Treat Yo’ Self: 7 Beauty Splurges To Make This Week
If summer's got you feeling down because you can't serve effortlessness on a silver platter, you can thank us later for these.| July 20, 2018
Here is an all-too-familiar unprepossessing caterpillar narrative that has been repeatedly chorused by a good majority of the population: you scream in the mirror at a ghastly ghoul staring straight at you and clutch the wall for support. My god, is that even…me?
To distract yourself from the stranger in the mirror, you scroll through Instagram only to see all them It girls – and that one girl who is always on vacation – posting #summerglowselfies. Begrudgingly, you admit that they look like pretty sunflowers before bursting into tears.
Now, the all-too-familiar coping mechanism: retail therapy. But in this case, it helps with your deep-rooted insecurities in an extremely literal sense, we promise.
From luxurious radiance-boosting serums enriched with kombucha to bourgeois 24K gold masks that’ll replenish dull, patchy skin, this week’s beauty splurges ensure that you’ll be a magnificent, summery nymph prancing about ‘cos you’ve finally metamorphosed into a butterfly. Now, in the famed words of both Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation, get ready to TREAT. YO. SELF.
Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Serum
We can’t say for sure that we believe entirely in miracle products, but this is the closest to a miracle you can get. It brightens, smoothens and strengthens the skin with powerful peptides and amazing ingredients like Kombucha Mushroom that stimulate cell removal. Basically, it’s kinda similar to the magical-flower-turns-old -granny-into-a-youthful-sass-queen situation in Tangled, minus the whole evil step-mom part.
Chantecaille Gold Recovery Mask
The utilitarian argument completely justifies balling out on this gold mask because (A) you’ll be forking out much less than a million bucks to feel a million bucks, and (B) slathering 24K gold AND silk on your face is always a good idea, and (C) you can finally connect with Bruno Mars on a spiritual level. Besides its luxurious ingredients, this recovery mask contains blackcurrant seed oil that reduces redness and tones your skin, revealing in its wake supple and glowing skin. We rate it 24/10 on the swag scale.
Agent Nateur holi(c) Youth Skin Refining Face Vitamines
As its name implies, Agent Nateur conducts successful skin-penetrating missions to rid your face of acne and rosacea. Equipped with its special weapons — calcium to stimulate collagen production and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin — the anthropomorphised Agent Nateur slinks around in wait for pesky white heads to bust.
KNC Beauty All Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask
We wished upon a shooting star (coincidentally, the exact same one imprinted on this eye mask’s packaging) for a cure to our vexing panda eyes and we finally got it. These cute eye masks are infused with retinol, collagen and aloe to stimulate blood flow and diminish dark eye circles. THANK YOU, SHOOTING STAR.
Ouai Haircare Sun of a Beach Spray
In summer, we live by the beach with a cocktail in hand. We also have our trusty hairspray (that smells just like our cocktail tastes, by the way) at arm’s reach for sun-streaked tresses to flaunt on the ‘gram. Not-so-subtle hint: the aforementioned tropical hairspray is none other than that from Ouai. Formulated with lemon, pineapple and coconut water, it brightens your locks when activated by the sun’s heat. Right on, surfer queen.
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream
If you binge on Charlotte Tilbury’s YouTube tutorials like we do, you’d be well acquainted with her Magic Cream. Sure, narrow your eyes suspiciously at her choice of name, but check out the cream in action on her videos and you won’t be questioning its hocus pocus credibility any longer. This amazing product boosts collagen production, reduces puffiness and plumps the skin with moisture. Plus, it smells great, ‘nuff said.
37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment
Kylie Jenner has reinforced how important a role our puckers play in making or breaking a look, and if you’re too non-committal to plump up your lips unlike the soon-to-be youngest billionaire ever, this lip treatment is perfect for you. It not only gives you a temporary lip job, but also combats fine lines and wrinkles with its active and natural ingredients.
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