Monday, August 15, 2016

splurge! August

When was the last time you splurged?  For me it was yesterday, when I payed the ebay price for the discontinued Jacyln Hill for Becca Champagne Collection Face Palette.  I really wanted it when it was readily available at Sephora but I kept putting it off until it was gone forever.  You snooze, you lose....or you pay through the nose on ebay.  But sometimes splurging can be fun, or pretend-splurging even more so.  It's not to everyone's taste, but I love to window shop the big glitzy department stores and test out all their pricey goods as if I were going to buy them.  I dream big.  And I think others do too, which is why my "splurge!" series is always so popular.  So here are a few beauties for this month:

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil.  Not only does the name sounds sensual, exotic, and luxurious, but the product itself lives up to its name.  This is a rich oil that absorbs easily and leaves your skin tender and soft. It literally has rose oil in it! I first saw this at the exclusive Liberty Of London department store. Apparently it is really popular over there, which of course makes it seem even hipper than it already is.  If you are in the mood for something to really treat yourself with, I highly recommend this rose gem, you can get it in the US at

$65 for 3.3 oz

Lafco New York makes the most amazing home fragrances that are worth every pricey penny.  I have had my attractive over-sized diffuser for 3 years and it hasn't quit on me yet.  Granted it's not as powerful as when it was new, but if I rotate/flip the reeds frequently it still smells luscious (if I wasn't spending all my money on cosmetics right now I'd plunk down the $48 for the refill).  Anyway....what makes these diffusers and candles so cool is that each scent is named for a room in the house or a type of house.  My French Lilac Diffuser is called "Pool House".  Other scents include Duchess Peony/Powder Room, Celery Thyme/Dining Room, Redwood/Den and Sea & Dune/Beach House.  It may be gimmicky but the wide array of fragrances are unique, authentic-smelling, and refined - not at all fru-fru.


AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+.  One of the very first cushion compacts launched in the US, it remains supreme.  Cushion compacts/foundations are the rage right now and this one blows all the others out of the water.  Why?  Because AmorePacific is a luxury Korean brand, and Koreans were the first to corner the market on cushion compacts.  Whenever I wear this people always ask me what I do to make my skin look so good.  They assume the answer is in my skin care regimen, when really it's just this baby that's making me look years younger.  Amore's CC cream is all about glowing light coverage; the "your skin but better" look.

$60 for 1.05 oz

Parfums de Marly Meliora.  This brand is exclusive to Nordstrom's, and you know what that means don't you?  Free sample!  I myself only have a sample of this divine fragrance because it is so expensive.  Meliora is a light fruity floral in the most sophisticated way possible.  The lily-of-the-valley is prominent but balanced with red berries.  The entire intoxicating blend smells like a garden party in the New Orleans French Quarter.  Is it $275 worth of pretty?  Yes if you've got money to burn!

$275 for 2.5 oz

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha-Beta Universal Daily Peel.  As far as I am concerned everyone needs this in their skincare regimen.  In fact it is already famous.  You can use these glycolic/salicylic exfoliating pads a few times a week, or some people can handle them everyday, but even after only one use you will see a remarkable difference.  You will glow.  You will be smooth.  And with prolonged use it can even help you look younger.  Not to mention it's a healthy thing (in moderation) to do for your skin.  There is a formula for each skin type from extra-gentle to extra strength.  It is a product for everyone!

$88 for 35 applications

What is your splurge-worthy secret desire?

Check out my last "splurge!" post: splurge! November 
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all products reviewed were either bought, researched, or sampled by me. And product pictures were stolen from the link's websites. I am not financially compensated for my reviews

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