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Recent expensive splurges

I'd like to know what your most expensive splurge has been- both for makeup and clothing. My biggest splurge to date for makeup was the Hourglass tinted moisturizer(~70$), a gorgeous Chanel eyeshadow palette(~124$), and that nu brilliance vaccuum thing for your face(can't remember how much). I'm only 14, but my mom said it was ok for me to splurge on this stuff because I really like it and I wear/use them all the time. My most expensive clothing splurge was when I saved up enough money to buy the white with multicolored letters Louis Vuitton hobo bag that I've wanted forever. It was over 2,000$, but I saved it up and paid for it all my self! I started this thread to see how much people are willing to spend on clothes/makeup. Sometimes people only shop at drugstores and discount stores, while other people frequent Saks and Barneys, and even others shop at all kinds of stores. So, post your responses and I'll give ya a heartSmiley Happy

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Hello gymchic365, 


Ouch, $124 for a Chanel palette! I love Chanel makeup though, so I can sorta understand Smiley Wink


I honestly think the most I've paid was the $119 for my Clarisonic. I've worked in makeup for so long that I"m fortunate enough that almost every company I've worked for has given us the newest and best items for free. The only problem is when they run out (like my Dior AirFlash spray foundation which is $55!) 


I don't have a problem spending a lot on skincare as that is the main and best way to get the most out of your makeup. But with clothes, trends are so on and off I really don't spend a ton of money unless its on a coat, shoes (sometimes) or purses. My best purchase was a leather Juicy Couture bag that was shaped like a bowling bag with a gold terrier shaped charm hanging from it Of course it was still on sale and I used an employee discount. I guess you could say I love baragains! 

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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@dianabt-I love Juicy Couture!!! My aunt works at one of the big stores in New York and all I have to do is give her the money and she buys it with her awesome employee discountSmiley Happy Clothes and accessories have always been my weakness, since I only recently got into makeup.

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My most expensive beauty product is the Clarisonic Plus, but I justified it by buying it during the Sephora spring sale and I use it a lot. 


My most expensive clothes purchase was a $1000 coat, I had always wanted a sheepskin coat and I found one drastically reduced at a sample sale, so it is mine! I routinely pay in the neighborhood of $600 for Italian boots from a cool shop in SoHo NYC, but they actually fit and they are timeless styles, so I will have them always, assuming I don't get another shoe eating dog. When I was in college I had a dog that ate so many of my shoes that I was reduced to going to class in flip flops in the winter (this was in NJ, not a warm place like Florida or California either), since I couldn't afford tuition/books and new shoes. She finally gave it up when I took her to obedience class, she loved it and became a very docile dog.Smiley Happy

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I love browsing runway shows, Saks and Barneys for inspiration, then search for dupes of them in cheaper stores like Urban Outfitter, H&M, Forever21, Free People, J. Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT....that's pretty much where I get all my clothe nowadays. Since I live in the boonies rural area and do not have a high pay job and just brought a car, I try not to buy too expensive things, the rule is <$50 for most things, <$100 for rare items, and <$150 for coats or suits.


My most expensive splurge started with the sandal boots I spottedat Ann Demeulemeester runway show. Ohh I stared and stared and stared because they look so strange but cool and strange. The more I look at them, the more outfits I can think of to pair with them and the more I want them.

However, they were ~$1000 and since I wasn't earning my own money at the time and my parents are not rich or keen on spending money on fashion, I can only swoon and lament and yearn....until I saw the Jeffrey Cambell dupes of it on Free People, shown below....

The only difference is its cheap suede instead of top quality leather and the heels are not as comfortable....but it's $125, which is much more reasonable so my parents brought it for me. I was so so happy and LOVE wearing it out, showing it to people, pairing it with different outfits, getting stares/comments from strangers.......and.......the sugar high wore off. I still love them and wear them for a mood boost, but it's just not practical to spend $125 on a pair of shoes when that's my food budget for a month, and the heels aren't that comfortable. I love it, I wore it and I kept it. But this, I sworn to never buy anything >$100 unless it's an investment piece like a winter coat or suit. My latest splurge is a lace patterned summer raincoat:$zoom-super$I couldn't justify buying it for $90, but then it went on sale for $60, so I got it since it's relatively unique.


I don't splurge on make up or skincare since my standbys are all <$50 and I like trying new things from the sales section. Every time I see a promo for serums I go for it because I know those are good and expensive, so I've got 2-3 deluxe sample to last me a year since I only use them during winter.

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@beautytester-I actually DIY-ed a pair of flats to look like Louboutins a couple months ago. At the time I was still saving for the LV bag, so I wasn't about to shell out almost 1,000 bucks for a pair of flats. All I did was take black flats, paint the bottom of them red with paint and some kind of special shiny paint sealant so it wouldn't come off, and hot glue small black plastic spikes all around them. To this day I still get compliments on my "fabulous Louboutins" and they are sooo fake lolSmiley Wink

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I'd have to say my biggest splurge was on my clairsonic. I think beyond that it's my skincare. Most of the items can be pretty pricy in the Ole Henriksen line, and they turn fast if you use them daily. It's a splurge that is well worth it to me!!

I am a big fan of flash sale sites, so I can't say I go too crazy on clothing, but it's the volume that's the problem!!

Smiley Happy

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I've not splurged too much on major makeup purchases. I usually splurge more on skin care, but bless you add it all up it's nothing too major. My biggest clothing purchase was my LV purse. It was $1000 ish. My next is a pair of Louboutin shoes. I plan to save a little bit from each paycheck when I go back to work( I'm a teacher). It's so worth it. I also bought a return to Tiffnays silver necklace and bracelet set, for myself.

