So I've decided to start a new series on the blog, where instead of spending like, £13 a month on a beauty box, instead I'll hit the high street and spend £15 a month on makeup instead. I've decided to do this for a couple of reasons, one because I like makeup and full size samples (makeup and full size samples don't seem to go hand in hand with beauty boxes, it invariably ends up being sample sizes of skincare) and secondly because I was becoming very self conscious of how many of my beauty reviews were PR samples and wanted to make sure I was also blogging about products I'm buying. But since I'm on maternity leave, I'm super skint, hence the low budget. I'm hoping to get about 3 products each month for my money, so I'll be thriftily shopping!
Here's what I picked up for January.
I'd asked on Twitter for recommendations and Beth from @BethBlogsBeauty recommended the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation - I have (had) the lasting perfection foundation which I loved, so this was an easy buy. It was £7.99, but with £1 off my Superdrug reward card, it was only £6.99, leaving me with £8 to spend.
I'd also debated getting the Seventeen Phwoarr paint - I think this is supposed to be a dupe for Benefit Boi-ing, which I used to love, but as I got older, it didn't sit on my skin very well (too thick and heavy), and I think this might be the same - however, I won't know until I try it. It's the first thing from Boot's Seventeen brand that I've bought since I was about 19, which was a long time ago! This set me back £5.50, leaving me £2.50.
This is where it gets annoying. In Boots at the Collection stand, they had lots of stuff for £2.50. They had a shelf with mascara's on, and the banner underneath promoting the £2.50 offer spanned the width of it, so I naturally assumed all those mascara's were £2.50, but when I got to the checkout it was £3.99, which was £1.50 over my budget. I was in a massive rush to get back home and get the cat to her appointment at the vet, so I couldn't go back and swap it - the lady behind the counter kindly ran down and picked up the ones that were on the offer, but all the ones she brought back were used... so I paid up and went on my way. So I guess this month it's the £16.50 challenge... bah, never mind, it's not a big deal :) I really do with these mascara's had seals on them as it's often so hard to tell if they've been opened...
So, other than that slip-up, how do you think I did with my budget shopping? If you have any recommendations for next month, leave them in a comment below :)