First, let's just address how gross sounding the word "splurge" is. (This coming from the girl who says "the C word." Go figure.) It reminds me of how ketchup bottles queef when you get to the end of them.
Real conversation that just took place...
Me: "How do you spell queef?"
Pete: *shakes head* "I don't know Amanda. Why don't you look it up?"
Me: "I'm scared to."
Pete: "Don't want a Google image?"
No. No, I do NOT want a Google image of "queef."
If it's spelled wrong... deal with it.
Fun fact: before I started Voyage of the MeeMee, I tried my hand at beauty blogging. It lasted 3 days. Literally. 3 days. I'm all about the girly things in life, but, I couldn't stay focused on a singular topic and got bored.
Moving on FOR REAL.
I wouldn't say I'm a cheap person, but, I don't really care about labels/brands. I think that for the most part, you're generally paying for the name rather than the actual quality of the product, and this bitch ain't gettin' hosed like that.
Sometimes though, the quality is reflected in the price and I'm forced to eat crow, open my wallet, step into a parallel universe and pretend to be fancy.
So, what beauty products do I consider worth the... splurge (*cringe*)?
Philosophy: Hope in a Jar ($42 for 2 Oz.): I actually only bought this after getting a random sample of it in the mail, but, it was love at first use. I have combination skin and it provides just enough moisture to each specific area of my face without feeling greasy or heavy, because it instantly sinks in and does its job. Oh, AND it has a gentle exfoliator in it to boot!
Murad: Environmental Shield Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum ($60 for 1 Oz.): Hyperpigmentation is one rude ass mother fucker. Unfortunately, when you take certain medicines there's no escape (example: birth control... you guys know I don't want kids or an unpredictable period, so, I'm stuck taking it). I've tried tons of things to get rid of my skin discoloration and this is the only stuff that's ever really worked for me - and it works quickly, too! Like, within a few days you can tell a major difference. #fastandfurious
La Roche-Posay: Effaclar DUO ($36.95 for 1.35 Oz.): For some reason, my skin decided to rebel in the last couple of years. I. Tried. ERRYTHANG. You name it: over the counter products, prescriptions creams, prescription pills, facials... literally errythang. I'd read about this on several beauty blogs and finally decided to try it for myself. At first, applying it twice a day dried me out... but, I stuck with it anyway and after a few days the dryness went away AND IT TOOK MY ACNE WITH IT!
MAC: Fix+ ($21 for 3.4 Oz.): I like cake, but, not on my face. Just a few spritzes of this and my makeup looks polished and becomes budge-proof and sweat-proof.
Benefit Cosmetics: The POREfessional ($31 for 0.75 Oz.): Your face needs a base coat just like your nails do, girls. This will smooth out the look of your pores and fine lines and create a silky canvas to apply your makeup on.
Clarisonic: Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System ($149): I tried the cheaper Olay version first and it just doesn't compare. I wouldn't say this necessarily helped to clear my skin, but, it did wonders for the texture of it. It also has a self-timer, so, even if you're feeling lazy (like I often do) you can thoroughly cleanse your face in just a couple of minutes.
VersaSpa: Spray Tan ($25): Look, as much as I love flashing/mooning people, I'm not cool with standing buck nekkit and spread eagle in front of a stranger to get a tan. Booth me. Never once have I looked orange after using this. In fact, people have always complimented me on how natural it looked. You're sprayed with 3 different solutions: a prep, a bronzer (which gets sprayed from 4 different positions, rather than just the front and back like the Mystic system does), and a sealer. In between each of those solutions, you're blown dry. VersaSpa units are heated and open... so you're not gonna gag on those particles that float around.
MAC: Eyebrow Pencil ($16): Guess what? My hair isn't naturally black. My brows are pretty full, but, they're much lighter than my hair so if I don't fill them in and define them, they look straight jacked. You don't have to worry about sharpening this... it's a twist-up so it's always good to go. Nothing has ever gone on smoother... no skipping whatsoever.
There you have it, ladies... beauty shit that's worth the ______ (please don't make me say it again) to me.
Which beauty products are you willing to make it rain for?
What word weirds you out?