If in April I lasted nearly till the end before making my first beauty purchase, I am sorry to disappoint and tell you that May was exactly the opposite. In May, much to my shame, I placed my first beauty order on the 1st of the month.
Once I discovered an online shop that apparently I have been subscribed to since 2012 or so, I started buying their stuff. I will talk about the website in the near future, but it probably won’t be of interest to that many of you since it is a Romanian beauty shop, so unless you are an expat or national in RO, you probably won’t give a damn. However, you might care about the products which I will also review separately.
Anyway, writing the April post and seeing just how cheap some of the stuff I got was, I could not help myself and get more, especially since it was on sale. I think I spend at least double the amount to purchase items from the same brands when I was still in the UK. It definitely threw me off. The price in Romanian Lei seemed quite steep, but once translated into pounds it seems shockingly affordable. Yeah, the opposite happened to me when I moved to the UK nearly a decade ago. I should be used to it by now, but for some reason I am not.
After that initially spend, I tried to hold off. The idea was to use the stuff I already had. However, after 9 weeks (*8 weeks and 6 days, to be exact) I had to go out. I was going crazy inside and working at all hours of the day did not help my case at all. So I went out to dm, a German shop that sells cleaning products as well as beauty products. I was running low on various disinfectants and the likes so…you can guess how well that turned out. I did spend more on house cleaning products than on beauty so there is that at least. The same happened yesterday when I went out for the second time since this craziness happened. The shop near my place is big and almost always empty so I took advantage of that, but then again most of the restrictions where I live have been lifted so I did not break the law in any way.
May, to say the least, did not turn out the way I wanted it to. Let’s see the damage.
- It’s Skin Cera Routine Hydrating Serum – £17.78
- It’s Skin Hydra Routine Energising Moisturiser – £16.51
- It’s Skin Cera Routine Face Toner – £12.52
- Kokostar Pink Lip Mask Jar – £14.15
- It’s Skin Hydra Routine Wakening Face Toner – £12.70
- It’s Skin Glow Routine Peeling Toner – £12.70
- Balea Sheet Mask – £2.41
- Balea Nose Pore Strips – £2.04
- Balea Shower Oil with Sea Salt – £1.11
- Holika Holika Hydrating Sheet Mask – £3.06
- Nivea Fresh Blends Apricot, Mango and Rice Milk Shower Gel – £4.30
- Nivea Fresh Blends Watermelon, Mint and Coconut Milk Shower Gel – £4.30
- Balea Lips and Eyes Vital Balm – £2.93
- Ziaja Cleansing Wash Gel – £3.15
- Pantene Hair Biology Cleanse and Reconstruct Intensive Repair Mask – £6.99
- Total beauty spend: £116.65
Allowance from empties
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel Treatments – 30 treatments are worth £89.90, I used two which were each worth £2.99 so I get an allowance of £2.99
Sisley Floral Toning Lotion – worth £72.50 fro 250 ml, my bottle was only 30ml which means that it was worth £8.70, thus I get an allowance of £4.35 from this one.
Dove Coconut Oil Shower Mousse – worth £3.99 so I get an allowance of £1.99
Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub – I used up a mini worth £11.50 so I get an allowance of £5.75
Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream Fresh and More – I used up a full sized jar of 50ml worth £33 so my allowance from this is £16.50
Soap and Glory Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo with Charcoal – worth £7.50 so my allowance is £3,75
Total allowance from empties: £35.33
Allowance from posts
Allowance from reviews
- No7 Beautifully Matte Mousse Foundation – you can read the review here.
- Glossier Dotcom Balm in Birthday – review
- EOS Crystal Melon Blossom Lip Balm – review
Total allowance from reviews: £15
Allowance from IG Posts
Allowance from IG posts: £2
Total allowance from posts: £17
Okay, so now let’s add things up. This is going to be very painful.
So I started the month of May with a negative balance of -£9.33. This wasn’t;t so bad. I had better months or perhaps just one month which I actually finished with a positive balance, but still, it was not bad. It was definitely not bad when compared to what is to come.
-£9.33 (from April) – £116.65 (May’s spending) + £35.33 (May’s allowance from empties) + £17 ( allowance from posts) = -£73.65
Yep, as predicted the results are not pretty. This is a bit disappointing actually, but I cannot feel to guilty about it. I know that I should, but I am trying and that is all I can say. This is definitely so much better than my spending from last year or two years ago around the same time of the year.
I once again managed not to fall for the gorgeous gifts with purchase, such as this one from Harrods that was released not that long ago. I did not go crazy and shopped my FeelUnique Wishlist. But, luck has been on my side as the Cult Beauty goody bag hasn’t launched yet.
For the month of June, I will try a bit harder (that is if I do not have to go back to the actual office thus leave home again) plus it is my birthday month so a lot fo things could happen. However, I will definitely try to finish up more items, even more than in May. I believe this was my best month in terms of empties so far which is great. See, there is a silver lining everywhere if you just look for it. Progress is progress. But the glaring thing is that there haven’t been many reviews this month which could have helped my allowance tremendously.
The reason why I added the reviews to the calculations was to ensure that I would write more. They are supposed to act as a motivator of sorts.
Anyway, this is it for May. I look forward to see what June will bring. After all, it is yet another opportunity to try again. If you want to know more about how my system works or if you want to embark on this journey with me, read more here.