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I don’t think there is such a thing as something not worth splurging on. It’s all relative. If you have great skin and terrible lips, a seriously good lip product at 20 dollars might make all the difference as compared to people who spend 200+ on a facial serum.That being said, I think “Tom Ford products” is never worth splurging on because the prices are just too high.

@Q You called it for me as well- no Tom Ford at all. This bleeds over into his accessories as well, Dior sunglasses are worth it, Tom Ford? Not a chance. I also won’t spend too much on nail polish ( although maybe a Lippmann splurge and DEFinately ButterLondon) or lip balm ( although I am sort of hooked on Sugar. I realize I just spent $40 on a Clarins body scrub, but these are rarities for me. So I suppose it really is all relative. However it would be no hardship to only purchase DS nail polish. Also I can get cheap body lotion @ The Body Shop so there is that. This will sound strange to many of you but I refuse to splurge on hair color. I’ve splurged a bunch of times and always found I can do just as well by myself at home (apparently Dita feels the same). I know that’s blasphemy to say but I have a simple color so…

[email protected]@Q  no, it’s not a blasphemy 😀 Mom always dyes my hair at home, tee hee

@artemis Alright! I swear my sister cannot believe what I spend on MU but I also don’t get $200 blow outs 🙂
I think it’s so cute your mom does your hair.

@18thCenturyFox I’ve been coloring my own hair since I was about 12 years old, and I guess I do such a good job that I’ve had several friends ask me to do theirs as soon as they find out I do my own. I’ve even done highlights/lowlights on occasion.

I agree with your first sentence so much I think its worth repeating: There is NO SUCH THING as something not worth splurging on. If you love a particular item and will use it all the time and enjoy using it, or its getting you results, then its worth the splurge no matter what it is. 

Anything that I use up too quickly. I won’t spend too much on lip balms because I can find great cheaper ones. Basically anything that has a great cheaper version of it I won’t waste money on a more expensive product.

For me, lip products, nail polishes, eyebrow maintenance, highlighters/blushes/bronzers (unless you find one/two that you REALLYYYY like, but otherwise it just doesn’t make that much of a difference to anyone but you)

Honestly speaking I would say… None ! If I had to choose one, well it would be minor LE eyeshadow palettes. When I saw the Sigma project ( Parisian lifestyle palette ), I just wanted to buy but even if packaging was great it was not worth splurging on !

I definitely agree with body products, specifically the ridiculously expensive body scrubs. You can make them at home. And body lotions. My favorites to this day are St Ives and Palmers.
As for makeup/skincare, I think lipglosses and mascaras are just as good at the drugstore as at Sephora. And all of those fancy “100% pure” oils that sell for $50+? Buy real 100% pure oils from the health food store. Those really are pure and natural and you can mix to get the benefits you want most. And they sell for around $5 for a bottle that will last months.

[email protected] Same here, I absolutely line up with You! I use to buy body scrubs, but I realized that I can make exactly the same at home or maybe better. The other things are nail polish, mascara, lip balm, lip gloss and blotting paper.
With body lotions I’m a little bit hesitating, because sometimes I buy expensive ones (Clarins, Lancome etc.) for special treatments, like for cellulite or for firming, but seriously it seems that it never worth it! Now I’m using Avon+Palmers and I see result finally!!!

I think the only thing I don’t splurge on every once in a while is skin care (other than lotion).  But that’s because I’m really lucky and my skin is really well behaved (most of the time).  That and my relatives like to bring me nice skin related products (face masks/cleansers) from Asia whenever they visit, so I have a nice stock… So other than face stuff, I think it really is a question of how much you desire something, and how much you think it’s worth…

All the top-end lines that come out of nowhere. Tom Ford, Cle de whatever, Metier de whoosies, all of it.
Also, I find something offputtingly disingenuous about bloggers getting that stuff for free and gushing about how we all need this fabulous $50 lipstick or $90 bronzer. Yeah, no, we don’t. And when we don’t buy this one, there’ll be another one that we all absolutely must own tomorrow. And the next day. And so on. And guess what, we’ll live. Happily.

That is so true! Anything over 20 dollars for a lipstick or bronzer is just silly. I don’t tend to  trust bloggers and would rather see/test the product for >myself< before investing in it. I also don’t usuallyt trust what employees at the makeup counters say either. 

I’d have to say mascaras and body products. I always buy the Maybelline ones (The colossal, the falsies) and, to be honest, I can’t see the difference between these and high-end ones. A for body products, I love The body shop body butters and scrubs, and they are not expensive at all.

It depends on how you define ‘splurge’, really. To one person that’s spending $10 on shampoo, to another person it’s spending $50 on lipstick. If it’s a product I’ll use a lot, that I’ll get a lot of value from, I’ll spend the money on it whether it’s a facial cleanser or a hand cream (I put hand cream on my hands a LOT; I spend money on it). I don’t splurge on perfume, but that’s because I don’t wear it. Anything else is fair game. I won’t necessarily spend $200 on a facial serum or eye cream, but I might spend $50 on moisturizer, so is that a splurge or just within my budget? 

