This time, I took the time to read this beauty buys guide, it was a first for me, and it got me thinking: all these hundreds of different products - but branded luxe products or cheaper branded products? Does it make a difference?
I'm a cheap treat kinda girl - I use Simple moisturising cream which costs me say, no more than £4? why do I use that you ask? well, I have kinda sensitive skin and well, I don't really need much else apart from a bit of moisturiser... do I? but the more luxe brands: Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Shu Uemura - they do so many creams, so many lotions - should I be paying more for the one skin I own?
How much is acceptable to pay for a nail varnish? I have a collection f about 30+ nail varnishes and over 60% of them are by Rimmel or other cheaper high street brands. I noticed Chanel's Le Vernis nail polish - they are the ones that you see in all the latest fashion mags as having this season's colours. Me? I tend to wait three months and buy the Rimmel version, but am I getting something altogether different by buying a Chanel nail polish or am I simply paying for the name? I must admit the bottles look lush, and to think I was wearing Chanel would make me feel a little bit wow... is this what makes people buy them? Is it a feeling more than the product itself?
Lipstick, Eye shadow, Mascara - I'm confused? Will I look like Natalie Portman, Monica Bellushi or Rachel Weiz if I buy their endorsed products? I can tell you they cost double what I currently 'like' to pay. They look amazing, that I will say. But, is it me? Am I just that uneducated that I don't 'get' the reason as to why its better to be buying luxe brands? But the more I read the magazines, see the makeup see the reviews I look at my own 'cheap' self and think I'm missing out on something. Perhaps I might feel more confidant, or maybe even smile more? I must admit, I like the sound of it all.
Tell me people, what do you wear? what would you recommend I spend more on? what are your views - do you pay for what you get?
It's a beauty mine-field out there......