Here's my list of cheap and not so cheap thrills:
The Infrashine 1-inch ceramic straightener rocks. After a recommendation from a friend a few years back. I decided to upgrade from my cheapo version. It's still going strong almost four years later.
I love this Hot Tools curling iron. Aside from it being aesthetically pleasing with its lovely gold plate, it also works great. This is more of an in-between priced item. So worth the few extra bucks. I don't use the clamp, and it's rumored you can remove it. I'm not sure I'm handy enough to do so but you go girl if you can.
Covergirl NatureLuxe foundation was a great find. That damn T Swift commercial reeled me in, but I'm glad! It has decent coverage without feeling caked on, and dries somewhere right between dewy and matte.
Dry shampoo. Such a great invention. I have dry hair and can't wash it more than a few times a week, and sometimes a spritz of these help carry me through without looking like a hot oily mess. Both the Not Your Mother's and the Garnier are great options at a fraction of the price of their higher end cousins.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. I usually cannot justify spending so much on one beauty product, but I'm a firm believer in investing in something that will both last long and be used daily. Not to mention that once you find your signature scent, you can't just let it get away.