What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?

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I haven’t for one moment regretted the purchase of my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which absolutely cuts your drying time in half, if not more, and leaves hair meaningfully smoother and less damaged. It’s a little impractical to shlep it out to Sag Harbor, however, so out there I’ve always just used a succession of cheap blow-dryers, and I can really see and feel the difference that makes, especially because the sea air and humidity already do a real number on my frizzbo hair. It’s kind of a mess. So I caved and bought this Harry Josh blow-dryer for Sag. It isn’t cheap but costs about half as much as the Dyson if you show the slightest interest in it on the Dermstore site, because they’ll send you offers for it at a reduced price (which is how I scored it). And I think it works pretty much just as fast and well as the Dyson. OK, your turn: what’s the one beauty product, tool, or treatment that you will spend ridiculously on?

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    Kimbersam
    9 Jul 2019
    9:14am

    My Tria Anti-Aging Laser that I bought in 2014 (and 20 years of Retin A) has kept me looking not-so-terrible for 53. I’ve read that lots of people haven’t responded well to the laser or their laser was a dud, but I lucked out. Oh-also-my haircut and color every eight weeks. Hair is IMPORTANT.

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      Adrien
      10 Jul 2019
      11:38am

      I look like a pencil! (Just kidding, but hair IS important.) I spend a ridiculous amount to get my hair cut and colored every 6-8 weeks and it’s totally worth it.

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    KHD
    9 Jul 2019
    9:16am

    SKII. Feels like I’m paying $250 for a bottle of water but it really keeps my skin healthy.

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    Mary
    9 Jul 2019
    9:20am

    I’ve been letting my fine locks air dry, as I absolutely destroyed them with too much heat years ago. But the Dyson looks enticing and might reduce the damage. I’m in the Caribbean as we speak and my hair is absolutely hideous.

    In any event. my biggest splurge is Drunk Elephant Retinol. It’s very strong for something you can OTC.

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      kimbersam
      9 Jul 2019
      11:15am

      My stylist uses a Dyson. She bought a referb on ebay and LOVES it!

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      Jane
      9 Jul 2019
      2:53pm

      I live in the Caribbean as well (Barbados) and love the Dyson beyond all imaginings. It’s been a game-changer for my hair. I had been singing the praises of my Dyson blow dryer to my daughter, who has the same hair I do and lives in NYC, and she pooh-poohed me every time. Then she came to visit me, tried my Dyson one time, and promptly ordered her own. (I’ll try Drunk Elephant retinol … been using Obagi but the little hole it comes out of gets clogged quite easily.)

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        Mary
        9 Jul 2019
        4:52pm

        Thank you for the feedback, Jane! I’m just visiting the Caribbean but the humidity is pretty bad back at home too so I’m definitely going to look into the Dyson upon my return.

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    Tammy Madsen
    9 Jul 2019
    8:19am

    I love La Mer moisturizer. It’s so damn good.

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    EW
    9 Jul 2019
    8:32am

    Agree on the Dyson. Although I do take mine on the road. I pack it up in its travel case and carry it on. That and Keratin treatments have given me Hair of My Dreams(at least 90%)
    Also love/indulge on Sisley phyto-lip balm twist #1, its the perfect combo of lip balm and color that looks perfectly natural and feels great. Totally overpriced but its my HG

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    Kathy
    9 Jul 2019
    9:06am

    So funny- was just searching last night for a hair dryer to leave at my place on the Jersey Shore so I dont have to schlepp my Sedu dryer, that I LOVE, back and forth. Thanks for the recommendation. Biggest beauty splurge of late was Sisley foundation.

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    Tammy Madsen
    9 Jul 2019
    9:12am

    Has anyone tried Westman Atelier? The foundation stick and blush are amazing, but the prices are steep.

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      Christine
      9 Jul 2019
      9:51am

      Yes! I just purchased the foundation stick from the Violet Grey website and LOVE it. Been trying to “clean” up my make-up and skincare routine and I feel the stick does really well. I have a mixed ethnicity background and super oily skin, so it’s tough for me to find something that works.

