Eighth Month ON A Beauty Ban: August

As I predicted in July’s post, going out on the first day of the month did indeed result in a beauty purchase. However, to my surprise and to everyone else’s I guess, I stayed out of trouble and avoided Sephora and Douglas which would have resulted in a significant damage. Instead, I went to dm to get some kitchen towels (which I did not find) and got the last bottle of my favourite not quite soap from Ziaja. So that was a good start, now let’s see if that lasted…

Beauty purchases

ProductPrice in GBP
Ziaja Hand & Body Cleansing Gel 3.18
Ziaja Enzymatic Peeling for Dry Sensitive Skin3.18
Ziaja Med Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo 4.30
Ziaja Hand Sanitizer3.55
Ziaja Med Antibacterial Care Face Cleanser4.30
Ziaja Hand & Body Cleansing Gel Mini2.99
Ziaja Hand & Body Cleansing Gel 3.65
Lanolips Lip Water Watermelon12.54
Olaplex No3 Hair perfector24.89
Sephora Collection The Make Up Cleansing Moisture Mask 2 Steps4.49
CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser 9.34
Purito BB Cream in Light11.12
Beauty Pie Japanfusion™ Bio-Ceramides Moisture Mask 12.13
Beauty Pie Super Retinol High Dose Booster Treatment16.72
Beauty Pie Jeju Stem Cell Moisture Shot Serum7.92
Beauty Pie Pure Ceramides Elastic Boost Eye Moisture Serum6.76
Beauty Pie Double-Sided Organic Cleansing & Exfoliating Cloths 6.71
Beauty Pie Soul Providers Relaxing Shower Oil9.13
Skin Proud ASOS EXCLUSIVE Detox Daily AHA/BHA Exfoliating Tonic14.99
Glow Hub Calming Hemp & Jojoba Toner9
Revolution Hand Cleansing Anti-Bacterial Gel 60 ml x 36
Revolution Body Skincare Vit C Glow Body Cleanser 4.80
Revolution Body Skincare AHA Smoothing Body Cleanser 6
Revolution Body Skincare Salicylic Balancing Body Cleanser 6
The Hair Boss Virgin Hair Shampoo 300ml7.99
Balea Peony Pure Blossom Shampoo2.03
O’lysee Glycerine Hand Sanitiser Spray 1.66
e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick5
e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick2.50
Boots Glow Pineapple Serum 30ml4
Vichy Hand Sanitiser Gel 50ml2.50
Dove Bath Indulging Cream 450ml1.74
Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner 100ml4
Boots Ingredients Caffeine Eye Cream 15ml4.80
e.l.f. SuperCleanse With Niacinamide4.80
e.l.f. SuperTone With Fruit Acid6.40
Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing & Toning Lotion 150ml1.60
Olay Anti-Wrinkle Firm And Lift Anti-Ageing Face Wash Cleanser 150ml2.09
Beauty Products Purchased During The Month of August 2020

Total beauty spend: £276.97

Allowance from empties

Rodial Pink Diamond Magic Night Gel – worth £75 for 50 ml, mine was 9ml so my allowance is £6,75

Bioderma HydraBio Face Toner 100ml – £2.98 so my allowance is half that, aka £1.49

ReviBrow Eyebrow Conditioner – worth £70 so I get an allowance of £35

L’Occitane Intensive Hand Balm -my allowance from this is £1.2

Ziaja Hand & Body Cleansing Gel  – worth £3.65 and I finished 2 so my allowance is £3.65

Ziaja Orange Body Scrub – worth £1.54 so my allowance is £0.77

Davines Oi Shampoo – worth £17.50 so my allowance is £8,75

Haan Morning Dew Hand Sanitiser – worth £5.33 so my allowance is half aka £2.66

Centacassol SOS Hand Sanitiser 500ml – worth £18 so my allowance is £9

Beauty Pie Double-Sided Organic Cleansing & Exfoliating Cloths – 3 of them are worth £6.71 so my allowance is a sixth (*price for 1 divided in half) aka £1.11

Total allowance from empties: £70.39

Allowance from Posts

Allowance from reviews

  • Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream: Fresh and More – you can read it here.
  • Victoria Secret Scrub Scrubby Melon Smoothie – you can read the review here
  • Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask – you can read the review here
  • Drunk Elephant Cocomino Marula Cream Conditioner – you can read the review here
  • Banila Co Hydration Toner – you can read the review here.
  • Ziaja Hand & Body Cleaning Gel – you can read the review here

Total allowance from reviews: £30

Allowance from Social Media

  • Instagram posts: £5
  • Instagram Reels (*new rule – 3 for each post): £6

Total allowance from social media: £11

Total Allowance from posts: £41

Before we move onto the comments, let’s do the math.

714.77 (From July) – £276.97 (August’s Spending) + £70.39 (August’s Allowance from empties) + £41( Allowance From Posts) = -£880.35

Okay, so the numbers are looking worse and worse. However, personally I am even more proud of this month’s results than the previous month despite having spent a bit more, the allowance from empties as well as the one from posts was higher. I did good in this regard. I finished more products and even managed to squeeze more reviews in between all those beauty advent calendar launch information which I do not count towards my goal.

You might wonder why I even bother since I went off the rails a while back. Well, I bother because I do want to improve and if I give up now, I might never manage to get back on track. However, this month was slightly different in terms of spending. The spending was not caused by stress, not really.

For the first time since February, I placed a few orders in the UK and I am having my stuff forwarded to where I am. To think I struggled to get accustomed to living in London…now I kinda miss my life there and little bits can help. Since I was given the opportunity, I did take a bit advantage and placed an order at Asos, Boots and of course Beauty Pie. Asos and Boots were not urgent, but Beauty Pie kinda was.

My membership balance at Beauty Pie was kinda hight and I assumed I would use it, but then I kept the membership and it kept growing. I reached a level which I can honestly not spend as I don’t have enough stuff that I want nor do I feel comfortable placing a several hundred pounds order at one time. Now, with this order, I nearly halved it and perhaps next month I will be able to spend a similar amount so that I can finally let go of it. I have such a high balance at the moment that I honestly cannot bring myself to let go of. That was a lot of money spent on the memberships that until this point I did not even realise I did not account for above. However, I did took the membership price into account above so hopefully that will balance things. Will try to do better next year when I adjust the rules based on this year’s learnings. If you have no clue what I am talking about, you can learn here everything you need to know about Beauty Pie

If it were not for the UK orders, my results would have looked slightly better. It is what it is. I had no idea when I will have the chance to place another order so I did take advantage. I do have a few things left in my UK storage that needs to be forward but all beauty already purchased is accounted for above. I might get a few more things next month, but we will see then. These are purchases I can honestly say that I do not regret one bit.

Also, I am incredibly happy with myself right now as I managed to skip on around 4 beauty gifts with purchase and a whole lot of appealing advent calendars. On the calendars front, the situation is still in question as I sill have time, but at least I did not get the goody bags.

How did you do in August?

Also, did you know that my ultimate beauty goal is to be able to fit all my beauty products in one box? It seems I am doing the opposite, but I am trying. I decided on this in August as I announced it on my Instagram challenge – do follow me on IG so that you do not miss out on “exclusive” news.


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