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Budgeting for Beauty Part Trois – how to save your pennies.

So, lately I’ve been bingeing on makeup. Honestly, nobody needs this much make-up, and it’s starting to feel a little wasteful.  But sometimes it’s so hard to walk away from products when I feel like I’m getting a “deal”.  I am ashamed to admit that sometimes I don’t even realize I have bought make-up/beauty products until I get home and dig them out of the shopping bags. Yes, I know – smh.  Well, I’m considering doing a no-buy or project pan type of thing.  But like a real addict, I’m going to have to go on one last binge/hit before I can go cold-turkey.

In the meantime, here are some rules I have made to curb the cravings.

Ignore the coupons! Just because CVS prints out the coupons doesn’t mean you now have to spend $40 on make-up just to use a $4off coupon:(

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel LIner- bought with $4 off coupon so practically free.

Ignore the make-up section at the grocery store!  You are here for milk and sugar and maybe some sausage, NOT to cruise the make-up aisle.

L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara – $8 on clearance rack instead of $12

Don’t use the drugstore as your ATM machine!  Well, depending on what you buy to get the cash back feature and avoid ATM machine fees, this one could be flexible.  I mean really, 99c for a lipstick and cashback, instead of $3 in ATM fees makes sense… right?

Wet’n’Wild 99c Lipstick

Ignore the clearance section! Just because it’s now $2 instead of $7 doesn’t make it more likely that you will use it.  How many lippies do you need woman?

Revlon Lipgloss on clearnace for less tahn $3

And most importantly, ignore the limited time sales.  Some time back NARS had a limited time sale (up to 50% off) for insiders on their email list.  It took me forever to decide what items I wanted, then I had to rush to put my order through before it all ended.  You know what my RUSHED impulse buy got me – NARS make-up cleansing oil. Which is mainly just mineral oil.  If I had read the ingredient list, instead of rushing,I WOULD NOT HAVE PAID $20+ FOR FRIGGING MINERAL OIL. Just saying.

The sorry, unused lot that “saved” me money:)

Sigh, to this day, all of these items remain unopened, therfore they didn’t really save me any money – no matter how cheap they were.

What items have you picked up lately.  How do you know when too much is too much?  Does that limit even exist?  

EDIT*  Here are the results of my hopefully final hit before trying to go cold turkey.  I mean, it doesn’t hurt to splurge a little every once in a while.  I picked up these slightly more pricey items recently, and have already used all of these items.  Plus, except for the YSL, I picked these up at the Las Vegas CCO, so I really did save some money here. 

Estee Lauder Soft Clean cleanser, MAC eyebrow pencil in Spiked, YSL Touche Eclat #6.5 and Tom Ford Lipstick in Reckless

I’m putting that image of the LV epi Alma everywhere I look.  Trust me, very soon that baby will come home to me:)

Thanks for stopping by and stay blessed.

ahhhsoneo

AhhhsoNeo loves writing about beauty, fashion and prosperity from the point of view of the every day woman.

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