Skincare Advice – Are the Luxury Products Worth the Investment?

A lot of people when they start new skin care routines, or want to upgrade their products can get sticker shock. Going from Wash-Tone-Moisturize to a 8-12 step routine can be daunting. So to throw in the cost of new skincare products can keep people from taking the plunge. Also there are some luxury products out there that are CRAZY expensive…. but are they worth it?

When I started my new skincare routine it was daunting. I am 31 year old Caucasian lady who lives on South Florida. For the longest time I didn’t wear sunscreen and I would wash my face with any ole soap. My skin got WRECKED. I wasn’t blessed with good genes either. I am a little off kilter. I am an artist, so I am constantly around paint, varnish and weird chemicals, to help me paint (not good for skin), and the closet thing I came down to to really take care of my skin was all the sunscreen I would lather on my tattoos (I am heavily Tattoed) but I always neglected my face. I am paying the price now. After awhile I am noticing a huge difference. Better texture, smaller pores, even skintone. Still a ways to go but so far its great.

So what about expensive luxury products?

I had a hard time investing at first, so the first few months I would go to the drug store and get whatever I thought would work. The only thing this was good for was to help me develop good habits and get used to the routine. Not all products are created equal, and I can’t think of ANY product that is universally good for all skin types. So most of these products obviously didn’t work for me and I had to try a new approach.

If products cost between 5-20 dollars I would usually take a chance, but anything more then that I would be wary of. I decided I wouldn’t buy anything expensive until I had to opportunity to really truly sample it for at least 1-2 weeks. I found a few stores and websites that actually sold sample sizes (or even travel sizes would work). I would make an initial investment of 3-25 dollars depending on the product and I would get enough samples for 1-2 months. This would give me a good idea of what worked for me, and what didn’t. I also took advantage of places that offered samples of skincare with purchase (like Sephora) especially when they let you choose your samples. Also deluxe samples are a life saver.

After a year or so doing this I was able to really tailor my skin care routine without making a huge investment, and able to weed out products that had a big price tag that wouldn’t work for me, with more inexpensive ones that were GREAT for me. Also I found 1 or 2 products that were pricier but WORTH the investment (they would last a long time, or their results were incomparable to anything else. Prices I am talking about are $200-$400 per product).

So I would say if you want to jump into a more extensive skin care routine look for sites that sell samples ( does and they have free shipping with NO minimum purchase. does as welland carries SK-II sample and travel sizes, well worth the look into) and really truly discover the best products for your skin. Maybe its that drugstore brand of moisturizer, maybe that crazy toner, maybe that super expensive serum. But the end result will be a beautifully tailored routine for exquisite skin!

Good luck!

Favorite Online Shops For Affordable Beauty, Makeup and Skincare

I like a variety of skincare, beauty, and other goodies. I work from home, so you think this would give me enough time to go out shopping, but you are wrong. I rely heavily on online stores to stock up on much needed supplies, and to fulfill my need for some worthless BS ❤

Skincare and Makeup

I love a lot of Korean and Japanese brands, as well as some French and American ones. so to get a good selection of all of these is harder then you would think. I don’t mind paying more for certain brands, quality or selection, But I also love a good bargain. So this list is for shops that carry brands and products that won’t break the bank but have wonderful selections of quality products (remember price does not equal quality)

I am usually on Amazon, Ulta, or Sephora for most of the name brands that are easy to find in the states. For Korean and Japanese brands I usually use these sites listed below. I will also buy directly from the places as well, and sometimes if its a harder to find item looking for specialty online shops that carry specific brands and collections. These are usually priced higher but it is well worth it, but that’s another blog post!

Shops! – Free shipping, no minimum. Decent selection, – Good selection and free shipping with $30 purchase or more. Benefit is it ships from the states so I get it fast. – OK selection, nice discounts. I can get harder to find or limited edition sets and brands from here. – Has it all. Kitchenware, beauty, home and bathroom and a great selection of skincare and makeup!

Another favorite online shop is Groupon. I find some amazing deals on skincare products, makeup and tools!

For a lot of my skincare I have found to really enjoy Korean brands. They have wonderful quality and the prices are pretty great. The ingredients in Japanese and Korean brands really work well with my skin, so most of the stuff I use is usually Asian brands. I don’t recommend jumping on any skincare trend because its “popular” I recommend figuring out what works best with your skin and the type of routine you have. But if you wanted to try out some popular brands to see if they work for you these sites are great!

For me other brands (Murad, La Mer, Clarins, La Praire, etc) had bad reactions for my skin, or worked well for the first few weeks then plateau. So when I learned about Korean brands, and how good they were supposed to be for your skin I decided to give it a go. Finding them was hard but after I found some reliable websites that sold great products it got a lot easier for me to mix and match until I had a great regime down. For everything else Sephora or Amazon usually has what I need (they carry popular Korean and Japanese brands too). If Amazon or any of these sites don’t have what I need  I will usually go to the department stores website or schedule a tip to the mall. For makeup brands easier to find in the States (I really Really love a lot of prestige brands like Givenchy and Guerlain. Nars and Make up Forever are other favorite brands.) These I will get from Sephora, or Ulta usually.


Hope that helps! AND If you have a recommendation of a website I should try comment below!