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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Makeup Spending Ban Tips & Tricks

Recently i decided to go through all of my makeup and see how much i actually had. I think i shocked myself at how many products i have and the amount which havent even been used yet. Everyone i know says they cant believe how much i buy and how often. I am your typical shopoholic! I go shopping every week without fail and can end up spending a fortune on products. I go with a plan and a list of what i need then i come out with £70 extra worth of things! So i have decided to go on a Makeup Spending Ban for 30 days. 30 days might not seem alot but considering i shop every week on a very large scale a month will be a long time for me. If it goes well i hope to go longer than the 30 days but i dont want to get ahead of myself.

Makeup Spending Ban Tips & Tricks

As i mentioned the reason im doing this whole "spending ban" is because i realised how much makeup i actually own and how many products havent been used. I counted some of the products i own and it turned out....

Foundation - 27
Blusher - 38
Primer - 12
Concealer - 16
Please note i have only included the main products and not included any of my bronzers,powders, eye makeup etc...

To some i dont know if that is alot or not but to me 27 foundations is ridiculous and there isnt even two of the same! When i told my mum she couldnt believe im still buying more when i have all that. So from today i am not buying any makeup products at all for 30 days. It will be a struggle! The ban is also on clothes not just makeup so i wanted to do a post to share some of my tips of how i will stick to the ban.

1. Delete any clothes/beauty related apps off your phone. I tend to check them out everyday and see something i want so i buy it as its so easy to do on your phone...too easy!

2. When you receive those emails shouting 20% off or free postage dont even open them just delete them! I get at least 5 or more a day so i am now just deleting them without opening them.

3. As i own so much makeup i am going to be using those products and finding old favourites in the process, just make sure to switch it up now and again so it feels like you are using new products.

4. De Clutter your wardrobe and find items you forgot about and try them in different ways.

5. Work out roughly how much you spend on makeup/clothes on a weekly basis and put that money away each week. This way you will have a good end result and you can use the money for something more productive...A holiday, paying off debts etc...

6. If you really struggle and want to try new products ask friends/family if they have any products they dont use or have a clothes swap. You are still getting the buzz of something new without having to fork out a penny!

7. During the 30 days if you see products you want to try write them down then at the end of the 30 days see which ones you still want.

I hope you found at least one of these tips useful as i know i will be sticking by them and see how i get on after 30 days. Once the 30 days are up i will do another post to let you know how i get on and if i will be doing it for longer. I am also going to do a post on my makeup collection/storage soon.

Have you ever been on a spending ban?


  1. These are such good tips! I was planning to go on a spending ban in january but that didn't work out as the recent beauty haul on my blog shows... Good luck with yours though! x

  2. I need to join you on this spending ban. I use the benefit foundation too but I can't part with it, even if it is pricey. Nothing can compare to it!

  3. I've actually been thinking about doing this myself - you're right, sometimes it's good to just shop your stash and save your cash. xo

    Lauren // The Beauty Ideal

  4. I've been doing a spending ban pretty much myself recently! I went through such a huge phase October - December where I was just buying so much, and now I really don't even feel the need to shop! My bank accounts enjoying it thats for sure :) its nice to just treat yourself occasionally as well instead of just constantly shopping!

  5. Great tips! I think I could probably benefit from doing this too. Good luck with it.


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  7. Wow, I thought my makeup collection was extensive! These are great tips for sticking to a spending ban though, thanks for sharing. :)

    Nicola | Cream of the Frock

  8. When February started I was going to go on a spending hiatus... which lasted until about February 2nd! I really need to cool it for a little while. My new motto is "Shop your stash!"

    Great post!

  9. I really need to go on a spending ban too... But being a makeup junkie is very hard indeed x]

  10. I really need to do this! I do love the satisfaction of actually using up makeup products, especially hitting ban on an eyeshadow!

  11. I admit my mouth fell open a little when I saw 27 foundations! My lipsticks are getting a little out of hand to be honest...I should probably employ this little ban soon. That last tip is super helpful, and actually something I do sometimes! It really does help.

  12. Haha, wow I definitely feel ya! I had to move countries a few years back and had to REALLY think about what I want to take with me .. I had a huuuuge box of makeup that I had a hard time parting with .. as I got older, and wiser I've realized that I don't even use more than half of the things I own. I mean, I can't just cake on every single piece of make up that I have. So it's always good to declutter. Actually doing the same with my clothes .. just sticking to what I've actually worn in the past 3 months, everything else is going to the back of the closet or donated!

    But 27 foundations .. wow. I'm only at 5.
    Ree //

  13. I definitely need to join in on this spending ban! You're so right about the emails, they always tempt me with the 20% discounts and other offers and I get so many a day too!
    Good luck with it! :)

    Becki |


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