Facial oil is used for it's moisturizing properties and quick-drying ingredients, but are all facial oils created equally? Rodin Olio Lusso face oil ($140, Oliolusso-shop.com) and Aesop Fabulous Face Oil ($55, Aesop.com) both have similar textures, yet completely different price points.
Chanel's Glossimer ($28.50, Chanel.com) became popular for its subtle shimmer and strong staying power. A less expensive option is Rimmel's Stay Glossy Lip Gloss ($5.29, Walgreens.com), which comes in an array of vibrant colors and stays put when applied.
A deep cleansing mask is great for shrinking pores and getting rid of blemishes, but there are so many to choose from! Clark's Botanicals came out with their Intense Radiance Mask ($72, Clarksbotanicals.com) recently, and beauty editors have been raving about it. Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque ($23, Kiehls.com) is a similar, less-expensive option.
Highlighter can do amazing things for the face, like make it dewy and fresh looking. On the luxurious end of the spectrum, you have Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate ($75, Bergdorfgoodman.com), which also has darker makeup for contouring the face. You can use your own applicator or the brush that goes with it, but it's an extra $70. Clinique's Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator ($23, Clinique.com) is on the less expensive side of the spectrum and can be easily applied with your fingers.
Although La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream ($295, Laprairie.com) and Garnier's Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller ($14.99, Walgreens.com) target the same problems, it is their difference in ingredients that causes such a big price gap. La Prairie uses caviar and sea algae to form a protective film over the eye area skin, while Garnier uses pro-retinol to get rid of crow's feet.
Just like the rest of your skin, lips need to be exfoliated regularly. Fresh allows you to do this with their Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50, Fresh.com), while Lush gives customers Pow Wow Lip Scrub ($8.95, LushUSA.com).
Laura Mercier is revered for her tinted moisturizer ($42, Lauramercier.com), which wins tons of beauty awards each year. When developing her own tinted moisturizer, Sonia Kashuk kept the brand in mind and came up with her Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($12.99, SoniaKashuk.com).
When it comes to lashes, thin is NOT in. Instead, women want full, long lashes that make eyes stand out. When you can afford to, DiorShow Mascara ($24.50, Dior.com) will give your lashes the wow effect your want. You can see similar results with Loreal Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Mascara ($10, LorealparisUSA.com), which comes at a steal of a price.
Long nights out and sleep deprivation can make you look like a nightmare in the morning. This is why so many women have turned to YSL's Touche clat ($40, YSLbeautyus.com) for their dark circles. In 2012, however, Maybelline will be offering a less expensive alternative, called the Dream Lumi ($7.99, Maybelline.com), which will also fight the look of fatigue.
Nothing is more important for skin than hydration, which is why fidning a good moisturizer is so important. Whether it's an expensive brand, like Dr. Alkaitis's Organic Day Creme ($65, Alkaitis.com), or a less expensive version, like Olay's Total Effects Moisturizer ($15.19, Olay.com), it's important to make sure it's providing your skin with the moisture it needs.