5 Beauty Editor Secret Weapons Worth The Splurge

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Below, our beauty editor, Erin Sousa, spills her beauty bag and her secrets on which products are worth the splurge!

When it comes to beauty products, there is a lot of spending temptation. To splurge or to save? It can be a fine balance. Luckily, trying out new beauty products is part of my job here at Glitter Guide, and I spend my time sussing out the must-have pricy products—how’s that for homework!? If you’re willing to spend more than usual, here are my five must-splurge items.

Blowdryer: Shelling out a few extra bucks for a quality blowdryer is well worth the splurge for a couple of reasons. Professional-grade blowdryers will yield better results (think: smoother hair!) because they are more powerful and feature ionic or ceramic technologies that cheaper versions can’t match. Not to mention, these blowdryers are quite durable and can last for years.

My pick: GHD Air Professional Performance Hairdryer

Face Oil: We all know that our complexions are well worth the money we spend on them. A face oil that contains precious ingredients is often expensive because the oil from the plant and/or flower is prized. By simply adding an oil into your beauty routine, you can keep your skin feeling and looking supple and youthful. Plus, a little goes a long way with higher-quality products, so you won’t have to replace it as often.

My picks: Aerin Rose Oil and May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon


Foundation: A pricy foundation has the technology to make skin look luminous and silky, making it an essential splurge. The pigments and textures are much higher quality, and our skin reaps the benefits. Here’s a cost-saving practical tip: Make your investment go the distance by applying it with your fingers as opposed to a product-absorbing sponge!

My pick: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Signature Scent: It’s true, fragrances can be expensive, but once you find a scent that truly complements and fits you, the investment is well worth it. The key to discovering a scent that is so very “you” is trial and error. So spend your time wisely in a store’s perfume department before spending your money. Whenever possible, consider taking samples home to test out before buying a full bottle.

My picks: Byredo, Le Labo, Diptyque

Supplements: Hey, sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we’re putting on our body than in it, but we can’t overlook how diet affects how we look and feel. Important vitamins and minerals help to make your skin glow and strengthens your hair and nails. Targeted formulas support key functions and increase overall wellness. Spending more on these properly curated concoctions is so worth the splurge!

My pick: Perricone MD Skin and Total Body Dietary Supplements

Words and photography by Erin Sousa

Want to see some of our other editors’ beauty favorites? Try The Drugstore Beauty Buys I Can’t Live Without or Beauty Products I’ve Used Up.

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Author: Erin Sousa

Erin is the founder & principal of Sparkle Media, and blogs at The Sparkle. Erin lives in her downtown Vancouver condo with her husband, Roberto, and their dog, Ava. Follow on Instagram!

  • thanks for sharing these incredible products! can’t wait to try the Aerin Rose Oil!

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  • Supplements? Really? How about a healthy diet? Numerous studies do NOT support the use of supplements unless specifically needed for a diagnosed deficiency. Most vitamins are literally expensive urine as your body simply excretes them as excess if you are eating a healthy balanced diet – and those that are fat soluble can be toxic if too much is taken, not to mention that studies show that too many supplements actually causes cancer. Stick with a healthy diet and avoid the “snake oil” being marketed rather aggressively to all.

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