The problem isn’t the money. Well, it’s sort of the money lol. But if I spent $6,000 and got mountains of enjoyment from it, I wouldn’t be bummed.
Instead, I spent a lot and I have a ton of things I really don’t need and don’t use. I think I can get more enjoyment from the products I decide to buy if I’m a bit more deliberate about what I select.
I’m trying to spend no more than $250 on products — and only products I’m excited about — each month.
So here we are, ready to tally up the bill for this month! I reigned it in extra hard because I knew I need to pay my annual hosting bill for the blog, which is kinda huge (I have a really good host, so no regrets). And then I sort of slacked and almost hit my monthly spending limit, FAK!
What I Bought This Month: February 2017 Edition
Team, I grabbed my full-size Beauty Blender from the kitchen counter where it was drying in the dark, thought it was a desiccated lime (I’m hopeless when it comes to cleaning), and threw it out. fuccccckkk. Those fuckers cost $20 each!
I just…can’t spend $20 on a makeup sponge, sorry, this family has two doctorates worth of student loans and also TWENTY BUCKS FOR A SPONGE. Like, a great brush will last for awhile, but don’t you need to toss Beauty Blenders after a bit even if you buy the real ones?
Anyway, I almost cracked and just bought the damn thing, but then I looked up these Real Techniques sponges, saw this set that includes the dead useful minis and bought it on Prime for less than the cost of one real Beauty Blender. I just started to test these, but they seem totally fine. Nice one, self.
I got a mini tube of this shower oil (but really…just…shower gel) in my Cult Beauty haul and I love it. It feels good, it smells good, it lathers up nicely. There’s a bunch of French on the tube, so I feel like I’m really classy when using this even though I’m applying it in my sorta mildewy shower in Queens.
I have found the ultimate purple shampoo for blonde/blond hair: this one. I grab the set because it ends up being more economical, but the shampoo is really where it’s at. I’ve never used a shampoo with such gentle surfactants. I’m tempted to recommend it to people with super sensitive scalps who don’t have blond/e hair, it’s that good. On top of that, it’s this crazily pigmented, rich purple, so it will tone the fuck out of your brassy hair. Pravana is theoretically only sold to salons, but you can find their stuff on Amazon. Chel from Holy Snails first told me about this brand and DAMN they treat my hair right.
Monthly Beauty Pie membership: $10
Urgh, I finally received my latest Beauty Pie stuff (bought last month) and yikes. The lip pencil is divine, the foundation might work, but that smoky palette… LORD! (and not in a good way) I need to swatch the palette and post some photos, but suffice to say that I am not impressed with the formula of the shadows.
Charis Lucky Box: $19.99 (now sold out)
This lucky box from a Korean company I’ve never heard of before should show up soon and it could contain just about anything. So far, when I’ve checked the #charisluckybox and the #charis_official tags on IG I’ve been feeling kinda meh about the boxes people actually got aside from the boxes sent to influencers. ahem Fingers crossed that this is good.
2 bottles of the 2017 version of Biore UV AQUA RICH Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++: $12.75 and $14.45
This is the new edition of Bioré’s beloved Watery Essence sunscreen — except now water resistant. EEE! I’m SO nervous about the reformulation that I grabbed bottles from two different sellers so I can test this and report back ASAP. The previous (baby blue tube) version is the one that made me a daily sunscreen user, so I NEED THIS TO BE GOOD OMFG DONT FAIL ME BIORE. My bottles just arrived, so I posted some first impressions and an ingredient list.
I’ve never actually tried the Watery Gel version of my fav sunscreen, so I grabbed the new version to test. It’s 90ml of product versus 50ml of the Watery Essence and about the same price, so ayyy, awesome if I end up liking it more. This just arrived, so I posted some first impressions and an ingredient list.
LJH just released this cleansing water and I was like ehh because I’m not super into cleansing water and also I’m lazy and don’t want to screw around with a buying service to get it from Korea. What changed? Glow Recipe released the product, like, the same day it came out in Korea, I checked out the ingredient list and it looks goooood, and I happened to have a coupon. Ding fucking dong. First impression is that it’s super gentle and doesn’t smell offensive. Totally fine for a morning cleanse (but I much prefer a full double cleanse in the evening). I’ll report back soon.
If you want to try this or something else from Glow Recipe, here are some $15-off coupons that the blog earned thanks to referring new customers to the shop (first come, first discounted):
I really like these cottons because they don’t leave lint all over my face and they feel soft.
Ok, honestly…I buy them to hit cart minimums at Sephora. ahahaha I mean, I like them and they’re useful and they don’t seem extravagant and they help me get deluxe samples. lol
This is the only brow pencil that manages to be light enough for my hair while also ash enough to keep me from looking like I have red brows. I attempted to switch to a Beauty Pie pencil, but it just didn’t hit the extreme ash mark that I prefer.
I’ve been dying to try this peel/facial since seeing the combination of crazy acids and pink packaging that makes me think I’m going to do something deeply regrettable/Instagrammable with it. The full-size version is eighty-fuckin’-dollars, so I broke my “no hauling to get deluxe samples” rule and snatched up two of these babies. I’m nervous about slapping this on my face while adjusting to Differin (see below), but I’ll have thoughts soon.
Viseart, makers of amazing eyeshadow, made a credit-card-size palette that’s $30, I had no choice about this one after falling in love with the Theory Chroma III mini palette I bought myself for my birthday last month. I just played with the sparkly shadows this morning and dayum, SO NICE.
I’ve been using my Curology prescription — my first ever prescription for acne — for 2 and a half years omg. I sort of go on and off with it, but I’d love to have a ride-or-die, clear everything up treatment. When I heard that Differin 0.1% is now available over the counter in the US helllllllloooo I grabbed a one-month supply. I’m just over a week in and def purging, but in that good, productive way, you know? Like shit’s coming up that needs to come up. I’ll give it like three months and then review it — certainly rebuying the three-month supply tube (especially because I blow through it fast).
For all those inevitable kbeauty x popcorn moments.
What I spent: $235.35
OMG I had no idea until I got out the calculator that I came that close to busting past my $250/month limit! SHIT!
What Looks Good for Next Month
New Pat McGrath product
Pat posted a video of a forthcoming product on her Instagram and it looks like just the sort of ultra-pigmented, super fun product that gets me feeling spendy. I’m setting aside some $$$ for this.
Possible new Cult Beauty Goody Bag
In the early days of March in 2016, Cult Beauty dropped one of their amazing gift-with-purchase goody bags. I’m preparing my to-buy list at CB in hopes of grabbing another one. Wondering why I’m obsessed? Check out the November CB Goody Bag and weep — it contained some of my favorite products from last year.
I wanted to haul a few things from Beautibi this month and I literally held off so I wouldn’t have to update this post. ahahaha Here’s what’s in my cart:
- mini Thank You Farmer Cleansing Water
- 23.5 N travel size Rice Soothing Gel Mask
- 23.5 N travel size Oriental Beauty Tea Balancing Gel Mask
- Wishing U Dried Biocellulose masks
Anyone else trying to scale it back in 2017? I’m a bit nervous about next month’s tally — I’m about to face a Pat McGrath/Cult Beauty double whammy, I fear!
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