Standing in line at Starbucks the other day, I watched as a group of young women in business attire-clearly on their 4 P.M. break-argued about who would get laid off next while ordering $5 iced coffees. Uh-oh....
With that in mind, I'm not sure how much more time I have to write a post like the one I'm about to, so let's do this, kids: Here, five really expensive products you can splurge on and never, ever look back.
Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum ($80). I bought this vanilla-licorice-and-violet scent over a decade ago, and I remember how happily I handed over a fistful of hard cash to the nice lady at Nordstrom. (I was really young and waitressing.) At the time, the $80 was more money I'd ever spent on a beauty product. Though I no longer wait tables, if push came to shove, I probably would to support my Lolita habit. It's THAT good.
Kanebo Sensai Premier Eye Cream ($320). I'm the first one to admit that sometimes, expensive products don't feel particularly pricey, and other times, the cheap stuff is totally money. Kanebo's stuff, my friends, feels rich and indulgent. A gel for the eye area, it's amazingly non-sticky and feather-light, yet you can actually feel it consistently hydrating your delicate skin with ingredients that quietly do their job, without any fragrance, goopiness, or irritation.
Mattese makeup trunk ($200). A metal beast of a makeup case, my Mattese makeup case (purchased at Ricky's NYC) cost me an arm and a leg in the early '90s. But after about a zillion apartment-and-house-and-dorm-room moves later, it still looks good as new. While it's hardly large enough to fit my entire collection, it's excellent for housing my most-used items. Did I mention it's fireproof?
A brow shaping with Rachel Gangemi at Valery Joseph ($65). God forbid, if I'm ever housebound or bedridden, I will use my very last insurance reimbursement check to have the ever-meticulous Rachel tend my crazy brows for me. I would look like Eddie Munster without her. But not only is she the most talented brow artist I've ever known, she's also the nicest: She never gets mad when I pluck too much or veer off course in between visits. She just smiles and fixes it.
Eyelash extensions with Soul Lee at the Shu Uemura Boutique in Barneys ($100 and up). I normally wouldn't suggest getting eyelash extensions-applied by an unskilled hand, you'll look ----- -eyed (and be a whole lot poorer-this service ain't cheap). However, Soul's extensions look naturally glamorous, like you just couldn't help being born with tremendously thick, long, lustrous, slightly curled lashes. My friend showed off Soul's work at her wedding, and another wore hers onstage during a recent singing gig. On both occasions, I could recognize Soul's handiwork from 50 paces. Meanwhile, both crowds just marveled at how especially stunning my friends looked on their big nights. So worth it.Related Links from Allure:
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