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Nail polish (a.k.a. Chanel) – I feel like there isn’t really another class of product out there that can’t be done just as well (if not better!) at the mid-high price point, where as Chanel still occasionally puts out a stunner of a polish that (for the most part) will never get a 100% dupe.

Face powders because I’m very picky about ingredients, and eyeshadow palettes because they are a good value if you like many of the colors.

*Foundations – SO hard to find a good shade match and a formula that doesn’t have alcohol or fragrance
*Powders – something finely milled and sheer/translucent, doesn’t settle into fine lines. I was splurging on HE powders, but ironically my fave is the $ 6 ELF Illuminating Palette, which I use as a setting and finishing powder in winter

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One??? I’m pretty naughty in at least a few beauty product zones!
1. A great perfume that just screams “me”.
2. Skincare (especially firming, anti-aging)
3. Eyeshadow palette(s), certain ones that are absolutely perfect are just so worth it!

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Eye shadow, especially if it’s a palette. Anything cream or tubed or potted or just plain ole in the pan, it’s my favorite make up product.

My biggest splurge was on the Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation and hopefully that’ll be the only biggest splurge I’ll do haha at least for a while. Mine is mostly skincare items but the foundation was my most recent splurge 😛

I agree. Skincare is an investment, along with vitamins, including collagen and keratin supplements.

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I’ll pay more if I find it really makes a difference in how I look or feel. Or, if it’s a brush or other tool, I’ll splurge if it does its job beautifully and is a joy to use. So my main splurges are Hourglass finishing powders, Tom Ford lipsticks, and brushes from Make Up For Ever, Hourglass, and Wayne Goss.

Foundation. Even more after Catrice discontinued my most-loved drugstore foundation. Right now my favorites are mostly high-end.

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Lipstick! Finding one that doesn’t dry out my lips can be a bit difficult but when I do find a formula that works for me I want to buy one in every colour. Guerlain is a prime example, I have close to thirty of their lipsticks, if not more! It’s a bit embarrassing having so many but I make sure and rotate what I use all the time. I just love lipstick an inordinate amount but I’d say that it’s the product that makes the biggest difference to how I look. Being so pale I need something on my lips to make me look alive. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it!

Next would be liquid foundation. Again, finding a colour or formula that works for me is a pain because most brands don’t have a colour pale enough for me. I went through a phase of hunting down some that were light enough but I didn’t really succeed in finding one in a formula that worked for me. Typical! Now I buy the lightest colour in a formula I love, and there seems to be a lot of them these days. I want them all! Anyway, in the morning I’ll pick the foundation I want to wear, then with my colour mixers (white and lavender), liquid illuminators (pearl, pale cool pink and pale pink-gold) and my Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N10 I mix my perfect foundation! I do think this every morning, rather than mixing a lot in one go, simply because I want something different every day. It used to feel like a chore but now I quite like it! So I’d recommend mixing to anyone having problems finding their perfect foundation. There’s no need to settle with a foundation that isn’t quite right for you and mixing doesn’t take long, I promise! And there isn’t any reason you couldn’t mix a lot in one go, I just prefer not to. 😊

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Eye shadow palettes. I love them for so many reasons. They are usually a *much* better value per pan than singles, I love how they look with all of the beautiful colors lined up together, and a good splurge means you are going to get some smooth, buttery shadows that area joy to apply.

There is an exception to this, though – LE Guerlain Meteorites! The crazy thing is that while I really do like wearing them, it’s really the packaging and the aesthetics of the product itself that really gets me. I just love having them and looking at them on my vanity, sometimes I will pop them open and sniff just because :). They are a worthy splurge because they just make me so happy!

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100 times yes about the Metorites! Love the smell, love the way they look, and love to use them as a finishing powder. Totally splurge-worthy!

Skin care. I use Lancôme Genefique serum and Renergie day moisturizer. With both of those combined, plus a good microdermabrasion (I use Acure), I sometimes forget to put on foundation because my skin is so smooth right after using those products lol. I still buy the good stuff when it comes to color cosmetics, but if you have a smooth canvas to start with, it’s pretty easy from there. 🙂

I spend the most on skincare. In terms of makeup, I’ll spend most on foundation, face primer, and concealer.

I will probably never shell out big for mascara since I always seem to have a free mini lying around, and nothing beats Covergirl mascaras are so good.

I’m with you on mascara… It’s probably the last thing I’ll ever splurge on, unless I decide to get contacts and start having problems with irritation. Not only have I found a drugstore brand that is almost my HG (except for the fact that it smudges and runs more easily than I’d like, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s why NYX and Anastasia have waterproof top coats), but at this point, I probably have 3-5 unopened mascaras that I’ve acquired either on sale or included with something else, so I’m set for a good while.

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I wish I can live off sample mascaras! I have straight lashes and must use a waterproof mascara to keep the curl. I mainly buy drugstore mascaras but would love to splurge on some high end ones, but can’t seem to justify it since it often needs to be replaced…

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