is appropriate to shell out the big bucks for beauty and when it just makes sense to save a few pennies. Pick up a copy of the magazine for the full story, but here's the skinny.
  • Facial Cleaners: Save--it's only on your face for a few seconds and more expensive cleaners are virtually the same as their cheaper counterparts.
  • Day Cream (moisturizer): Save--just make sure your moisturizer contains sunscreen!
  • Anti-Aging/Night Cream: Spend--the more expensive brands are able to afford better research and typically contain superior ingredients.
  • Eye Shadow: Spend--more expensive brands have richer color and go on better. But, if you are trying out a new color, or are opting for something trendy, go with the cheaper stuff.
  • Foundation: Spend--it's best to have a make-up consultant help find the right color for you, or, better yet, to mix a color just for you and your skin type. Again, be sure your foundation contains some sort of sunscreen.
  • Blush: Spend--for the same reasons as the eye shadow.
  • Lipstick/Lip Gloss: Both--spend on a great everyday lipstick. More expensive brands are creamier and often contain vitamins. Save money on the gloss because you're going for shine, not color density.
  • Mascara: Save--again, there is almost no difference between the budget brands and the spendy ones.
  • Powder: Spend--for the same reasons as foundations.
  • Shampoo: Save--all the fancy-schmancy ingredients in expensive brands just go down the drain, so don't bother.
  • Conditioner: Spend--high end products have advanced delivery systems that penetrate the hair shaft in order to protect and restore hair.

Happy shopping!

1 comment:

Felys said...

thx for the tips