I often ponder about spending money on beauty products (I live a rich and fulfilling life, it's true). Sometimes I'm like 'you have to spend ze money to get ze quality', but other times I feel like a mug for wasting all that cash on stuff that's probably the same as Tesco Value, and think I should wash my face with soap and water and moisturise with lard.
I hope I've got a good balance. I don't buy high end stuff, but I do like to try things out and probably have a bit more product kicking about than is strictly needed. I could definitely refine and shrink my collection, but hey, it brings me joy.
There are some things I am not arsed about, like mascara, lip balm, lipstick (I literally never wear lipstick). I have one, when it runs out I buy another. Easy.
Other things, like shampoo or moisturisers, I have a ton of. If I see something I like the look of or fancy trying I grab it, even if I already have four on the go.
Anyway, I deviate. I was talking about expensive vs. cheap. Like I said, I swing back and forth between this. I splashed out on some Redken conditioner, and it is truly good shiz. But people have lush hair and just wash with Head and Shoulders, so I don't know.
I remember reading a while ago somewhere online about how the bog standard Nivea moisturiser (the one in the blue tub) had been tested against the insanely expansive Creme De La Mer cream, and the Nivea came out on top.
This all links in nicely with my current favourite moisturiser- Nivea soft cream. It really is a pretty cracking all round product. My skin is normal, veering occasionally to the dry side, and I just use this everywhere- face, hands, body- and it does the job. It soaks in quickly, stops my skin being dry, doesn't overload or irritate, has a lovely fresh subtle scene, comes in a handy hygienic tube, you can get it pretty much anywhere, and it is only a pound or two. It's a little lighter than the blue tub one, but when this runs out I may get the heavier one for more hardcore moistness (eew).
I feel like the key is getting the basic skin care stuff right before I go mad spending any money. So I'm trying to take my makeup off properly every night, give my face a wash every morning, use oils occasionally, and keep it topped up with moisturiser.
I do think I am lucky in that I have never had any big skin problems like spots, and I guess this sort of skin routine wouldn't work for everyone. But I do feel like it's worth having a product like this kicking about.
What are your thoughts on spending a crap ton of money on beauty stuff?
Do you have any go-to bargains?