5 Items That Are Worth Splurging On

No, you’re not hallucinating that headline. This is still Thought Catalog. Lately, I’ve just been really interested in cologne, perfume, furniture, and beauty products, all right? Get off me! I know that in your twenties it’s really chic to be thrifty. We love a good sale and we never like to admit when something actually set us back a bunch of bread. Our comforter used to be our grandmother’s, okay?! We did not buy it at a mid-range hipster grownup store! It was made with the culture of our ancestors! Yeah, right. Below are five items you should feel no shame splurging on. You don’t really want to find these things on sale anyway. Trust me.

1. Your bed

I was raised by cheap parents who only shopped at Costco and wouldn’t even let me order soda at restaurants so believe me when I say that I wasn’t spoiled growing up. I remember ordering a hamburger at Jack In The Box one time with my dad and him refusing to add cheese because it was 75 cents extra. Instead, we went home and melted a fresh slice of cheese for free! #GLAMOUR. Anyway, the one item my parents had no qualms about spending a ton of money on was a bed. My dad would always tell me, “Ryan, you spend a third of your life in bed (Let’s be real. I spend at least 40%) so it’s worth it to get the best mattress available!” When I was younger, I used to sleep on crappy twin beds but when I moved into my own apartment in college, I had no reservations about dropping some P. Diddy dough on a glorious bed. Now, I sleep wonderfully and my back feels great. Sleeping over at other people’s house is always a struggle for me because my body just rejects inferior mattresses. It’s like, “Can you please get this off my back?” I’m old enough to feel no shame in having a Mom and Dad bed. Save up your cash and go crazy on purchasing a good one because it’s worth it.

2. Plastic surgery

I know this seems like a random jump from beds to plastic surgery but, hi, welcome to my brain. Plastic surgery, if you ever choose to get it, is the absolute one thing you want to splurge on. You don’t go bargain shopping for surgeons, okay? No 2-for-1 deal! If I ever get plastic surgery when I’m older, I want to go the most bougie doctor ever. I want his office to be encrusted with diamonds and have Sarah Jessica Parker walking out the door. I don’t want an office that’s located next to a fast food joint. Dare I even mention the tragedy that was Kanye West’s mom? I looked at pictures of the office she went to and immediately was like, “Um, never. This in a Van Nuys strip mall.” So please, for your safety, be a diva and go all out if you want to change your body and/or face.

3. Shampoo

When I was an ignorant young lad, I would buy the shampoo that smelled the best, not knowing that it was usually stripping my hair of essential oils and making it feel all leathery. I mean, what’s up with that? People buy shampoo to make their hair better, not worse. You think you can trick us by making it smell amazing?! Well, I guess you can. When I was twenty, however, I broke down and spent thirty dollars on some fancy organic shampoo and was shocked to discover how instantly amazing my hair felt. Sure, it didn’t smell like a bunch of flowers, but it improved the texture of my hair greatly. This is especially important for my hair because I have super bad psoriasis on my scalp and have to use this intense prescription shampoo that leaves me flake free but with screwed up hair. I need some high quality stuff to restore my hair back to its ~~~NATURAL GLOW~~~. Ask any adult about expensive shampoo. They swear by it.

4. Makeup

This one I don’t know for certain because I’ve never worn makeup, but my girlfriends usually have a Chanel foundation or a YSL lipstick amongst their sea of usual suspects. Certain cheap makeup can apparently work really well but I guess it’s important to have one spurge item in your makeup bag at all times. I can attest to the YSL lipstick. My friend purchased a stick last week and that stuff looks gorgeous.

5. Perfume

This is an obvious one. Just two days ago, I wrote over a thousand words about my love for perfume. To me, finding the perfect scent is worth spending every penny on. You’ll have it with you forever (er, until it runs out) and you will feel like a well-rounded person! A person isn’t fully complete until he or she finds the perfect fragrance. And when they do, they got to be ready to drop some cash in order to experience that joy. Plus, the fragrance will probably get you laid once or twice, which makes the price worth it alone. TC mark

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Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.


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  • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles

    This is the very serious comment I have ever left on Thought Catalog but can you recommend that shampoo?

    • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

      I wanna hear all about it!

    • Ryan O'Connell

      hey perfect circles! i use this shampoo from the skincare company, Jurlique. I get the lavender one and it’s amazing. 

      p.s. wanna hang out?

      • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles

        I don’t know if we’re ready for that yet.  Maybe after I try the shampoo for a few weeks.  I just looked on the website but the closest thing I could find was:


        I am willing to try this, but I have a feeling it isn’t what you use.

