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Where to Splurge, Where to Save: Two Easy Tips

A few weeks ago, I met up with Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird for a tour of the company's new store within a store at the San Francisco Bloomingdale's. Seeing that Kinnaird has been in the biz since the early 1990s, you could say she's in the know.

So, when it comes to this anemic economy, I asked the product expert where to splurge and where to save when it comes to shopping beauty.

When to splurge:
"Spend the money on buying the best possible moisturizer you can," she said. "Not on foundation?" I asked. "Foundation is a natural extension of skin care," she added. "If you take care of your skin, very often you can get away with a tinted moisturizer — you want your skin to shine through."

Where to save:
"People love the idea of going to the day spa," Kinnaird said. And while a trip to the day spa would be nice, it's not always affordable. Take a little time off for yourself by recreating the spa at home. "Head to the bathtub," she recommends. It's a lot cheaper, and you'll still reap the therapeutic benefits. Kinnaird suggests products from Aromatherapy Associates, a top blender of essential oils.


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
great advice, pretty simple!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 8 years
Both my moisturizer and foundation are inexpensive. I use something like Aveeno or Cetaphil and PF Mineral Wear foundation.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
im totally up with home spa
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
She sounds like a robot. Isn't this the same advice we've been hearing over and over again forever? Nothing new to me. I'd never spend tons on moisturizer though because olive oil is the best I've found.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I recently heard that Oil of Olay is as good as - if not better than - the really pricy face lotions.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
Why splurge on moisturizer when you can get great ones for cheap? I mean I support spending $5 more on Neutrogena than random-sketchy-store brand, but why spend beaucoup dollars on something when Cetaphil is like $3 and Neutrogena's like $8?
curious-jane curious-jane 8 years
I cant agree either, some studies have shown that some face creams thats cost as low as 25$ will be as effective if not more so than 100$ creams.
stephley stephley 8 years
Hmm, I think I disagree. You can eat well and use natural moisturizers (olive oil) and keep your skin well - but you can't get the real rest at home that even a half hour massage at a spa can give you - unless the spa lets your children bang on the door.
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