Fash­ion

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Con­sider the cost-per-use for ev­ery pur­chase. Spend­ing more for a time­less, high-qual­ity piece that you’ll use reg­u­larly is def­i­nitely bet­ter than scrimp­ing on a low-qual­ity item that’ll col­lect dust in your closet af­ter a few months.

Suits, blaz­ers

If it’s some­thing you wear reg­u­larly, it makes sense to spend a lit­tle more on a well-made, durable and time­less piece of cloth­ing. Sure, that sleek, well-cut suit jacket may set you back by P5,000, but if its qual­ity al­lows you to wear it for five years, you’re ba­si­cally just pay­ing P800 a year for Cos­mopoli­tan it. What’s more, dress­ing to look your best in­creases your self-con­fi­dence and makes a good im­pres­sion in the work­place—a wor­thy ROI for your ca­reer fu­ture.

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Clas­sic bags

No, they don’t have to cost you three months’ pay, nor do they have to be overly ex­pen­sive de­signer brands. Pick sturdy, well-con­structed bags and shoes in real leather in shapes that will never go out of style, and opt for neu­tral col­ors or your fa­vorite hue you can wear over and over again.

Bras and shapewear

Get fit­ted pro­fes­sion­ally at the store and look for fig­ure-flat­ter­ing mod­els in black and nude. Good brands should last around seven to 10 years with care­ful wash­ing and thought­ful stor­age.

T-shirts and

Treat t-shirts as dis­pos­ables: Fre­quent use means re­peated wash­ing, which means a shorter shelflife. Trends come and go in the blink of a cat-eye, so you don’t want to blow a month’s salary for the “lat­est ” trend that will last two weeks. Start us­ing a good qual­ity one from a good brand in your 20s. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest, most sen­si­tive, and most prone to wrin­kles, so care for its elas­tic­ity as early as you can. Reg­u­lar ad­vice and care from a good der­ma­tol­o­gist will not only keep your skin as flaw­less as it can be through­out your life, it will also help you weed out use­less or dam­ag­ing prod­ucts, treat­ments, and fads.

fra­grances De­signer

Con­tain high­er­grade oils and less al­co­hol so their scent lasts longer de­spite fewer ap­pli­ca­tions.

Foun­da­tion

Your foun­da­tion needs to work hard to look good. Re­ward your skin by spend­ing a lit­tle more money on it.

Pick three no-fail, go-to shades you ab­so­lutely love—in a good, mois­tur­iz­ing for­mu­la­tion. Might cost more, but bet­ter than 10 cheap and cakey lip­pies that vanish af­ter just one sip of wa­ter.

A breed­ing ground for bac­te­ria, you’ll need to throw it away ev­ery three months any­way.

Lip­stick Mas­cara Fa­cial wash

There may be a dif­fer­ence be­tween a P150-face wash and a P1,500-cleanser with di­a­mond flakes and droplets from the Foun­tain of Youth. Let’s face it, though: most for­mu­las are pretty much the same, and they’ll touch your face for just a few sec­onds. high­light your as­sets, and be with you through the good times and the bad.

Clas­sic jew­elry

In­vest in pearl or di­a­mond ear­rings you can wear on any oc­ca­sion, and a min­i­mal­ist gold neck­lace you can wear from your 20s up to your 60s.

Trendy cos­tume jew­elry and trin­kets

will go out of style and wear out. Al­low your­self to have fun with fash­ion, but use a dis­cern­ing eye be­fore you buy. Think you’re sav­ing money by eat­ing in­stant noo­dles for din­ner ev­ery night? Give it some time ‘til your 40-yearold self starts pay­ing a heart sur­geon to get rid of the fat in your ar­ter­ies. Spend more on or­ganic, pes­ti­cide-free fruits and veg­gies—lighter on your body and on your pocket.

Pre­ven­tive health care and spe­cial­ists

Visit your doc­tor and den­tist reg­u­larly, at least ev­ery three to six months—you’ll save money (and per­haps even your life) in the long run.

Ex­er­cise and work­out clothes

No need to shell out P4,000 monthly at the gym. Find al­ter­na­tive sweat-busters: I lost weight work­ing out at home to Youtube ex­er­cise videos. Your

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