Second month on a beauty budget

And here we are, I have been doing this again which is probably a record as far as I am concerned. If you recall, at the beginning of the year, I decided to embark on some sot of a beauty spending ban which is something I have tried before, but it never really stuck. This time around I am already on my second month which I think is great.

Last month did not really go as planned, but that is okay. Such things do happen every once in a while so I am going to accept it and continue rather than give up. You can read what happened last month and how much I ended up spending in this article.


Beauty purchases

  • 2xBatiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo –  £4 each so £8
  • Makeup Remover Cotton Rounds – £2
  • Notino Brush Set – £20
  • Flower Body Brush – £7
  • Boots Ingredients Bakuchiol Serum – £7
  • Vaseline with love satin lip balm sheer cherry Dani Dyer Limited Edition – £5.99
  • Ethique Trial Pack Oily Skin & Hair – £10.99
  • Boots Traditional Glycerin and Rosewater – £1.91
  • Bye Bye Blemish Witch Hazel + Tea Tree Toner – £5.99
  • Liquid Hand Soap Refill – £2
  • Listerine – £3
  • Bath salts – £2
  • Bath Foam – £2
  • SkinCity In Shower Body Brush – £8
  • SkinCity Start Up Skincare Routine Kit for Oily/Combinational Skin – £21
  • SkinCity Skincare Shower Power Peel – £15
  • Skincity Skincare Retinoate Supple Body Oil – £25


Total amount spent: £146.88


Allowance from empties

  • Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – £25 for a jar of 125ml – mine is only 15 ml which means that it is worth £3 thus I get a £1.5 allowance
  • Decorte AQ Meliority Intense Regenerating Multi Cream – a jar of this product has 45ml and it is worth £950. My jar had only 2mls which are worth £42.2 so I get an allowance of £21.1
  • Jo Malone Peony and Blush – £98 per 100 ml – I had a full sized so I got an allowance of £49
  • Pixi Glow Tonic Pads To Go – £20 so I get an allowance of £10


Empties allowance: £81.6


Allowance from posts


Review allowance: £105



  • Pixi by Petra Glow tonic To Go Pads – £1
  • Cheirosa ’62 Candle – £1
  • Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Primer – £1
  • Milk Makeup Plushberry Lip Balm – £1
  • Hourglass Radiant Light Powder – £1


Instagram allowance: £5


I finished last month on a deficit of £60.97 so that means that once I add everything up, I must not forget to include this amount as well.

So let’s adds things up.

I managed to get an empties allowance of £81.6 to which I need to add the allowance obtained from writing new reviews (*only reviews that have not been drafted or written before). That means I am adding a further £105 from reviews and £5 from instagram posts. This brings my total allowance to £191.6.

My total spend for this month was £146.88 to which I need to add £60.97 from last month so I “spent” a total of £207.85.

I guess the result is pretty obvious. I am ending February on a deficit once again. So the amount I carrying forward to March is -£16.25.

It is a bit disappointing that once again I did not end up with a positive balance, but at least my deficit is significantly lower than that of the previous month. So while I am a bit sad, I am also happy for the result. I knew from the beginning that things will not be as easy as simply implementing a system, but I am happy that I managed to keep it up for so long. I believe that I made great strides as far as my beauty spending is concerned and that is all that matters.Also, I am glad that I managed to escape the temptation of investing into the SkinCity or Cult Beauty goody bags that came out this month.

Let’s see how I feel once a major gift with purchase is released in March (fingers crossed)…

In the meantime, I hope you had fun reading this article and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Have any of you embarked on this type of spending ban or a totally different one?

Do share your stories below. Feel free to link to your own experiences.


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