As a beauty junkie, I have a ton of different products in my bathroom. They range from super affordable drugstore buys to more prestige items. I know there can be some sticker shock when picking up a small item with a high-priced sticker, so I wanted to share five different beauty products I believe are worth the splurge. If you’re looking to treat yourself, why not invest in something a little extra special to incorporate into your daily beauty routine?
There’s a video in this post where I run through all five beauty items, but if you’re more of a reader, I’ve got all of the info below.
Sunday Riley: Good Genes ($85 – $122)
Good Genes is considered by the brand as an “all-in-one” treatment, but I particularly love it to help get rid of congestion and bumpy skin. It contains lactic acid to slough off dead skill cells. The result is smoother skin and less congestion. It also contains licorice; an ingredient known to brighten dark spots and give your skin a brighter complexion over time.
Although it says you can use this day or night, I prefer to use Good Genes at night as part of my nighttime skin care routine. When my skin is particularly problematic, I feel like even after one use I wake up with smoother skin. I have a handful of products by Sunday Riley that I really like, but with almost immediate results I can see, Good Genes is definitely worth the hype and price.
Eve Lom: Cleanser ($24 – $135)
There are a ton of balm cleansers on the market but this balm cleanser from Eve Lom is the OG. I don’t use this every day, but man, cleansing with this is such a nice little ritual when you have some extra time at night. This is not your normal cleanser and comes with a muslin cloth.
Here’s how to use it:
- Apply a small amount and massage into dry skin.
- Run the muslin cloth under hot water, then place it over your face. This steams your face, allowing your pores to open so that the oils can emulsify and cleanse your pores. Oil attracts oil.
- Take your cloth and massage it over your face, wiping away the grime and rinsing as you go. (The muslin cloth also acts as a gentle exfoliant.)
- Once you’ve removed everything from your face, run the cloth under cool water, then apply to your face to close your pores and refresh it.
I mean… doesn’t this just sound super luxurious? That’s because it is. If you’re worried about using an oil cleanser, don’t be. I have combination skin and I love this balm cleanser. Plus, the oils add a level of hydration to your skin, whereas some other cleansers can be stripping.
Chanel Beauty: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder ($58)
This bronzer from Chanel is light and buildable and long story short, you won’t turn orange. It’s available in multiple shades, and I use No. 40. The powder formula is very lightweight, so even as you apply it you won’t feel like you’re caking on layer after layer of powder. It’s basically foolproof even if you have a heavy hand.
The compact comes with a nice flat brush that I use when I want more condensed color. When I want overall color or just the slightest glow, I use this big fluffy brush (I guess technically this would make a sixth beauty item). I apply on my cheekbone back toward my ear, then make a C shape from my cheek to my temple.
Charlotte Tilbury: Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk ($34)
I’ve talked about this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick a handful of times because it’s always in my purse. The actual formula of this lipstick really nice, but the nude color is what’s even better.
Unlike other nudes that can make you look washed out and even dead-looking, Pillow Talk has pink tones in it to pull out the natural pink of lips. Think of this as accentuating what you already have. This color works on a variety of skin tones, but a medium shade is also available if your lip undertones are more berry than pink. Due to the ability to work on so many lips, that’s why it made this list.
Although this is technically a matte lipstick, it’s not a flat matte and still has creaminess to it. It doesn’t dry out my lips at all.
Davines: Oi Conditioner ($40)
I discovered this conditioner last year after years of being complacently satisfied with others. While I had conditioners that worked, I never loved any of them. Enter Oi Conditioner from Davines. This super buttery conditioner works so well, and you only need a tiny amount (AKA despite the price tag, this will last a decent amount of time). It smells so good – as does their entire Oi collection – but it hydrates my dry blonde ends better than any conditioner I’ve ever used.
This has absolutely improved the ends of my hair and I’ve found that my hair is also way easier to comb out after since it’s actually hydrated.
If you want this conditioner to last even longer, try using it as you would a mask and treat yourself to it once or twice a week.