BY ADRIA
VALDES GREENHAUFF
It seems like just about
everywhere we go these days, there’s a company trying to get our attention to
sell us something. Whether it’s an outfit in a department store window or an
eyeshadow palette on Instagram, we’re constantly being sold to. Some things we
find out quickly are totally worth paying for (I’m looking at you, Clarisonic),
while others, well, not so much.
But what about those luxury
brands that many of us have never had the pleasure of experiencing? Are any of
them worth giving up our morning lattes or weekly mani/pedi to save up for?
Well, according to the experts, some of them are.
Here are a handful of
oh-so-fancy brands that are worth the occasional splurge.
Armani
Beauty

When it comes to makeup
splurges, there’s one foundation that fashion designer Lindsay Narain, founder
and creative director of the fashion label Vaughan, said is totally worth it.
“Giorgio Armani,” she told me in an interview. “Apparently they
formulate their foundations in order to achieve a particular texture… and it
shows.”
Her favorite of the brand’s
foundations is the Designer Lift. “It’s full coverage that somehow makes
me look like I’ve just come out of a facial. Incredible.”
Cle
de Peau Beaute

If it’s the perfect concealer
you’re searching for, Narain admits she goes crazy over ultra-luxurious
skincare and makeup collection, Clé de Peau Beauté. Not only was CPB among
InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys of 2014, it’s also got the stamp of approval of
celebs like Amanda Seyfried, who’s actually the brand spokesperson.
“Clé de Peau makes the
best concealer in the world,” Narain told me. “People are always
asking me how I look fresh with two little kids at home and this is the
reason.”
Nars
Cosmetics

Love yourself some bright lips
and rosy cheeks? Nars Cosmetics could be the brand to add to your makeup wish
list. “When it comes to luxury brands, Nars is my all time favorite color
cosmetics brand,” Alison Blackman, editor-in-chief of the blog, Advice
Sisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle, told me. “The products are trendy
but wearable with formulas that are high performance.” She also mentioned
that she loves the wide range of colors to suit almost every skin tone.
Beauty writer Heather Harzold
of the blog Powder Me Perfect agreed, saying, “Francois Nars is an artist
in every form and he brings that into his cosmetic line. From the Radiant
Creamy concealer, to the cult favorite Orgasm blush, to the variety of lip
colors and eye shadows that let anyone create both natural and bold
looks,” she said. “Nars is absolutely worth the splurge.”
Rodial
While some ladies love their
makeup, others prefer to splurge on products promising to help keep their skin
youthful and radiant. For fashion and lifestyle blogger Tonia Steck of
FO40.com, Rodial tops the list when it comes to skin care. “I love this
line created by Maria Hatzistefanis, especially the bee venom night
cream,” she told me.
Made with actual bee venom,
which is said to help increase blood circulation, this advanced performance
night gel is formulated to help re-texturize the skin, promoting elasticity
while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “The smell is
intoxicating,” Steck said. “I love to put it on before bed! “
Prabal
Gurung

Finding the perfect outfit can
make you feel like a million bucks, and some of the experts I chatted with
definitely think there’s a handful of brands worth investing in, all in the
name of a better wardrobe.
For Steck, fashion label
Prabal Gurung makes the list. “The clothes coming out of Prabal Gurung’s
showroom are edgy yet beautiful,” she told me. “I’ve come to
appreciate their entire line since I started shopping in the showroom. Prabal’s
accent on buttons, fur, and asymmetry are so unique. I try to buy a few anchor
pieces from each season.”
Rebecca
Taylor

Steck is also a big fan of
luxe womenswear brand, Rebecca Taylor. With an emphasis on signature prints,
this collection is all romance meets sophistication, with everything from
whimsical floral dresses to delicately embroidered denim.
“Rebecca Taylor makes
great tops for day to transition into night,” she said. “They also
make affordable jackets to throw on with jeans or your work outfit.”
Mother
Denim

Jeans are an important part of
any wardrobe. They’re also the only single item of clothing I, personally, have
ever dropped major cash on. And since a great pair of jeans can last your
forever, they just might be worth the splurge.
“Denim is going through a
bit of a renaissance at the moment, forget just skinny jeans, there’s so many
amazing options and definitely one to fit every frame,” Narain told me.
“There’s also a power in customizing your own jeans by hemming the length
to show off the ankle bone, or cutting and fraying the hem and inner ankle for
a slightly edgier look.”
So what’s her brand of choice
when it comes to denim? “Mother is my new favorite brand. I love the
flared, cropped style.”
Seafolly
Australia

I’m not typically one to
splurge on swimwear, but finding a bathing suit you feel confident in is
priceless. So if you’re looking to invest in your next beach ensemble, Narain
recommends luxury swimwear brand Seafolly.
“Seafolly is my favorite
swimwear brand for real people,” she said. “I find most designer
brands are too skimpy or not really made for swimming. Seafolly is always
trend-led, but they always have at least one or two really chic one pieces or
bikinis with more coverage.”
Hermes


While designer jeans and
handbags are fabulous, we couldn’t do a roundup of high-end brands without
mentioning the quintessential symbol of ooh-la-la luxury — the Hermès scarf.
Fashion stylist Hanna of HannaLeeStyle.com told me this is her favorite fashion
accessory. “They immediately add a chic-factor to any (otherwise) boring
outfit,” she said. “You can wear them a million ways, whether it’s
draped along your neck, as a hair scarf or as a belt. It’s a timeless accessory
that’s always in style.”
Gottlieb agreed, saying,
“Hermès is in its own universe as far as being worth the splurge. You can
wear cut off denim and a tee shirt from a thrift shop but if you add a Hermès
scarf to your neck or your wrist everything is elevated. It’s only a few
hundred dollars to pick up a scarf and with proper care will last a
lifetime.”
When
you feel good, you look good
Whether it’s designer jeans,
fancy handbags, or celeb-inspired makeup you can’t get enough of, there’s
definitely no right and wrong when it comes to choosing your favorite luxury
brands. Yep, even if it means you want to skip them all together. Instead, go
for the stuff that makes you feel most confident because at the end of the day,
that’s when we’re all the most beautiful.
SOURCE:
THE LIST
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.