5 Favorite Beauty Products: High End!

When it comes to buying beauty products, I definitely prefer getting products at drugstores or Target simply because of the cost.  Whenever I go into a higher end cosmetic store like Sephora, I am sucked in by all the beautiful packaging and colors; it makes it so hard for me to resist picking up a few things!

There are, however, five higher end products that I absolutely love and consider to be totally worth the higher price because they work so well and last for an extremely long time.  I consider these five to be totally essential in my beauty/makeup routine. They're irreplaceable!

The first, Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash (8oz bottle $23), is what I've used to wash my face for as a long as I can remember. The smallest amount goes a long way, which makes the bottle last forever. It doubles for me as a makeup remover, and I can honestly say it gets EVERYTHING off my face, including waterproof eyeliner/mascara, heavy eyeshadows, etc. It is super gentle, and has no fragrance. I cannot sing its praises enough… its seriously the best and absolutely worth the price. If you want to try it out without committing to a big bottle, Sephora has the small "travel" size ones available in the check out line for about $10.

Second, bareMinerals Well Rested ($18), is another daily go-to for me. I use it as under eye concealer and also as concealer for any blemishes I may have. This is hands down the best concealer/brightener I have ever used. It makes me look wide awake after even the earliest of mornings (not a morning person here). 

Next, Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Black ($25) is another favorite of mine because it lasts forever without drying out.  Its always so frustrating to me when I buy a new bottle of mascara and its crusty and dry after only a week or two. Not the case with this one!! Its a very dark black which I love, very wet, and smells like rosewater! The brush makes application really easy and gives my short lashes an added boost of volume and length. I've been using this for about a year now, and I don't think I could give it up!

Number 4, the bareMinerals Ready Foundation (SPF 20) ($29) is my trusted do everything foundation. I used to use it in the loose powder version (also great), but have been getting the ready compact recently and am loving the fuller coverage it gives. I tend to have some redness on my face around my nose and on my cheeks, and this absolutely neutralizes it and makes me look fresh-faced in seconds. Also, because it is a powder and made of minerals, it allows my skin to breathe all day, and even at my sweatiest (I know, gross) I never feel like I have stuff on my face. The SPF 20 is an added bonus because I know I have that extra boost of sun protection. 

Finally, I received the Clarisonic Mia 2 ($149) as a gift three months ago from my fianc√©, and I am obsessed with it. I use it every night and my skin feels incredibly smooth and radiant afterwards. It's definitely gentle, but the feeling of deep clean it gives is like nothing I've ever seen before. I've seen a clear difference in terms of acne trouble spots and highly recommend this to anyone who struggles with acne too. 

I hope you enjoyed and let me know what your favorite beauty splurges are!
xo,
Grace



12 comments:

  1. Great post! Just a random thought, in order to get your mascaras to last longer have your tried adding a few eye drops or some contact solution in there? It works for me because I always forget to fully close my mascaras when I am in a rush.

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    1. Thanks!! No I never have heard of that! Thats a great tip. I will be trying that in the future :)
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  2. Great list. I'd love to have that Diorshow mascara.

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    1. It is pretty great! I love it. Have a great day Nina!
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  3. I adore Philosophy products but have never used their face scrub. Can't wait to try it after reading your review. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. You will love it! I am a big fan of Philosophy products as well; I always enjoy how their body washes smell. Let me know if you try it! Have a fantastic weekend as well :)
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      Grace

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  5. I have been using Purity for two years now, and I have no complaints! I had a question about the concealer though: does it work well as a powder? I'm afraid it would sink into my eye bags.

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    1. I love Purity! I've tried a few liquid/cream concealers (my favorite one of those is Benefit's Boing), and for my skin the powder works much better. I have some lines under my eyes that with liquid concealer tend to look even more creased, but surprisingly with the powder I've never had it sink in at all! So yes, I would say it works very well as a powder. Hope that helps!
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      Grace

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  6. LOVE the clarisonic!! The best beauty product I have bought in a long time. Also a massive fan of bare minerals, so silky on the skin.

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    1. I think it wonderful as well!! In just three months it has made such a difference in my skin. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great Sunday! :)
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