Beauty Products For The 1%
After a trip to the drug store with my shampoos, lotions, and mascaras in hand, I have the unavoidable feeling of guilt as I look down at the receipt. Somehow these affordable beauty products become a lot less affordable when you purchase them all at once. Of course, to curb this feeling of guilt, you can always think about all the expensive, designer beauty products that you’re NOT buying because hey, it’s not like you can get Crème de la Mer at CVS anyway. While that face cream at $140 per ounce is definitely out of my reach, compared to some other products out there it is a steal.
Make over a million a year? Have a black AmEx in your wallet? Tip the valet with hundreds? Good, because that’s what you need if you plan on getting any of these outrageously expensive beauty products:
Orlane Creme Royale- Like most creams and beauty treatments, this Orlane Creme Royale is meant to fight signs of aging. Unlike your favorite Olay product, this extravagant cream runs at $650 for 1.7 ounces, which is exactly $625 more than I have to spend on anti-aging cream. Though you might have to take out a small loan to purchase this beauty product, it does have some ingredients that may make it worth it–24-carat gold and Royal Jelly. What is Royal Jelly, you ask? Well, it is the secretion of a honey bee that is used to feed the larvae in a bee colony. A bonus fun fact: There is no definitive scientific research that proves the anti-aging effect of this bee poop (because that’s essentially what it is right?); and for a mere $650, you can rub it all over your face. Sign me up!
Synactif Intensive Cream- This Synactif Intensive Cream promises to “maximize skin’s vitality” while having “radiant, youthfully firmed skin” at only $1,000 for 1.4 ounces. It contains high concentrations of vitamins that are known to have brightening effects on the skin. It also boasts about the MACC ingredient, an exclusive ingredient to this brand, that works to intensely detoxify the skin. If dolling out $1,000 isn’t quite enough for you, it is recommended that this cream come at the end of a Synactif routine with nighttime moisturizer and hydrating lotion which will run you about $300 each.
Stem Cell Face Cream- Allure explains that this biotechnological beauty product will run you upwards of $20,000. Specialized doctors surgically remove some of the fat from your abdomen and let it brew for a bit while they do science-y things to it (I’m no biochemist). Your DNA is then made into a serum that is sent to you, and it is supposed to decrease wrinkle depth and increase collagen production. Does it seem a little self-indulgent and narcissistic to spend $20,000 to rub bits and pieces of yourself on your own face?