A wise woman once told me “don’t save that sh*t for best.” What’s the point in waiting for the magical day that never comes? I’m an absolute sucker for an expensive perfume, eye-wateringly priced candle and luxurious face mask that claims to leave me with the skin of Cara Delevigne, but I also have a habit of keeping all the posh jars and extravagant scents for a special occasion. When I do get the odd evening alone, the first thing I do is run a bath and cover myself from head-to-toe in luxurious treatments before slipping into a steaming hot tub topped up with bath oil that costs as much as a small car. There’s something about luxurious products that makes every experience feel all the more special, and we’re mostly happy to pay a premium for it. However, leaving that bottle of bath foam your best mate gave you last Christmas sitting on the windowsill (waiting for the perfect excuse to unscrew it,) neither satisfies you nor the bath foam. Here’s why you should scrap saving things for a rainy day and start using those special lotions and potions right now…
Products Have a Shelf Life
We all know that products have a ‘period after opening’ date which provides an indication on how long they should be kept and used. However, a lot of these are shorter than you think – be it three, six or twelve months before you should really be chucking them away. What’s the point in splashing out on a £25 mascara for those big girlie nights, when you then only get to use it three times before it dries out and becomes unusable? I’ve learned the hard way that cosmetics really don’t last as long as you may think, having to begrudgingly dispose of all kind of lotions and potions that I was saving for ‘a special occasion’. Make the most of your indulgent purchases while you still can.
Every Day Should Have A Little Luxury
I’m a firm believer in this mantra, whether or not it’s using a fancy shampoo in the shower or spritzing yourself with a little Jo Malone just to walk to the post office. It makes you feel good, puts a spring in your step and a smile on your face – so why would you starve yourself of the privilege and ration out when you can feel super positive about the day? Start using all those fancy makeup products, face masks, body creams and overnight treatments today… Because it will not only help you feel better right now, but tomorrow too.
Integrate Into Your Daily Routine For Best Results
Most products are more costly because of the ingredients and technology that goes into formulating them. Although there are some ingredible affordable buys that really do help us to look our best, if you splurge on an extortionate face cream or treat yourself to the latest serum then using it daily will really help you see best results. Products are developed to be used daily, so stopping and starting a routine when you feel you can justify that £5-a-pump cream won’t do you any good in the long-term. Integrating these expensive and luxurious products into a routine, however sparingly, will help you get your money’s worth and ensure you’re looking fabulous.
Will you be cracking open that special pot of cream tonight?