10 Little Luxuries Under $10

All right, so the economy is in shreds at our feet. We’re saving more, playing less, and feeling a bit gloomy about it all, truth be told. Well, it turns out that treating yourself well doesn’t have to mean throwing caution to the wind. If you have ten bucks, the world is your oyster.

Follow Me on Pinterest | Posted: 23 Oct, 2008 by Margaret Mason

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  • Tweezerman Mini Slant Go Green Tweezer


    A travel version of the best tweezer in the entire world. So precise, you’ll wonder why you ever denied yourself.

    $9 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 23 Oct, 2008 by Margaret Mason
  • Mini Classic Gumball Machine


    Penny gumballs, no pennies required.

    via poppytalk

    $4 at Beau Coup | Buy

    | Posted 23 Oct, 2008 by Margaret Mason
  • Sweetness PJ Short


    $6 at Forever 21 | Buy

    | Posted 22 Oct, 2008 by Margaret Mason
  • Felt Tip Pen Set


    How long has it been since you colored?

    $5 at MoMAstore | Buy

    | Posted 22 Oct, 2008 by Margaret Mason
  • Maybelline Superstay


    Holy crap you guys, this is a miracle product. I bought some superstay by accident when I left my makeup behind on a trip, and now I can’t shut up about it. It’s a double-ended tube with a gloss on one side and a balm on the other. Apply the gloss let it dry, then apply the lip balm, and it stays on until you use a makeup remover to get it off. Seriously. More than once, I’ve woken bleary-eyed, wandered into the bathroom to brush my teeth, and spooked when I realized that I’m still rocking the crimson lips from my night out. What’s more, it feels like a stain, so you don’t even realize you’re wearing lipstick. Also, hello? It’s $10 a tube! So I bought five. My favorite color is wine, which is a bright red, but every one I’ve bought is a winner. Get this, ladies. You will not regret it.

    $9 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 04 Jul, 2007 by Margaret Mason
  • Lumiere Candleholders


    These ghostly glass candlesticks in soft, modern shapes are so cheap and elegant that you’ll be having breakfast, lunch, and dinner by candlelight.

    $5 at CB2 | Buy

    | Posted 13 Feb, 2006 by Margaret Mason
  • Love Nuts


    Love Nuts aren’t nearly so risqu’e as they sound, though they do come in a close second to sex.

    The lightly caramelized nuts are covered in silky milk chocolate, and then dusted with dark cocoa. They’re crunchy, creamy, a tiny bit salty, and more effective than Prozac. If have a touch of PMS, an irritable boss, or a tantrum-prone kid, these babies will pull you back from the edge.

    I like the cashews, but you can also get them in almond, hazelnut, pecan, and macadamia. At only ten bucks a bag, they make excellent, unique host gifts.

    $10 at Comparte's Chocolatier | Buy

    | Posted 13 Jun, 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme


    It’s unctuous, smooshy, soothing, and makes for a dreamy foot rub. Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme smells like coconut and peppermint, feels like walking through butter, and looks like a cross between a gel and a lotion. Your skin will drink it up.

    $8 at Drugstore.com | Buy

    (4 oz.)

    | Posted 25 Oct, 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Dagoba Dark Chocolate Lavender Bar


    Dagoba makes all kinds of organic, flavored chocolates. They have mint, coffee cinnamon, and chai; but lavender is the best of the lot. The bar is 59 percent cocoa, and the lavender essence is offset with dried wild blueberries. The effect is a crisp, tart flavor undercut by the deep bittersweet of the chocolate. Sprinkle a few shavings atop a chocolate torte, or add a square or two to a cup of hot coco. The spicy aftertaste will win you.

    $3 at World Wide Chocolate | Buy

    ($10 for a four-bar pack)

    | Posted 20 Oct, 2004 by Margaret Mason