What’s your beauty splurge?

Grabbing beauty products from the supermarket shelf and stashing in the trolley gives a quick, cheap, (guilt-free) beauty thrill. And there are plenty of fab products to satisfy in Aisle 5 of your local grocery store for under $30.

Yet in most cosmetic bags lives a luxe must-have that’s worth navigating cosmetic counters in large department stores, and suffering the dent in our wallets.

But I’m reluctant to lay down wads of cash for a makeup splurge unless it’s comes with a stellar rating from a trusted source. So how about a bit of makeup show & tell? I’ll show you my faves if you show me yours!


These are the two beauty splurges I’ve had long-term love affairs with:


Lancôme Effacernes Longue Tenue Concealer (Long-Lasting Softening Concealer) $53

I’ve been using Lancôme Effacernes Longue Tenue Concealer (Long-Lasting Softening Concealer) since my first son was born in 2005. I use it under my eyes to cover up the black circles from lack-of sleep that have taken up permanent residency there, and so far it’s the only product I’ve found that goes on creamy, yet remains there all day – kinda like a stubborn child but without the pout.

It’s such a beauty essential for me, that I actually became choked up at the Lancôme counter in David Jones a few years ago when they were out of stock, and the consultant mused (incorrectly) that it may have been discontinued. Over-reaction? Maybe. But cumulative sleep deprivation and the potential for salvation in a little tube can do that to you. It’s $53 and lasts me about 9 months, so it works out about 20 cents per day. And it does a stellar job of making me look less ragged around the edges.  Splurge justified.


Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat, $55

My other splurge is Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat, affectionately known to me as ‘The Magic Stick‘. I discovered this beauty classic before my wedding back in 2001. It reflects light and highlights the skin, giving a touch of ping-a-rama to my face. I use a swipe on my eyelids to reduce shadows and redness, especially on “faux makeup free days”, a touch in my inner-eyes, and just above my top lip, which somehow makes it look slightly more full. $55 for one little gold pen, but it’s worth its weight.


Lay it on me sisters, what’s the luxe makeup essential in your cosmetic bag?

baby hanger1 2nd Annual Beauty Awards from Aisle 5


  • My splurge is Lancome Bi-Facil make-up remover. No matter how much waterproof mascara and eyeliner you have on it takes it all right off without any fuss.

    • FoxInFlats

      Alli that sounds divine! Add to cart 😉

  • cookerandalooker

    My splurge is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. Life/face changing stuff!

    • FoxInFlats

      Life changing?! Wowsers, I’ll need to try!

      • cookerandalooker

        Maybe life changing is overstating it, but I love it. You should definately give it a go.

  • Donna

    I use that same concealer & LOVE it!! It’s great for make up free days just to cover dark circles & any pimples that pop up. I never leave the house without concealer & have tried soooo many brands, the Lancôme one is definitely my fave & I have been using for a few years now 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      YAY! I’m stoked you use the same Donna. It is the BUSINESS!

  • Linda

    I love Benefit High Beam illuminator. Instant pick me up.

    • FoxInFlats

      Linda. I’ve always wanted to try that – it looks amazing!

  • I spend a small fortune on Dermalogica products. Have been using them for about ten years, and swear by them. My husband is absolutely horrified when he sees the credit card bill and what I spend on moisturiser and cleanser, and doesn’t understand why I can’t just buy something at Coles. But he enjoys the benefits of a wife with beautiful skin! PS and I also spend a small fortune on Botox, but nobody knows that!

    • FoxInFlats

      A wife with beautiful skin – what more is there to ask for?! And your secrets safe with me x

  • yojo

    perfume–something that can’t be duped: Stella, J’adore, Jo Malone Honeysuckle & Nectarine
    -Foundation–Diorskin Nude Mineral Powder
    -Mascara–Lancome L’Extreme, Chanel Inimitable
    -My lipstick of the moment–Estee, Shiseido, Chanel etc.
    -Moisturizer–La Mer Gel & Trilogy
    Actually, although I stinge on many things, MU & skincare is the one area that I don’t.

    • FoxInFlats

      YoJo, your make up bag is chockas – lucky you! Always wanted to try La Mer – such a great rep! x A

  • When I want to splash the cash I always go for SK-II skincare. I especially love my SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

    • FoxInFlats

      Wow Abbey that sounds DIVINE! Always wanted to try SK-II – does it really give you skin like Cate 🙂

  • I have splurged on Ultraceuticals skincare products – cleanser, exfoliant, moisturiser, the works. I want my skin to be as fabulous as possible for my wedding. My other splurge item is MAC lipstick. They are incredible. My absolute favourite is the Sheen Supreme lipstick in the colour ‘Full Speed’ which is a bright, creamy, gorgeous coral/pink. An instant face brightener!

    • FoxInFlats

      Sonia, You’ve got such beautiful skin, so it’s working!

  • La Prairie’s skin caviar foundation. Silky, divine and brilliant lasting coverage. My biggest makeup indulgence.

    • FoxInFlats

      OMG Caviar foundation! Sounds good enough to eat!

  • Nic

    Did you know the Lancôme concealer is in strawberrynet for $38.50?

    • FoxInFlats


  • Lisa mckenzie

    Fragrance I am a perfume whore my faves are Michael Kors By Michael Kors and Estee lauder private collection tuberose and gardenia,divine scents and so scummy and Dermalogica products,they are for my sensitive skin.

    • FoxInFlats

      oh a perfume whore! Love it!

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