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Four Products You Shouldn't Splurge On

Four Products You Shouldn't Splurge On

This will come as no huge surprise to you, but some fancy products aren't worth the money. (I know, shocking, right?) I always like to find products of good value, but there are some things that you never need to splurge on. Next week, I'll share some beauty products that are worth their price. But for now, read on to find out which things are just as effective as their costly counterparts.

Nail polish
Sad to say, Chanel polish doesn't warrant the $19 price tag. You can get great results without spending more than $10, or even five bucks. Essie, CND, and OPI are all great choices. Sally Hansen and Revlon also make long-lasting polishes for about $5. Why pay more than you have to?

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Facial cleansers
It makes sense to invest in a good night cream, since that'll be on your face all night. But a cleanser? You put it on and rinse it off in less than a minute, washing money down the drain. I recently tried Olay Regenerist cleanser and was floored by the quality — not to mention the price. And every dermatologist I've talked with recommends Purpose or Cetaphil.

Body scrubs
Ditto body scrubs, unless you absolutely love the fragrance (and can afford to shell out $30, $40, $50 for a fancy one). I once tried a $95 body scrub, but it did nothing that my drugstore scrub didn't do. And to keep your bank account fat and happy, you can make your own scrub.

Pencil lip liners
The difference between a Wet 'n' Wild liner and one that costs $24 is usually minimal — if it even exists at all. Although I find that certain nonpencil liners go on more smoothly and stay longer than their cheaper counterparts, most pencils behave in pretty much the same way. So try a cheap version before splurging on a department-store brand. At best, you've found a huge bargain; at worst, you're out a buck or two.

