Time To Stop Spending Money On Makeup

Time To Stop Spending Money On Makeup

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]‘ve spent a huge amount of money lately on makeup and beauty. Like, a huge amount. I have basically bought a whole new face between the beginning of June and now. I’m not even exaggerating. So much makeup, so much skincare, so much money.

Annoyingly, all of my makeup and stuff seemed to run out at the same time. Or at least, that’s what I’ve told myself. I also upgraded a few things, like highstreet orange BB creams to something a bit nicer, and cakey foundations to something a bit smoother. All came at a price.

I’ve become a very firm believer in the idea that quality is everything when it comes to what you’re putting on your face. That isn’t to say that I don’t love a bargain, or an amazing dupe, but sometimes I think its just necessary to go for something a little pricier that you know will last longer, look better, and make you feel on top of your life. A present for the soul, if you will.

And trust me, sometimes it goes wrong. Sometimes the expensive stuff is absolutely awful, and sometimes you can get a bargain Touche Eclat dupe from L’Oreal and the world is whole again. It all depends on the research you do into the product your buying.

For example, for years I used the Bobbi Brown eyeliner pots. Years and years. Then I switched to highstreet liquid eyeliners, and now, following an exciting trip to a Canadian supermarket, I’m back on eyeliner pots. This time, e.l.f for a whopping C$4 a pop. And y’know what? I think it’s better than anything I’ve ever used before. It’s stronger and deeper than the Bobbi Brown pots, and longer wearing than liquid pens. All in all, I’m going to be using it every day for the rest of my life.

Then again, budget eyeshadows tend to be a bit meh. My Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette hasn’t been used in months. Instead I’ve been using my Naked 2 Basics Palette and occasionally sneaking some of my sisters Tarte stuff. The pigment is just better and longer lasting.

So with all this new makeup, I’ve set myself a little challenge. I’ve bought it all, now I’m going to use it all. No more makeup buying indefinitely. I literally have no reason to buy more, and no need to restock anything. As I say, I have enough for a whole new face. Operation finish everything has begun.

Time to hit pan on bronzers, blushes and highlighters, and scrape the bottom of the foundation bottle.

Lol. Let’s see how long this lasts…


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  • I always try to do this – its easy with the boring but necessary make up bits like powder but harder when it comes to eyeshadow palettes and foundations! I always try to have a clear out every so often as well it try to make using up some of my make up easier. It shocks me how much I can spend on make up! haha

    madi x

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  • Yasmin Rebecca says:

    I am a sucker for this, I have soooo many eyeshadow palettes that I never ever run out! I definitely need to stop and just enjoy the makeup collection I have. Good luck haha!

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

  • Jessie Lewis says:

    My makeup ALWAYS runs out at the same time too! I’m currently running low on foundation, mascara and brow gel. It costs a bloody fortune! I’ve gotten really good at not buying things that I don’t need though. I stick to my daily essentials now (though I’m eyeing up the Naked Heat palette!) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Very Much Mia says:

    If you stick with this plan, you’ll definitely be saving a lot! Purchasing new makeup can add up pretty quickly, especially with all the new products that come out every day and seem to only get pricier, haha! I agree that drugstore eyeshadows tend to disappoint, but there are a lot of great face makeup product dupes from the drugstore out there!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • Lucy says:

    I always tell myself, no more buying makeup for the sake of it – but I clearly have no willpower and I just end up buying something that takes my fancy. I’m going to try my best to follow in your footsteps for the rest of this month at least, as I certainly have enough makeup to keep me going!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Lisa Kristin says:

    In summer, I automatically go on a beauty spending ban because I just can’t be bothered to be experimental with my makeup! However, as soon as autumn hits and all the berry lipsticks, bronze eyeshadows and beautiful blush palettes hit the shelves, I can only watch my pennies fly out of my bank account 😀

  • Emma Hart says:

    I’ve been trying to upgrade my makeup bag gradually by spending money on more quality stuff but it’s a pain in the backside when it comes to replacing them, or when they’re just not as good. Eyeshadow and foundation are always things I will spend a bit more money on though. I did just buy a primer from Primark though which is amazing and only a fiver – thank goodness quality doesn’t always have to cost a fortune!

  • dreamofadventures says:

    I recently started spending more on quality make up and I’m quite happy about it. Like you mentioned about doing research, that is something I have started to do before I test out products. I’ve also found now that I am taking the time to pick my make up, my face is much clearer because I am buying the right products it needs =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • Cindy says:

    I’m with you on feeling like I spend wayyyy too much on beauty/skincare products (and when I say feel, I mean know). Growing up I was definitely snobbier about brands and thinking a good product couldn’t come from a cheaper brand. But over time I’ve learned that drugstore versions can be just as good, if not better, than high end products (i.e. mascara). And I’m with you – I ALWAYS run out of skincare products at the same time. So while I have a nice big empties group, I have the horror of trying out new skincare products together. Sometimes it works out cause I just use backups of some of my HG products haha. Good luck with using more things up – we all need to do a little more of this!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • I’m so in love with the Bareminerals Complexion Rescue tinted moisturiser. Absolutely amazing product that is worth every single penny. I’m the same, I have a small amount of makeup that I love. I’ve been toying with buying an eye shadow palette though as that’s the only thing I’m missing. Do you find the Naked 2 basics has enough variety for a few different looks?

    • Imii Mace says:

      The Naked 2 Basics is really very basic if you want to create anything other than a taupe smokey eye. I never ever wear eyeshadow so I’m happy with it on the odd occasion that I wear it. For a more varied palette I’d definitely recommend something with more options like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (http://rstyle.me/n/creevzcbiap) or the complete Naked 2 palette. xx

  • Elise B says:

    I am currently trying to do this as well, it can be pretty hard not to be swayed to buy new makeup bits but I think I am doing well so far.

    zekalin.com

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