Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Temptalia Asks You

What was the best beauty splurge you’ve indulged in? Share your indulgences!

Temptalia's Answer.

I’d have to say Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate–that’s probably my biggest splurge in recent history!

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84 thoughts on “What was the best beauty splurge you’ve indulged in?

  1. Kathie

    I just bought the MUFE 12 Flash color case for $95.00 at Seporia and my biggest splurge was the Manish Arora palatte in eyes on manish 6 eye shadows for $99.00 on and also from Allcosmetics for $26.99 I got the Hello Kitty tinted lip conditioner in Popstar.

  2. It’s a splurge for me… some Kiehl’s face products. Tinted moisturizer and avocado eye cream. Decided that if I can spend that much on makeup, I can do it for my skin too! Slowly building my arsenal :) On makeup splurging, it’s not the best, but my most recent… the coral paint pot. Totally unnecessary, but totally worth it!

  3. Holly

    By Terry’s Baume De Rose. BEST lip treatment hands down, and so luxuriously packaged.

  4. Michele

    I bought a Clairsonic last week!!!! And I LOVE. it. My skin is smooth and my pores have shrunk.

  5. $34 USD for Lancome Oscillation and $29 CAD for NARS blushes…

    The NARS blushes were totally worth it – love them! The mascara is pretty good but it doesn’t keep a curl so it falls short in its worth to me.

  6. Kaylynrenee

    My Clarisonic Plus!

  7. Kathryn

    I splurge on make up and skimp on a lot of other things, and I splurge too often on beauty products so it is hard to choose just one! The most recent was a Dior lip serum and a complementing Ultra Gloss which rang in at a whopping $74.00 Canadian!

    • Eda

      I’m the same way. I’d rather spend money on makeup, and make do with fewer clothes and jewelry!

  8. TK

    My Clairisonic Mia is awesome!

  9. Aisha

    I ’d have to say Chanel skin care -Radiance for First signs of aging (sigh)- I never thought that I would like it but I am loving it, totally worth it even though it breaks the bank

  10. dermalogica skincare. completely saved my rosacea! also ysl gloss pur in 5…i want them all now!

  11. Vicki

    I love My Clarisonic great investment :)

  12. jeng

    macs 2009 holiday collection— i got almost everything

  13. Paula


  14. Ivonne

    IS clinical skincare. Twice! not doing it again…lol

  15. best splurge ever? MUFE HD foundation. it’s about $75 here in aus so that counts as a splurge! and oh yeah, can’t live w/o it now

    • Kathryn

      Wow why is it so expensive there?!

      • Jess H

        Everything is expensive here…and we don’t have brands like urban decay and nyx. mac is ridiculous over here…$35 for a single eyeshadow pan.

  16. sara

    I never thought I would spend $18 on a nail polish but I needed Lippmann’s Happy Birthday and I don’t regrect it a bit.

  17. Linda

    Probabaly some guerlain skincare.

  18. Janina

    My Clarisonic!

  19. a $55 after tip & 40% off haircut!

  20. CeeBee

    Buying all 6 pearlglide liners from Art Supplies! I love them so much! And other assorted MAC goodies over the last 6 weeks.

    Which is a real treat for me because I am over 2 hours away from the nearest MAC counter and don’t usually go – now I’ve been three times in less than 2 months. My credit card is the the ICU, LOL!

  21. condesa

    Guerlain Meteorites in Beige Chic: at first I was not sold… but then I understood all the hype! it makes may face glowing (without adding colour) and everybody is complementing on how good I look! Yay for Meteorites!

  22. isis

    I have a few actually that I’m really pleased with. Both are fragrances :)

    Tom Ford Black Violet Perfume
    Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Creme Perfume (was a LE product)

  23. ashley dutta

    Caudalie vinexpert eye and lip serum…gaaahhh, it was so expensive WHY did I buy it? I keep kicking myself about that one.

  24. Christian

    My most recent beauty splurge was buying a full skin care set since I’ve never been a stickler about following a skincare regimen and I figured it was time to start. I bought the Clinique 3 Step system plus the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector plus the spf 30 face cream. Hope it works well for me, we’ll see in a month!

  25. Veronica

    I would have to say my Clarisonic Mia – love it!

  26. marisa

    MUFE HD Foundation (totally worth it)

    My whole skincare routine, including Korres, Dior, and L’Occitane products (again, totally worth it)

  27. Selena

    My Clarisonic!

  28. Danielle

    My splurge would def have to be NARS Aqua Gel Hydrator. Its 76.00 but it last awhile. This product is like a big glass of water for your skin. The feel of it is so light but it gives you moisture like a heaving cream without it being greasy!

  29. Charlene

    MAC style black

  30. Margot

    The latest and best for the moment has been a complete new skin care regiment from Kiehl’s … I spent nearly £200 on tons of products ! and so far, so good. My skin looks fabulous, so it was worth it

  31. amelia

    the clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion and cleanser. this doesnt seem like a splurge, but going through one of these each every three months builds up 😉 but its worth it.

