In 2016, I spent $6,000 on beauty products. eep.
As I mentioned in my post on the subject, it’s not like I got $6,000 worth of enjoyment from it, sadly. I vowed to make some changes, so I’m going to check in periodically for as long as it seems interesting to share how my attempt to balance a beauty blog (I need products to test and review! ahaha) and my more deliberate spending is going.
I set a few goals for my spending in 2017:
- no beauty subscription boxes
- no more hauling for the sake of a deluxe sample
- no rushing to buy new kbeauty releases unless I truly want them
- $250/month budget
- planning what I want in advance
- avoid the Sephora sale page (my weakness)
So, how did I do?
What I bought
I missed the cancellation window and received a January bag. What was in it? I honestly didn’t remember until I tracked that photo of my bag down. Ipsy has been great, but I clearly don’t need the products.
Regret/happiness level: ehh, I wish I had canceled before the cutoff, but it’s not a bad bag and the cost is reasonable.
Price: $10 (monthly membership fee) + $36.67 (products plus shipping)
What I hauled:
This palette launched Monday, and I’m excited to see how the quality of the shadows compares to others in my collection.
I know everyone is desperately waiting for swatches of the foundation, so I grabbed a bottle to test.
The hosts of the Fat Mascara podcast utterly raved about this liner, so I need to get one. I don’t think I have a single perfect lip liner, so my fingers are crossed.
Regret/happiness level: I’m excited about these products. I just ordered them Monday, so I have no idea what to expect. I hope that the DHL shipping, for which I paid extra, will result in them arriving soon!
Cult Beauty: Sunday Riley Good Genes + 5ml Luna Oil
Price: £70.83 – £15 gift card from my AMAZINGGG Cult Beauty Goody Bag GWP = £55.83 aka. $72.04
Team, I really like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, which is unfortunate because it’s one of the most flagrantly expensive skincare products I’ve encountered that I’d still consider buying. I have 15 alternative lactic acids that I’m testing now in hopes of finding a dupe or, failing that, some really good alternatives that cost less. But, yeah, this is just as good as everyone says imo.
Regret/happiness level: I got Good Genes for $72 AND grabbed a Luna sample. $72!!!! Given that Good Genes alone costs $105 plus tax here, the lowest I could hope to pay (during the 20% off Sephora VIB Rouge Sale) would be $91.35 once tax is factored in. I saved almost $20 thanks to the Cult Beauty gift card thrown in with my ~also free~ gift with purchase goody bag. You can probably see why I’m on fire for CB, right?
I’ve been wanting to try Viseart shadows for awhile, so my birthday was the perfect time to buy a palette I totally don’t need lol. I grabbed my Sephora birthday gift (available your whole birth month, in store or online) and entered code PICKTWO to grab two deluxe samples (I love those baby Beauty Blenders).
I opened and swatched the Viseart palette tonight and omg it’s hottt. I can’t wait to play with it while I should be running out the door to work. ahaha
Regret/happiness level: This is the kind of excitement that was missing when I shopped more frequently, woot!
Price: $24 + $4 shipping
Team, notice, I paid for shipping rather than buy something I don’t need to qualify for free shipping. This is major.
I grabbed this because Caroline Hirons is really critical of products that don’t work. I hoped her collaboration item would Pixi might be awesome.
Regret/happiness level: Yeah, it’s awesome imo. I have a few reservations about some secondary things, but the product itself is dead-on fantastic. I’m sensitive to one of the cleansing cream ingredients, but the formula is probably great for most skin. Review coming soon-ish!
eBay: Laura Mercier 4pc Gift Set and Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleansing Emulsion deluxe samples
Price: $10.35 for the Laura Mercier set and $10 for the Korres samples.
I made a deal with myself: if samples exist for stuff that’s at Sephora, I need to order them, try them, and only then buy. I’ve wanted to try Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer for awhile now, and the set was the cheapest way to get a good-sized sample of it. The sample arrived today and it’s totally wrong for my skin, so I’m happy I went the cheap route!
I meant to buy a sample of the Korres Greek Yoghurt cleansing foam, but managed to buy the emulsion by mistake LOL. So that’s something to try not to do next month: order the wrong thing. ahahaha
Regret/happiness level: the Korres emulsion isn’t actually bad and I’m glad I didn’t buy a full tube of the tinted moisturizer. I’m happy to be sticking to my samples first resolution.
Total for January 2017: $226.94 (my goal was under $250)
Thoughts: I did just fine! I think I need to stick with my goals and review them later, but I’m excited about the stuff I bought, I think I got some good deals, and I didn’t overspend, woot!
Wait…did I buy zero kbeauty this month?!?! Well, I have…uhh…a lot of products already that I need to test and review, but wow. WOW. I didn’t even realize that until now, huh.
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