10 Things I Like to Splurge On

You may know that that I consider myself a bit of a shopaholic – it’s one of my favourite past-times (is that sad?).  That said, over the years I’ve really tried hard to be more mindful of what I’m spending my money on and most of those things fall in one of two categories: Splurge or Save.  Today I thought it’d be interesting to share with you the 10 Things I Like to Splurge On aka a list of my guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures.

This post was interesting to write – it’s kind of eye-opening to sit down and try and justify why you spend a lot of money on certain things.  I think it’s important to treat yo’self (insert a Parks + Rec gif here) to things you enjoy but it’s also good to evaluate if what you spend your money on makes sense (ahem eyeshadow palettes that I’ll never come close to using in my lifetime).  Anyway, let’s get into my list:

three pairs of jeans folded and fanned out on top of each other sitting on a white furry blanket


I love a good pair of jeans!  While I don’t think that you always have to spend a lot to get good denim, about half the ones in my closet are high-end and I will say they are my favourite pairs.  In general I find they fit the best, don’t lose their shape, last longer and are more flattering on me.  I personally like to splurge on classic styles by higher-end brands and spend less on anything that’s trendy; lately my go-to brand of designer denim is DL 1969.

a pair of sparkly white and pink reef flip flops sitting on a white furry blanket

Flip flops

This may seem like a weird thing to “splurge” on but I started wearing Reef flip flops years ago and now I can’t wear anything else.  They’re so comfortable and they come in so many cute styles and colours.  Usually I can get them on sale but when I can’t they usually cost me around $30-35 CAD a pair which sometimes feels like a lot for a small piece of (really cute) foam to walk on.

a black leather purse sitting next to a bottle of perfume, eyeshadow palette and lip gloss


Are you a handbag collector?  I used to be but I realized my collection was going to waste – I much prefer to buy one handbag I absolutely love every couple of years and use it until I get sick of it or it wears out.

One of my favourite brands is Marc Jacobs; I own a few of his and they’ve all stood the test of time, both in quality and style.  I’ve been using a Natasha Mini for just over a year now and I love it.  I’m not a big fan of large purses so this is the perfect size for me; it has just enough space to carry my wallet, phone, keys and a small makeup bag.  Sadly it appears they are not making this style anymore (why!?!) so once this one wears out, I’ll be on the hunt for a new perfect bag.

a eyeshadow palette sitting on a white furry blanket

Eyeshadow palettes

I have more eyeshadows and palettes than I do any other makeup item in my collection and they’re pretty much all high end.  I don’t know why that is, I suppose because there really hasn’t been many from the drugstore that have interested me and/or been good enough to keep in my collection.

Here’s the problem; despite the many I have my collection, I keep wanting more.  I have my eye on about 5 that have been released in the last few months – I just can’t get enough!  The addiction is real.

Some of my faves include all of my Lorac palettes; Too Faced Peachy Mattes / Chocolate Bar & my Urban Decay Naked palettes.

a lip gloss sitting on a whit furry blanket with a bottle of perfume and eyeshadow palette next to it

Lip glosses

Pretty much every lip gloss in my collection is from Sephora – again, I don’t know why that is but I think there’s just something about a higher-end lip gloss that speaks to me.  It might also be because they are my preferred lip product; some of my faves include Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb (Fenty Glow) and Buxom’s Full On Plumping Lip Creams.

a bottle of perfume standing on a white furry blanket with a various beauty products in the background


While I do have a few lower priced fragrances in my collection (thank you Britney Spears), the majority of them are higher-end.  I just find the quality, silage and lasting power to be superior.  Some of my favourites include Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon, Prada Candy & Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco.

a face mask jar sitting on a white furry blanket with other beauty products in the background

Face Masks

I didn’t realize that 95% of the face masks I own are high-end, which is interesting because the rest of my skincare products are a mix.  For some reason, I don’t mind splurging on them – maybe because I tend to keep my base skincare products the same and mix up my masks.  I also think there is something about high-end masks that just feels luxurious,  Some of my favourite masks include Farmacy’s Honey Potion and Peter Thomas Roth’s Cucumber Gel Mask.

a turquoise makeup sponge sitting on a white furry blanket with a bottle of perfume, lip gloss and eyeshadow palette sitting next to it

Beauty Blenders

This is something I wish I didn’t like splurging on – spending almost $30 CAD on a makeup sponge that is technically supposed to only last 3 months (although mine always last longer) seems crazy.  That said, I’ve tested out so many of the dupes but I always come back to the original – it just applies my makeup the best.

Hair appointments

I started getting my hair professionally coloured years ago and now I find it impossible to go back to doing my own.  As much as I hate forking over the cash for it and sitting in a chair for hours, I (generally) am always really pleased with the results and it’s not something I could duplicate on my own, nor attempt to (I was really bad at colouring my own hair).



If I could only pick one of these things to keep splurging on and had to give up the rest, this would be it.  Mr. PRL and I love to travel and are lucky enough to be able to go on several trips a year.  We’ve seen so many fabulous places and made so many great memories throughout the years that I could never put a price tag on any of it – no regrets!

What do you like to splurge on?


  1. stashy says

    I don’t know why, but I’ve never considered buying high-end jeans. All my jeans are either from the Gap, Loft, or Reitmans and they fit & last fine. Maybe I should just try on a pair of higher end jeans to see if I prefer them. I’m not into expensive handbags either but just today I was thinking maybe it’s time to splurge on one but I don’t know where to start.

    But YES on the Reef flip flops. You’d never catch me wear those awful Old Navy flip flops for $3 a pair. I got hooked on Reefs when I was in high school and have never looked back – right now I own 3 pairs of Reefs.

    100% with you on splurging on travel. That’s the most important to us. Gone are the days of trying to save a few bucks. It matters since you may not get another chance to visit that location again.

  2. polishedandinspired says

    I totally agree on all of these in general! I do own one or two pairs of high-end jeans, but I used to be more into expensive jeans when I was younger than I am now. I get most of mine from Levi’s – not too pricey ($50-$60 mark), but SUPER comfortable!

    Okay, I asked for the Marc Jacobs Natasha a few years ago and my husband got me the wrong style! lol but that’s okay, I have one very similar from Michael Kors – I LOVE the zip on the flap, it’s so handy for travelling because I use it to store important documents like passports!

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