A few weeks ago, I met up with Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird for a tour of the company's new store within a store at the San Francisco Bloomingdale's. Seeing that Kinnaird has been in the biz since the early 1990s, you could say she's in the know.
So, when it comes to this anemic economy, I asked the product expert where to splurge and where to save when it comes to shopping beauty.
When to splurge:
"Spend the money on buying the best possible moisturizer you can," she said. "Not on foundation?" I asked. "Foundation is a natural extension of skin care," she added. "If you take care of your skin, very often you can get away with a tinted moisturizer — you want your skin to shine through."
Where to save:
"People love the idea of going to the day spa," Kinnaird said. And while a trip to the day spa would be nice, it's not always affordable. Take a little time off for yourself by recreating the spa at home. "Head to the bathtub," she recommends. It's a lot cheaper, and you'll still reap the therapeutic benefits. Kinnaird suggests products from Aromatherapy Associates, a top blender of essential oils.