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Splurge or Save: Beauty Buys

Updated 11:50 AM EDT, Fri, Oct 9, 2009

Fashion and Beauty website, Shecky's has tested hundreds of beauty products to find the best beauty buys, from the best eye shadow to the best hair straightener. The best part? The website lauded products on both ends of the price spectrum. So whether you're in the mood (er, budget) to save or splurge, there's some serious beauty booty to be had. Check out some of Shecky's President Claudia Chan's favorite products and head to Sheckys.com to see a full list of winners.

 

FRAGRANCE
The Splurge: Bond Number 9 Fragrance, The Scent of Peace ($140 at Bond No. 9)
This unisex fragrance blends floral and citrus notes. In true Bond No. 9 fashion, the bottle is as beautiful as the scent itself. Another reason to splurge? A portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold go to Seeds of Peace, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of young people in regions of conflict.

The Save: Bath & Body Works P.S. I Love You ($29.50 at Bath & Body Works)
This budget-friendly fragrance gets a romantic boost from its warm, classical  notes. The sexy scent includes golden amber, scarlet velvet rose and hypnotic incense.

BEAUTY DRINK
The Splurge: Glowelle Beauty Drink Dietary Supplement ($40 at Glowelle.com)
This dietary drink is prepared for battle...against those those annoying signs of aging, shielding your skin from harmful UV rays and offering antioxidants to combat free radicals..

The Save: Borba Replenishing Skin Balance Water ($3 at drugstores)
This hydrating drink is formulated to rejuvenate sensitive, rough and dry skin. Boasting nutrients and vitamins, (not to mention, zero carbs and calories) you can trade that $5 latte for healthier skin.


CURLING IRON
The Splurge: Enzo Milano 19MM Curling Iron ($119.95 at Enzomilano.com)
Tired of trapping your tresses in the curling iron? Splurge for this clamp-free tourmaline iron to master your mane.

The Save: Infiniti by Conair YouStyle 2-in-1 Curling Iron ($49.99 at Infiniti.Conair.com)
This multi-tasking iron can make your hair curly or straight AND it saves you cash. We could learn a thing or two from this mega tool.

MASCARA

The Splurge: Yves St. Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cil ($28.50 at Sephora.com)
One swipe of this luxurious mascara yields dramatic (and conditioned) lashes that will last you from morning to night.

The Save: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Lengths Mascara ($7 at drugstores)
This drugstore buy takes a page from sexy patent leather pumps, lengthening lashes and giving them a glossy shine.


BRONZER

The Splurge: Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate ($39.95 at Drhauschka.com)
The doctor is in...style. This natural bronze concentrate blends with your favorite moisturizer for the perfect sun-kissed look that will outlast the summer.

The Save: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow Boosting Pressed Powder ($14.95 at Physiciansformula.com

Another lifesaver, this budget beauty buy offers a long lasting sun-kissed look.

First Published: Oct 5, 2009 7:03 PM EDT

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