• What I have learnt whilst being on my spending ban

    Spending ban

    At the beginning of this year I spent a lot of money on beauty products. So much so that I decided to go on a spending ban from the 16th February to the 23rd March (payday to payday) without buying any beauty (apart from essentials).

    I know what you’re thinking? Why are you doing this? What are you trying to prove?

    Well, I am in London on the 23rd and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t in a tight spot for cash. It’s always hard to be in London with no money.

    Also, it’s Claires birthday and I really want to treat her to a nice meal and I hate worrying about money. I have already bought most of her presents too with a couple to pick up.

    So I have a reason to save a little bit of my expendable cash flow.

    The other thing you’re thinking is ‘Leah, it’s only makeup, can’t you just not buy makeup without making a big deal of it’ and actually, the other reason for doing this is because I wasn’t sure I could. There have been other times I have said I was on a spending ban and I couldn’t do it. I actually thought I might have a spending problem to be honest and even though we own our own  home and we can go out for meals and enjoy life together we don’t have a huge amount of money for luxuries.

    I thought I would struggle so here is a run down of each week, how I was feeling at the time and how it feels now with only 3 sleeps to go.

    Week 1) Usually this time it would be fresh payday wants. I would be looking for new beauty products to buy and making impulse buys. I noticed that Ofra was released on Beauty Bay so I definitely would have bought that in this week. I resisted, it was only week one and I was quite ok with my new amazing products so I didn’t have too much of a yearning.

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    Week 2) This week wasn’t too hard. I was so very busy with work and I had no let up. It was difficult to get anything done. Also, an order I made before the ban came from TAM beauty so I didn’t feel like I was missing out so much on spending money.

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    Week 3) I had run out of micellar water so decided to pick a new one up. I found one in Tesco for £3 and so far it’s been quite nice. It is unfortunately near the makeup stands in Tesco which I love to browse but luckily Claire was with me so I was able to keep moving to get the shopping done. It was the only thing I bought this week. I couldn’t believe I had made it through this week. I was over half way through. This really gave me a boost – 3 weeks was a record for me.

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    Week 4) This was the week that the Style XL awards happened. I admittedly ordered some new clothes but that was ok due to the event and also with this being a makeup spending ban I wasn’t including the items of clothing. This was also the week that the Androgony palette came out from Jeffree Star and I was ready to buy it – it was in my cart and I knew I would miss out but I didn’t need it. So I closed the window on my macbook and walked away.

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    Finally, week 5, with 3 sleeps to go) I am so pleased I did it. I thought I would crumble. I think I might try another non spending month after April’s payday up to our Anniversary – we are going away for a romantic weekend and I want to have enough money to enjoy a nice meal out and possibly go shopping so will set some time aside for that.

    Anyway, for me, I think these are the tips I would give you if you want to try a spending ban:

    1. Keep yourself busy – I have such a full on job at the moment it really helps
    2. Shop your stash – go through the stuff you already have and start to mix it up a bit
    3. Find something else that grabs your attention – I have refreshed my instagram and it has really been a great focus for me
    4. Keep checking your bank account – seeing the money physically still there is great for motivation
    5. Remind yourself it’s just things – there is so much more important things happening in your life, things can take a back seat for a while

    As for content for the blog – I have not been lacking. It’s actually made me really think about what I want on my YouTube channel and my blog and how to really invent good original posts.

    Have you ever gone on a spending ban?

     

    Review | Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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    I have been so excited to bring this review to you of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

    I received this small sample (about 5ml) in my Space NK 25 days of advent beauty and I have been using this very sparingly and still have over half left but I want to tell you what I think of this magic little potion.

    Claims (from the Space NK Website)

    A next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin and help fight wrinkles.

    With an advance retinol complex, Luna helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. Use this oil before bed to notice firmer, clearer skin by morning. Trans-retinol ester fights the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity while an essential oil complex calms and soothes skin. Cold pressed avocado, chia, and Concord grape seed oils sink into skin for quick absorption of actives while boosting radiance.

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    Packaging

    The packaging for this sample is a little glass bottle with a pipette but I do know the bigger size is a lovely square bottle with thicker glass.

    Application

    In the evening, following your main cleanse and second cleanse, after serum and if you want, moisturiser, add two or three drops to the palm of your hands, rub them together and smooth over your face. Sleep.

    Texture

    This is a typical light oil…it’s not greasy at all and sinks in to skin really quickly.