    • If you want a cheaper option to your Clinique DDML, check your drugstore- the main moisturizing ingredient in Dramatically Different is mineral oil. Believe it or not, creamy baby oil or baby oil gel will give you similar results!

  32. Thincspot

    Changing my whole skincare line to organic based products…very expensive in comparison to what I was using before but so worth it. My skin is grateful.

  33. Jaime

    Probably LUSH’s Gorgeous moisturizer. It’s crazy expensive, but it’s the only moisturizer that’s actually made my skin smooth and helped with hyperpigmentation!

    • Ceriene

      I was thinking of trying that despite the crazy price. I hope you don’t mind me asking (ignore this if you do!), but do you know if it works for oily skin?

      • Mandi

        It’s actually recommended for normal to oily skin :) it’s not very beneficial for dry skin only because you’d have to use so much more product..and who wants to do that on a $90 product? lol!

      • Jaime

        It’s fine for oily skin! The pineapple and the citrus oils absorb excess oil while it’s on. It’s what makes my skin so smooth!

  34. My best beauty splurge was Philosophy One-Step Cleanser! I love it so much that I’m going to get the bigger bottle once the small bottle getes used up.

  35. Tiffany

    MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

  36. just about anything high-end is a splurge in my college budget 😉

  37. Amber

    Without a doubt, my biggest beauty splurge would have to be my Clarisonic Mia! It is the best beauty contraption I have ever experienced!

  38. mkdallas

    Just got the Rouge G in Guerlinade based on your review on pics…so fricking pricy but a beautiful lipstick with a fabulous finish. I will get a lot of use from this one!

    • I’m SO happy you’re enjoying it! :) I always get nervous about pricier recommendations, but it makes me SO happy when it makes *you* happy too!!

  39. Diana B

    Nars Orgasm Laguna combo I love it. Thats a splurge for me.

  40. Michelle

    Chanel Rouge Allure lippies and theor Glossimers = LOVE

  41. REN skincare products for about $70 each (bought two bottles) because I heard soooo much good stuff about them.

    Ofc they were _really_ bad for my skin >_<

  42. sarab

    Living in Mexico anything bought in a departament store is a splurge. Last week I bought a Chanel Rouge Allure Laque for the equivalent of $45 USD!!! and I wanted a Clarisonic Mia for my birthday last month but having it brought from the US was 240 with shipping and taxes. I hate those taxes…

  43. Sarah

    Definitely the Clarisonic! Totally worth it!

  44. Well its kinda a beauty product. My recent splurge was a hair tool. I finally broke down and bought the ghd flat iron. Did I mention amazing. It better be it costed $250…ouch 😉 for a beauty product id say my eve pearl concealer! Great product & def worth it! Xoxo tasha

  45. Tara

    Definitely my Clarisonic. Best investment ever!

  46. nicci

    Actually tied just about – Clarisonic Plus & Revive Microdermabrasion Renewal System

  47. Brielle

    Probably my 16.5 ounce jar of Creme de La Mer…….it rang up at $1390.00……although it is the BEST investment I have ever made! (It’s like 1/2 of my morgtage! eeeeek!) With that, I only buy it about every 1 1/2 years!

    • Kathryn

      Did I read that correctly? Over a thousand dollars?! Wow, that is definately a splurge!

  48. Me too Christine! After I ordered it I went out and got the Chanel Exfoliate and boy do i love that one too! Both of these feel wonderful on the skin.

  49. Quennie

    My best beauty splurge would probably be buying everything that I want from every MAC collection that came out that I was interested in. It was the best because I love each and everyone of the items that I bought from every collection.

  50. Heidi

    Definitely all the stuff I got at IMATS Vancouver! Walked away with my Mufe HD, a new palette of eyeshadows, and liners. Grabbed a few OCC lip tars, and got a great deal on Naked Cosmetics pigment stacks and brushes. Such a great experience. (:

  51. Eda

    My very first MAC purchases, which were recent. I bought Satin Taupe shadow, which I love and use 3 out of 5 times I do my makeup. I got Deep Truth as well, but it’s harder to work with, so it’s not used as often. I also placed an online order for Beautiful Iris and Nocturnelle MAC shadows, plush Cherish and Vegas Volt lipsticks. I can’t WAIT for them to arrive tomorrow!

  52. Melissa

    The best splurge I’ve given in to – without an ounce of regret – is Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme ($45 for 3.4oz). I’ve had Fibromyalgia for last 7 years and my hands have suffered the consequences. The back of my hands and the creases on my fingers crack and bleed all year long. The answer has been to slather my hands with Neosporin and DDF face cream and sleep in cotton gloves. Part of Fibro is extreme sensitivity to chemicals – that rules out a lot of moisturizers.