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      Liz
      9 Jul 2019
      11:33am

      I have a few items from the brand and I think it’s really nice. The foundation stick feels good on the skin and has a decent amount of coverage. I bought a few shades that were too dark and finally settled on the 0 which is perfect. My skin is light but not fair so I was surprised the color range started at my shade. The super-loaded highlighter is nice too. I wear it as a blush and it’s a little glowy but not over the top. The brushes are nice too. If you can get to a Barneys and try it in person that would be worth it.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Jul 2019
      9:47pm

      I love the blush, but not necessarily more than my other cream blushes. I want to try the foundation and recently ordered Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter…can’t wait to glow like Gucci!

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      Betsy
      9 Jul 2019
      1:14pm

      No, but now I want to!

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    LisaR
    9 Jul 2019
    9:13am

    Chanel nail polishes – I love their colors and finishes. I justify the expense because I prefer to do my own manicures at home (and when I get pedicures I like to bring my own color). Also, Tata Harper Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Serum is amazing.

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      KHD
      9 Jul 2019
      9:14am

      I was JUST thinking about how amazing Chanel polish is on my toes…lasts forever.

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      Kristen
      9 Jul 2019
      11:09am

      My mother gave me the pirate shade for my birthday, and I love it. A great red!

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    ringthing
    11 Jul 2019
    9:35am

    My biggest beauty indulgence is perfume, lots of indie brands, Chanel body products, fancy hair mists etc etc. It elevates my mood and surroundings, and the harsh Midwest winters are more bearable with No. 5 body oil.

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    Leilani Jensen
    9 Jul 2019
    11:10am

    I love my Nuface microcurrent facial device. Keeps my skin looking tight and fresh, it was a somewhat pricey gift to myself for my 50th birthday, and it is a gift that keeps on giving!

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    Amy
    9 Jul 2019
    11:14am

    Biologique Recherche P50. Once I got over the smell, I got totally addicted and now use it everyday. It has made my skin tone more even and my sensitive skin smoother in general.

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    lola
    9 Jul 2019
    10:38am

    Botox on the forehead and neck every 4 months (this last one left me about $600 poorer) and my hair ($240 for a full set of super blonde foils). Regrettably, I had to do both of them within the same pay period! So what if I have to bring both breakfast and lunch to work for the next 2 weeks??

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      B
      9 Jul 2019
      6:06pm

      Oooooo the neck! What does it do? I do forehead; would love to know all the other not so obvious areas.

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        Lola
        10 Jul 2019
        7:38am

        I was skeptical about the neck. I have hereditary lines around my neck and also see a little crepyness front and center. The first time I did it I didn’t see much of a difference. The second time it seemed to just smooth things out. Not a lift by any means and it took 2 or 3 weeks to notice but I swear it works just enough to justify the cost. I took that opportunity to pay extra special attention to my neck and used my serum and moisturizer more and I swear I’m still seeing the effects 5 months later.

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    Joannawnyc
    9 Jul 2019
    11:07am

    I don’t really spend a lot on beauty in general, and generally prefer to find lowest cost alternatives, but certain things I HAVE to have: Living Proof anti-frizz products (especially the nourishing oil), Tatcha rice face polish, Olaplex No. 3, NARS lip pencils in Cruella and Dolce Vita. I used to spend a lot of money on my hair, but it’s too fine and fragile to blow dry often (it just starts to break) and I haven’t had it cut in 2 years–the Olaplex really helps with that. I also buy fancy hair barrettes from France Luxe, never from the drugstore!

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    MaryAlice
    9 Jul 2019
    11:08am

    Cut & color every 6-8 weeks at a not-cheap salon – but the same guy has been doing my hair for 20 years (we became friends and have even travelled together). When I got married in 1986 I warned my husband that I wouldn’t skimp on hair care regardless of our economic situation – my version of a prenup!

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      Dell
      10 Jul 2019
      4:17am

      That is brilliant! Hair, to quote Fleabag, is everything. Having a good hair day changes my whole outlook, something my own slightly balding husband doesn’t quite understand. I’ve got a stylist now that I’d cross continents for (plus she’s so cool and French I feel cooler and French-er when I leave). I think she’s my biggest beauty indulgence!

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    Julia Gray
    9 Jul 2019
    11:17am

    I love Vintner’s Daughter face oil (was a lovely gift), Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, and Shani Darden’s retinol. I find that as I age, I need fewer products but those products need to hardcore and well-made ones. Sure, these are expensive, but I use less.