[email protected] interesting what you’re saying about your budget: I think I would horrify many with the fact that I have simply no price limit at all on any product type, but then to balance it out I don’t buy many things. I have very basic, classic taste in make up and I’d actually prefer to own less than more, so it doesn’t add up to a huge amount, even if near every item I invest in is GASP! expensive. 

[email protected] Cole I have very few price limits; I try not to spend over $100 on one single item, but other than that, I’ll try anything if I feel the price is worth it. Like you, I prefer to own classics and have a small but good quality collection rather than have a ton of makeup that’s just kind of eh. Although lipsticks and lip glosses are my downfall…;)

I totally agree on all of the above, but especially about nail polish!  I’m an awful nail polish hoarder, but I seldom let myself buy high end nail polishes.  I’ve yet to buy a Chanel polish (though I’ve been tempted a time or two!) because I can’t justify the $25 price tag.  The formula really isn’t good enough to justify spending 2-5x the amount of most other polishes and I know if I wait, someone’s likely to produce a decent enough dupe to kill my craving.  Especially since I can spend that $25 on the dupe AND several other polishes.
My favorite body lotion/cream/butter ever though is Korres body butter, which is ridiculously spendy ($29 for an 8 oz tube).  I love it to pieces but rarely let myself buy it as it just feels crazy to spend that much for a body product.  The product is nice, but not THAT nice.  Even when I occasionally treat myself to the travel size tube ($7 for 1.7 oz), I feel guilty about it.

My favorite mascaras are Milani and Nyx, so I’d have to say I don’t really splurge on mascaras, but I have tried a LOT of mascaras. Most just bother my allergies or my contacts, so I stick with what doesn’t irritate and what works.

I totally agree about it being relative! I have very sensitive and itchy breakout prone body skin, and using high quality body products are a must for me unless I want to be highly uncomfortable all day. Lipbalms/Glosses for me however I don’t notice a HUGE difference with (albeit there is definitely some) but I use them so frequently some of the less expensive ones do the same job. It will depend for each person what is more important to them I think!

I’ve always said that lip gloss is definitely the number one thing I will not splurge on – because to me, you can get the same look with any gloss at any price.. gloss is gloss! A £1 clear lip gloss is the same as a £13 clear MAC gloss, so why spend more?  I do indulge in the odd MAC lipglass but can’t be dealing with paying huge amounts for lip gloss from the very high end brands, because more often than not, they look exactly the same on the lips as everything else I’ve already got. Kayleighhttp://addictfordramaticsbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

I agree with bath products (especially body wash) and more of personal care items (toothpaste, deodorant etc.). That’s easy because higher end stuff almost works worse than drugstore items.
Other stuff is arguable, it really depends on the brand for me and the specific product.

same here. I would never splurge on something like a body wash or scrub because I like to use a LOT of product in the bath (same goes for shampoo and conditioner. I overapply everything because I like to get really sudsy. lol!). Face wash is drugstore too. I use Aveeno–it’s affordable and it’s gentle. Why spend so much when it’s only going to be on your skin for a minute? I save the money to splurge on nice antioxidant serums. SO much more important than face wash!

Haha I always feel like the odd one out, because in this post’s counterpart, I said that I don’t consider a lot of department store products as splurge items. However, in this case, I do feel like I splurge on a few body products and they’re worth splurging on. For example, I know that spending $11-$16 (depending on where and when I buy it) for a Philosophy Shower Gel for 16 oz. is not THAT expensive. However, considering that it functions just like any drugstore body wash that I can for like $3-$4 for 32 oz… they are a splurge! Haha. For me it’s just their delightful and super yummy smells that justify the price! I love my shower experiences!
But anyways, getting back on track: what don’t I like to splurge on? Ironically skin care. Because I know that it’s so much easier to tell whether ot not a skin care product is good (based solely on the ingredients) that I’m able to severely narrow the list of potential candidates for my “ideal” skin care routine. I don’t get tempted by new skin care product releases/launches because I know so much about skin care (or at least I think I do). Skin care is much more objective, while makeup isn’t.

Shower gel (I can already tell the difference between a good and bad body scrub, so that’s not on my list) is about the ONLY thing I refuse to splurge on, though from time to time you get something like the L’Occitane almond shower oil that lures me in! In general I’d say if it’s something I would use, I could splurge on it without feeling too guilty!

I don’t worry about money as much as quality. That said, I own no Metier de Beaute or Tom Ford, because I’ve never seen anything that was so unusual that I couldn’t get a comparable product somewhere else. Before exploring the really high-end lines, I encourage everyone to look into pro brands. The quality is there, but the price is reasonable. You’ll have to research things like foundations, but Christine has one or two on her foundation matrix. Other than that, I buy drugstore lip glosses and lipsticks because it’s just not worth it to spend a lot of money on basic colors.

For me, drugstore mascaras are the best, as the expensive ones are in my opinion not worth their price (Lancôme Hypnôse, I’m looking at you)
Otherwise, I wouldn’t splurge on products I don’t plan on using often, like a bright colored or glitter eyeliner. I also agree with you on body products and nail polishes.

I agree on bath products as well! Shower gels and body lotions especially as they run out so fast and unless you have very specific needs, cheap ones can very often get the job done just as well as the more expensive ones! 🙂 

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