15 Beauty Products Worth the SplurgeWhile all of that is true, your skin creates the walls of your sanctuary and is worth protecting. Some things are worth the splurge, so we’ve rounded up our favorite beauty products that are worth the price tag.
Wake Up RefreshedAfter snoozing the alarm for the eighth time, you deserve to rise and feel refreshed. Give your skin an ameliorating and relaxing wake-up call with something less blaring than your iPhone’s buzzer. Your sweet dreams will awaken to sweeter sensations as you lather up in L’Occitane’s Immortelle Precious Foaming Cleanser and Essential Water.
If you’re an early bird with enough morning time to spare, get pumped for the day ahead and opt for Kiehl’s hydration mask. The handpicked calendula flower petals and aloe vera will bring Parisian paradise to your bathroom sink. The activated ingredients burst into a refreshing surge of cooling and soothing hydration that will energize your senses without the morning coffee.
Immortelle Precious Morning Ritual at L’Occitane, $60
Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask at Kiehl’s, $45
Resist the WrinklesTake it from us—you’re never too young to start an anti-aging regimen. Stomp away crow’s feet and laugh in the face of smile lines with firming skin care from tried and true beauty brands. Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Ceramide Capsules can be easily transported from your vanity to your summer travel bag. The magical tablets are claimed to be clinically proven to take up to 10 years off the look of your skin. Who would have thought little gold capsules would be the closest thing to the fountain of youth?
If you love a good splurge, 'Genaissance™ de La Mer' The Serum Essence is a lavish choice. The age-transcending serum was first inspired when a scientist at the Max Huber Research Labs discovered crystals in La Mer’s Miracle Broth. The crystallized confection was then crafted in small batches, making a serum with the highest potency to rejuvenate your skin. The price may feel steep, but something tells us “future you” will say thanks for the investment.
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules at Macy’s $78
La Mer 'Genaissance™ de La Mer' The Serum Essence at Nordstrom, $620
Make Moisture Your MissionLush will help you transport your beauty routine to a far off land with Skin’s Shangri La moisturizer, made with jojoba oil, soothing aloe vera extract and Queen of Hungary water—a mixture of water, vodka and rosemary that's known to tighten and firm fine lines. Plus, the all-natural formula’s wheatgrass juice is rich in antioxidants to restore your skin’s moisture.
Keep the hydration coming with Origins’ Three Part Harmony™ Soft Cream for Renewal, Repair and Radiance. This silky soft cream creates a fluffy, whipped texture for skin in need of lightweight hydration. The shea butter and vitamin E team up to produce youthful supplies of natural collagen to help visibly repair skin's structure with Tazetta Lily Bulb and Myrtle. Did we mention you’ll be left with a brilliant glow?
Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturizer at Lush, $49.95
Three Part Harmony™ Soft Cream for Renewal, Repair and Radiance at Origins, $69
Knock the StressAccording to the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Not only is stress a big enough quagmire to warrant a whole research institution, but a majority of the country feels sick because of it. Stress can wreak havoc on our mood, weight, heart, and energy levels. With a buffet line of health issues, your skin is just the appetizer.
Acne and inflammation are a few common flare-ups many women experience when under the wire, but so is dehydrated and exhausted looking skin. Caudalie’s Premier Cru line has a top-ranking spot in the holy grail of skincare. The exceptional cream reduces notable signs of aging, visible dark spots, and oxidative stress with every swirl of its velvety texture. If you thought Premier Cru was a luxurious splurge, Natura Bisse’s Diamond eye cream will zap signs of stress and luminously lift in all of the right places.
Premier Cru The Cream at Caudalie, $158
Natura Bisse Diamond Eye Cream at Bloomingdale’s, $210
Clean Up NicelyTransition your typical bath time into a salon and spa day with the right sidekicks. Pamper your luscious locks with Aveda’s lightweight and nourishing protective scalp concentrate, creating a barrier between your scalp environmental aggressors. If the notes of grapefruit and cypress aren’t enough, dip your toes into a sweetly scented bath. Seven of the world’s most exquisite roses, along with hints of crushed violet leaves and lemon, come together in Jo Malone’s exquisite and relaxing bath oil.
Pramāsana™ Protective Scalp Concentrate at Aveda, $45
Red Roses Bath Oil, 250ML, at Jo Malone, $65
Scent and SensibilityPsychologists and researchers have gone on record to rave about the power a scent has to connect the mind to the body. From familiar memories to evoked emotions, scents can bring back the past or simply change your mood with a few quick sniffs. Our olfactory system personally loves Penhaligon’s Vanities body cream and Givenchy’s ambrosial Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum. Get a whiff of whimsical luxury with these two opulent odors.
Vanities Body Cream Glass Jar at Penhaligon’s, $78
Dahlia Divin Le Nectar de Parfum at Givenchy, $114
Give Your Makeup Bag a Face-liftDid you know most makeup should be thrown out between three months and a year? If you’re not the type to wear last year’s trends, what makes you think it’s okay to wear last year’s beauty products? Detox your makeup bag from aged products and ditch the drugstore beauty items for brands that hold runway prestige.
If the world were a catwalk, Chanel would paint it red with unapologetic sophistication. The Coco Rouge lipstick shines on supple lips with sheer femininity and hydration. To match Chanel’s shine, add a radiant dose of Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter. The illuminating elixir will give you an incandescent goddess-like glow. Finish off your makeover with Burberry’s Cat Lashes Mascara packing purring power for a soft and sexy cat-eye.
We’ve given you the list, now it’s your turn to give your skin a reward.
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick at Chanel, $37
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter at Sephora, $44
Burberry Cat Lashes – Jet Black No.01 at Burberry, $30