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Which Gives You More of a Lift — Buying Makeup or Clothes?

Last week, I saw something on the Today show that caught my attention. Lesley Rotchford of Women's Health talked about five ways that money can help bring in more lasting happiness. Among the magazine's findings? Spend more money on your bedroom than living room; opt for a vacation in lieu of a treatment at a spa; go for the gym membership instead of using at-home equipment; and spend your dough on other people rather than yourself.

But when it comes down to spending on either makeup or clothes, which option wins out? According to BuzzBack Market Research, it's cosmetics that people turn to more frequently for a pick-me-up. It could be that something as simple as buying a drugstore lipstick, which adds a little luxury to your life each day, brings on more lasting happiness than a clothing item that you would wear infrequently. What about you? Do you get more of a boost from a clothing purchase, or does a beauty acquisition give you the better lift?

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smart-blonde smart-blonde 7 years
Though I voted for clothes, I do have to say this about buying makeup: It always fits! When I'm having a day when I feel squishy, I'll definitely go for buying makeup.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 7 years
I love buying both clothes and makeup.
EcoGirl EcoGirl 7 years
both xD
EcoGirl EcoGirl 7 years
both xD
OneBodytoLove OneBodytoLove 7 years
Great looking clothing is instant gratification, but looking in the mirror and going WOW that's MY face is just as amazing.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
Both! Sometimes I go through phases but both are important to me - oh and purses :)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Shopping for groceries makes me the happiest! Especially when I buy new stuff I've never tried before.. I love cooking. I better get back to yumsugar now.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Shopping for groceries makes me the happiest! Especially when I buy new stuff I've never tried before.. I love cooking.I better get back to yumsugar now.
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i love shopping and spending money on me
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
clothes and shoes!!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
clothes and shoes!!
cordata cordata 7 years
Haha - both! Although I tend to mostly buy Benefit cosmetics, I get such a happy high trying on things at sephora. Love window shopping for clothes while purchasing on ebay
Sour-Cherry Sour-Cherry 7 years
just seeing all that colorful colors of lipsticks and dresses makes me really want to buy it
SBG SBG 7 years
I'm more into makeup and skincare than into fashion. I don't buy clothes for pleasure but when I need something and I have to find the style that I like, then check the size and the prize... but when I buy creams or makeup it's different because I research before so I know that the product is the right for me, some can disappointment me but it's almost never.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
This is so tough, but I went with makeup. I've been a makeup junkie since I was like 12, and I still get a feeling of euphoria upon walking into Sephora.
danizzle danizzle 7 years
how about getting a free makeover at the beauty counter and then shopping for clothes/shoes...double whammy! :)
mek123 mek123 7 years
It depends on my mood and the shopping trip. Makeup always gives me a small boost but if I have a successful clothes shopping trip then the high is better and lasts longer.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
Clothes/shoes/purses. ;-) :shopping:
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
Clothes/shoes/purses. ;-) :shopping:
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Clothes... as much as I try to get into make up, it's just really not my thing (I'm doing mascara and gel blush only right now)
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I buy more beauty products than clothes, but they both give me the same amount of retail therapy.
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