Luxe beauty buys that are worth the splurge

Welcome to the new-look feature series here at BEAUTYDIRECTORY – where each month team BD will be putting the latest must-have products to the test.

Last month we tried budget friendly products – you can read that here. Next up? Luxe beauty buys: A look at our favourite products that are worth the splurge.

Read our honest thoughts below, and why you should give these goodies a go yourself. For hi-res images, and further product information, click the brand name.

The Secret Skincare Day Brightening Elixir - Aja 

What we think: There's nothing more that screams luxe skincare, than bespoke, made to order products, and The Secret Skincare does just that. Using only fresh and pure active ingredients for clinically proven and visible results, the brand is Australia’s first prescription-only skincare range. After using my custom products for 3 months, my skin is glowing, fine lines reduced and pigmentation diminished.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream - Tiarne

What we think: To say I’ve been waiting to try this eye cream for quite some time is a massive understatement - and it certainly did not disappoint! It hydrates so well and keeps my eye area moisturised all day long. A little goes a long way and it does such an amazing job keeping my eyes looking fresh and hydrated.

Lancôme La vie est belle L'Eau de Parfum - Sam

What we think: This has to be my all time favourite scent! No matter how many fragrances I acquire I alway's seem drawn back to this one as my everyday staple. The fragrance is feminine with floral notes and lingers on the skin for hours like a reminder of beautiful memories.

Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Toilette - Caitlin

What we think: WOW! This fragrance certainly packs a punch and one that is unique and memorable. It is unlike any fragrance I have smelt before and very easy to wear from day to night. I certainly felt empowered wearing the fragrance and the bottle is absolutely stunning, a glass sharp-angled bottle twisted by the iconic YSL gold logo. Like the fragrance, it is feminine but sharp, strong and unforgettable. 

Arbonne AgeWell Collagen Nurturing Serum with 2% Bakuchiol - Tam

What we think: As someone with sensitive skin this serum packs a punch, all whilst being gentle on the skin and targeting my concerns. Rather than harsh retinol, this serum uses a plant based retinol alternative. Coupled with a load of other ingredients and antioxidants, it helps with the skin barrier, to increase elasticity, firmness, texture, and reduces fine lines.

Nutrimetics Platinum Lift & Firm Power Masque - Deb

What we think: If you're after a little luxe skincare experience at home, this Lift & Firm Power Masque ticks all the boxes! I treated myself to this masque twice a week after cleansing at night, smoothing an even layer over my face and leaving it on for ten minutes before tissuing it off. My skin was visibly firmer and smoother the next morning.

DMK Enbioment™ Cleanser - Eleni

What we think: Used in conjunction with the mist and serum, this cleanser is the first step in the regime that helped to restore balance and hydration in my skin. Having compromised my skin barrier recently, this product, along with the Embioment Mist and Serum, really helped to improve the overall health and hydration of my skin.

Clarins Double Serum - Issy

What we think: This is luxe in a bottle! Formulated with two-phase hydric (water) and lipidic (oil), this serum absorbs beautifully into freshly cleansed skin. Since incorporating this serum into my regime, my skin feels hydrated, soft and bright. The added bonus is it's great for someone like me with fine lines as it targets anti-ageing too!

ghd oracle - Rhi

What we think: The only way to describe this curling wand is ‘magic’. Remember that practice makes perfect with this tool, so give yourself some time to get used to the technique. Always use small strands of hair and move the wand slowly through the hair for best results. Once you have the technique down pat, you won’t be disappointed with those effortless, bouncy salon curls!

Manicare NOVA FIT™ - Marsha

What we think: After a full day at work, this facial massager helps me to unwind and relax. I usually use it after my skincare routine at night, and it really helps to absorb the products and rejuvenate my skin. My skin felt tighter and toned the next morning.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic - Simone

What we think: I love skincare and this serum has to be my new favourite to add to my morning routine. After one week I felt my skin was tighter, brighter and the texture was smoother. There isn't an overpowering clinical scent. It just does the job! Miracle in a bottle for me.

If you have a brand or product you'd like to put forward for upcoming trial, please contact BD's editor, Aja: AJA.WALTER@AREMEDIA.COM.AU