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adorebeauty06 adorebeauty06 6 years
i totally agree! I mean nobody will know if you're wearing a $19 nail polish or a $2 one when you're out and about! Love this entry :)
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
Thank you for the great tips! I definitely "go drugstore" for most of my cosmetic need because it's the only way I can afford it and name brand polishes and scrubs don't seem to last any longer or do a better job than Wet n Wild or jane. As much as I use my hands and chip my polish, spending 99 cents suits me fine. :) When it comes to face cleansing, Purpose or J&J's baby soap works nicely.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 7 years
I totally agree Bella- I use drugstore nail polish, Revlon, Maybelline,Sally Hansen, Wet n' Wild. The most I've spent on nail polish is Orly and that was $6. But that also doesn't have all the bad chemicals in them. With regard to cleansers, I don't use super expensive ones, but to each his(or her) own. I think what ever works and make up the difference with something else. And I love CoverGirl mascara! I have sensitive eyes and I wear contacts and other mascaras flake off into my eyes, but not CG.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 7 years
I never buy nailpolish, bc I do not do my own nails ever..I cannot, so that does not apply to me. I love Cetaphil, but I pair it with Estee Lauder moisturizers and anti aging skincare bc it is worth the money. I do like high end mascara's better and they are not that much more. But I swear by and wear my Covergirl eyeshadow in Shimmering Sands everyday and it looks awesome. Also CVS has a great line of Brushes called Essence of Beauty...they are awesome!!! I disagree about lipliners...they look awesome and make lips look more defined and I believe whoever says they do not like the look, has bought the wrong color. I have very pigmented lips and my liner helps to tone down the color a lot. None of the popular colors of Wet'n Wild 666 or Mac Spice have worked for me, bc they are too dark and look 80's tacky. I swear by Lancome in Natural Mauve...a soft pink nude. Topped with Lancome Juicy Tube in is my go to daytime nude look. Mac Subculture and Kevin Aucoin's Nude Pencil are also awesome!!!!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
Revlon nail polish sucks! It chips in one day! Essie and OPI and China Glaze are the way to go, so is the Sally Hansen brand Hard as Nails. I've got one bottle of Chanel polish, Vamp, and I've had it for years and it's still wonderful! I wore it just last week and after three days it was still chip free! I like Cetaphil for a facial cleanser, it's the best, hands down! It's gentle and non-abrasive, no grit in it to irritate my sensitive skin. I don't really use lip liners, unless I put on lip balm and then color my lips in with a pencil (Wet & Wild #666-creepy number yes, great color yes!).
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 7 years
I actually agree with everything EXCEPT the nail polish. CHANEL and a few other high end brands that I've had a lot of experience with have very unique colors, finishes and in my opinion, tend to last longer. Eye liner is certainly the product that a drugstore brand can provide with very good results. Good cleansers and scrubs can be found in mass market brands, but again, some people also fall in love with certain scents, packaging and textures that higher end brands tend to have.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 7 years
I think it depends on individuals. I can use cheap Pantene that everyone loathes, and my hair would be still silky and shiny. However, when I use cheap cleansers, I break out instantly. About M.A.C mascara, I wouldn't even go there. Recently, I tried finding cheap yet good mascaras, despite the fact that I naturally have long lashes, M.A.C didn't work for me compared to Phenomen or Hypnose.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 7 years
Blue Skies, I know what you mean about OPI polished considered as being expensive. That's why I would rather spend the same amount of money on Chanel polishes at duty free when I travel. I can't believe OPIs are so cheap in the states.
swati05 swati05 7 years
$95 for a body scrub??? R u serious??? That's way oo much...I mean u can get one for $5 which will do the job well
Noggy Noggy 7 years
Lip liners are somewhat passe for me. As for facial cleansers I lean on a good Dove bar. And nail polish can vary depending on my budget for the season. Sometimes I will spend a little less on the nails so that I can spend a little more on that "must have" outfit or "to die for" purse. Like most women I try to be fiscally responsible. I even use the Park n Ride and take the MAX train ie. lightrail across town to conserve on gas.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 7 years
Sally Hansen nail polish and Rimmel all the way!
SmileyFace26 SmileyFace26 7 years
I agree on most, but a facial wash can make a big diffrence. they all vary in ingredients and that is important.
supermommie supermommie 8 years
I think you should spend good money on your body period. You mess it up it will cost a heck of a lot more to fix it! Super Mommie
shernic82 shernic82 8 years
I see no difference in nail polishes, no matter how much they cost! I occasionally get expensive nail polish in free gifts (well, used to, haven't in awhile!) and they work the exact same as the 88 cent NYC polishes at walmart. I don't even wear lip liner...I've never needed it! I don't get the appeal. It's too much.
Red77 Red77 8 years
Mascara is the same deal, ladies. Just buy two different cheapies: One with a fat round brush and another with skinny brush if you have sad short lashes. For ladies that are blessed with long thick lashes, you'll love this trick as well.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
Great post!
Twipey Twipey 8 years
I don't use any skin care products at the moment. But I'd sure love to try some.
superjules superjules 8 years
As far as nail polishes go, I have everything from Sally Hansen to Chanel. Essie and OPI black polishes last about 2 to 3 days. Chanel Black Satin lasts a full week. Both with the best top and base coats. So sometimes that $20+ bottle of nail polish is worth it. I'm wearing Chanel Opalin right now and it's been on 4 days and hasn't chipped yet. That's pretty good for me.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
Great tips...thanks.
imeesagad imeesagad 8 years
i don't like and use lip liner.
LaceVixen323 LaceVixen323 8 years
I couldn't part with my OPI nail polish, Mary Kay cleanser and lip liner!
LaceVixen323 LaceVixen323 8 years
I couldn't part with my OPI nailpolish, Mary Kay cleanser lip liner!!
doogirl doogirl 8 years
The 99 cent lip liner from Wet & Wild is amazing! Put on a little lip balm, and then fill in your lips entirely with Wet & Wild lip pencil #666 (awful number, awesome color!), and your lips will look nice but you won't look overdone! It's my absolute go-to look!
dkp102875 dkp102875 8 years
I don't splurge on Nail polish, I buy the ELF brand for $1.00. I do splurge on my cleanser, I use Purity by Philosophy but am thinking about trying cetaphil. I don't use lip liner as I don't need it, but I used to use Avon's and they are really inexpensive. I have used the Wet n wild eyeliner, mascara etc. and there products work just as effectively as the Prescriptives False Eyelashes Mascara I bought for $15 on Ebay to try it. I try all products, even if they are more expensive. I absolutely can't live without my Bare Escentuals. Best Mineral makeup I have tried, and I've tried ELF, Avon.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 8 years
Great Advice Bella! !azúcar! Ame
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