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Whoa, this is an excellent question!
1.) Will I actually get alot of use out of this particular product?
2.) Do I truly love or need it, depending on what it’s for?
3.) Will it put me in a financial hole?
4.) How unique is it, especially in the case of something Lux or HE?
But MOST importantly:
5.) How well did it review?
And for #5, I consistently look here first, and on a few other trustworthy sites.

I don’t need to reply or read further. You said it all, succinctly and in order of priority. I always like how you think.

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My skin is so totes sensitive I wasted more money purchasing so many inexpensive products to use on myself to find bad new I could not afford it. Testing to determine what’s wrong to fix cost too much. It took me to place where anything became too many monies for me. Worked butt off Found agreeable products. All expensive minus few. Went through heaps of trying very much. Found what works. I justify my purchases by knowing they work for me I worked hard to buy them. I don’t leave comfort zone without much research. If I decide to stray I use gift card or justify by research. My needs being met justifies it. Others needs being met justifies it. I have much I get with intent to give away to people in need. Others who sensitive like me can benefit. I enjoy rewarding myself with beauty products things that pamper Make me feel good as I work hard It’s my special fancy place comforts me works for me and looks pretty on my coloring. That always was struggle. I’m fortunate to afford many pretty things to choose. And give. To me this justifies my beauty purchases. Also put so much into my healthy way living It’s nice to play makeup. Holidays justify. Gift cards justify. Certain I will use is justify of purchase. Gone are days of testing sensitive face. Now I enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

A thousand different reasons….there’s a sale, cash back, free GWP, it’s LE, will sell out soon,having a bad day/week/month, it’s Monday, it’s Friday, but basically, it comes to, I like it and I want it!

This is me. ^^
I dont need justification. “It’s pretty”, “I don’t have “that” matte palette”, “ooh (!) MAC has a new shade of coral shadow”, “there’s an empty space in my z-palette”…the reasons are endless. I will buy.all.the.things., then go like three years before making another purchase aside from mascara. It’s a pattern.

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Honestly? The usual.

1. It’s new (cool, innovative, etc.) and I SOOO want it!
2. I don’t have anything like that (and the fact that I have smth almost never an obstacle ๐Ÿ™‚ )
3. I’ve run out of… so why not try this instead (that does not happen often nowadays, but gets me to the stores in a flash!),
4. The reviews are ALL so good – I need it.
5. SALES. If anything was stopping me from buying smth for the 4 reasons above, this one eliminates all doubts.

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1. Do I have anything similar in my stash? If it’s for lipstick (which I have a ton of), is the colour AND texture the same as something I have?
2. How much use will I get out of it? Especially for the price.
3. Has it gotten good reviews? What do people say about it?
4. Can I afford it right now?
5. Am I constantly thinking about it? Or do I keep going back to it in-store/online?

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Am I considering this product as a result of identifying a need/ serious want or am I inventing need as a result of encountering this product?

Generally it’s by reasoning that it is something I need, although the word “need” is rather subjective in my book when it comes to makeup.
Last year I cleaned out my makeup collection and started almost from scratch so there was actually a genuine need. I built the collection slowly throughout the year and there’s still some things I “need”. Yes I have a translucent powder – but it’s a cheapie from the drug store, so obviously I “need” to get myself a better one.
Other times I’ve justified a purchase because I’ve had a terrible week or I’ve done something great at work so I deserve a treat.
Other times I justify it by just saying YOLO ๐Ÿ˜

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I try to be honest with myself about how much I will really wear it and enjoy it. Sometimes a big splurge is worth it for an item I think will make me happy to wear a lot, but I also have to pass on items that are fun but won’t get much use in the long run.

I simply recognize that I couldn’t avoid it. It’s important to accept our weaknesses and embrace them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Clearance sales usually do me in. (OCC lip tars for $5 each?? Come on…) I just try to make sure I’m not buying solely because there’s a sale.

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My review criteria goes like this:
Is it something a costumer/cosplayer would be tempted to pick up?
Does it have any claim to stay powder!
Do I have this colour?
Is it skin like? (Does it look natural for face products)
Am I interested in the product as well?
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I don’t justify it to myself or anyone lol, if I want it and can afford it, I just buy it! I do have limits though, I must really want it, and it must be something that I either don’t have a dupe for, or a repurchase of something I love. If it’s a small sample of something I haven’t tried before, then it’s worth getting to see if I get on with it e.g. skincare as I react easily to skincare. I also do my research into a product to see if it’s got good reviews and if it sounds like it meets my needs, so money is less likely to be wasted as in the UK you can’t return used beauty products if they’re not faulty.

When I KNOW that I’m going to use the item, I don’t have a problem spending the money. I bought 27 of the MUFE shadows(when they first came out) and it was the BEST makeup investment; they last, without primer(and I’ve had oily/acned skin my entire life) and I use them everyday…barely thinking about my other shadows. In fact, I rarely purchase any other shadow brands since the artists shadows hit the market!

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Looking for a good review is first. I prefer to find it here on Temptalia because honestly, I know Christine is honest. Number two is making sure I don’t have too many dupes that are too close. Personally, if one shade is dupable in my stash, but it’s contained in a palette that I love and it’s going to save me hassle, I can still justify it. Then, I have to check the funding end. So, I may have to wait until I get paid or put other makeup wants off if it is LE. So goes the never ending wish list.

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