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Monday, 9 May 2011

My Shopping List: May Refills

As I've been using up a number of products lately, I have found that a shopping list has been required to keep track! One of the best part of beauty budgeting is the anticipation of the purchase. I keep a running list of products that I've used up and will be buying again. On the opposite side of the same paper, I keep a list of things that I may not need, but that I would like to keep in mind as future options. These lists really help me ignore impulse shopping! I was in Sephora the other day to buy my mom her favourite face cream for Mother's Day. My mother uses Fresh Black Tea face cream. I won't even elaborate on it. It's $110 a pop Canadian. Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you, but your sensitive skin and expensive tastes bankrupt me   during the holidays! It's the least I can do, right. Wink.

If I didn't have my wits and my lists, I would never be able to splurge on gifts like that for others. Life is all about balance!

I try to limit my monthly beauty expenditures to $100. I don't necessarily need to spend it, so it can stockpile if I don't need to replenish. If something tickles my fancy, I know I can only spend on it if I really want it or really need it. There is no negotiating that number. With that $100 limit, I am able to put a healthy amount of money into savings, and I know my bills will be paid and there will be no debt. I truly believe that this strict budget has allowed me to purchase that which I only need or love. I wasn't always this bright, though. That's why I have 5 blushes that look exactly like Benefit Coralista! I don't even wear corals that often! How did I end up with so many of the same? Impulse! That's how.

To fight the impulse, I would like to share my soon-to-be purchased list with you all.

1. Reversa Glycolic Acid 8%
2. Nars Pro Prime SPF 15
3. somesort of leave in conditioner
4. Visine
5. Vichy Nutrilogie Face Cream Level 1

If there is any money left from my $100 pot, I would love to try out one of MAC's eye brow pencils. Seriously, as I get older, I have to pluck less and less. They're thinning maybe? I prefer a strong brow, so I'm trying to find a good one. Time to check out some counters to test them all out!

I want to leave you with this intense video I just watched. The artist's name is Jessie J! I'm a bit out of the loop, but I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE her make up through out this video. It's so tough, yet chic.
I think I may have found some inspiration for a look this weekend! I'm newly single, and I think this is just the ticket!


  1. Hey! I've also been listening to that Jessie J song recently! Catchy song even though the lyrics are pretty ridiculous. I like her makeup too, it really matches her, but I don't know if I could pull it off - interested to see your adaptation!

    Regarding eyebrow pencils: I've never tried the MAC one but the one I use is the Rimmel one with the brush on the cap. It's really cheap, plus there's a Rimmel sale at Walgreens this week so you could try it out & stay within budget. :)

  2. decent song and wicked video

  3. 100$ sounds about right, nice list!