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Spend $30,000 On Makeup And You Officially Have A Problem

If you think you spend a lot of money on makeup, this woman will make you feel better about your excessive mascara and lip gloss purchases. Meet Hillary Kosofsky, who owns a total of $30,000 worth of beauty products. During her 54 years, she’s become totally obsessed with buying any form of makeup or hair care product, but face creams don’t make the cut. Here’s her main problem: When she goes shopping and falls in love with the appearance of a product, she’ll buy two just to keep one fully intact! It’s makeup, lady, not art. With this kind of consumption, it’s easy to see just why Hillary has money problems. In addition to all the multiples she owns, Hillary can count at least 9 hairsprays, 29 shampoos, 137 eyeshadow palettes, 32 concealers, 86 nail polishes, and 25 brushes that are currently stockpiled in her house. And when she’s not snagging new beauty items on impulse, Hillary is strategizing about her next big splurge. When new magazines come to her house, she’ll flip through and rip out pages to remember what to buy at the store. As if she really needs more. And yes, she was in debt up to $14,000 at one point, but her devoted husband paid it off. [MSN] Keep reading »

NYU Students Dream Up Your Next Shopping Addiction

Watch out, Gilt Groupe. There’s a new sample sale site launching and fashion lovers will be just a teensy bit obsessed with it for one major reason. Instead of offering last season’s wares like so many discount stores and sites, ToVieFor plans to sell designer items from the current season’s collections. Two students at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Melanie Moore and Susanne Greenfield, created the website and were just awarded $75,000 in prize money for their invention, though you’ll have to wait until summer for the site to launch. You can expect sales prices 40 to 70 percent off current season handbags and accessories from brands like Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, and Marc Jacobs. But here’s the catch: In order to place a bid, users are required to pay between $1 to $5 for each session (the site combines members-only and dutch-auction sale styles). But what’s a dollar when you’re saving on designer goods that aren’t sooo last season? [ToVieFor via NY Times] Keep reading »

5 Lies We Tell Ourselves While Shopping

When we’re out shopping and a shirt catches our eye, we’ll tell ourselves anything to justify buying it, even when we already have at least 25 other perfectly good tops hanging in our closet. We’ll find a way to convince ourselves to make a purchase seem practical if we want it badly enough. What lies do you tell yourself when you want to buy something that you don’t really need? Keep reading »

Will The iPad Change The Way We Shop?

Post-iPhone fashion app boom, retailers are now focusing on iPad-specific applications for the new Apple product. And some believe that the device is about to revolutionize the way we think about fashion and shopping. For starters, the idea of mobile shopping may become more palatable. Are you really going to buy a $500 Marchesa gown from Net-A-Porter off your phone? Doubtful. However, if you’re dealing with larger visuals and special features that you might not even find on a website, purchasing with your iPad might not feel too different from doing it at home online. Also consider this: In the past few years, mail-order catalogs have been dying off. iPad catalogs, suggests Ad Age, might bring about its renaissance.

Don’t have an iPad and don’t plan on getting one anytime soon? You may still see a difference as retailers start incorporating them into the physical shopping experience, placing them in stores to provide customers with product info. Are you into the idea of experiencing shopping and fashion through this new medium? [PSFK] Keep reading »

Study Shows Violent Fashion Ads “Lure” Consumers, But Is That All?

So, 2008 and 2009 saw some of the grossest, bloodiest, most violent fashion ads of all time. To refresh your memory, Duncan Quinn once depicted mobsters torturing female bodies, Alexander McQueen placed models on a bed of snakes, and Marc Jacobs dangled women out of buildings. (Drastic recessionary action?)

While things have quieted down a little bit, we may expect to see a resurgence in savage advertising thanks to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, which is making its rounds around the internet. The investigation, conducted by two female researchers, one from the University of Saskatchewan and the other from Santa Clara University, recorded the reaction and engagement of women as they looked at violent fashion campaigns. Keep reading »

Rich People Shop At Kohl’s?

There are two types of wealthy people. Those who go on reality television to show off their private jets and bling and Caribbean estates. And then there are rich people who are also cheapskates, and won’t spend money on peculiar things, like clothes. (Come to think of it, Daddy Warbucks did wear pretty much the same outfit every day.) Or so it seems, according to surprising new research about where they shop. Check out the full infographic after the jump. Keep reading »

CVS Is Having A Major Beauty Sale

Trying out a new look for spring is now more economical because CVS/Pharmacy has instituted “Spring Beauty Days,” a 20 percent off hair, makeup, fragrance, and skincare products sale that lasts through May. Burberry Brit for Women Eau De Toilette, one of my favorite scents, is on sale for $38.39; it’s usually $47.99. The new L’Oreal True Match Roller Makeup is $3 cheaper than its normal $14.99 price. And Covergirl Contouring Blush costs less than $5 now. But these aren’t the only deals to be had at CVS — find your favorites here, but don’t forget to sign up for an ExtraCare card for even more discounts. Now you don’t have to feel guilty for spending a little extra on your appearance. [Essence] Keep reading »

6 Items You Should Never Buy Online

It goes without saying that drunk online shopping can get you in all kinds of trouble ranging from the ha-ha kind to the way serious variety. But it’s not just when you buy, but what you purchase. While e-commerce has made all of our lives a hell of a lot easier–anyone miss the mall? didn’t think so–it can be a territory fraught with danger. And man, having to pack something up and return it by mail is a total drag. Ladies, don’t make the same mistakes that I did. After the jump, six ways things can go very wrong. Keep reading »

Women Spend How Much Time Shopping?

I love a good fashion study. Though I certainly don’t understand math, if the numbers and percentages relate to style, I’ll mull over the figures for quite some time. So when I found out that women spend three percent of their disposable income on clothes, I was more than intrigued. In today’s fashion-focused scientific research, it seems that if you add up all the time women shop, you’ll find they spend three years of their life in stores! But, interestingly enough, those three years aren’t just for purchasing new shoes, bags, and accessories. You see, 94 hours and 55 minutes per year are devoted to grocery shopping, while 100 hours and 48 minutes per year are spent in department stores or malls. Add a few hours in there for window shopping and over a lifetime it really adds up. Personally, I’m going to be honest and admit that my habits are a bit more of an obsession than a necessity, so those numbers might not relate to me. What about you? Does this sound about right for your trips to the mall? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Frisky Editors: The Most/Least Expensive Things We Bought And Love

Let’s talk cash: We’ve been trying to be more money-conscious lately, so we decided to take a peek into our closets to see how we’ve spent our paychecks. Here, we dish on the most expensive things we own (and why we bought them and whether we love/regret the expense), as well as the cheapest styles that are so awesome, they’re priceless. Share your own facts and figures in the comments below! Keep reading »

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