Fewer things are more gratifying than an indulgent, carefree splurge on expensive beauty products. Whether it’s the exhilaration from shopping, the anticipation of opening, or finally using the merchandise, there is much to be said for the rituals of beautifying.
While it’s important to feel pampered, however, cutting expenses tops everyone’s list of priorities. When it comes to shopping for favorite luxe-brand cosmetics and beauty products, exercising frugality is perhaps not the easiest. The average spend on high-end products can easily be several hundred dollars and regular salon visits also add up.
From home shopping—once considered taboo for any cosmetics company—to the local drugstore, the following suggestions will not only help you to look and feel beautiful, they have each been developed by and for professionals and deliver incredible results at a fantastic price.
Enriched with PhytoPlex24, plant extracts, vitamins, and anti-oxidants synergistically working with advanced Plant Stem Cell technology, Eclos Beauty has created a minimal yet highly effective line of extremely affordable skincare products. Eclos’ researchers discovered that Plant Stem Cells extracted from a rare Swiss apple encourage aging skin cells to behave more like—and look like—younger skin. One hundred percent of women tested saw a visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles within two weeks. While the advanced technology and products that are free of parabens, fragrances, sulfates, and petro-chemicals, may make one think up-market, Eclos’ highest ticket items are $24.99 and its US launch has targeted extremely accessible neighborhood retail outlets. Check the Eclos Beauty site for locations.
Launched over 12 years ago, beauty icon Lauren Hutton premiered her signature product line on HSN and has since maintained legions of loyal fans. Over four decades in front of the camera provided Hutton with a keen understanding of the limitations of traditional, seasonal, trend-based makeup products. This insider’s perspective helped her to create some outstanding formulations. Hutton’s product line consists of timeless, classic color cosmetics, tools, and skincare. And Hutton’s is the first color cosmetics line to successfully focus on the importance of teaching women how to correctly use the products. With cleverly detailed and illustrated diagrams, convenient packaging that travels well, color-coded, clearly labeled brushes, and some of the best textures and ingredients seen in any commercial line, Hutton’s products make for a user-friendly and very affordable investment.
Humble, corner beauty supply shops are often a great resource for obscure, little-known cosmetics that are as good as they are affordable. KleanColor fits that bill and delivers highly pigmented, vibrant eye shadows, blush and lip color, and liners, at astonishing prices. From thoroughly neutral, wearable color to the most vibrant multicolored palettes and everything else in between (hello, false lashes), there is something to suit everyone’s needs and budgets.
L’Oreal has always been a leader in innovative, professional, and affordable products that deliver maximum results. Voluminous Mascara, a major bargain well under $10, gets our top reviews as one of the best mascara formulas ever created. More recently, a collaboration with makeup artist James Kiliardos and supermodel Linda Evangelista saw the launch of L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets Professional line. Two vastly experienced perspectives from the worlds of beauty and fashion merged to create simple, highly effective additions to the vast range of L’Oreal products that work your face, not your wallet. The Magic Perfecting Base and Color Correcting Primers get top marks and are practical and easy to use. Check L’Oreal‘s site for a complete line of products.
A spinoff of direct-sales cosmetics kings Avon, mark. has certainly carved a niche in a highly competitive market with a complete line of color cosmetics, skincare, hair styling products, and fragrance. Mark.’s cleverness, convenience, and great formulations are right on target with current beauty trends. Good Riddance Hook Up concealer pencils and Get Bright Hook Up Highlighters get top, umm, marks, as do the Just Pinched Instant Blush sticks. Check out the mark. site for other products as well as great tips from top industry experts.
Its no secret that professional styling tools are pricey and cheaper alternatives simply don’t provide optimal results. Trips to the salon for a straightening aren’t always within budget either. Pro Beauty Tools‘ 1″ ceramic straightening iron not only delivers the most professional results, it has all the features of a higher priced professional iron at a fraction of the cost. Smooth, sleek, shiny hair is instantly achieved and the rounded plate allows you to create a curling iron’s bends and curls. This tool is a must!