Splurge-Worthy: Are These Pricey Beauty Products Worth the Cost?Alli McGinnis
The other day, my best friend sent an email to our circle of girlfriends saying, “My hairdryer just died and I’m looking for a fabulous new hairdryer. I’m willing to drop money on the best.” I suggested my perfectly good hairdryer from Target, and our other friend (who is always on top of the latest and greatest) suggested a $300 hairdryer. My thoughts were, “That hairdryer better come with someone who gives me a daily blow out!” So naturally, it got me thinking — is this a splurge-worthy product? When my girlfriend caught wind of creator Harry Josh’s high caliber client list, which includes the Olsens, Helena Christensen, and Gisele Bundchen, she couldn’t order his dryer fast enough. There is something to be said for those famous locks.
Click through my slideshow to see what products I think are worthy or not so worthy of their high price tag.
Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 1 of 10
With clients like the Olsens, Helena Christensen, and Gisele Bundchen, the man behind the chair, Harry Josh, obviously knew what he was doing when he created the Pro Dryer 2000. The mint green, petite, and lightweight dryer minimizes frizz while significantly reducing drying time. The motor lasts a record 2000 hours, and it blows hair dry more than 60 percent faster than its competitors not to mention it uses 70 percent less energy than other dryers. Added bonus: it has a 9-inch cord for those times you might not always be directly in front of a mirror. Not everyone has the funds to make this splurge, but I must admit that after my girlfriend raved about her smooth and sleek locks, this splurge sounds pretty worthy to me.
Get it at Hairenvy, $300
Sonic Care Toothbrush 2 of 10
"A toothbrush on a beauty list?" you ask. Yes, that's right. That smile is one of your best features, and you need to treat it right. The Sonic Care toothbrush creates a stronger cleaning action than a regular brush, which drives fluids deep into the tight spaces between your teeth and along the gum line. Coming from someone with sensitive teeth and receding gums (from over-brushing) I totally think this toothbrush is a must-have investment. My teeth and gums are much less sensitive and whiter since buying it, and they couldn't be more squeaky clean.
Get it at Philips, (ranging from $119.99-$219.99)
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer 3 of 10
I dreamt about owning this concealer for years. It was in every magazine, and makeup artists across the globe raved about it. I've been to the makeup counter many times with the intention of buying it, but after I tested it out (for the umpteenth time), I realized it's really not worth its hefty $70 price tag! I have found a similar concealer by Hourglass at less than half of the price that I think works equally as well, if not better. Cle de Peau Concealer does not get my worthy of the splurge vote!
Get it at Nordstrom, $70
Botox for the Under Arms 4 of 10
I can only imagine how frustrating it would be to have Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the underarms, palms, and soles). I have a friend that suffers from this, and the only thing that works for her is getting Botox. It comes with a hefty price tag, but she doesn't regret spending a cent of it and continues to do it every year. The average cost is about $1000 to $1200, but the treatment lasts my friend about 7 months. I believe you can't put a price tag on confidence, and that's exactly what she gets from this treatment.
Amika 4 Piece Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set 5 of 10
This curling wand includes four clip-free tourmaline barrels for smooth curls and waves of any size or style. Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions and far-infrared heat, which provides faster and safer styling. My girlfriend uses this curling wand, and I have borrowed it several times. I love that you basically have four curling wands in one. You can create big curls, small curls, waves, you name it. My curls last well into the next day after I use it. It's nothing short of amazing, and I'm ready to make the splurge.
Get it at Sephora, $175
Clarisonic Mia 2 6 of 10
One of my first skincare splurges was a Clarisonic, and to this day it is one of the best items I have ever purchased for myself (not to mention it has paid for itself 100x over). My skin feels SO much cleaner after I use it, compared to just using my hands or a wash cloth. The Mia 2 comes in two speeds (one for delicate skin and one for normal), and the compact model is very convenient for travel. I've had mine for more than eight year,s and the money spent has been well worth it.
Get it at Clarisonic, $150
Kerastase Hair Care 7 of 10
I am a big fan of Kerastase haircare. I used it for years, but then I switched over to the much less expensive drugstore brands. I convinced myself for awhile that the drugstore products were just as good, but the truth is, my hair wasn't its old shiny, healthy, and happy self when I switched over to the less expensive brands. The Kerastase products turn my hair into silk, and when it's damaged from too much styling, the mask brings my locks back to life instantly. I use the Chroma Riche system for color-treated hair, and I hands down think it's worth it. The hair mask is totally worth the $63 splurge if your locks are needing some extra TLC.
Get it at Kerastase, (prices range from $18 to $63)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Plush Shadow 8 of 10
Let me start by saying that I am a huge Marc Jabobs fan, so I was so excited when they announced the launch of his beauty collection. Unfortunately, I think it was a catastrophic letdown. There is nothing plush about the eye shadows. I find the powders dry, dull, and lacking pigment. I certainly wouldn't spend a bit of my hard-earned money on this palette, let alone $60 of it.
Get it at Sephora, $60
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder 9 of 10
If you walk into a Sephora and ask for the best bronzer, 9 out of 10 times a makeup artist will suggest the ultra famous Guerlain Terracoota Bronzing Powder. Whether you are fair or dark, blonde or brunette, you are sure to find the perfect match with one of the eight available shades. Eight shades in a bronzer ... no one else does that! The bronzer leaves a radiant glow with moisturizing ingredients that don't leave streaks or an orangey hue. I love that I can find my color match for my pale skin in the winter and my warmer skin tone in the summer.
Get it at Sephora, $51
Orbie Dry Texturizing Spray 10 of 10
I've tried plenty of dry shampoos, and I like them alright, but I honestly just use them on my clean hair to create more volume. That's when I discovered Orbie Dry Texturizing Spray! Spray your hair where you want added volume and texture, and there you have it ... ALL DAY LONG! I don't use a lot of styling products, so it's saying something that I think this texturizing spray is worthy of the splurge.
Get it at Orbie, $39