I’ve been working hard to reign in my spending this year and to stop my beauty collection from expanding beyond control. Although some months have been more successful than others, I’ve been making an effort to reduce my hyper-consumerist tendencies.
When the Huda Beauty New Nudes Palettecame out I had little interest in this palette. Over time, the New Nude Palette has slowly captured my heart. The more I’ve seen close up photos, swatches, and demonstrations, the more I’ve been longing for this palette.
I ended up being gifted this for my birthday later in October.
Il Makiage – Ready or Not Color Boss Pro Palette (CF)
I had to work hard to refrain myself from buying the Ready or Not Color Boss Pro Palette from Il Makiage. This grungy, purple palette just speaks to my soul, but the price is what really held me back on this.
Pixi Beauty – Glow-y Gossamer Duos | $18.00 USD each (CF)
I’ve been lusting after the Glow-y Gossamer Duos for months. I haven’t had any luck locating these highlighters at my local Target. I refuse to pay for shipping online. I was gifted this for my birthday.
Il Makiage restocked the collaboration at the end of September, which makes me question whether or not the line actually sold out. As of November, the collection is still available so I suspect that the brand used scarcity tactics to encourage consumers to shop without pausing to think.
Tom Ford Color Quads, Bronzer, Cream Shadow & Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Highlighter
Estee Lauder & Tom Ford Mini Haul
Y’ALL. THIS. IS. WHAT. DID. ME. IN.
I found Tom Ford and Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess products for 60% and 40% off, respectively, at the Cosmetic Company Outlet. I shrieked in delight when I saw the Tom Ford display.
Although I have no issue splurging on makeup, Tom Ford’s line has been out of my price range. Finding these goodies at such a steep discount broke my resolve. Once I made these purchases my self-control flew out the window.
Given that I am nearly done with my current acne-fighting mask, I felt that this was a good investment. At 40% off, this mask was a total steal.
Disclaimer: I literally purchased all of the above goodies in a single day. The Cosmetic Company deal completely broke my sense of self-control and resolve to maintain my beauty low buy.
Also, during the wee hours of the night, I purchasedthe JD Glow & Il Makiage goodies during a bout of bad anxiousness.
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Luminous Foundation (CF)
Every YouTuber and their mother has been raving about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation. As an oily-skinned gal, this foundation scares me. Nevertheless, I was intrigued to try this foundation due to the rave reviews.
Would you be interested to see how this holds up against oily skin?
Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (CF)
Of all my purchases this month, the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is the only thing that I’m low key embarrassed to purchase. Although this palette has been on my radar since it released, I’ve always held back from purchasing it.
During the VIB Sale, the Desert Dusk Sale was on sale in addition to the 20% off company-wide promotion. Given that Huda Beauty rarely offers discounts, I jumped at the chance to snag this palette at such a hefty discount.
Too Faced – Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer (CF)
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette & NARS Bronzershave been popping up at select Marshalls across the US. I couldn’t resist the urge to pick these up at such a steep discount. Knowing that Marshalls never has the same products, I “had to” pick these up!
Planned Beauty Low Buy Budget for August: $00.00 USD
Total Spent in August: $343.00 USD
Beauty Low Buy Update #4 Takeaways: Sales Do Me In
I had every intention of maintaining a strict No-Buy when I started August and I held strong until mid-month when four big things occurred on the same day:
1 | I Found Tom Ford Makeup for 60% Off
Luxury makeup is a strange thing. While there are brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath, and Natasha Denona that command high prices, their product quality is typically worthy of the hefty price tags.
Then, there are luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, Tom Ford, etc who are expensive purely due their ties to the luxury fashion houses that own them. When I found Tom Ford goodies at such a steep discount I couldn’t resist the temptation.
2 | Sephora Announced a Summer Sale
When images of the Sephora Summer Sale mailers leaked online, I lost it. The sale provided a convenient excuse to pick up the prestige foundations I’ve been eyeing.
Do I need a foundation? No – I have a drawer full of mostly drug-store foundations. The sale gave me a chance to buy something I already knew that I wanted at a discount.
3 | A Limited Edition Sold Out
I have been eyeing the Carli Bybel x Il Makiage Collaboration since TrendMood started sharing sneak peeks on Instagram. To my dismay, this collection sold out within two days of being released.
I jumped to order some goodies from the line…. even though the shades I really wanted were already sold out!
4 | Work Stress Got to Me
Hi, hello, I am an emotional shopper.
The last products I purchased on my day-long beauty bender were the four Galaxy Shadows from JD Glow Cosmetics. I bought these shadows while working through a particularly tough assignment.
I wish I could report that I didn’t buy any new makeup during the month of August. It would have been a first for all of 2019. However, I cracked under pressure.
I couldn’t even maintain my Beauty Low Buy. It was like I opened the floodgates when I made that first Tom Ford purchase.