A few weeks ago I asked my Club Fifty gal pals to help me choose a new mascara for my increasingly skimpy eyelashes. As a result, many of you also forwarded your recommendations for additional products that are must haves for anyone, but especially those of us in our fifth decade and beyond. This got me to thinking:
What products would I recommend, from thrifty to expensive – but worth every penny?
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I’ve always been frugal – my mama raised me right – but I’ve learned over the years that sometimes the cheapest isn’t always worth it. A 600 thread count set of sheets for $20 isn’t going to last through too many washings. I’m no longer hesitant to spend a little extra for quality, but I always also check Retailmenot before buying anything online (their coupons codes can save you quite a bit, especially free shipping options). I scour thrift stores and discount chains for great bargains, but it ain’t a bargain if it won’t last longer than one season out on the back porch. I’ve learned to be discerning. For example, last month I found a monster of a deal at Steinmart: 8 seat cushions for my outdoor patio table and chairs for $13 each (regular retail price $29 each). With my 50% off coupon they were just $6.50 a piece! And, they are a name brand that is going to withstand some wear and tear. Can I get a woot woot?!
Here are a few of my beauty product recommendations – steals, deals, and splurges. Just a note that I’ve received no compensation for any of these suggestions; just offering them up to ya’ll as one gal pal to another.
- For the Shower: Splurge – Molton Brown shower gel. I discovered this deluxe body wash a decade ago during a trip to England (in the duty-free shop, of course!). I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m partial to the “black pepper” version. I know that sounds odd, but it’s a unique scent that isn’t too flowery. Deal – Trader Joe’s Lavender Salt Scrub. Gal pal Dani turned me on to this skin saver (thanks again chica!). It seems a bit greasy at first, but it will leave your skin super soft. The Huffington Post has noted it as a #1 best beauty buy at TJ, at just $6 for a large container!
- For the Tub: Splurge – bath bombs from Lush. These are not inexpensive, but the bath products from this company are handmade and the epitome of luxurious. For moisturizing, I like the “Avobath Bomb.” Deal – Dr. Teams Epson Salt Soaking Solution. This stuff does wonders for soaking after a workout. I like the version scented with lavender, and it’s less than $5 a bag!
- For the Feet: Splurge – salon pedicures. As some of you know, I sport size 11 puppies. So, I try to take good care of my tootsies and make them as pretty as possible. I invest often in a good pedicure. But here’s a save secret: buy a quality bottle of polish (I like OPI) and take it with you for the salon to use. This way if you need a little touch-up, you can do it yourself and prolong the time between trips to the salon.
- For the Face: Splurge and Save (expensive, but worth saving my skin!) – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I have religiously applied moisturizer every night since I was 25 years old. Having grown up in sunny FLA I should have started sooner. For midlife skin, this product is the best potion I’ve found for preserving and smoothing my complexion. I often stalk their website for deals and periodic promotions. I recommend putting yourself on their e-mail list – it’s worth it.
Now let’s hear from you:
What are your recommended steals, deals, and splurges? Any products that you absolutely swear by, no matter the cost? Any great deals?