Lysa: I bought a $400 face cream, here's what happen

Here's a story of my college friend. Her financial skills include budgeting mess-up fund. I had to write this because it's not everyday that you know someone who splurges things as such, and are compelled to do the same. Ops!...

I wasn't born with great skin. People notice my dull face when I don't scrub a day. So spending on products is more of a need than a want for me.

The haul - nothing as wildly as the Goop endorsed rose quart water bottle, but a $400 cream in a sparkling diamond cut bottle stolen my heart. The cream, not the bottle, which is a struggle, because I constantly wonder will I still be humane after getting used to one of the best most expensive creams.

Buying something at this price comes with sample gifts. The first thing I did was to sell the samples I don't use. Their products obviously have a following. I sold the cleansers for $30, for now. It is still a far cry from the $400 I paid, but I am left with a clay scrub, two $30 mask and a cream sample worth $70 in retail.

The next day, I went to work to pay the bills (this bottle included) and the first thing my colleague says is "You look tired." Ah, it's probably because I don't face the world with makeup. Not foundation or a blusher.

On day three and four, I notice that I have developed some pimples. Is the cream too rich for my drug-store skin? Caution, I start to reduce the usage to one-third of what is recommended on the instruction.

After a week, amazing things started to happen, my skin doesn't feel tired anymore. I wake up without a need to fake a glow with sun block. After work, I go home feeling happy about my skin. I feel like time have now reverse its course for me. This continues on the second week, and the next. The other creams on top of my dressing table now render useless.

In just three weeks, I find myself back to the counter looking for another magic dust. This time, a $100 compact powder. Building on my trust with the cream, it was easy to say yes. It was a terrible choice, more so when there's no refund policy. A lesson learnt that cult brands and expensive price tag do not necessarily mean better.

Nevertheless, I rave about this bottle to my friends, and that they have to warn me if they don't see my skin further improve after a month or two. It is easy to be blind-sighted when you are in a beauty cult. 

At this rate, I will consume 3 bottles a year to postpone years of aging. $1200 a year is very very expensive indeed, but not outrages when compare to the grand scheme of things. I rather have this working for me, then to have extra thousand in the account but nothing to stop me from looking old. When something works, price is very often secondary.

Had you ever 'go beyond' of what you normally spend? How did it turn out?