Steal or Splurge…that is the question

Happy Makeup Monday friends!

I think that one of life’s biggest struggles [as a woman] is figuring out when to splurge or when to save on something. It could be in regards to makeup, clothes, hair products, nail polish, alcohol, a dinner out…whatever. For those of us on a budget there is a constant give and take of what to wear, where to buy, is that worth it, should I spend this, should I stay home or go out? And then there is this scenario…when you finally decide to jump in and SPLURGE you have the immediate thought after of, “that wasn’t worth it”.

I’m telling you what; I have had that thought quite often, especially when it comes to makeup! This is why I have searched high and low to find products that are worth it and have no patience for the products that cost and arm and a leg and are NOT.

I found this the other day and wanted to share with you. It came from another blog but it was worth the share. I will say that I have not tried any of the products myself but I am definitely going to now! Please leave a comment and tell me if you’ve tried any of the products and what you think about them!

Follow the link above and you will be able to read details about these products on The Unedited Mama.

❤ Jaclyn

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It is my belief that you should have at least one makeup product on which you splurge. It can be whatever you want it to be! A skincare product, that lipstick you’ve been coveting, eyeshadow that wears like a charm, cover-up, a mask that makes you feel radiant, etc. I have this belief because it turns the monotony in to something exciting. Let’s face it, most of us have to wash our faces at night and put on makeup in the morning. So why don’t we turn the thing we HAVE to do, into something we WANT to do. The way I have done this is by being excited about the products I use. I don’t spend a lot of money on my products but I do splurge on at least one thing regarding my face.

Let me say this…everyone’s splurge is different. It looks and costs differently for every single person. It all depends on your budget, where you want to focus the most, and is based on what you value. For the person who has acne, they may want to splurge on a skincare cream. For the person who is starting to see fine lines or wrinkles, they may want to splurge on some anti-aging night time serum for their under eyes. For the person who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but wants to get a new pink lipstick for spring, may go to the closest drug store and buy the newest Maybelline shade. It’s all different but will still get the individual excited about a new day.

My splurge is on my powder. I love makeup and tend to put a full face on every single day. But there are days that I just don’t want to. I apply the bare minimum and run with it. For me, a full face AND the bare minimum includes my powder. I have used a particular brand since I started wearing makeup. I have found that it gives me full coverage without looking caked on and it has a nice light glow to it. People often tell me how nice my skin looks. I believe 75% of that is the powder I use. But I still say ‘thank you’ like it’s all me 😉

The powder I use is by Lancome. Their dual finish to be exact. It combines foundation and powder in one handy dandy compact. It goes on so nice and even. For the non makeup wearers, I really recommend this compact. It looks very natural but also provides full coverage without feeling heavy. It also wears all day and doesn’t need to be reapplied.

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One compact lasts me about 3 months, so although the price is a bit of a splurge, it evens out in the 3 months you use it. Also when you purchase it at a department store like Macy’s and Belk, often times they do a gift with purchase with it! Meaning you get a cute bag, some eye makeup remover, a mini mascara, some face cream, and they let you choose between lipstick and blush, eyeshadow compact, or something else just as amazing! Right now the Macy’s where I live is doing a gift with purchase. If you haven’t ever taken advantage of something like this I really encourage you to do so! If you don’t know when you’re department store is doing a gift with purchase, just call them! They are happy to tell you and will even offer to send an email or phone call the week before.

Again, your splurge may be totally different than mine. It may cost less or more. But whatever it is I hope it gets you excited for a new day!

❤ Jaclyn