I rummaged, delved and dug into old bags, drawers and boxes in my room, knowing that somewhere I’d come across a treasure trove of unloved makeup... And sure enough I did! In an old bag I found a cosmetics case filled with a whole bundle of goodies, including blusher, foundation, and mascara - the whole works, and almost all of it brand spanking new. I suddenly didn’t need to go buy more makeup; I knew I had everything I needed already! If you did the same and had a rummage around in your makeup collection deeper than the five products you use every day, think of what you could save and what treasures you could rediscover. Although today’s economy is getting a little better, ever since the 'Credit Crunch' some things have been that little bit more expensive, so it's worthwhile spending a little time being thifty. What’s not to love...? You could find brand new products that you'd forgotten about, or rediscover old favourites that mean you don’t need to spend!
Obviously this advice comes with an air of caution: if you find makeup that you've not used in years, it’s probably past it’s PAO number (the little jar on the side that tells you how long cosmetics are 'good' for after they've been opened) and just won’t be too good for your skin. But you never know what you could find: nothing ventured nothing gained! If you really want to stop the spending, then it can take a lot of willpower to do so overnight... Here are my top tips for introducing that spending ban.
1. Have something to save up for. I know it sounds silly, but I found it made me more determined and gave me a little bit more self-control if I had a clear target in mind. Maybe it's a new dress, a designer handbag or a weekend away with your mates.... Every little helps.
2. Decide on a time span. Know how long you're initially planning on saving for; it helps to have a date in mind as it just makes it that little bit easier to work towards if there's light at the end of the tunnel. I found I was a lot less likely to give in when I had a specific time frame, as cutting out something indefinitely is near enough impossible.
3. Stay away from shopping sites. This I found was my downfall; looking at online beauty destinations is never helpful and one click is enough to make you lose self-control. I found myself trying to justify it by saying “Oh it was only £4.00” but I now know I was only cheating myself... Those little £4.00 purchases soon build up.
Hopefully this advice will help you as much as it helped me. The key is just to try to be as disciplined as possible, and by the end of it you'll feel the benefits and get something in your clutches that was worth saving for.
Written by Mia Riley