Beauty products - expensive but worth it

(31 Posts)
foolssilver Mon 05-Aug-13 20:45:26

I was inspired by the cheap as chips but beauty gold thread to start an opposite one. I mostly buy cheaper items but I have a few things I splurge on.

So what are your expensive but so worth it beauty buys.

Mine are:

Origins - Drink up intensive overnight mask. I have really dry skin and this is worth the £20 odd I spend on it every few months.

L'anza Healing Strength Shampoo and Conditioner - an eyewatering £25 a bottle but has transformed my previously frazzled, bleached, hair extension ruined hair.

Armani luminious silk foundation - best foundation I've found for me.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme facial wash
Decleor neroli serum.

coffeeinbed Mon 05-Aug-13 20:58:59

For me it was the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted moisturiser.

And I just realised I bought it last November, have been using it pretty much every day and still have a few days worth left. Not sure how.

bonzo77 Mon 05-Aug-13 21:05:30

Lancôme hydra zen cream (not the gel).

Allthingspretty Mon 05-Aug-13 21:07:56

Aveda damage remedy
Eve lom cleanser
Estee leauder invisible fluid foundation

SundaySimmons Mon 05-Aug-13 21:13:50

http://www.dior.com/beauty/usa/en/makeup/lips/lip_balm/llipbalm.html

Dior creme de rose lip balm. It smells divine, gives my lips moisture without being sticky, and without the gloss of vaseline pink bubbly.

It makes my lips feel plump!

Paintyourbox Mon 05-Aug-13 21:50:05

Elemis pro-collagen marine cream without a doubt. Lasts me a long time and has totally reversed some of my fine lines.

Ooh I LOVE Elemis Tri Enzyme Face Wash. It smells milky too smile

I'd put on my list Philosophy Hope in a Jar for winter
and I've just bought a jar of L'Occitane (in the blue jar) Immortale for summer.

Vibbe Mon 05-Aug-13 21:55:43

Dior Creme Abricot for the nails. Lovely before bedtime. During the day, it can be a bit too greasy though.
Diorskin Nude foundation. Medium coverage, lasts very well and looks good. And is fine for my oily skin.

Guerlain Le 2 Volume mascara. Lasts well, looks good and doesn't flake on my lashes. And it doesn't give my lashes that dry, brittle feeling that other mascaras MAC I'm looking at you can give.
Guerlain Rouge Automatique and Rouge G lipsticks. Taste of violet which I love. Moisturises, doesn't dry out lips. Wears off nicely and lasts forever. Probably the best or 2nd best lipstick formula I've tried.
Guerlain Meteorites powder pearls. I have quite a few of these - they are good for all over, for highlighting, for blush - everything. Some are a bit too glittery for some purposes though.
Guerlain Khol me pencils - Khols tend to wear off quickly on my lids, but this actually lasts all day. It's soft and very pigmented, so it just glides on.
Guerlain nail polishes - best polishes IMO. Brush is perfectly shaped, one coat is actually enough to give a good coverage and high shine, even in one layer.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation - lasts all day, even on very hot and humid days. Seems sweat-proof and absorbs oil so my face doesn't look oily or greasy. Light to medium coverage.

Laura Mercier lipstick - I have one in a my lips but better colour, and it lasts well, doesn't dry out my lips and wears off nicely. One of the best lipstick formulas I've tried.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil - it's a moisturising primer. I use it as a moisturiser and it's lovely for summer. Doesn't get oily or greasy, but hydrates well.

Tom Ford lipsticks. Just amazing. Probably as good or better than Guerlain lipsticks - but cost a fortune.

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Mask - I love it, although the smell is a bit too strong.

foolssilver Mon 05-Aug-13 22:01:24

I've been tempted by the Illamasqua Hydra Veil before, I might give it a try now smile

JustBecauseICan Mon 05-Aug-13 22:01:26

Clinique Superpowder pressed powder- used it for yeeeeears and was a bit incredulous to discover last week when buying a new one that the Clinique ladies refer to it as foundation! I also always used Clinique Gentle Light loose powder but it's discontinued.

Liz Earle C and P

L'Occitane Divine Cream- I bought my Mum a pot for Christmas and am currently staying with her...I am using it and it really is doing something rather spectacular to my face. (am still slopping the cheap as chips Astral on my neck though!)

