Thursday, 23 August 2012

Beauty Spending Ban

Hello blog friends!

I was a bit surprised to notice that I was quite poor last week. Boyfriend asked what on earth I'd spent all my money on and I acted outraged but secretly thought 'uh oh - I've bought quite a lot of beauty products this month'

I put off checking my online banking last week but decided it was time to face facts this weeks. The facts are not pretty.

I should point out that I never buy clothes. Well, very rarely. I'm no clothes horse and have virtually no sense of style. Clothes, shoes, bags - these are not things I spend my money on. Buying clothes is painful for me. I am often to be found squawking that I have nothing to wear and it's absolutely true - you would be shocked if you saw the contents of my wardrobe.

Beauty products, hair products, make up - these are a real obsession for me and this is where my money goes. I suppose it goes back to when I was 17 and first developed acne. My (much older) best friend took me to the Lancome counter, where she was a frequent visitor, to see if there was anything they could do to help me. There was. They sold me over £130 worth of products in one go and I was hooked from that moment on.

Even as the years passed and I became responsible for bills, mortgage payments etc, I always made sure I had the make up and skin care I wanted. I remember when I bought my first house and had virtually no furniture - I still had Chanel moisturiser in my bathroom!

But I think I've reached a record this month. I will spare you the details but suffice to say I have spent WAY too much on beauty this month.

I've decided to attempt a beauty product spending ban. I don't need anything at the minute, I have heaps of unopened products I haven't even tried yet so I will aim to use these up. There's a big difference between 'want' and 'need'.

Have you ever done a spending ban? Have you any tips for me?

Wish me luck!


  1. I'm with ya girl, my spending is getting rediculous- over £300 on beauty products this month- eek! Try and not look on websites, thats the killer & post about products you have re-fallen in love with. AND STAY AWAY FROM THE LANCOME COUNTER. (my god at 17 I thought spending £7.99 on foundation was crazy) xxxxxx

    1. It's just so easily done isn't it?? I'm ashamed to say I went over the £300 mark too, hence the ban. I've banned myself from beauty websites, good tip. Luckily I've got plenty of products yet to review. I started my beauty obsession early didn't I?? xx

  2. I have started a project pan and am blogging all about it. I am finding that it is helping me stay on track (kinda). It basically means that I am not allowed to buy things unless i have used up a certain amount of products. I just hate how hard it is, I always forget how long it actually takes to use a whole product up.

    1. That's a good idea, I might include some 'spending ban updates' to keep me focused. It is so hard, there are so many products I want to try out there! xx


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