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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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