According to reports, "one-third of women in the U.K. would prefer to eat less than cut their beauty spending." It's a fairly bold statement to make, but an interesting one nonetheless.
Personally, I find the survey to be too broad to represent an accurate statistic. If it simply translates to the willingness to cut calories (which most of us try to do anyway...) to be able to use the most premium products possible, then you can include me in that group. I don't know about you, but I'd rather invest in the best anti-aging products available than in an indulgent meal at Per Se.
In an ideal world, a girl could have both, but in the reality of this economy- costs need to be cut. That said, starvation is not a viable solution either. So when should one scrimp and where does one splurge? See below for my two cents (currently worth about 1.25)...
Go Cheap: Pigments, Pencils, Powders & Nail Care
You can find fabulous textures and rich pigments in certain drugstore products (like eye shadow, eye/lip/brow pencils, blush, powder, lip color, and mascara...), so don't be afraid to browse the aisles to find the less-expensive versions of your favorite luxury brands. If you're phobic of fluorescent lights, don't fret- just shop online. It's not like you can try the products on in-store, anyway, and most major chains offer free shipping as well.
Find a Happy Medium: Haircare & Body Care
There are loads of cheap hair and body care products out there, but for just a little more you'll see much better results. You don't have to go all out, but moving up a couple of dollars in price range can give you access to nicer emollients, more effective formulations, and better quality ingredients overall.
Where to Invest: Skincare, Treatments & Tools
I'm not too keen on injections and surgical procedures, but firmly believe in using the best possible skincare products on the face and neck. (Non-invasive) corrective and preventative care takes top priority in my books. Every step of one's ritual, from cleansing and moisturizing to the use of at-home/professional treatments, plays a crucial role in keeping the skin looking its best. I also think that beauty tools (like brushes, tweezers, and hair dryers/styling irons) are an investment that show their worth daily, and can last for quite some time.
What are you currently cutting back/splurging on? Are beauty products a priority, or an afterthought?