10 Splurge-Worthy Beauty Products You Won’t Regret Spending Your Money On
Just like our affordable high-quality linen, we’re no strangers to the fact that superior beauty products don’t necessarily have to break the bank. There’s a good chance you’ve wondered if you really need to buy the expensive salon shampoo over the supermarket $5 one you’ve been using for years, or if a high-end foundation will look the same as a drugstore dupe.
In saying this, sometimes a little splurge on specific products can make all the difference to you and your skin’s health. So, whether you’re looking to treat your skin to some luxurious products or gift a superb beauty item to someone special, we’ve rounded up the 10 beauty goodies that are actually worth the splurge. No, these products won’t set you back hundreds of dollars (after all, budget is subjective); what we do know is that these products have earned their spot in our skincare routines, while others have been recommended by makeup artists, “skinfluencers” and experts.
10 Beauty Products Worth the Splurge
1. Go-To Face Hero, $45
This has undoubtedly become the brand’s cult product. On MECCA alone, this small but mighty product has a stellar rating of 4.7 stars from over 2000 reviews, who all swear by this stuff to fix a range of skin ailments. From clearing cystic acne to evening out skin tone and even solving hyperpigmentation, people go nuts for Go-To’s lightweight facial oil. Packed with 10 plant and nut oils, it’s touted as the “all-in-one daily skin guardian” and the true “hero” you’ve been looking for.
2. Alder New York Black Obsidian Facial Roller, $60
Made from naturally occurring lava crystals, this tool is used to gently massage products into your skin. Starting from the centre of your face, roll a few drops of oil, serum or moisturiser in smooth upwards and outwards motions. The repeated motions will help with tension, puffiness and circulation in your skin. Plus, it’s a soothing way to incorporate a self-care ritual into your day.
3. Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub, $16.95
For only $16.95 (that’s equivalent to about four coffees), you can invest in the OG of coffee scrubs that has helped thousands of people worldwide rid their skin from breakouts, scars, cellulite and stretch marks. The five-star product’s magic occurs from the blend of coffee (yes, real coffee), Vitamin E and antioxidant-rich oils that’ll all work together to leave your skin ultra-smooth.
4. Jelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream, $48
Bubble tea (also known as ‘boba tea’) has become quite the trend recently, and that’s what promoted K-beauty brand Jelly Ko to package the deliciousness of the drink into a moisturiser that delivers supreme skincare benefits. The cream combines proven Korean skincare technology with powerful ingredients like Niacinimide (to help manage acne, rosacea, pigmentation and wrinkles), Vitamin E (moisturising and healing benefits), Adenosine (helps skin look smoother), Beta Glucan (calms irritated skin while ridding fine lines) and Pearl (alleviates acne and gently exfoliates the skin’s surface). If you’re after glass-like dewy skin (which FYI, is one of 2021’s biggest skin trends), this pink moisturiser is where it’s at.
5. Austin Austin Neroli & Petitgrain Organic Body Cream, $35
A body cream is an essential part of your bathing routine. The hero ingredient betaine - a naturally-forming hydrator that adds moisture to your body and helps enhance your skin’s natural barrier of protection - helps it sink into your skin beautifully (no sticky feeling here!). You’ll also be encapsulated with the gorgeous combination of citrus – neroli, bitter orange and grapefruit – and sharp spiciness of cardamom and petitgrain.
6. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, $52
If you’re on TikTok, there’s no doubt you’re across this serum-like formula that is loaded with niacinamide, which enhances skin by reducing inflammation and smoothes texture.
If you’re not, there are countless videos circulating on the social media platform of users applying a generous amount of this liquidy product to their skin after cleansing - and honestly speaking, they all look incredibly radiant almost to the point where it looks like they’re wearing highlighter.
7. The Beauty Chef GLOW Inner Beauty Powder, $65
Ingestible beauty has been around for a few years, but it can all be traced back to Carla Oates’ The Beauty Chef - a range of ingestible beauty supplements that have become somewhat of a staple in any Australian beauty editors’ go-to skincare kit. Oates’ GLOW powder has to be one of the most loved - all you need to do is take a scoop of this skin-loving powder dissolved in water, added into your smoothie or swirled into some yoghurt. The results? A healthier gut, supple skin and limited breakouts.
8. Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment, $50
This healing hair treatment has been given the tick of approval from a long list of celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to name a few, who all swear by it for counteracting the colour and heat damage their hair is subjected to. The No.3 product is specifically a favourite for millions of people because it can be used with or without the first two steps of the complete Olaplex process (there’s a whole range to purchase if you really want to splurge) to repair and restore your locks.
9. Dr. Jart+ Colour Correcting Treatment SPF 30, $64.95
This is another one loved by TikTokers that’s perfect for those looking to conceal underlying redness on their skin. The thick formula is made with Centella asiatic, which is known to calm inflammation, and you only need a pea-sized amount to see instant results (the videos speak for itself). Although the product does contain SPF, it’s recommended to still wear sunscreen before applying the product).
10. Biossance Squalene + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum, $95
While quite pricey, this five-star product will go a long way. Users (including myself) say it’s helped dry out pimples and stubborn tiny bumps overnight, all while leaving their skin soft and more hydrated. Others have claimed it to be the “holy grail skincare product” for keeping adult acne under control. Made from sustainably sourced sugar and vegan lactic acid, it’s a gentler approach to taking your skin from dull to luminous in a single night.
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