SPLURGE | Luxury Under $50

September 10, 2015

Splurge luxury under $50 on The Style Gathering

By Buffy York

I don’t know if it is an actual “lipstick economy,” but I am not running out and buying anything that is going to be a part of the Luxury Tax anytime soon.  I drive a Chevrolet and I am a frequent flyer at Forever21.  However, there are a few things around my house and in my purse that may not very sensible purchases, but are oh so luxurious to have around.

.01 One Truffle Clarity Clutch
 I featured this in my beach bag post and since then I have transferred it to my handbag and have ordered two more.  These are a great way to keep you purse organized and since they are clear (and look really cool I might add) whatever I am reaching for is in plain sight.

.02 Tom Ford Nail Lacquer
My friends over at stylebriefs are telling us that natural nails are it for the upcoming season and Tom Ford is typically first on the scene with the hottest hues.

.03 Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant
I’m sure you are thinking I am crazy for paying more that $10 for deodorant but this stuff smells so dang good, and really, how often do you buy deodorant?

.04 Beauty Counter Rosewater Uplifting Spray
Gwenneth is in love with this and as far as I am concerned if it is good enough for Gwennie…This spray is such a multitasker and you might want to buy two, one for your bathroom and one for your bag.  It smells fantastic, leaves your skin looking dewy and can be used as a setting spray after you apply your makeup or you can use it throughout the day for a pick-me-up when you and your makeup are looking a little tired.

.05 Christian Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm
I am all over the place with lip balm constantly looking for something new but I always return back to this.  It smells good and feels even better.  I posted it last Christmas in a Gift Guide and three people told me how much they loved it.  Go sample some at Sephora if you don’t believe me.  It’s amazing.

.06 Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Hand and Body Wash
If you have read my blog for any amount of time it is no secret that I am in love with all things Jo.  Wood Sage and Sea Salt came out last fall and it is my favorite of all of her scents.  Since I still have plenty of her perfume the hand and body wash was a good way to purchase the scent and not break the bank, and since Jo Malone is all about layering scents it has been a great addition to my collection.  It is the most expensive item on this list so it stays in my bathroom by my sink.  I’m selfish like that.

.07 Tweezerman Tweezers
There really is just not another substitute for tweezers.  You can go for a less expensive brand but you will soon be back at the drugstore for another pair.  I keep a pair in my car too, because “red-light plucking” is the best.  I’m sorry but there is nothing more satisfying than finding a stray hair on your brow (or heaven forbid your chin) and plucking that bad boy.

.08 Diva Glamorous Wash
For the amount that you get this stuff is stupid expensive, but if you have a sniffer like me you will love the smell.  Your house will smell so amazing that you will want to do laundry all the time and when you are wearing clothes washed in it people will comment on how good you smell.  I make mine go farther by using a smaller amount than recommended combined with a free and clear detergent.

.09 Votivo Candle in Red Currant
Clearly I have some sort of weird deal with smell since this is the sixth item on this list of nine that has to do with a scent.  I guess I am willing to pay more for things that smell good.  Honestly nothing smells worse to me that cheap perfume (My 8 year old could marinate herself in it) or, for the love, a cheap candle.  There are several luxury candles out there and I love many of the scents by Votivo but Red Currant is my fave.  If you live in Birmingham and shop at Fabrik Homewood it is the warm fruity scent that greets you when you walk in the door.




    That candle really is the best. My aunt introduced it to me a couple of years ago.

    I’m intrigued by the hand wash and the detergent.

    Funny how many times I found myself nodding and thinking, “Yep, totally worth it!”

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