13 Beauty Products or Services Worth Splurging On

Real Simple readers explain how they treat themselves. 

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“Every four weeks, I have my eyebrows tinted. It looks so good, I hardly need makeup for days. Yes, I may look like Groucho Marx while it sets, but if the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the eyebrows are the window treatments!” — Kate Napleton Kysiak, Chicago

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“Salon hair color. The time spent in my hairdresser’s chair forces me to relax like nothing else. Plus, my hair always looks great.” — @BMCKIRGAN65

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“Eyelash extensions. When I first heard about them, they seemed too hoitytoity for me. But oh man, they’ve made life much easier. I have a 2-month-old, so to be able to get out of the house without a stitch of makeup on and look bright-eyed has been wonderful. The upkeep and cost are a splurge, but they are so, so worth it.” — Megan Baker, Grants Pass, Oregon



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“A quality, high-SPF sunscreen. It’s a necessary luxury when you live in Hawaii. My husband has had skin cancer scares, and we want to teach our son good habits early on.” — Lauren Whittemore, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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“Any of the Smashbox primers. The undereye one is AMAZING.” — @MAMATARDIS

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“Ipsy, a beauty subscription box. I am a makeup novice, so it’s nice to try new products and beauty regimens without committing to a full-size, full-price product.” — Stephanie Stutzman, Eugene, Oregon



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“Clé de Peau concealer. It’s truly life-changing. It may be $70, but it lasts forever. No dark circle or zit is safe! I’ll never switch.” — Vanessa Muro, New York City

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“A hot bath, sometimes nightly: The expense is minimal, and I allow myself to use my time at night to decompress from my day. Most nights I could find a million other things to do—wash dishes, grade papers, fold or put away laundry. Taking the time for myself gives me the mental and physical recharge that I need so I can feel happier and healthier the next day.” — Kourtney Davis Rabinowitz, Lenoir, North Carolina

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“Drybar blowouts! From the relaxing scalp massage to the delicious-smelling products, it is always such an invigorating experience that is worth every penny. They truly make hair magic happen.” — Grace Bronson, Queen Creek, Arizona



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“A monthly massage. As a photographer, I’m constantly on my feet carrying around a heavy bag or sitting slouched at a computer while editing. Getting a massage each month has made all the difference in how I feel! I don’t feel bad about the monthly expense when I can tell how much stress is relieved each time I go.” — Taylor Heyward, Charleston, South Carolina

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“My mother always told me: Never skimp on good shoes, good bras, and good foundation.” — Marla Robin Hoffman, Bordentown, New Jersey

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“Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap! Big bottles are around $18, but the soap is concentrated and organic and doesn’t make me break out.” — Amanda Parker, Mims, Florida



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“Oribe dry texturizing spray. I went on a girls’ trip for my best friend’s birthday, and I forgot my dry shampoo. One of the girls lent this one to me, and I gladly bought a can for myself! It’s my one indulgence. Not only is it great at absorbing grease, but it also adds volume and style (and smells fabulous!).” — Kelsey Holder, Tulsa, Oklahoma