Beauty Budgeting: March Haul

As I mentioned previously, I’m really trying to stop buying things because I come across them in shops/online as my beauty buying is rather excessive. I end up buying products because they suddenly appeal to me and I’m losing that feeling of looking forward and planning what to buy and instead impulse buying. For the month of March, I set myself a goal: Only buy what I REALLY REALLY want/need.

I ended up being quite successful and only fell of the bandwagon once! And that one mistake wasn’t too costly so I didn’t feel guilty either. The first products I knew I HAD to get was the Revlon Lip Butters, I had been lusting over them for so long and they had been on my to-buy list for awhile now. So I picked up three and have also done an in-depth post on them too. They were 7.99 each and were on offer 3 for 2.

I only had one other thing on my to-buy list (I was being very good) and that was a dupe for Chanel’s Peridot nail polish. I absolutely love the colour of that polish however I can’t yet justify spending £17.50  on a nail polish. I love Chanel beauty products and have bought them before, but I don’t think I’ll use a nail polish enough to justify spending so much on it. For those who know they’ll use the polish a lot, I guess for them it will be worth it. Luckily for me however there is an amazing dupe for it by Topshop called ‘Hidden Treasure’. I have swatched the Chanel ‘Peridot’ before and the Topshop dupe is pretty much identical in my opinion. For £6 it’s almost a third of the price of ‘Peridot’. I actually had a bit of trouble finding ‘Hidden Treasure’ as I went to Topshop in two shopping centres and they told me they didn’t have any in, as it’s the most popular colour and always sells out. I eventually found on Oxford Street and can sort of understand now why they named it ‘Hidden Treasure’

The last product I picked up was this lip gloss by Collection 2000. The Collection 2000 Cream Puff (Moisturising Lip Cream) in Fairy Cake. I didn’t even plan to buy it but a friend was picking it up and it caught my attention. She was saying how it’s a dupe for her favourite NYX lip gloss (the texture,finish and pigment not the colour) and after comparing the two lip glosses side by side, everything was exactly the same except from the label. They had the same consistency and the same smell. I had heard some good things about it so I ended up picking it up even though I wasn’t supposed to. The finish is matte and it is really pigmented. The only negative thing is that I find it quite drying, it’s more like a matte lipstick opposed to a moisturising lip gloss. However, moisturising my lips previous to applying the lip gloss meant that my lips didn’t dry out so I guess I can’t complain too much. Plus it was only 2.99 and worth every penny.

That’s it, that’s all I purchased for the month of March in terms of beauty related items. For me this is definitely a change as I impulse buy a lot and I think that maybe making a list of what I REALLY want, and sticking to it is the way forward! I still haven’t decided on what I want for April, but the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks seem rather nice and are also on 3 for 2. Although maybe having six lip butter-esque lipsticks are slightly excessive. Maybe the new Model’s Own Beetlejuice in Indian Ocean. I need a matte topcoat but I’m still deciding which on to settle for.

What do you think about sticking to a set shopping list, do you do it? Or are you like me and guilty of impulse buying? Any suggestions to what I should pick up this month at all? Let me know your thoughts.

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    • ah I’m guilty of seeing sparkly things and buying them simply for that reason, we’re like magpies! The polish is amazing, like metal on nails!

  1. That nail polish looks exactly Peridot, I was actually going to buy it but thank God I came across this post otherwise I’d have blown some money away!

    • It is gorgeous, I was wearing it yesterday and was getting some lovely comments on it too! Really has saved me a bit of money there

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