Luxe beauty worth the cash

These fancy beauty splurges are totally worth adding to your cabinet. Because if they make you look amazing, why not? By Sarah Brooks-Wilson.

1. Tom Ford fragrances, from $340/50ml 

Whatever this designer tries his hand at works like magic. Whether it’s the bright floral and citrus notes of Fleur de Portofino or the intense woods and tobacco in Private Blend Tobacco Oud, his fragrances never disappoint. Start collecting now.

2. ghd Gold hair straightener, $280 

This revolutionary styler has had a sleek makeover and technical upgrade to deliver even straighter, smoother hair without the damage. Improvements include a super-fast heat-up time of only 25 seconds and contoured floating plates that glide through the hair for snag and frizz-free styling.

3. La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, $440 

Maybe it’s the caviar extracts that lifts the skin, or the sunflower seed oil that boosts moisture, or the papaya to smooth — whatever its secret, you wake up with a peachier complexion and youthful glow. It’s definitely popular on the celeb circuit.

4. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $150/50ml 

If fine lines are a concern, this is worth the investment. With skin actives of algae and yeast extract to maximise your nighttime renewal, it also includes anti-pollution technology with antioxidants to help mop up environmental damage. Just a few drops will encourage brighter, softer and smoother skin by sunrise.

5. Mason Pearson Popular Bristle & Nylon Mix, $275 

While you may pass out at the price, this handmade brush wins literally every beauty award going. It’s spotted backstage at fashion weeks all around the world due to its patented boar and nylon bristles that detangle hair without pulling, distributing sebum from the scalp to boost shine. The way it feels on the scalp as it coaxes your baby hairs into a gleaming mane is like no other. It’s a hair buy that will last a lifetime.

6. Oribe Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment, $95 

Oribe have reinvented the wheel with a conditioning treatment you put on dry hair 10 minutes before washing. With a blend of botanicals, fruits, oils and boosters, it repairs damage while strengthening, leaving hair nourished, soft and shiny. It’s a full salon treatment at home.

7. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $95 

This iconic liquid foundation glides onto the skin for an airbrushed finish, without leaving your skin looking cakey. The silky formula feels weightless, and with 12 shades you will find the right colour to suit your skin tone. Get a light shade for winter and a sun-kissed shade for summer.

8. La Mer Crème de la Mer, $242/30ml 

This thick anti-ageing formula is packed with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, iron and vitamins C, E and B12, to name a few, and works on all skin types. It’s ultra-hydrating without being oily, smells incredible and a little goes a long way, so it will last.

9. YSL Touche Éclat, $55 

Dark circles and pimples disappear with this radiant concealer wand. The highlighter is praised by celebrities for its ability to not only hide under-eye circles and dark spots, but also for making the skin appear brighter and more luminous, while never looks cakey. It’s easy to use and lasts for ages.

10. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $140 for 6-pack 

If you want instant radiance without a facial, this is it. This award-winning Japanese mask transforms the skin with an indulgent concentration of PITERA, delivering a huge amount of moisture to the skin in just a single use. It’s a particularly good skin treat after a long-haul flight as it revitalises and replenishes in one go. Use the excess serum on your face to keep you glowing all day.