Beauty Basics – Steal vs Splurge

By Wednesday, April 15, 2015 0 Permalink

Beauty Basics

It’s been a while since I’ve brought up the topic of Steal vs Splurge. This is one of the more challenging posts for me to do as it takes building my collection to realize what I should and should not have. But with a few years under my belt of testing and trying product I’m bound to have a few tricks up my sleeve still. Add to that the fact I’ve been product obsessed lately which means I have plenty of products to discuss. Beauty products shouldn’t always be about the high end dollar signs. You don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like a goddess. I’m a huge fan of finding the steals and making them work. Of course I splurge on certain products and always will (Lancôme Hypnose Drama ALL THE TIME).

Steal vs Splurge | Beauty Basics

  • Not every sea salt texturizing spray should be treated equally. They are NOT the same and I’m here to give you my honest opinion about that. Yes, I love Bumble products and yes I use Surf Spray. But I haven’t always and I have used other products before. Nothing compares to Surf Spray. I’ve tried the Beach Babe Spray in the past and it doesn’t compare. My hair didn’t have the same texture and feel when using the Beach Babe and my curl didn’t feel very….beachy. Invest and Splurge in the Surf Spray.
    Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Salt Spray
    Bumble and bumble Surf Spray
  • I’m really into contour palettes right now. Borderline obsessed maybe? I’ve tried a few and admittedly returned some due to the texture and application. I’m not ashamed to say I will return something if I don’t like it. So I’ve tried a few palettes and hated them. Then there were some that I was quite okay with. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette isn’t too bad. But then I went the cheap route and purchased the Coastal Scents Contour Palette and I’m a fan. For the cheap steal it was worth the money and will be again and again and again. For the price the product goes on smooth and blends nicely. We’re going with the Steal on this palette.
    Coastal Scents Contour Palette
    Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette
  • I’ve been playing around with lip color more these days so this is the type of product I’m bound to have tons of in my kit. And tons I do have. Many different lip crayons which have lasted through my testing and others that get tossed aside. While I’m a fan of the Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ I found that the Revlon alternative has the same texture and some of the same colors. I’ll save my pennies for something else and go with the Steal on this one.
    Clinique ‘Chubby Stick’ Lip Color
    Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Balm
  • You can’t contour without a proper highlighter. This is a tricky product because I find that most are too thick or too pale. The colors don’t seem to translate to my skin tone too well and then blending them just becomes a pain in the ass. It’s not like I want that huge white streak on my cheekbones. I splurged on the Benefit High Beam a few months ago and I’m glad I did. While the e.l.f. option is only $1 (yes, $1 !!) it doesn’t hold up well with makeup application. I like it at times when mixing it with my foundation but the color doesn’t wear well on my skin all day long. The High Beam is thin enough that it goes on similar to a nail polish (brush and all) but doesn’t run or drip. Blending is easy with a brush, a sponge, or your fingers. Go with the Splurge and invest in a great product.
    Benefit Cosmetics High Beam
    e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip

– Jamie of Hello There, Lady!


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