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Your high-end beauty starter kit
When it comes to beauty products, I’m all about snapping up a bargain – supermarket beauty buys, anyone? But sometimes, price really does reflect quality and it pays to spend a bit more. Whether they’re for an upcoming birthday, or just because you want to #treatyoself, here are some high-end beauty buys that are worth their price tag…
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What it is: One of the best hair tools on the market, ghd IV styler is a brilliant all-rounder for everyday styling. It curls hair as easily and effectively as it straightens, and is suitable for all hair types and lengths.
Why pay more? This hair tool works harder than any other. The cost is outweighed by how much time you’ll save doing your hair (it’ll take you just one stroke per section of hair, instead of three).
What it is: Lancôme Grandiôse is an innovative mascara featuring a clever, curved stem that’s shaped to reach every single lash. It also contains rose cell extract to soften and care for lashes.
Why pay more? This is a personal favourite of mine, so I’m a bit biased. In all honesty, it’s made my lashes look blacker and thicker than I ever thought possible. Plus, the rose-adorned tube is so glamorous, I feel like a movie star every time I whip it out of my make-up bag.
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What it is: Clarisonic Mia 2 is a sonic skin-cleansing device that gently massages away dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of oil. It’s clinically proven to be six times more effective than manual cleansing. Yep, really!
Why pay more? The cleansing brush does all of the above in just one minute. Plus, it’s suitable for virtually all skin types and for daily use. Think of how many dollars you’ll save on facials!
What it is: Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick is a shimmering, brush-on powder that’ll give you a warm glow, even in winter. It works well with neutral and deep blush shades.
Why pay more? One of bh’s Carli’s go-to goodies, this compact contains no fewer than five shades, which you can either sweep on all together or apply separately. You can even use it in place of eyeshadow – it’s that versatile. It’s also super pigmented, so you won’t need to use much.
What it is: A silky facial serum formulated to slow down premature ageing, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and promote a radiant and even skin tone.
Why pay more? Many anti-ageing products promise the above, but this anti-ageing wonder’s got the active ingredients (algae extract, yeast extract, hyaluronic acid) to back it up. It doesn’t have a 5-star rating for nothing.
What it is: Philips Lumea IPL hair removal system is a hair removal device that applies an intense pulse light (the latest advanced technology used in salons) directly to hair follicles, making them go into a resting phase and shed naturally. It features five adjustable light settings to treat a variety of skin tones and hair colours.
Why pay more? Semi-permanent hair removal can be handy, but if you’re after a more permanent solution, IPL’s the way to go. Having this bad boy on hand means you can decide exactly what/how much hair you want to remove, all in the comfort of your own home. Hello, hair-free winter bod!
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