Shopping for beauty products can be a difficult.  One often reaches a fork in the road when deciding whether to go cheap or expensive.  The truth is some beauty products are worth spending more money on and others are not.  Here is your guide to navigating whether to splurge or not on certain items.



When it comes to your face, you want to make sure you are taking care of your skin.  Spending a little bit more money on foundation is completely worth it.  A good amount of grocery store bought foundation often contains cheaper and lower quality ingredients that can make your skin appear cakey, less natural, and have a high risk of running or rubbing off easily.  Applying something to your face that has lower quality ingredients may cause you to break out.  Take care of your skin by investing in a powder mineral foundation like Bare Minerals that will not only look great, but will be good for your skin as well.  The truth is when you take care of your skin, it will most likely clear up, and you will most likely use less foundation. The less foundation you use the longer it will last, thus the higher quality foundation will be worth the purchase.

Bare Minerals Foundation: $28.50

Body Lotion


Body Lotion is important, but you do not have to pay big bucks to get great results.  Lotion like Aveeno is great for full coverage of your body.  It moisturizes well and leaves a pleasant non-overwhelming scent.

Aveeno Body Lotion: $6.99 - $10.99

Lip Stain


Lip stain is something that you will want to spend a little more money on.  Some store bought lip stains can sometimes look cheap and may disappointed.  Stila’s lip stains are amazing and last for hours!  One of the great things is, when they do fade, they fade naturally.  Their lip stains come in so many colors and have a creamy-matte finish.

Stay All Day Liquid Stain - $24.00



Unlike lip stains, some lipsticks found at the grocery store are actually very good quality and look great.  Burt’s Bees has amazing lipstick with great ingredients that rival ones in department stores.  It is ultra-moisturizing and has so many options when it comes to colors.

Burt’s Bees Lipstick: $9.00



Like your skin, your eyes are also something that you want to take good care of.  When choosing mascaras, it is a smart idea to go ahead and splurge on some nice mascara.  Not only will it look great, but the ingredients may be less harsh on your eyes.  Benefit has one of the best mascaras out there called Roller Lash Curling Mascara.  This mascara won Allure’s Best of Beauty award.

Benefit’s Roller Lash Curling Mascara: $24.00

Skin Care


Like previously stated, when you take care of your skin you will most likely use less foundation, thus making the makeup you do buy last longer.  It is not only good foundation that gives you better skin, but most importantly your skin care routine.  Good skin is something that is worth investing in.  Your skin and face are what people see when they first see you.  Invest in good skin care products that work for you and your skin type.  Visit a Sephora or even ask your dermatologist what products they recommend according to what type of skin you have.  Brands like Clinic and Origins are great reliable options.