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Are You Buying More or Less Beauty?

Traditionally when the economy sinks, people buy fewer things that they don't really need. Nothing groundbreaking there.

But a couple of girly treats are actually selling better now than they did before. Shoes are moving more than they were last year and in the UK, beauty sales are up. Cosmetics rose 7.4 percent between 2007 and 2008, with skincare up 6.7 percent during the same period.

Do you think you're buying more or less these days? I'm definitely buying more, and as I've tried countless times to explain to my bank manager, it's for the good of the country, not myself. This NARS lippy in Afghan Red ($58) for example. I didn't want it, I was just doing Australia a favour. It was a selfless act. Yeah, I don't believe me either . . .

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