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The most I have spent beauty wise was for my GHD flat iron, I dropped almost $200, after being annoyed at the quality and such of  cheaper flat irons. While it was a lot at the time, I have had the iron for just over 5 years now and it still works fine, so I'm glad I spent that much!

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Aside from my constant splurge on make-up as well as skin care products, my biggest splurge and sickness are Rebecca Minkoff handbags.  They're are usually about 500+ dollars, but sometimes you can get a good sale.   Whenever there is a sale going on,  I'm there with bells on.  I've got three RM's now, and it's never enough.   I'm obsessed with L.A.M.B bags too, but I fear they are getting phased out since they are more trendy then anything else.  The Minkoff bags are trendy, but have more staying power since they are all leather and made beautifully.


If anyone is looking for a new bag, I highly recommend the Morning After Bag! 


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@missconduct- Thanks a lot, now I must have that bag. It's gorgeous! Yeah, I've got a bad shoppping addiction...

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What comes to mind is my Michael Kors leather purse. It was $250 (and it was on SALE) but I love it and wear it every day. I dont have that many purses (3 to be exact) and I typically wear them out (till death!!) before I get a new one. My other 2 bags are Juicy Couture and Kathy Van Zeeland.


I consider all of my makeup/skincare a splurge because they cost 3 or more times as much as anything from the drugstore, and even though I dont have one super expensive makeup item, I dont ever want to add up the prices of my whole stash. Eeeeek.


And good for you. All I could afford at 14 was lip smackers.

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Do you remember when they came out with a line of Starburst flavored lipsmackers?  Those were amazing!  Some other brand needs to do that again.  

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missconduct---I actually dont remember any starbust flavors but I might have had them though. My favorite has always been the Dr. Pepper one. Smiley Very Happy



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Lip smackers!  lol, my first beauty splurge was this sticky gooey Bonnebell lip gloss. I never had lip smackers until college! Each floor of the dorm is hosting its own secret santa and we freshmen don't know each other well, but since I appear to be cheery all the time, my friend figure she would get me something colorful so she got me pack of 3 Lip Smackers in skittle flavors. Haha, they were the first lip balms I used up until the end without breaking or losing them.


Oh designer items. I'm satisfied with my clothe and nothing can top my rubiks cube purse:

so I'm more obsessed with shoes. My goal is to get a high paying job in a big company in a med-big sized city and when I do that, I will buy a pair of Louboutin with my first paycheck. My designer taste tend to run a bit more whimsical and avant garde, like Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler and Alexander McQueen. My dream shoes from these designers below:

I don't even have a bf yet, but my secret dream is that if/when I get married, I want to get married in those red tea cup shoes (Chinese wedding have brides wear red. I'll settle for a white dress and red shoes). Those 3 pairs I would buy right now in a heartbeat, but alas, they are from past seasons. It's easier to find dupes of cloth/bags, but for shoes the quality/look is all in the details for such whimsical designs and lower-end skips those and the dupes look corny/lame.

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I'm sorry!! But I tell you, it's a worthy addiction!  :-) 

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That is so awesome you saved up to purchase those items, as they are so expensive! Good for you!! My most expensive beauty item was my clarisonic, but I love L'Occitane products and I have to save up for them! But they are glorious and really make me feel like I am pampering myself. I have wanted a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress for years now, I just can't bring myself to spend around $300 for a dress! But I love to look and dream!

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@missconduct that is a GORGEOUS purse! I must have it!!!! lol


@glamournut a DVF wrap dress is my dream! They are SO classy and feminine and they look amazing on EVERY body shape! Not many items can say that! Smiley Happy

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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My most expensive splurges would probably be the Clarisonic Mia2 for acne ($143.79 on Amazon) and then, my 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag ($895), which I might sell depending on if I find any use for it.DSC00867.JPG

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Pretty 3.1 Philip lim bag! Smiley Happy

I used to spend a lot more money on products and clothes but with paying student loans and trying to save up for grown up things I've had to be much more reasonable lol.

At one point about 3 years ago I added up my makeup stash and it was about $1500. I hesitate to do that now because my collection is larger! Lol. I think the most expensive product I've bought this summer was the guerlain Pucci Bronzer!

In terms of clothes I've been pretty happy with what I own (result of massive spending over the last 5-6 years lol!) I do typically spend $150-200 on jeans (though I just discovered styles that fit me at Zara and urban outfitters, so exciting!) I've definitely spent $100+ on individual items at aritzia but now I try not to lol. When it comes to shoes I used to spend all variety of price ranges but right now my cheapest shoes are reef flip flops that were $20. I think the most expensive ones were cole haan over the knee suede boots (on sale around $200) and my Burberry heart rainboots that I love ($200). I do wear plain black flats from coach for everyday (think they were $170) and just got cole haan sandals on sale for $90! I also got Joan and David nude pumps that for great on sale for like $70 once. But mostly other than those classics I'll just pick out trendy things at forever 21, etc

For purses, I don't think I've spent more than $100 or so on each. I don't like to carry stuff around most of the time. I am dreaming of a chanel 2.55 though! I'm a fan of Rebecca minkoff as well. And botkier Valentina... But at the moment i've more obsessed with beauty than anything else. Plus I should just save (for getting a house, getting married, etc)

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My favorite most recent splurge was on my birthday (in June). I've always been a huge fan of Jeffery Campbell shoes, they're so wild and so different, yet surprisingly comfortable.


The most popular pair style available are the Lita ankle boots. They're about 4.5, and are super comfortable thanks to the platform.  They have them in all sorts of colors, patterns, and textures. I opted for a pair of blue plaid ones because I felt like I could match them with more things, plus I liked the black heel (usually the heels are a chestnut wooden color). They were a around $150 and should last me for a long time Smiley Happy.


Whimsically yours,
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