Daily tasks can seem so mundane, even if they’re beauty-related; removing chipped nail polish, tweezing perfectly arched brows, and even the repetitive routine of moisturizing can seem like enough of a drag to skip. Gray skies and dull, lifeless winter skin can make these simple efforts seem even more dreary – the mere thought of losing my six layers to the bathroom floor to scrub myself smooth is about as appealing as the rough skin in the first place, but doesn’t make me want to do it any more than it should.
For times like these, I treat myself to purely indulgent, ultra-luxe essentials that make even the simplest, most basic grind a joy. A little pricey? Sure! But the cost of skimping out on beauty routines is a much higher price to pay than an expensive little delight that sprinkles the fun right back into things and beautifies better, leaving me broke but happy. Here are my top indulgent necessities…
Guerlain L’or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base
Pure gold is the ultimate opulence, so when it’s suspended (rather deliciously-looking) into French favourite Guerlain’s smoothing concentrate the luxury is transformed onto your now-glowy face. With skin-tightening properties and a seriously gilded gel-formula, this serum is truly worth its weight in gold.
Shiseido The Makeup Facial Cotton
There’s nothing wrong with the little cotton pad rounds from the drugstore. That is, until you spoil yourself with the plushest, thickest, bounciest cotton Shiseido has graciously crafted into pillows of rectangular softness. Practically the size of your palm, these unbelievably gentle pads can be soaked with any kind of makeup remover or skin care product, making taking off your mascara the most enjoyable part of your evening.
Givenchy Le Rouge
While lipstick is unarguably a necessity (for beauty junkies, anyway), housing slick shades in a sexy leather case is an added touch of luxury and definitely boosts the decadence of applying a luscious lipstick. Merci, Givenchy!
La Mer The Lip Balm
Would any list of beauty indulgences be complete without at least one La Mer splurge? We think not. Make ordinary lip balm look almost offensive with La Mer’s exclusive (and patented!) Miracle Broth-spiked Lip Lipid Complex for the smoothest, softest kisser you’ll ever feel in your life.
Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Renewal Creme, $450
This extra luxurious cream may cost more than three spa-administered facials, but its supremely rich yet light formula and delectable scent lets you turn your bathroom into a mini-spa. It’s packed with antioxidants from the company’s own green tea fields in Korea and truly feels transformative, making it so worth skipping a trip to your facialist.
What are some of the beauty products you like to indulge in? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.