JustBecauseICan Mon 05-Aug-13 22:02:46

(I did want the Guerlain Orchidee cream but it's a 3 figure sum shock)

ZacharyQuack Tue 06-Aug-13 02:24:28

Nars Sheer Glow foundation.

Bobbi Brown makeup brushes - I've got some that are almost 20 years old, used daily, washed weekly and still in perfect condition.

williaminajetfighter Tue 06-Aug-13 05:26:13

Eve lom cleanser. Have been using for years. Is amazing.

De la mer moisturising lotion. Just divine. Have tried other creams but nothing holds a candle to it....

Moroccan oil for hair. Wonder stuff.

Liz Earle sheer tint foundation. Great sheer glowy coverage.

Bobbi brown eyebrow filler and brush.

Missbopeep Tue 06-Aug-13 08:11:06

Lancome Hypnose Mascara

Clinique Super Rescue Night Cream

REN Morrocan rose shower gel

Allthingspretty Tue 06-Aug-13 08:32:15

Cluniqueousture surge

Missbopeep Tue 06-Aug-13 08:43:40

Clinique Moisture Surge perhaps? smile

Cheeseatmidnight Tue 06-Aug-13 08:59:35

Lush - it's expensive for me anyway!

Allthingspretty Tue 06-Aug-13 09:32:32

Yes bo peep

kiwigirl42 Tue 06-Aug-13 13:27:14

The Sanctuary Warming Micobrasion Polish - £10 so bit pricy for a scrub but its wonderful. It warms as you rub it and its really sandpapery despite being fine. I like to feel a scrub actually working and you can feel this one.

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 14:11:22

Lush - Gorgeous though can't afford right now :-(

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 14:12:02

Liz Earle Cleanse n Polish

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 14:12:19

as in, their Gorgeous moisturiser

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 14:15:05

yes to Hope in a Jar
Mac Lipglass (but nothing else MAC for me..doesnt stay put/ fades)
Getting powder gel nails done in salon (only £18 for my infills but still a luxury to me)

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 14:16:24

Lucas Papaw ointment..use for everything..best foot softener EVER too.
It's not cheap on t'internet but i have aus family so tend to get a lot sent or brought over

Keztrel Tue 06-Aug-13 14:40:58

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream

Until a few weeks ago I would have said Elemis Tri-Enzyme Peel but then I got a Dermaflannel which works just as well and is going to work out far cheaper in the long run!

I prefer expensive lipstick to cheaper brands as I always end up hating the smell/finish of Revlon, Rimmel etc.

I'll pay the earth for a foundation in the right colour with the right finish. Never found a cheap one that's any good, because they don't go pale enough. I luuuurve Chantecaille Future Skin (££££££ OMG)

Mac eyeliner, powder and blusher.

Mac or Bobbi Brown make up brushes.

OPI/Essie/Nails Inc nail polish.

Cheap face wash, hair products and body lotion are all fine for me.

GreenSkittles Tue 06-Aug-13 14:45:43

Lancome Genefique/Visionnaire serums, plus Lancome masaras, especially Defencils.

Aplha H Liquid Gold

Kiehls Mdinight Recovery serum

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:16:12

having greasy hair, i can't do without Lush shampoos.. Big and I love Juicy and Rehab. I try other high street ones for greasy hair and they don't come close to these..

alltoomuchrightnow Tue 06-Aug-13 15:17:56

apart from Lush moisturiser when can afford, it's cheap and simple stuff for me now as i'm sensitive. since i've started doing aspirin mask once a week.,..no need any more for scrubs, anti agers etc..it takes years off me!

FoxyHarlow123 Wed 07-Aug-13 13:10:54

I've had the guerlain orchidee cream. No better or worse than anything else. Ive honestly never used any cream that's ever done anything, other than doctor prescribed bleaches. Save yr money and spend it on Botox instead! Expensive perfumes though - now they ARE worth spending your money on, IMHO of course!

JustBecauseICan Wed 07-Aug-13 13:13:41

I agree about perfume by and large.

Cheap scent smells like cheap scent.

(that said Byblos Cielo which sells for about 20 euro on ebay.it is a deadringer for Thierry Mugler Angel I have to say)

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now