They say money can’t buy you happiness, but it can sure get you lot beauty products.
The price tag of a beauty product is by no means a gauge or indication of its effective. We all know the sinking feeling of blowing your hard-earned cash on a pricey beauty product that just doesn’t work. To prevent disappointment, here are some tried and true beauty splurges used by your favourite celebrities that are worth every penny.
Since the holidays only come around once a year, reward and treat yourself to one or more of these celeb-approved beauty splurges. If all else fails, just forward this to your mum or significant other and pray that they are feeling generous.
This Swiss brand is the epitome of luxury beauty. Infused with exquisite caviar, this miracle whip for your skin promises to protect your skin against environmental factors, reduce the appearance of dark spots and help you to attain that ethereal glow in just four weeks. Whilst the price point is admitting high, a little goes a long way. If we’re going to get Fann’s youthful and luminous skin, it’s safe to say that this beauty elixir is worth its weight in gold.
Photo: Fann Wong/Instagram
Are you in need of lipstick options? Tom Ford’s “Boys” half of its iconic Boys & Girls Collection features a line-up of 50 tantalising shades in three finishes (matte, cream and metallic) inspired by the men in the designer’s life. The soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter, and chamomilla flower oil join forces in this beautifully packaged lipstick to keep your lips smooth and kissable with wear. Don’t just take it from us, it seems the Victoria’s Secret angel, He Sui, has all 50 shades in her beauty arsenal.
Photo: He Sui/Instagram
This is your answer to those hot and humid days when your base makeup just refuses to stay put. While shelling out $80 for a cushion foundation might seem appalling, it’s worth it (and completely justifiable) when it delivers surreally flawless skin. This legendary cushion from the South Korean brand boasts skin brightening ingredients like magnolia extract and mother-of-pearl extract as well as a unique oil control system to keep the unwanted shine at bay.
Even without a primer, the cushion will leave you with a satin-like finish that will last all day. Unlike most Korean cushions that come in two to three shades, this lightweight cushion comes in seven shades so you can find the perfect shade that works for your complexion. Korean pop star Dara raved about this cushion on Instagram. The baby-faced singer shared that this cushion is great on hot days because of its coverage and moisturising properties.
It is no wonder local actress Zoe Tay doesn’t look a day above 30. In a rare snapshot of the veteran actress’s vanity, it seems that the “Ah Jie” added The History of Whoo Hwan Yu ampule to her skincare routine. This ampule is one beauty product that has an exorbitant price tag, but skincare enthusiasts will always break the bank for. Packed with 35-year-old wild ginseng cordyceps, deer antler cordyceps, Hasoo cordyseps and Tianshan snow lotus, this ampule is the perfect thing for when your skin is in need of a pick-me-up. This ampule might cost you half of your paycheque but for perfect glowing skin, it honestly seems like a good trade-off.
Photo: Zoe Tay/Instagram
South Korean girl group T-ara member Hyomin keeps her skin looking fresh and bouncy with this face oil from Guerlain. The French skincare house Guerlain is almost synonymous with luxury, so $145 for a face oil is par for the course with them.
This concoction of Ouessant black bee honey and royal jelly combines the power of a serum, richness of an oil and freshness of a lotion in one luxe formula. Even in humidity, the oil creates a dewy luminous glow without feeling heavy on your skin. You can have it all sometimes, even though it might come at a price.
Mediacorp actress Sora Ma swears by this state-of-the-art multi-angular roller. She posted this snap of her using the roller and added that she glides this roller along the sides of her face every morning (repeating the process 10 times on each side of the face) to depuff her face and get rid of water retention.
Equipped with double draining rollers, this gizmo claims to help you achieve more youthful and firmer looking skin by replicating professional deep kneading manipulations that are similar to what you would get at the spa. While it might cost more than your cable bill, that one splurge will last you forever. Pretty good value for money, if you ask us. The ReFa Carat is available at Robinsons, Takashimaya, Sephora stores and online at www.mtg-sg.com.
Photo: Sora Ma/Instagram
These Pitera and peach enhanced products absolutely does not kid around. According to Local actress Rebecca Lim, she has, “been incorporating this newly launched @skii Masterpiece Pitera collection into my skincare routine for a few weeks now especially on days where my skin needs that extra boost! (the night before an event, right before makeup, and after I return from a trip) I’m loving it! It’s SK-II’s most luxurious innovation to date so a small amount goes a long way. Am going to slowly incorporate the whole collection into my skincare routine. (currently only using the Masterpiece Pitera Facial Treatment Essence, cream and Suppleness serum) Mom and I have been sharing but she loves it so much that she has asked for her own collection!”.
The products might be costly, coming in at a whopping $2,340 for the entire range, but since they harness the power of getting a professional grade facial, it’s worth every penny.
Photo: Rebecca Lim/Instagram
Whether you like eye-catching shades like model Park Ji Hye or understated colours like tangerine, with 12 shades to choose from, there is a chubby crayon for everyone. A godsend for makeup novices, this easy-to-use crayon is absolutely foolproof and it leaves a lovely wash of colour on your puckers. If you’re always on the go, this crayon will also come in handy for touch-ups.
Photo: Park Ji Hye/Instagram
$599 might seem like a lot for a blow dryer but you can’t put a price on healthy and luscious locks. Nix bad hair days with this hairdryer that is equipped with a powerful airflow that effectively cuts down drying time.
This means that the likelihood of your hair getting damaged from the heat will also be reduced. Don’t just take it from us. Local actress Julie Tan wrote that the hair dryer is, “one of the best additions to my travelling vanity as it provides so many styling options at top speed. It saves me so much time in my daily morning dryout!”.
Photo: Julie Tan/Instagram