This week, Gaby has challenged us to talk about high end products versus high street products. For my American readers, "high street" roughly translates to "drug store" in terms of cosmetics and beauty supplies. This prompt really is a challenge for me, because I basically only own one high-end product (but more on that further down in the post). I've always found success working with my drug store brands, and I don't believe in fixing something that works, right? So rather than do a comparison type post, I thought maybe I'd list a few of the brands and lines that I love.
I do a lot of blogging about nails, I realize, but I thought it would be interesting to show you what brands actually make up the majority of my stash. While I'm sure that Illamasqua and Chanel make awesome nail polish, is it really worth it to spend up to 10x as much for a bottle of "superior" varnish? Some would say yes, but those people PROBABLY don't change their nail polish 4-5 times each week. Personally, I'd rather save that money to spend it on indies, but when I do buy retail, here's what I use:
Honorable Mention: Revlon, specifically for their Photoready BB Cream (SPF30). There's a lot of BB creams out there, but this one goes in my kit because I love the non-greasy feel and great coverage plus a high SPF.
While I recognize that not everyone is as thrifty (read: cheap) as I am, in this economy it really doesn't hurt to save a few dollars on cosmetic supplies. Remember, folks, they're just cosmetics. They can't make you a better person. There is some worth to looking your best so you feel your best, but I don't really see how spending more money on a product that does the exact same thing as its less-expensive counterpart can make you feel that much better. I am not setting out to judge people who spend more on beauty products here, at all - it's your income, so you should use it as you wish, but if you're feeling tight in the pockets, maybe you could consider trying a less expensive high street (drug-store) brand just once. The worst that could happen is that you don't like it, and even then, it's not like you spent a fortune to find that out.
I hope you enjoyed reading this guide to my own personal bargain beauty. If you're interested in other takes on this topic, you can find all of them listed on Gaby's post at Another Girly Blg.
Hope you're having a great day!