      • Ryan O'Connell

        wtf? dont tell me they discontinued that shit. i use it sparingly so i havent had to buy a new bottle in forever but ima go this weekend to the store and report back.

      • http://www.oneyearintexas.com Perfect Circles

        I’m not commenting on anything else until I hear back.

      • Ryan O'Connell


      • Ryan O'Connell


      • Ryan O'Connell

        woops try this http://www.skinstore.com/p-11842-jurlique-lavender-shampoo.aspx

      • Ryan O'Connell

        it says that shit is out of stock but just google it and look around. someone’s bound to have it, hon.

      • Joy
      • http://www.twitter.com/mexifrida Frida

        this is the one you say helps with the scalp problem? 
        nvm, but it makes the hair nicer after the other shampoo right?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508371039 Rayan Khayat

        I wanna hang out with you Ryan :(

    • a.

      Pureology! Expensive as shit, but it crazy improves the condition of your hair.

      • Anonymous

        old pureology =/= new pureology
        when loreal bought pureology in 2007, i quit.
        rip pureology. i will forever miss the blue bottle. best smells ever.

  • macgyver51

    There you go, back to total self-ceneteredness and having the depth of a kiddie pool.

    • Ryan O'Connell

      i’m sorry. i’m going to try to be the person you want me to be, okay? :)

      • macgyver51

        Hey, I thought the first one was funny, it just went downhill. Why don’t you just be a person thats not overbearingly superficial? Thats not saying to be different, its saying that maybe if you were about people instead of caricatures then you wouldn’t be writing articles about ending all alone.

  • Entropica

    Do you have a superior tampon brand I should be throwing down on as well?

  • http://karyninny.com/ karyn

    shampoo should not have parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, or laureth sulfate. this is important for pretty hair and yes that means spendy. 

    expensive makeup is overrated. i think cover girl is made in the same factory next to ysl. it’s a rip. 
    perfume, on the other hand, ain’t no joke, the cheap shit will not do, and jo malone is really the only way to go in my book. 

    i’ll weigh in on the plastic surgery matter in another decade or two. 

    love you ryan.

    • https://twitter.com/iamthepuddles Jordana Bevan


      wait is putting SLS in shampoo actually a thing? ew something that protects my toofs shouldn’t go on my hair. sigh :(

      truth to the make up, not a huge difference between ysl/chanel and almay/covergirl… though there is a  HUGE difference between those and like N.Y.C.

    • a.

      A lot of the make-up brands may be owned by the big conglomerates, but that doesn’t mean the products are the same. Cheaper ingredients = cheaper products. My face is the first thing people see, so splurging on good foundation is a must. Oh, and from experience, the higher quality makeup brushes you can afford, go for it. Those can last years if you take care of them.

  • Mashka

    add to that : moisturizer. 

  • http://twitter.com/no_cazador hunter ray

    You basically copied my shopping list from when I got student loans.

  • Mandy

    your dad and my dad are the same person.

  • George T.

    As someone who has worn glasses since 7, I would put frames on that list. This is my face. This is the image I project out to the world. If I find frames that I love, I’m going to have to go with it. 

    and Yes, this is my way of justifying my new Paul Smith glasses.

  • Holly

    ryan, you’re so cute. i don’t get why people are hatin’– these are the kinds of articles (/tone/style) he’s always written. do people expect him to change overnight?

  • http://twitter.com/Flarfer Dave P

    You forgot toilet paper. Your ass, and those of your friends and lovers, deserve nothing but the very best.

    It’s only right and natural.

  • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans

    I use Suave because it’s what they sell at the gas station… #dark

  • kaylee

    My parents never let me get soda at restaurants either. My mom still spends copious amounts of time flipping through magazines for coupons and planning out the most gas-efficient way to travel from store to store. Sometimes she even gets paid to shop (and by this I mean a dollar off her next purchase). Is it worth it? I mean I just really don’t get it

  • Vicky

    Splurging on a good bed, shampoo, perfume … Totally agree! I’m with Karyn on the makeup. If you use good skin care, cleansers, moisturizers and eye creams etc you can use whatever makeup suits your skin color. It could be Cover Girl, or Chanel, Mabelline or whatever.
    I love you more than Karyn. This was another great piece.

  • Cait Durham

    I’ve scored four different people with the same perfume. It was a major selling point.. whether while we chatting or were actually in bed, it came up and they were all insane for it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508371039 Rayan Khayat

    omg I love to shopping

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  • Maria

    Your articles are always my favorite. Especially if they include the word “bougie”

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