Whether you’re banking the big bucks at an all-star corporate job or struggling through your first paid internship, payday is always a cause for celebration. With the holidays approaching and gifts to shop for, the budget squeeze is about to get real, but for now, it’s time to revel in what your hard work and career accomplishments can do for your lifestyle.
We’re not talking about going out and splurging on a new Gucci bag or blowing it all on a dreamy pair of shoes, but embracing the small and affordable luxuries that will instantly improve your quality of life. From a stylish update that can totally transform your handbag this season to decadent masks that work instantly, you’ll find plenty of wise ways to spend your hard-earned paycheck in Savoir Flair’s shoppable edit, below.
A Double-Duty Moisturizer
Hairstylist-to-the-stars Jen Atkin has become something of a celebrity in her own right, especially in the beauty world. Ouai, her delicious-smelling line of hair and body products, has found its way into the bags of many models and celebrities. A chic little bottle of Ouai’s ‘Rose Hair and Body Oil’ does double-duty on dry, dull locks and skin, so make sure you stash a little bottle in your own bag for a fragrant pick-me-up.
When in Paris, “It” girls head straight to the nearest Publicis, where they seek out metallic toothbrushes by Piave. With strong but soft bristles, the gleaming chrome and gold brushes not only make you feel like royalty while engaged in a mundane task, but also make fantastic gifts for discerning friends.
Whether you’re traveling or simply curling up with a good book, a pair of cashmere socks has a way of elevating the whole experience. Slip your feet into the softest pair imaginable, with a stylish color-blocked look, which means you won’t be embarrassed if you’re caught without shoes on.
While you likely own a few – or even many – fragrances already, nothing beats a scent that can evoke powerful memories. Transportative fragrances, like the ‘Replica’ series by Martin Margiela, are both nostalgic and completely timeless. What could be more luxurious than the opportunity to revel in past delights like a walk on the beach?
A silk scarf might look simple, but it belies a universe of styling options. You can tie it around your wrist, your neck, a handbag, or even your ankle à la “It” girls at Fashion Week – and no matter how you wear it, you’ll be sure to exude a certain je ne sais quoi. Plus, this darling version by Cuyana is inexpensive and made from real Italian silk.
Use a classic Diptyque candle to fill up a room with a luxurious fragrance. Known in elite circles for having incredible, long-lasting products, this French brand is the standard bearer when it comes to high-end candles. Plus, you can really hone in on a favorite with its huge range of scents. When in doubt, choose a classic like ‘Baies’ or the masculine favorite ‘Wood Fire’.
What if we told you you could own a little piece of Balmain for AED 51? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, the brand’s recent collaboration with L’Oreal Paris has resulted in some seriously indulgent but affordable lipsticks in covetable shades of gold, purple, royal blue, burgundy, and more.
Spice up your accessory game with a fun faux-fur strap from Free People that will enliven and refresh your everyday handbag. Plus, you can rotate it out between bags, which means all of them can receive a quick and easy seasonal update.
With 4.5 stars out of nearly 4,000 reviews on Sephora, a cult following among beauty editors, and the delivery of instant gratification, GlamGlow’s ‘Supermud Clearing Treatment’ is the affordable miracle worker you’ve been searching for. This mask temporarily shrinks pores – visibly, might we add – while tightening and targeting breakouts. It also feels amazing on the skin, so go on. Treat yo’self.