It’s always fun to try out a new mascara or test drive a statement lip color. But when it comes down to my every day beauty routine – the one I need to cruise through in five minutes and know it’s never gonna let me down – I’m a product loyalist. When I find something that solves an actual problem (hello breakouts, split ends, dry lips) and outperforms all the others, I stick with it and use that baby up until the jar is empty. And I know it’s found an official spot with my ride-or-dies when I actually go out and purchase a replacement of the exact same product. I’ve got my drugstore faves which I’ll share in another post soon – I tend to go the cheaper route when it comes to things like body lotion, eyeliner, mascara, and trendy lip shades.
But found in my can’t-live-without-them collection are a few pricier standouts that I keep buying because they really just work better than any others I’ve tried.For almost all of these, a dab will do you, which means that one of them will last a really long time. So when I’m cringing at the purchase price, it helps to think in terms of CPU (cost per use), and I also remind myself that especially when it comes to what I put on my skin, sometimes it’s really worth the investment. Read on for my beauty splurges that are actually worth it, and I’d love to hear yours in the comments. Though my wallet might regret it. 😉 all-natural antioxidant-packed treatment, I found it hard to believe that people would pay this much for a face serum when there are so many less expensive ones on the market. Then the brand sent me a bottle to try out, and within a couple weeks of using it morning and night, my skin was visibly glowier and had zero breakouts. My complexion was in perfect balance, and what’s even better is that since the product is packed with 22 botanicals and 60+ bioavailable nutrients, you don’t really need to layer on other skincare to achieve that radiant, youthful skin you’re after. I made this bottle last a long time and then when I’d squeezed the last ounce out of the dropper, I hopped online and scooped up a new one. Now I’m just trying to figure out how I can get back on their media mailing list #skincarefantasy. Dyson’s products, the engineering and design on this beauty is near perfect, and it gives me back my most valuable resource: my time. I used to dread the 20+ minutes it took to dry my hair, and now I flip my head over and go from sopping wet to bone dry in 5 minutes flat. If you’ve got the cash, splurge for this dryer and trust Auntie Camille that you will not regret it. (ps – I’m super curious about the new Dyson Airwrap Volume + Shape Styler – anyone tried it? It looks sooo cool!) promote cell turnover and provide moisture that minimizes the usual irritation associated with retinol. If you want to dramatically diminish fine lines and discoloration, you’ll want to go with the highest concentration (1.0.) I’m linking to the one I use (.5) which is a little gentler but still strong enough for me to see a difference in my skin. My best tip for using this is to make sure your skin is completely dry before applying, then I go watch a show or read for 30 minutes before applying my moisturizer on top and going to bed. Giving it time to absorb before applying anything else is key to its efficacy. And make sure you start out by just using it a couple times a week, then work your way up to every night to build up your skin tolerance. Here’s what my dermatologist has to say about retinol and why everyone should be using it. this electric toothbrush with a sonic blue light to brush my teeth for a few years now, and I really think that it’s the secret to keeping my teeth super white despite all the coffee and tea that I sip daily. You have to use it with their special whitening gel which responds to the blue light, and you’ll use a regular toothpaste for actual cleaning, and it is seriously so much less annoying than using whitening strips. I’m also a big fan of how sleek and lightweight it is compared to other electric toothbrushes. *And a couple bonus products that our editors swear by!