    Scent

    I am not going to lie, the scent of this product is not my favourite. It’s very herbally however it’s subtle enough to not linger for too long so I can bear it. If you’re sensitive to strong scents you have had a warning. Maybe try to get to a Space NK to smell it.

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    Colour

    Yes, it’s Blue! This unique oil is blue in colour. It’s a deep navy blue. This doesn’t translate on to your face once applied and it doesn’t stain (if you’re sparing with the product). I love that about it. Makes it so appealing.

    Results

    This is where this get’s exciting. As you may be aware I am in love with over night face serums, creams, gels and oils and this is like a little miracle worker.

    My skin feels so incredible and plump and soft and just revitalised, even when my dog Rupert wakes me up at 3am (most nights at the moment, grrr!) I still wake up to amazingly soft skin. AND THE BEST THING. You just sleep through it’s magical skin wonders.

    Waking up after using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night oil feels like you have had a facial in your sleep, without the cost and the embarrassment of snoring on the table.

    I believe there is something in the herbalness that really aids sleep too, which is why I feel like I sleep better.

    Plus, Luna, what a lovely name, it reminds me of a character from Harry Potter.

    Final thoughts

    I will definitely be buying a full size of the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, even at the princely sum of £85 because of two reasons, it’s AMAZING and this tiny sample has lasted such a long time meaning a full size bottle will probably last me a year!

    Review | MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralized Skin Finish

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    I know I am late to the party but I wanted to share my thoughts and review on MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skin Finish.

    I will be the first to admit that MAC was never my first makeup brand choice originally – I like the packaging and I liked the idea but I hadn’t quite found the product that made me want to try anything else. Till this product.

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    The MAC Mineralized Skin finish in Soft & Gentle is a cult classic. It has been majorly hyped for so many year and I was always hesitant to give in to the hype, like most products to be honest.

    It is a baked highlighter in a peachy champagne tone and I think it would suit most skin tones apart from very very fair and has a lovely sheen rather than a glittery chunky mess.

    I would describe my skin as NW15 so if you’re lighter than that then this might be a smidge too dark for you.

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    The packaging is not my favourite MAC packaging I have used but it’s practical. The closure is magnetic rather than a clip or snap shut.

    I use this on the tops of my ‘cheek bones’ (I don’t really have any but if I did, where they might be), the tip of my nose and on my cupids bow and it always looks flawless.

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    All in all I have been completely blown away by this product and I am so glad I did eventually give in to the hype (5 years too late). It definitely spurred me on to buy more from MAC and so far I am trying more and more things that I really enjoy.

    I would definitely put this down as a product from MAC you should try at least once, even if you weren’t a fan of MAC. Soft & Gentle really is a smooth entry level product that will leave you wanting more.

    Have you tried this product? Fancy getting your hands on Soft & Gentle?

    Review | Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette

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    The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette is such an adorable item in my collection.

    This was only released in the U.S. but I was lucky enough to get my hands on it from one of the facebook makeup selling groups I am on.

    As usual the packaging is super cute, as with all Too Faced products. It’s a little slim tin with a magnetic closure and has a cute design of a piece of bread with peanut butter on and ‘jelly’ (or jam here in the UK) splogged to look like eyes and a mouth.

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    When you open it up you are HIT by a scent of chocolate and peanut butter, like a Reeces peanut butter cup.

    Then you see the lovely shades throughout.

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    I know this looks like a well used palette and it really is well loved so apologies for the state it’s in but I will take you through each row.

    The top row has a lovely light peach shade which can be used all over the lid, the shade peanut butter is next to it, a lovely warm crease shade, matte and the final shade is a shimmer shade in a lovely copper.

    The second row is a gorgeous shimmery soft buttery gold-ish colour. It is my favourite in the palette – I haven’t seen anything like this before in any of my palettes and I absolutely love this all over the lid. The middle shade is a shimmery orange. So warm and lovely and the right hand side is a glittery dark purple.

    The final row is a wonderful base shadow, matte, the middle shade is a bright purple but probably the least pigmented in the palette and finally the gorgeous matte orange on the bottom right. This is beautifully soft and warms up any look.

    The whole palette is really beautiful and the deep purple does work well to smoke out the looks I created, however I think the bottom right shade could have been slightly deeper to give a little more diversity.

    I do tend to take this travelling with me as I really find it can be an every day palette but also jazzed up for the evening too.

    80% of the shadows are what you would expect from the Too Faced range, buttery smooth, long lasting, blendable but some of them are a little disappointing. However, I can make them work.

    Have you got any of the Too Faced smaller palettes? Have you got this one? What do you think?

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