Tired of doing the should I/shouldn’t I dance? Here are four luxury beauty buys I don’t regret for a second…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m the queen of bargain buys. If I don’t need to swipe my debit (*cough* credit) card too often, I’m very happy. But some luxury buys are just worth it if that card is burning your pocket. Here are some of my favourite splurges and investments.

Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, R630

This goes against everything I preach, but it’s hands down the very best mascara I’ve ever used. It does absolutely everything you would expect a brilliant mascara to do – lengthens, volumises, separates, lifts, and as an added bonus it seems to plump the lashes to make them look even fuller.

It’s so good that I’ve just convinced myself that this will be my next gift to myself. I do find it harder to spend big bucks on something like mascara that needs to be replaced every three months, but it’s absolutely worth it. Le sigh.

Get it from Chanel counter in Edgars and Woolworths.

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PS – I was convinced this used to be closer to the R900 mark, but I can’t imagine that they’ve had a price decrease.

Dermalogica Precleanse Oil, R669 for 150ml

My rule of thumb is not to spend the bulk of my beauty budget on products that have a short life cycle (like mascara that needs to be replaced often for hygiene reasons) and those that get washed down the drain. As the latter are only in contact with your skin for a minute or two at best, I tend to use affordable options there.

When I’m feeling frisky I treat myself to a Dermalogica Precleanse Oil. It melts away impurities and if you use it for your second cleanse as well, your skin feels like an absolute dream afterwards.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, R545 for 500ml

Yes, I’ve shamefully paid more than R500 for shower oil. It’s the ultimate luxury if you’re a sensory snob like I am. It’s not a traditional oil – it first becomes a little milky and then foams up when you start lathering. It feels creamy and smells indulgently delicious in the most subtle way. You’ll step out of the shower with smooth, moisturised skin.


Unfortunately I can’t name a specific perfume here because I’m spent way, way too much money on fragrances. It’s my ultimate treat and I find an occasion to add to my growing collection very often.

Few things make me feel as good as the right fragrance on the right day, and to this day there’s only one perfume that I outright regret buying.

Some of my favourites: Chloe EDP, Guerlain Idylle, Diptyque Do Son, Paco Rabanne Lady Million, Emporio Armani Lei, Thierry Mugler Alien, Fragonard Neroli.