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    Maryse
    9 Jul 2019
    11:26am

    Without a doubt, laser hair removal. I’ve had my full legs done, bikini, my forearms, pits, face, even the back of my neck because of a ridiculously low hairline that I was self conscious about. It seemed like a lot of money at first, but totally worth it for me as all other hair removal options were less than satisfactory, and my hair was very dark and noticeable. It’s been life changing. Now I spend about $100 every time I go in for a touch up about 2 or 3 times a year. I am not totally hairless in those areas. The laser doesn’t work on super light hair but what does grow back is fine, sparse and blond and I’m ok with that.

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      Rebecca
      9 Jul 2019
      2:28pm

      Laser hair removal for me too! I have only done bikini and upper lip, but will probably bite the bullet and do legs and arms at some point. No more Jolen!

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    Mimi
    9 Jul 2019
    10:27am

    Well, last week I spent $650 plus $18 worth of arnica for injections of Juvederm around my mouth (not upper lip). That area looked frowny and pinched to me, which isn’t how I feel. The result should last 6-8 months. Oy. Nbd compared to my $35,000 face lift in 2006. And hair! Expensive cuts every 6 weeks and color every 3. If “Je ne regrette rien” isn’t an Edith Piaf song it should be, and I’d be humming it.

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    Mae
    9 Jul 2019
    11:34am

    A $50 pixie haircut every 4 weeks, sometimes with color/highlights added ($55). And I have a much-loved Lancome addiction — Hydra Fraichelle lotion (best body lotion EVER) and Tresor perfume, bath gel, lotion and body powder. My quarterly Lancome order is about $250. It ain’t cheap being me.

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    Katrina
    9 Jul 2019
    11:42am

    Laser hair removal. It’s just one less thing to worry and feel self conscious about. Now I no longer have to deal with waxing or shaving and it’s great.

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    McLaren
    9 Jul 2019
    1:32pm

    I also just tried the HJ dryer this morning. Both my husband I notice it’s significantly heavier and much noisier than he Babyliss Pro one we have been using. I went for it because it was such a great discount, but with fine hair I’m not sure it’s worth it. Sadly, I don’t (yet) have a second home to leave it at! What do you think of the results?

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    Jennyg
    9 Jul 2019
    9:11pm

    I just had my 2nd botax treatment and loving the results. Worth Every Penny. P50 has been awesome and got the recommendation from you Kim! Also going to Ulta for Kate Sommerville oxygen facials once a month

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    Mamavalveeta03
    9 Jul 2019
    9:36pm

    I guess my biggest “indulgence” – which I just consider upkeep – is my bi-monthly color appointment at a salon in Wainscott. I love the way my stylist does my color and cut, so it’s non-negotiable for me. I’d spend a ridiculous amount on a good lipstick, too, just for the joy it brings.

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    JB
    9 Jul 2019
    10:20pm

    Just splurged on a ghd flat iron. Totally worth it. Rounded edges means you can curl with it too. Along with some products from R+Co, I am as close to approximating cool-girl salon-hair as I’ve ever been.

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    MARGARET
    9 Jul 2019
    7:32pm

    LOL I cannot contribute to this thread. I have realized that ALL my skincare now comes from Trader Joe’s (they have cleanser, serum, sunscreen, everything!). I’m done paying big bucks for beauty. And my skin has never looked so good!

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      Kimbersam
      10 Jul 2019
      10:00am

      I really like their gel moisturizer (aqua bomb dup) and their rose spray (herbivore dupe)!

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    Elise Gilmer
    9 Jul 2019
    7:43pm

    I rarely re-purchase beauty products, because there’s so many good things out there to try! But after testing a regimen of Ole Henrickson vitamin C products (“Truth Serum”, banana eye cream, and Vit C creme moisturizer) in the AM, I’ve made my first ever full size replenishment. Combined with Roc retinol in the evenings, it’s made a subtle but noticeable difference in my skin texture and “glowiness”.

    Compared to LaMer and some of the more obscure products, my routine is not terribly pricey, but it’s still a bigger commitment than I’m used to!

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    gablesgirl
    9 Jul 2019
    8:25pm

    Well I consider therapy my biggest overall health therapy. That and a Botox twice a year.

