my beauty budget







Whenever I start talking or even thinking about my beauty budget I realize how tightly woven it is with my food budget.  That is because I know what I put into my body has an effect on my skin and hair.  But since this is a Beauty Budget post I will keep it to what I plan to spend this year on beauty products.

Over the past week or so I've done a thorough inventory of all my beauty products.  Because I've worked in spas and have friends that still do I have a decent stockpile.  I sorted through it all, tossing expired products and passing on ones I won't use. I was sort of shocked to see how much I had.  Since I don't have a bathroom vanity any extra has been stored in an under the bed storage box.


So my plan for 2020 is to use what I've got til it's gone, and only then will I repurchase.  I have several bottles of shampoos, conditioners and treatments for my hair.  I have 2 bottles of my favorite cleansers and moisturizers.  I have plenty of lotions and oil for my bod and plenty of nail varnish.  When it comes to makeup, I have 2 full bottles of foundation and plenty of backups for eye pencils, lipsticks etc.

So I suggest you take a hard look at all your beauty products and see just what you'll need and plan accordingly.  They say without a plan we are lost so I don't want to be any more lost than I already am!  x

24 comments

  1. I love this post! It's timely for me because I've been working toward the same goal. I accumulate things that I don't end up using, usually because I try something new and it doesn't end up working for me. Then it's hard for me to get rid of because it's technically still good, so it sits on my shelf. Like you, I finally did a big clean-out, and it feels great. I'm trying to be more thoughtful about my purchases so I don't end up with a bunch of things I won't use. The truth is, I use pretty much the same things every day, and there aren't that many. Do you ever buy new products because you're bored with what you have or just want to try something new, and then end up not liking them? Do you discard, give away, or just use it up anyway?

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    1. yes i'll try new things but mostly they are given to me. i stick to my basics and now that i'm no longer working i should make it through my extras this year. if it's a lotion i don't like i will use it on my body to not waste it. i give a lot of products to daughter in laws!

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  2. Love this post! I think I've finally narrowed down my makeup stash to what i actually use. I quit with the fancy stuff. I wash with Dove soap, use Kleen retinol moisturizer twice a day and simple makeup. Foundation, loose powder, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.
    You are so right about diet and clear skin. ❤

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  3. I'm doing the same thing. I am not buying anymore beauty supplies until I use what I already have. My weakness is lipstick though. I love lipstick and hardly ever leave the house without it. I wish I could find a lipstick that would help my wrinkly lips look smoother!

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    1. Use a neutral lipstick as a base and then put a brighter color on top. MAC 'Cherish' is a great base color and a great neutral if you want to go it alone. Creamy but stays in place and does not migrate!
      (that's what also makes it great for a brighter color on top....).

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  4. This is the kick in the pants that I need to go through my stash. I have so much that I am not sure what I have. I resolve not to buy anything until I use up what I have.

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  5. I have the opposite problem! I can't stand having too much stuff, so if I do end up buying something new to try and it doesn't work out, I get rid of it immediately. I'm pretty brutal that way :)
    I do try to keep in stock the things I do use and go through quickly, such as shampoo and conditioner.
    First world problems ... the guilt is real!

    D.

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    1. that's my goal. i have plenty of people to pass on lots of the products to but sometimes i'll keep something thinking i'll get to it and then don't. the day all my extras are used up i'm gonna celebrate!

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  6. This is a great post. Looking at your photos I see several brands I've wanted to try. I'd love a post of your recommendations, with affiliate links, of course!

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  7. Now that I'm retired, I don't use makeup every day. Do you find that true for you? Do you have seasonal favorites for dry winters vs hot summers? The older I get the more I love my tried and true skin care and make up. I just found a wonderful cream by Aveeno, cracked skin relief CICA balm. My skin is so soft and smooth with this, and there are no petroleum products in it.

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    1. i do still do makeup most days. today is sunday and i had no plans so no makeup but still lipstick! i'm drier in the winter so def more moisture. makeup-wise i switch to a red lipstick with a little brown in it.

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  8. Ditto here. Using up everything, including all the travel-size and samples. I don't worry much about expiration dates; most of them are pulled out of thin air anyway.

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    1. true for certain products. always look and see if the ingredients have separated or have an off odor.

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  9. Pretty much what I'm doing here too, Janet! I'm using up all my little skin and makeup sample-sizes and hotel room toiletries. This time of year for about 3 years I've been having a clear-and-renew attack on my stash, after discovering the little "use after opening" icon on skin and make up products (most are 12 months). I'm a little more relaxed with products that go on the face but eye products are discarded once they pass their opening dates, because I'm hyper-vigilant with anything that makes contact with my eyes.

    It's a great time of year to have your clear out as it's easy to remember when to do the review annually from then on. And if you start a product at the beginning of the year it's easy to control the time you first opened the item. Good luck!!!
    Hugs, Mary x.
    thepoutingpensioner.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm using down my supplies too. I hate having a zillion products on the go when I always return to the same workhorse items. Loved this post.

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  11. I have a few favourite skincare products that I use and my make up regime is super simple. Mineral powder foundation, eye kohl pencil, mascara, lip balm and lipstick. My weakness are hair care products! I will use them up before purchasing new ones. Great time of year for an assessment of what we need to purge!

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  12. Seconding the request for list of products with affiliate links of course:).

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  13. Such an interesting post. I am always curious to see what real people use and recommend. Even as an older woman I want to look my best, yet find it so confusing. As women we are bombarded with advertising for products to make us look younger and more desirable. You walk into anywhere from a local drug chain to a high end department store and the array of choices is overwhelming. I admit on occasion I have fallen for the hype. And then there are ethical issues involved in our choices.
    Always grateful for your honest conversation Janet.
    Darby

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  14. A timely post at the start of the new year, to start with a clean slate. I have also been on a mission to use up what I already have. And to simplify makeup to save me time in the morning (still working). I like reading about which products others use. There are so many choices! It's good to have some recommendations when you have to replace something or just want to try something new.

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  15. This makes so much sense, and not only for makeup. I'm going to do this for toiletries, food in my freezer, and other things I think of. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. What lovely, clean and simple make up shelves! I just had the thought this morning, while digging through the mess of my makeup drawers- this has to get fixed. Your streamlined makeup, nicely organized, will be my inspiration. When you're up for it- how about a makeup tutorial?

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  17. Love to see that you have a bottle of that Jergen's gentle glow stuff. I've used that in the past and it might be time to buy another.

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  18. what store did you find Burt Bee Fluride free?

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