Finding a great beauty dupe is like finding gold. We are all about tracking down a drugstore mascara that performs just like your favorite high end one or finding a great $5 nail polish that gives the same results as that $30 salon gel set. On the same note, you know by now that we are super into at-home manis and DIY face masks. But there are times when certain beauty products or services are totally worth the splurge.
Last time, we shared 7 beauty products worth the splurge, but this time, we’re digging a little deeper into the beauty stratosphere. We’ve rounded up the best beauty investments you could make for yourself—everything from spa services to what to feed your body. Remember, beauty, after all, is much more than the creams you slather on your face! If you’re going to make some beauty investments for yourself, here are some great places to start.
This post is sponsored by Invisalign® clear aligners but all the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.
1. Balayage Highlights
We are firm believers that the words, “highlight” and “at-home” should never go together. Professionals know exactly where to place the highlights and they have all the tools needed to mix the perfect shade for your hair. Together, this drastically lessens the chance of a hair catastrophe that can often happen with at-home highlights. Balayage highlights are a great service to get at the salon because they are on trend, very natural looking, and require little upkeep. Professional colorists will strategically paint on the highlights, making it look like the sun has naturally kissed your hair.
2. Teeth Aligning Treatment
It’s natural for teeth to shift as you get older, even if you had braces when you were younger. But why deal with a misaligned smile if you don’t have to… enter Invisalign® clear aligners . Sure, there are metal braces for straightening your teeth, but Invisalign treatment does so with clear, comfortable aligners rather than those irritating, cut-up-your-mouth metal brackets and wires. Not only does this make the process virtually invisible, but also it’s more comfortable and easier to manage than traditional metal braces. And if you had braces as a child, you know how much a metal mouth affects your confidence, so why go through that self esteem smash up as an adult? Ultimately, having straight teeth can make you feel so much better about yourself, which in our opinion is priceless.
3. Brow Threading:
You can thank Cara Delevigne for the craze that is perfectly groomed, bold brows. The truth is, having well manicured brows can give your face an instant lift. Rather than getting a brow wax done, visit an esthetician who specializes in brow threading, which is the process of a cotton thread being rolled over the hairs, removing them by the follicle. Threading is great because it’s not harmful to your skin like waxing is and it’s a more precise way of removing hair. Your esthetician will use her expertise to determine the perfect brow shape for your face, something hard to achieve when getting carried away with tweezers and a magnifying mirror at home.
Let’s face it. You wear your hair every single day, so why not invest in it? The right cut for your facial shape can change your overall look—and for the better. And don’t forget to get trims often to avoid your hair hair from splitting up the shaft, causing you to lose length. According to Aveda Global Artistic Director of Styling, Allen Ruiz, “I’d say if your hair is in pretty good condition and you don’t color it or use excessive heat styling tools, you can go 4-8 weeks in between cuts.” If you use chemicals in your hair, strive to visit your stylist once every 4-6 weeks.
When your skin looks great, everything else seems to fall into place. By booking a facial, you’re not only getting a one time treatment, but you’re technically hiring a skincare consultant who can answer any questions you may have on how to treat your skin. No, they don’t come cheap, but getting a good facial every few months will remove congestion from deep within your skin, improve circulation, and help balance your skin type.
6. NuFace Mini
If you’re going to own one of the many fancy skincare devices on the market today, the NuFace Mini is the one to try. This petite device really packs a punch in the anti-aging department and is beneficial even if you don’t have wrinkles. This FDA-cleared device uses microcurrent facial stimulation to rejuvenate and improve your skin’s overall appearance. We like to call it a five minute face-lift, making skin look brighter and more toned in the same amount of time you’d spend flipping through Netflix for a new movie to wach.
7. Eating Well
Sure, loading up your grocery cart with tons of fresh fruits and veggies might not be the easiest on your wallet, but it’s the most sure fire way to being healthy from the inside out. When you eat well, it reflects in your skin, hair, nails, and not to mention, your energy levels. Strive to keep the white stuff (that’s white bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, and sweets) out of your diet as much as possible. Researches speculate that these carbs spike our sugar levels, setting off a series of reactions that leads to breakouts. Some foods that are great for your overall beauty are tomatoes, almonds, fish, chia seeds, kale, watermelon, sweet potatoes, citrus, peppers, spinach, olive oil, honey, sunflower and sesame seeds, carrots, blueberries, dark chocolate, whole grains, strawberries, and apples. Add these to your diet instead of those super convenient $2 personal pizzas and trust us, you’ll look and feel more radiant.
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We’ve partnered up with the makers of Invisalign clear aligners, but all opinions expressed are our own. Full disclosure here.