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    Rebecca
    9 Jul 2019
    8:25pm

    Monthly grey roots coverage courtesy of Liz Rhodes @ Spoke & Weal in NYC. She’s an angel who walks among us who does killer color.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    9 Jul 2019
    6:06pm

    I’ve been thinking about this question as I recover from the 101 degree heat outside. I have beauty stuff that technically costs more, but I don’t consider the items my biggest beauty indulgence because of the context. For instance, I have more than one fifty dollar lipstick, but I really do wear my lipsticks down to the nub. I regularly buy several months’ supply of Badedas shower gel, but the scent of Badedas really helps my tension headaches from TMJ problems. I use Colorescience spf powder for sunscreen touch ups, but that brand is one of the few that’s safe for rosacea and malassezia. What I consider my biggest beauty indulgence is when I cheat on my Bourjois brown mascara for Chanel when they come out with an auburn shade (prune was the best). I’m one of those people who is strict about throwing out mascara after a few months to minimize eye infection risk so spending over thirty bucks on mascara seems decadent to me. Meanwhile, I spend hundreds on sunscreen, Avene skincare, German bath products, and lipstick, all of which I perceive as operating costs to maintain my D. Morgendorffer glory. Side note: The mention of going grey reminded me that Chanel recently came out with grey mascara. Isn’t that cool?

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      Elise Gilmer
      9 Jul 2019
      7:37pm

      I LOVE grey mascara! That is one of my only “beauty secrets”.
      MAC makes (or at least they did last year, they change their lineup so often) a really good grey mascara. It’s perfect not only for silver haired people, but for when you want a lighter/softer look, and brown is still too stark.

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    Judith Blotnick
    9 Jul 2019
    1:56pm

    I have two, count ’em, two Harry Josh hairdryers, one for each residence. And I will buy two more when they go over the rainbow. I have fine, mid-length straight hair and Harry and I are BFF’s. I also like Skinceuticals CE Ferrulic as RetinA really dries my skin out. Thanks for all the skincare input…..going shopping.

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    ARay
    9 Jul 2019
    1:57pm

    GHD Glide hot brush. Just wanted to give it a try as my hair is long and takes tiiiime to properly curl or straighten. I really like this tool- my hair is smooth and there is volume at the roots for days after (with minimal product). Anyway- very happy with it. Think I am going to take the plunge with La Mer Concentrate. I’ll start with the small size (which is still exhorbitant) to make sure it’s worth making that financial commitment going forward eek!

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    y.k.
    9 Jul 2019
    5:35pm

    Fun question!
    Pilates and haircuts for me. Although Pilates isn’t even a beauty thing – I would put that in long term health category.

    one thing about the hair dryer issue – I haven’t used a hair dryer in decades. I wash my hair at night and go to sleep w/ it slightly damp (towel on the pillow). in the morning I have tons of volume. I’m Asian and my hair is stick straight (even with a layered cut) so if this approach works for me, I imagine it would give anyone full hair.

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    Kathi
    9 Jul 2019
    12:52pm

    My Chi Lava curler has made my wavy frizzy fluffy hair so pretty, enhances the natural curls. Hair color every five weeks.

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    Rita
    9 Jul 2019
    1:05pm

    An Amika Polished Perfection straightening brush. I have fine caucasian hair that goes back and forth between frizzy half-a**ed wave and frizzy mostly straight. I shower at night and shampoo/condition every other night. Put a little serum in my hair when it’s damp, brush and go to bed without doing anything else. I usually spray it down in the morning then blow dry and straighten. This Amika brush allows me to not have to blow dry and my hair comes out looking sleek and shiny like I blow dried it! I hope they never discontinue it.

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    Laura
    9 Jul 2019
    1:29pm

    Botox in forehead and eyes four times per year is expensive, but I feel like it keeps my 45 year old self looking a few years younger than that. But of course that leads to the conversation I have in my head about why I feel I need to look a few years younger.

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    Francine
    9 Jul 2019
    11:47am

    It ain’t cheap being me, indeed!

    Botox 3 times a year and a bit of filler once a year. Latisse, Biologique P50, hair salon every 3 weeks and daily bootcamp classes. But I do my own nails and no longer do Keratin blow-outs, so I actually think I’m not that bad!

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    Melissa
    9 Jul 2019
    11:57am

    I have been on the fence about the Harry Josh dryer. I just bought it with a discount from Dermstore.
    I get Keratin treatments 2-3 times a year. I’m turning 50 tomorrow so I guess I should be doing more.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      9 Jul 2019
      10:19pm

      Happy Birthday, Melissa!

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      Jen
      9 Jul 2019
      1:54pm

      Happy birthday!

