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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

How Much Money I Spent On Makeup This Month #9 (The Spending Ban Edit)


My boyfriend and I spent quite a lot of money during the Summer holidays so we decided to cut back entirely on buying makeup, home decor, books and fashion staples in the month of September. The first 2, makeup and home decor, are my own personal obsession and the following, books and clothing, my boyfriend's. We also decided to only go out for dinner once a week and go to the movies solely using the weekly free ticket I receive from Orange. Previous to us deciding on doing the spending ban I had already scheduled a day trip to London and it would have been a pity if I hadn't allowed myself to do just a little bit of shopping, so that was labeled a special occasion. Did everything go according to plan? Am I so addicted to makeup that I broke the spending ban? Let's have a look!

- Week 1

- No makeup expenses €0

Week one started off great - I realised I'd actually ran out of my 2B CC cream and hadn't stocked up on it, like I thought I did. My current foundation routine consist of mixing the 2B cream with my Maybelline Luminous + Smooth foundation, so that had to change as I was determined not to break the spending ban just yet. I looked at my makeup stash and, in the end, picked out the 2B Illumiating Correcting Cream, it's similar to the CC cream but not quite right when it comes to the undertone when used as a foundation.

-Week 2

- Natural Collection Blush £1.99 / €2.26
- Pack of 6 Miracle Complexion Sponges £16.64 / €18.92
- 2X Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder £7.49 / €8.52
- Primark Instaglow Deluxe Highlighter Brush £6 / €6.82
- Collection Instant Brow Pomade £3.99 / €4.54

This was my London trip, I know it looks like I've been quite modest, which I was, but I'd actually planned on buying some Fenty Beauty makeup! Fenty Beauty is Rihanna's new makeup line and even though it launched worldwide and I can buy it from Sephora France online, I thought I'd pass by at Harvey Nichols in London to see all this Fenty makeup for myself. You should have seen the disappointment in my face when I arrived at the department store, there was a queue that went around the building! I kinda gave up at that point, there was no way I was going to queue for hours after a long day of shopping, so me and my girlfriend just went straight to Covent Garden for some well deserved soup.

- Week 3

-  No makeup expenses €0

If you are up to date with my latest blog posts, you know that I've been having a lot of issues with acne for the past 2 months. I've had clear skin my whole life and I am absolutely determined to make sure it's going to be clear again so I placed an order on Deciem for some The Ordinary skin care. I've seen this brand trending on Instagram and I originally thought it was very expensive until I randomly decided to google them one day. I placed a €30 order for 4 products and I received it within days after that. I'm planning on reviewing every single product I bought but so far I'm very impressed, especially with the Salicylic Acid Solution.

- Week 4

- No makeup expenses €0

The last week of the spending ban was really hard. I grew tired of the fact that my foundation didn't match my face and that I could't spend the money in my bank account on whatever I wanted. I was surprised at the amount of money I saved but the list of things that I wanted to buy got increasingly larger. Don't get me wrong, I definitely forgot about some makeup or home decor I wanted to shop, which means I didn't need them for sure, but it was frustrating to say the least.


Total amount of money spent on makeup this month: €49.58

Total amount of money spent in January €68.23
Total amount of money spent in February €87.21
Total amount of money spent in March €53.47
Total amount of money spent in April €40.91
Total amount of money spent in May €44,28
Total amount of money spent in June €76.36
Total amount of money spent in July €52.87
Total amount of money spent in August €149.39


All in all I actually have to say that everything went very well. It's not unusual for me to spend €50 on makeup in one month but me and my boyfriend did manage to save up to €400 doing this spending ban! I never thought we'd save so much! It kinda proves how much we love to spend though - and go out to eat. I noticed that I was very tempted to just go out and not have to worry about dinner. On the other hand, I do understand why I'd be tempted because we never really go out at night in the first place - so when we go out to eat it's kind of the moment where we interact with the rest of the world, apart from the times when we go out for drinks of course (which was not part of the spending ban). I am very happy though that we did this during the Fall time, it's not as sad to stay in and cosy up on the sofa, as it is during Spring or Summer!

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2 comments

  1. Kudos to you for sticking to your setting these goals and sticking to them! I'm feeling quite inspired to follow your example upon seeing how much you've saved! I'm looking forward to your The Ordinary reviews! I've read and seen mixed reviews on them--some good and some not so good. I would imagine that this is the type of product that is very personal. The way reacts on one person's skin can be quite different to how it reacts on someone else. That said, it's always good to read skin product reviews so as to make an educated purchase!

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  2. Thanks! That sounds awesome, let me know how it goes if you do! I haven't really read any in dept reviews about The Ordinary, not even prior to placing my order, only which products would be best of acne prone skin. I understand that you might be skeptical about such a hyped brand, I am/was too - can't wait to share my review with you! Xxx

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