Ah beauty buffs will always be plagued by that eternal question of how to scratch that hard to find beauty itch. You know that one right? The one brand you hear so much raves about and wish we had it available locally.
The one product everyone and their mother seems to love yet is impossible to find in stores or online. That product that you’ve been dying to try but which is only found overseas and in the luxury price range.
I am a beauty buff and I have this terrible itch. It doesn’t help that I read a lot of blogs and I am suggestible and I have friends who tell me “You just HAVE TO TRY THIS!” No friends, you aren’t helping me at all!
My latest beauty itch is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. I’ve read so much about how wonderful they are at giving an airbrushed finish to the skin. Hell, even friends rave about them *sob*
So, when I was down in Melbourne last week and out shopping with Tine, the minute I stepped into David Jones department store, I said “Look, I want to see the Hourglass powders!” They had the limited edition Ambient Lighting Palette on display and the price as you see is AU$95 (approx RM285). The palette was tiny!
I have to admit the pull was definitely there. I wanted to badly to pick up this item that is practically impossible for me to find here (and online, I’ve checked) but was I prepared to cough up that much money for it? Tine wisely told me to sleep on it which I did.
But I’m curious if you would have been willing to splurge on this hard to find beauty item or any beauty item you’ve been eyeing. Are you willing to? After all, you may not come across it again!
I realise that beauty products in Australia are very highly marked up which is why I balked. This same Hourglass palette retails at US$58 (approx RM184) which is almost half the price. It might interest you to know that prices of Revlon is almost dollar for RM!
Did I grit my teeth and hand out wads of cash for this palette then?
I didn’t. I couldn’t justify it if I’m to be honest. The full size individual powders retail at AU$65 (approx (RM195) and although I was fairly tempted, I ended up not getting any. As much as I wanted to try these products, I just wasn’t willing to splurge, never mind that they are hard to find and that I really wanted it.
That was me at my most rational. I’m not always that rational when I travel because sometimes, it’s so hard to see something you’ve been wanting for a while, that I justify the splurge with the thought that I don’t have access to the brand or product. There’s always an excuse isn’t there? 😀
Yet on the other hand, I went a little crazy buying up scented candles which aren’t quite beauty products, but were items I was quite willing to splurge on because good scented candles are hard to find locally 😀
So you tell me: How willing are you to splurge on hard to find beauty products?
Do you justify your splurge with the thought that you don’t have easy access to it? Or perhaps you splurge because it’s something you’ve wanted for a while and maybe can’t find it anymore. Or perhaps you just don’t care. You want it and that’s all that matters! I sometimes splurge if I really really want something and especially if I see it while I’m travelling. It always seem to make it easier. What about you? Spill! 😀