(I wrote about my budget in the previous post. This is a more detailed description of how I try to avoid returning home with a bagfull of lotions, only to realise that I still have four half-full bottles in the back of my beauty-shelf.)
So, I've said no more beauty products. Exept (here is my loophole!) if I use up something, that I use regularly, and need a replacement. The result was that I've started to use more nice things instead of just collecting them.
When buying a replacement I consider two things: Price and quality. Wich is the minimum quality I need? How much is the maximum I can spend on a product? I don't want to use cheap foundation, wich clogs the pores, and then buy zillion things to treat my damaged skin, and I don't want to waste my money on some overpriced product, if I can get the same quality, but for a reasonable price.
Another rule is to tell apart what is a "need" and what is a "want." That's hard.
To make it easy to stay within the borders of my budget, I made a list, writing down ALL the beauty-things I need. The cathegories from head to toe:
- Hair: Shampoo, Conditioner, leave-in treatment, hairdye, hair treatment thingie for dry and dyed hair.
Lush's Rehab shampoo lasts for really long time, but the matching Retread conditioner is enough only for about fifteen use. When it's all gone, I'll buy some Wella conditioner. Bigger amounts are usually cheaper, here the law is that every shop has to show the price/mililiter so consumers can easily compare the prices.
- Face: makeup remover/cleanser (This), eyecream (This), UV-protection daycream (This ), and a cream for sensitive skin at night (This).
I use Helia D products, as they are not expensive, but effective for everyone. (My Mother and Grandmother use Helia D products, too.) I also use their body lotion, (This) it's nothing special, but it's better quality than the lotions with the same price. Also, it smells good, and absorbes in seconds.
I have their Hair loss essence, wich smells like Unicum (or like Jagermeister), but massaging my scalp every single f... day was a bit too much for me, (even if it promised loads of nice things to happen,) so I don't know if it's effective. :(
NOW you get a FREE eyecream if you shop above 50 Euros, so if you need (or want ;D) some of their products, check their WEBshop.
Facial Scrub: I use Lush's Angels on Bareskin, and will re-purchase it as soon as it's out. I also
use borrow My Love's Garnier Pure scrub, in cases of breakouts. I have a Garnier Active Roll-on for those nasty spots.
Cold Wax: I have to much hair on my face, and have always been envious to the ones who don't. I use X-epil for sensitive skin strips, and an epilator once a week.Yeah, on my face. As hairs are blonde, they can't be removed permanently with surgical methods, so I have to live with that. Seriosly, one of my biggest fears about it, that when I will be old, and my grandchildren will need money, they will sell me to some Circus to be the Old Bearded Lady there...
Toner: Now I use five drops of Tee Tree Oil in 250 ml of water, I have to shake it well before use, as oil and water doesn't mix
very well at all.
Almond oil: I already wrote about it. This is one of my favourite things, as it can be used for loads of things, including: removing wax, instead of serum on face, removing too long-lasting makeup, base for massage oils, moisturising dry bodyparts, before washing hair rubbing on split ends, ingridiente of facial masks, leg rubs.
Face masks: I see loads of home-made-stuff potential here. ^^
Makeup: I shopped too much for that kind, and had to throw away loads of expired foundations.
It's really depends who needs what, but my basic list is: foundation, concealer, powder, mascara, eyeliner, eyepencil, eyepowder, (all in black, any other colour is just an extra), lipliner, rouge.
Here, I have to mention that yesterday my parents took me to Shopping City Süd, next to Vienna, in order to "surprise" me with some summer clothes&shoes. They are so lovely.
My current Cover Girl eyeliner started to irritate my skin, and felt uncomfortable to wear, so I bought a Marie Christine permanent eyeliner and got a sample Chanel 5 as a gift. Douglas in there is so much better, and I was looking for this kind of liner for a very long time. Feels like I have nothing on my lids, and it's rubproof, or at least bears when the wearer changes dresses every ten minutes. It also promises, to stay on for 24 hours. I guess, that 24 hours, that don't include a facewash.
The tip of it is just that felt-tip what I prefer. It was 9.40 Euros, wich makes it a great purchase! Lip contours with he same felt tips are sold also.
-Nails: nailpolishes, remover (acetone-free), cotton, nail file, nail scissors, lace.(See my lace nail tutorial here.) You can't have enough nailpolish. I prefer the long-lasting ones as I'm really lazy. The Bourjois nailpolis still looks fine on my toes!
-Body: body scrub, body lotion, some soap with nice smell (LUSH!), or shower gel with nice smell. I have so many of these, that I won't buy a new one this year. Not sure if it makes me happy or sad. I also use chestnut cream wich prevents varicos veins.
- Feet: some strong oily scrub. I use the mixture of almond oil, mint oil and sugar sometimes.