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      Doyenne
      9 Jul 2019
      1:59pm

      Happy birthday eve, Melissa!

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    Dana
    9 Jul 2019
    12:05pm

    Has anyone tried coolsculpting and is it worth it?

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      y.k.
      10 Jul 2019
      1:59pm

      I’m waiting for someone to respond too..

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      Dana
      10 Jul 2019
      11:38am

      Anyone? I know it’s $ but it might be worth a giant splurge if it really does get rid of the waist flobbies I cannot seem to diet if exercise away.

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        Clare
        11 Jul 2019
        12:24am

        Oh yes, I want to know too. I’m thinking of that stubborn under arm fact. I spend a lot on pilates and eyelash extensions – love them.

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    Debra K
    9 Jul 2019
    12:31pm

    Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Serum which seems to keep the wrinkly bits at bay. I go to my dermatologist twice a year and do IPL to take care of my face and neck. Good haircuts every 8 weeks plus minoxidil every other day to fight my thinning menopausal hair – I cannot believe how different my hair looks at 53 than when it did at 50. I also do Pilates 3 times a week which is not cheap but keeps me strong and reduces my stress. Trying to strike a balance between choosing my ass or my face and hoping for the best!

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    Kelly Cole
    9 Jul 2019
    12:37pm

    I’m 57 and did a big beauty reset recently. I just felt like I wanted to know what was under there. Stopped cutting/coloring/blowing out my hair, coloring/waxing my brows, stopped getting mani/pedis, took a year long break from all injectables, stopped wearing much make-up, stopped using retinols or any aggressive skincare.

    How I ended up was just fine. Yes, I looked more my age, but not diminished. As my beloved father, who died at 55, used to say, “Consider the alternative.” So it was a fascinating experiment, and felt kind of bold for a professional woman working in Hollywood. I did love getting all that maintenance time back too. Still, I missed my blonder hair and have added that back in, and summer pedicures, and I plan to go back to injectables at some point.

    All this a long preamble to say I’ve been loving the Augustinus Bader Rich Cream. I’m on my second big bottle and second travel bottle and think it is worth every cent. Effective and simple, at a price.

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      Nancy
      9 Jul 2019
      5:57pm

      Is that the only product you use? I read how it’s supposed to replace all skin care products when you start using it.

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      Mindy
      9 Jul 2019
      4:39pm

      I love this so much! I have two friends who stopped dyeing their prematurely grey hair and it looks fantastic. They can never be mistaken for the kids’ grandmothers.

      All I can say for indulgences is cutting my faux-hawk every 5 weeks (having super short hair eliminates the need to any expensive hair dryer). I have some pricey (but not too pricey) makeup and skincare, but also mixed in with some drugstore brands too. No injections, as it just doesn’t appeal to me.

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    Megan
    10 Jul 2019
    4:50pm

    I agree that this is a fun question! For me, it’s cut and color (highlights) every 10 weeks, Drunk Elephant Retinol and LaLa Retro Whipped Cream, and True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster.

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    Lori
    12 Jul 2019
    2:02am

    This post is fascinating! Am feeling a bit guilty and neglectful now, as at 48, I do little appearance maintenance, save for occasional blonde highlights + a trim, daily mineral sunscreen / nightly acne gel, and minimal drugstore cosmetics. This is due partly to budget (can’t swing in-office derm treatments), partly to ignorance (so many products, procedures, and gadgets to google after reading everyone’s comments!), and mostly to a kidney medication that prohibits topical application of salicylates (i.e., no mint toothpaste/floss, no plant extractives or juices in skin or hair products, no aloe vera in sunscreen or cosmetics, etc.). It’s difficult to build a respectable beauty regimen without plant ingredients! I will say that before I had to go sal-free, I *loved* Graham Webb’s Halo Smoothing System for hair; the (not-cheap) shampoo, conditioner, smoothing gel, and shine serum restored my late-30’s, bleach-damaged, frizzled, thinning hair back to gleaming, soft, bouncy, silky childhood strands. (-:

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    Nicole Rutherford
    14 Jul 2019
    2:23pm

    I agree! This list of 30+ products leaves me feeling that I’ll never find the right combo! Or that maybe they’re all about the same?? It’s bewildering and I’m going to be 59 this year. Cut & color every 4 weeks and a mani (mani+pedi in summer) is it for me. But these are all so tempting and fun to read about, so I made a big list of them!

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