I don’t think it’ll surprise regular readers to find out that I am a bit of an impulse shopper. I can come up with some pretty impressive excuses to justify a purchase but lately I’ve managed to curb my spending a little it by asking myself a few questions before handing over my debit card. Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself lately before purchasing the latest or greatest makeup product.
Is this within my budget?
Can I actually afford to drop this much on makeup right now? Will I be eating 2 minute noodles until next pay day if I hand over my bank card? Some products are better written down on a wishlist and hinted at when the birthday comes around, I find.
Will the colour actually match me/suit me? Will it work with my skin type?
I always make sure that the product will match me or will get along with my skin type, sometimes I’ve just got to accept that no matter how pretty or useful something looks it just might not be designed for me.
Do I need more of this product or can I wait until I’ve finished off the ones I already own?
I’m always keen to try out new things, it’s a particular issue for me with cleansers, foundations or mascaras. As awesome as the new product sounds, all I have to do is think of all of the unloved products I have sitting at home to remind myself that maybe I don’t need another one to add to the pile.
Is there a cheaper alternative? Do I already have a colour that’s exactly the same?
The beauty community is seriously talented at finding dupes for products. Before purchasing an expensive foundation it’s worth having a read around to see whether there are people that have found a similar formula. This happens more and more with makeup companies owning lots of different brands and just repackaging a very similar formula. I can’t even believe how often I’ve bought a lip colour just to come home and find two identical ones already in my collection.
Have I read reviews online?
I always pull out my phone and have a Google in store if I’m still a bit on the fence about a beauty purchase, There’s a huge amount of reviews out there on the Internet so it can’t hurt to have a read about other people’s experiences before dropping your hard earned pennies.
I’m definitely not one to say don’t treat yourself every now and then. If you’ve had a bad day, even had a good day or have a bit of extra money in your pay check one week then why not buy yourself a pretty new lipstick to celebrate? But sometimes it’s important to take a few minutes and think before clicking the check out button.
(sorry, I had to…)