I've been really good with my money lately. Myself and a friend are planning a pretty big trip for the summer, so I'm in saving mode. I haven't really bought myself anything significant since before the Christmas shopping season. Good for me.
Since I've been on a budget I've had two major thoughts about the whole thing:
1. The amount of money I spend on totally unnecessary, usually overpriced stuff is disgraceful. I buy so much crap that I don't need, and I'm a sucker for expensive name brand shit, especially makeup products that someone on YouTube has recommended. Not spending has made me think that I've become way too superficial, and I need to focus on other things rather than accumulating crap and trying to make myself better looking. I'm an intelligent person, I shouldn't be so easily sold. The longer I go without spending money wastefully, the more disgusted I am with our capitalist society. I look through my makeup collection and I'm embarrassed at how much I've spent.
2. I really fucking want to go shopping.
I had a number in mind that I wanted in my savings account before I'd let myself even step foot into a Sephora. Pretty much the second I deposited the last $20 towards that goal I was all up in the mall. But even so, knowing that I am still going to be keeping it tight the next few months, I didn't let myself go buck wild. There were some ground rules on this trip. I only wanted to buy things that I either needed to replace, or that would really add something different to my makeup/beauty collection. I had to make some wise choices here. For example, I really wanted this one highlighting powder "Soft & Gentle" from Mac-like I went there specifically for that. But when I looked at it in person, I didn't really think that it would do anything that different from the hightlighters I already own. So with the restraint of a nun, I walked away from it. This is the kind of thing that makes me feel very proud of myself. Just let me have it.
I'm really excited because this is the first makeup entry where I'm taking the photos with the camera I got for Christmas. I'm just starting to figure it out, but it's a big step up from using my iPhone. Please excuse the fact that the photos all look a little different. I was playing around with different settings, and I really have no idea wtf I'm doing.
Here's what I bought:
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer
I've been wanting to try this concealer for a while. I've heard it compares to Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, which is my favourite. This one is really expensive- $37. But I had a gift card from Christmas so I felt it was justified. I've used it a couple times now and I'm not overly impressed. It's too early to tell-it can take some time to really get to know a new makeup product. But I don't think it's going to replace my Mac concealer, which is amazing, and $15 cheaper.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner
I've talked about this liner before here. It's my favourite. I actually thought I might try something different this time, but I swatched a few of the other liners on the "Sephora Favourites" display, and none of them seemed like they would be as good as this one. It's like a very fine tipped marker-super easy to apply and you can easily do a thin or thick line.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
This is kind of a weird product. It's got a teeny tiny brush that is supposed to make it really easy to get at your little bottom lashes. I already use a separate mascara for my bottom lashes, and it's almost out, so I thought I'd try this out. I have used it already-it is good for really getting at all those little lashes, but because the brush is so tiny it kind of takes a long time to apply.
Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse
I've been wanting to try some products from this line for a while. I'm a big fan of Jennifer Aniston who is the face of the brand. Although, I don't really like Friends and I haven't seen many of her movies. So I guess I'm just a fan of her hot body and always amazing hair. This is a little travel size bottle and it was $17, so I kind of hope I hate it. I recently discovered a $25 hairspray that I love. I can't afford to keep this up.
Mac Lipstick in Cyber, and Lip Pencil in Nightmoth
I really Mac Lipstick. I love even just looking at it. I took so many photos of this lipstick because I just think it's so beautiful. Cyber is a pretty crazy dark purple colour, but I'm really excited to wear it. I didn't take a separate photo of the lip pencil because it's pretty boring-although I do love that name-Nightmoth. The Nightmoth Cometh.
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
I have mentioned before that my little sister manages an Aveda Salon, so I kind of have the inside scoop on Aveda products. I'm really liking their Damage Remedy line, so I have high hopes for this oil. I'm a big fan of hair oils in general, so I don't think I'll have too many complaints. Aveda products are made from natural ingredients, so they do kind of make you smell like a hippy. But they're expensive, so like, a high class hippy.
Essie Nail Polishes in Belugaria and Cashmere Bathrobe
My sister's salon also carries Essie nail polish and I don't know, they were there, they were on sale, I bought them. I haven't actually owned a lot of Essie polishes. I saw Belugaria on YouTube and it sounded unique-it's black, with silver/holographic sparkles, but also smaller black sparkle/texture thingies-great description, Ruth. It will either look really cool or really bad. The other one looks pretty safe, and I like its' sensual name.
Scarf from Aritzia
This isn't makeup but I'm really excited about it. It's just a long black scarf from Aritzia. I'm loving all this goth/witchy/outlaw stuff that's in style right now. My first tattoo is four triangles on the back of my leg that mean Earth, Air, Fire, Water. And like many females my age, I went through a bit of a witchy phase after the movie "The Craft". I used to wear a Pentagram ring and think I was the coolest. I'm not one to just jump on any trend, but I'm really happy this kind of stuff is in style because I love it anyway and it's easy to find right now. Please excuse the cat hair.
Ok so that's it. I'm not going to ramble on any more- I spent way too much time taking photos of that lipstick and I gotta run. That was a pretty satisfying shopping trip. Hopefully I'll be able to restrain myself for a little while. Maybe I should read some Adbusters Magazines and just get super angry about society and consumerism and the government. Then I won't even want to buy anything.
At least until I hit my next savings target.
Thanks for reading! BYE.