Beauty Scrimps & Splurges: Top beauty buys from cheap to chic

By: The Honey Good Editorial Team

Fabulous beauty products come in all shapes, sizes and price points. While some pricier products are worth every penny (like the Miracle Transformer from last week's Skincare Tips for Women Over 50 story), other items need not be splurged on.

This week, we've rounded up the top beauty scrimps and splurges, all tried and tested by the Honey Good beauty bees.  Have your own secret budget beauty buys or grooming splurges? Head over to Facebook and spill your secrets. You don't have to tell your husband about your expensive face cream, but you have a female obligation to share with us ;)  

Scrimp: L'Oreal Paris' Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara

At less than ten bucks, L'Oreal Paris' Double Extend Lash Extension Effect Mascara is not only a true beauty bargain, it's also an amazingly effective mascara. The appeal is the basecoat and tube technology. First, you apply a white primer (one of the wands on the mascara) and then you go over it with the other wand which holds a "blackest black" mascara. The basecoat has tiny fibers that plump lashes up visibly while the tube technology means mascara comes off in clumps with warm water and not in streaks and raccoon eyes while you are still out on the town!

Splurge:  Terracotta Bronzing Powder by Guerlain

You already know that the best way to glow is faux! At our age, we're smart enough to limit sun exposure and wear SPF daily, right? But we still may want to look like we've spent a few hours sunning on a yacht. (Maybe even in a bikini, as discussed here). Guerlain's bronzing powder is simply the best, after all Guerlain launched the world's first bronzer in 1984.  The bronzer is a finely milled powder and features hydrating ingredients that contribute to its appeal, especially as our skin becomes drier.  And like many things in life, the best isn't cheap. It will set you back $52 here

Scrimp:  Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel

Have you lost your orgasm? We did. On a plane of all places...while traveling we left a favorite shade of NARS gloss "Orgasm" on the flight. The silver lining? A new beauty bargain was unearthed. A lip gloss emergency, if you will, led to the discovery of the fabulousness of this oh-so-affordable lip gloss from, of all companies, Wet N Wild. For just a few dollars, this ultra-glossy, sheer gel adds a hint of color to lips paired with glossy shine. We love two almost nude shades called "Glass Confusion" and "This Too Shall Glass."  And we frequently get compliments on how flattering this soft, shimmering gloss looks although when it comes to admitting that we're paying less than 5 bucks for it at the local drugstore, our lips are sealed. 

Scrimp & Splurge: Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

We struggled with how to define Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer from IT COSMETICS. On the one hand, it's not sold at drugstores but it is readily available at most Ulta locations.  At $24 a tube it's not cheap, per se, but one tube will easily last you a year - that's just 7 cents per use.  No doubt about it, that's a bargain! So let's not label this beauty find other than to call it fabulous. This award winning, anti-aging, treatment concealer delivers on its promise to really cover imperfections with the help of an anti-aging technology to treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles, discoloration, dark circles and more without settling into aforementioned lines and wrinkles. Call it a scrimp, call it a splurge but do call it yours!

Now that we've given you a peek into our medicine cabinets, the cheap, the chic and the pretty, we'd love a peek into yours. What beauty products do you swear by, scrimp or splurge? Do tell in the comment section below or head over to Facebook here and join the conversation. 

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