When it comes to what areas of beauty we choose to invest in it's very much down to personal preference. In my own beauty buying habits, I tend to keep things an even mix between high street and high end. These days you don't need to spend a lot to get an awesome product as the high street is booming with incredible beauty buys. That being said there are still some areas that I like to spend a little extra on and here is my top 6.
In most areas of my skincare routine, I've found cheaper alternatives to the type of products love, apart from moisturiser. It's the one area I like to make sure I invest in as it's one of the only products that is staying on my skin for a prolonged amount of time. Where as I think with a cleanser you can spend a little less as you're washing it away. When I've gone cheap I've noticed the products just don't work as well and they tend to pill up which is a big pet peeve of mine. More expensive offerings also tend to include an SPF which saves you buying an extra product as it's important to protect your skin daily.
FOUNDATION & TINTED MOISTURISER
Up until the last couple of years, I found shopping on the high street incredibly difficult for my fair skin. So like most fair skinned ladies I turned to beauty counters to be able to find a shade pale enough. There are some high street brands that do cater to a paler skin, but of course, it's few and far between. Not only do more premium brands typically offer a better shade range they have a plethora of formulations available too. So no matter what your skin type you're more than likely to find a base that you'll love.
I've always been a girl who prefers a good lip balm to a lipstick. There is a ton of awesome lipsticks available on the high street, but it tends to be a little baron in the balm department. I've completely spoilt myself over the years with the likes of the Dior Creme de Rose, Nuxe Reve De Miel and the Fresh balms. They are all balms that actually work, though, for years I was just applying products that gave me a false sense of security as they weren't actually healing my lips.
With a good top coat in tow, I've found you don't need to splurge on your polish colour. Two of my favourites are the China Glaze Quick Dry Top Coat and O.P.I Rapid Dry. Both are excellent for when you don't have a ton of time on your hands (pun completely intended) and can extend your manicure wear time. Neither of them are purse shatteringly expensive, but they are a little more pricey than your typical polish.
To date, I've only found one budget primer that I've really loved. I've never found anything on the high street that can compare to the more expensive offerings. There seems to be a much bigger and better range available amongst the more luxury beauty brands with a ton of formulations available. A good primer can make all the difference to how my base looks, especially when it comes to soothing over and concealing blemishes.
One of the first beauty products I ever bought was blusher, I've always reached for it over bronzer to help add life and dimension to my complexion. It's not the quality that sucks me into the high-end world of blushers, it's the shade range and the different formula and finishes that keep me coming back. Although, yes sometimes the quality is arguably better you can still find some awesome options in the lower price frame.