We all know how easy it is to lose control while shopping. You go in a store or on a site for 1 item and you end up buying 8. Well I don’t have a money tree in my backyard so it’s important to me not to let this makeup addition control my wallet. So it’s a few things I try to remember before I pull out my debit card. Here’s 10 things you need to think about before you buy.
Budget– Don’t let your spending get out of control! Look at your wish list, research upcoming collections and check your products for things that are running low. Then make a monthly beauty budget. Prioritize what you need vs. what you want.
Research Research, RESEARCH!– I cannot stress this enough! You need to research everything before you buy. Check for sales and promo codes because we all love to save money, right? Look online for swatches on someone that’s a similar complexion as you and check, read reviews, and see if something similar will be in upcoming collections.
Buy only what u can see yourself using– “OMG THAT GREEN LIPSTICK IT GORGEOUS!” Ummm no, if you can’t think about how you can wear it or when and where you can wear it YOU DON’T NEED IT.
Buy refill shadows– If the brand sells pan eye shadows for palettes buy those instead of single shadows. It will save space and money.
Swatch In-store– Online swatches tend to lie sometimes, so if you can go into the store and swatch products yourself. Once you’re a little seasoned you’ll be able to tell what will and won’t work for you in online swatches.
Accessories– Buy things like mascara wands, cotton balls, sponges, and etc. from stores like Walmart. No need to pay more at cosmetic stores.
Store lighting– In-store lighting is NOT your friend! How many times has a product looked great on you inside the store and when you get home you have the WTF face on? Carry a mirror and go outside in natural light to see if you really like it.
Shop your stash– Check your stash for items before you shop. You don’t want to buy something and it’s a dupe for something you already have.
Keep your empties– MAC has a program called Back 2 MAC , you can take 6 empty MAC containers and trade them for a free lipstick, eye shadow or lip gloss.
Collections– When shopping collections check and see if any items are permanent. You can buy permanent items anytime so focus of limited edition items.