8 Beauty Products I Would Splurge On If I Had An Extra $500

Maybe I’m just weird, but one of the things I like to do when I am bored is go on Sephora’s website and imagine I won a $500 shopping spree. What products would I splurge on? How would I choose to spend that money? I don’t know about anyone else, but there are some products that I would never spend my hard-earned money on because they are either too pricey or too unnecessary. But if the money was given to me…well that’s a whole different story!

Note: This is just for fun. If I had and extra $500 laying around I probably wouldn’t spend it on makeup or beauty products. There are definitely more important things in life! But it is fun to think about…and you never know when you may win a Sephora shopping spree! It’s always good to be prepared!


Product 1: GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – $69

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I recently impulse purchased the 0.5 oz sample of this GLAMGLOW mask (which is surprisingly a better economic purchase at $19 for 0.5 oz as opposed to the 1.7 oz full size product for $69) and I admit, my life is changed. I love this mask. It is tingly, smells like a spa, and really does make a difference on my skin.

The problem: how do I justify spending $69 for mud? Make no mistake – this is mud. There are even little sticks and leaves in it that really do make me think that GLAMGLOW is going into the woods behind their factory, shoveling dirt from the ground, mixing it with some other stuff, and selling it as an innovative miracle mask. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I am now successfully on the GLAMGLOW train, I just seriously question my sanity, as well as capitalism’s hold on me, when I’m paying $69 for a 1.7 oz jar of wet dirt. That being said, if I won a gift card or shopping spree or even the lottery, I would definitely purchase enough GLAMGLOW mud to cover my entire body. No ragrets.


Product 2: Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush – $44

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I have always been intrigued by these type of color adjusting products! They are like the pants from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants that magically adjust and fit to each girl despite their differing body types. Having a blush that will change to be your perfect shade of pink is my idea of wonderful. But at $44 a pop, this beautiful Dior blush is eternally relegated to my “save for later” list.


Product 3: Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze Bronzer Brush No. 12 – $78

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You’re eyes are not deceiving you! This Marc Jacobs Bronzer Brush is truly $78. For $78 this brush had better be magical! And according to the Sephora reviews it is about as close to magic as a makeup brush can get. I’m intrigued to find out exactly why a tool that you use to put your already expensive-enough makeup on your face is so expensive on its own. If I won a shopping spree, I’d be sure to find out!


Product 4: Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in No. 1 Neutral Matte – $80

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Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious love affair with matte eyeshadows. Especially warm orange and brown matte shadows. That is why this palette speaks to my soul! Unfortunately,  this soul-speaker also comes with an $80 price tag.  Now, when considering the value of eyeshadow palettes, beauty gurus online always like to break the price down to the cost per ounce of product to show that the palette is worth it. For example, the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette which came out earlier this year retails for $54 and contains 0.60 ounces across 12 shadows. This Viseart palette also contains 12 shadows but retails for $80 for 0.84 ounces. I’m not a math wiz, but if I did the math correctly, the UD palette value is $90/oz while the Viseart palette value is about $95/oz. That’s not a huge difference value wise but does it help ease any of the sticker shock on the Viseart palette for me? Not really. This is the type of splurgy product I would use a birthday gift card on not my hard earned dollars.


Product 5: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara – $32

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I’ve always been a drugstore mascara kind of girl. While some products I will splurge on, mascara is one of those things that I have trouble spending a lot of money on. Why do I need to spend $30 on something that I’m going to have to throw away in 3-4 months? Drugstore mascaras work really well for me and I’m happy with them. But my ultimate lust-worthy mascara is the Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara. Forget Dior or Lancome! Armani has captured my heart. I’ve always wanted to try this mascara and would definitely take advantage of a situation where I may have the chance to make my mascara dream come true!


Product 6: Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream – $95

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I recently received a sample of this cream and I was amazed. I’m not super into anti-aging products as I don’t think my skin really needs that right now, but this cream was wonderful. It was thick but not too heavy and was moisturizing without being greasy. I was all ready to purchase the full size until I saw the price. Because of that, this moisturizer is at the top of my list of outrageous things to buy should I ever come into some extra cash.


Product 7: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil – $48

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Meow! This is one sexy bronzer. Definitely worthy to use with my $78 Marc Jacobs bronzer brush! Every swipe would be like brushing a $100 bill on my face. Doesn’t that sound nice? On a slightly more serious note, Kevyn Aucoin makeup has always been on my dream list. If I had a million dollars to spend on makeup, I would own Kevyn Aucoin’s entire line.


Product 8: Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Shadow – $29

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Now you may be asking yourself, KD Bonbon, if you’re struggling with paying $80 for 12 eyeshadows, what are you thinking considering spending nearly $30 on a single eyeshadow?! I don’t know. I’m crazy. If we’re going full-forward looking at how I would reasonably spend my imaginary shopping spree funds, a single, luxury, Burberry eyeshadow would be it. You can see where my priorities are…


Running total: $475

What would I spend the remaining $25 on? I don’t know. I guess I’m leaving my options open. What spluge-worthy beauty products would you purchase if you received a shopping spree or a gift card? Do you spend your own money differently than money you receive as a gift?

Comment down below!

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