    Despite the high price, I decided to try Re-Nutriv Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme after reading a heartfelt review on Blogdorf Goodman (

    The product has the consistency of prescription cream Diprolene so I thought it would be very heavy and greasy. I know I sound overly dramatic but, the stuff is like magic. It applies as a thick, non-runny cream, and absorbs completely (without being greasy) as soon as you start rubbing it into your hands. You need such a small amount that the tube should last quite a while.

    For the very first time since 2003, my hands and fingers do not bleed. The backs of my hands no longer look as though I wash dishes all day. In fact, my hands are now soft and smooth – looking as youthful as my face (I finally get that it’s a compliment to be told you look young).

    I know my response is quite long but, who would’ve thought that a hand cream could make such a huge difference in my life? Feeling flu-like and living with pain every day for years is pretty awful; the fact that I found something that makes me a little more ‘normal’ merits such a detailed review.

    Anyone with serious sensitivities and/or dry, irritated hands should look at the $45 as an investment.

  53. Mac Spring Colour Forecast! I spent a lot on that collection, but the lipsticks and the blushes are all so pretty, really love them! :)

    My latest splurge was To The Beach, I placed a £92 ($150-ish) order on Tuesday, apparently it’s coming tomorrow, yay! :)

  54. Me too! My latest splurge was a Kate Sommerville kit. I purchased the 9!! kit at Sephora. I’ve been using it for about 2.5 weeks now and I think it is working well. I still have my one problem area but the skin care routine is definitely helping it get better.
    Fingers crossed that it keeps working 😀

  55. diana

    anything by chantecaille. especially the dolphins palette.

  56. DawnC

    Most recently …. Guerlain Gold Foundation and Meteorites.

  57. Steph B

    My T3 hairdryer and I absolutely love it. I use far less styling products so it might end up saving me money in the long run.

  58. Not surprised to see Clarisonic on here so often- I think the next 40% friends & family that Ulta has, that baby is going home with me.

    My biggest splurge was taking the jump to prescription retinol- yes it costs money to see the Derm, and the cream itself is pricey, but since retinol is the most product proven to reduce wrinkles, I figured that I’m really wasting my money on all of those other repair and moisturizing products, even if they are a little cheaper.

    • Melissa

      I used Retin-A in high school and didn’t know then that it did anything other than work on mild acne. Genetically, I am blessed with few wrinkles but, I’m convinced that several years of Retin-A worked wonders for wrinkle-prevention too. I used it again for several months in Grad School to clear up some stress-induced breakouts.

      I’m sure your doctor told you but, just in case…be very careful with being out in the sun. I was photosensitive for years after I stopped using it. The sensitivity is even more so if you’re also on hormone birth control (certain antibiotics can increase the possibility of sunburn as well).

      The only thing that has come remotely close to the prescription cream is Philosophy Help Me. My understanding is it has the highest concentration of retinol in any OTC product. I rely on that now when needed.

      I think you made a really good choice – in the end, you’ll spend much less using the prescription cream than less-effective OTC stuff.

  59. Susann

    Clarisonic Mia at Christmas and a $25 bottle of Chanel Illusion d’Or nail polish — $25 nail polish!!! Clarisonic is great tho, really cleans.

  60. Liz

    I bought my Clairsonic about 6 months ago and have never once regretted it. Excellent results!

  61. Kim L

    Le metier de beaute eye and lip Kaleidoscope kits $95 each

  62. HLespier

    On Dead Sea Skincare products >$1,500!

  63. leslie

    I could’t help myself ,i bought LaMer lip balm for $45!

  64. May

    My Clarisonic and Prevage serum

  65. Buying my first HE liquid foundation was a splurge for me, but I’m in love with Shu Uemura’s Face Architect Smoothing Foundation!

  66. Not counting salon visits for my hair, it has to be the Clarisonic MIA. I love it, its helped me get my skin get into great condition. Counting salon visits, I go every 4-5 weeks to get my hair colored, highlighted, trimmed and styled. Every other visit is just coloring my roots and a bang trim. Otherwise, its roots, highlights and cut. Each visit costs between $100 to $200. As well, I use only Redken or Bumble & Bumble in my hair now.

  67. My last big splurge was at The MAC counter I picked up some things I thought I NEEDED I got the 224 brush,MSF-Comfort,Mineralized foundation w/spf,zoom lash.Lusterglass-pinkarat,Lip conditioner.About 150.Not to Bad.At least thats what i told thee hubby.

  68. Jess H

    Guerlain meteorites in rose teint…$115. So happy though.

  69. It has to be my Clarisonic. I can tell when I haven’t used it.

  70. MAC Ripe Peach, I had to buy it off of ebay as it was sold out, I paid twice more than retail!

  71. I would definitely say Deborah Lippmann Don’t Tell Mama nail polish. It was pricy but the color was so gorgeous! Spending 18 bucks on that nail polish was worth it.

  72. Krista

    Moroccan Oil treatment. After spending hundreds on all kinds of products for my hair, this is hands down the best I’ve ever bought! $40 for about 3.4 oz, but worth much much more!