Sunday, 13 January 2013

Empties and Spending Ban Update!

I've been working hard yet again to use and abuse my existing products instead of purchasing new ones.  I'd like to give myself a pat on the back for this little lot.  I honestly think if I banned myself for an entire year from buying beauty products, I'd still have some left to use.  I could probably open a boutique with what I have lurking around my house.

I filmed a video talking about my most recent empties and I hope you enjoy.  I also talk about my shopping ban update towards the bottom of this post, if you wish to skip a head.

Empty products mentioned are:

Yankee Candle Red Velvet
Schwarzkopf Got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray
Macadamia Healing Oil Spray
Vo5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil
Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk and Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel Sensation
Superdrug Deep Action Cleansing Lotion
Superdrug Deep Action Daily Exfoliating Wash
Johnson's Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes
Save The Nail Toughen Up Base Coat
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer
Clinique High Impact Mascara
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Bioderma Crealine H2O Micelle Solution
Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Bobbi Brown - Extra Eye Repair Cream

As for the shopping ban update on day number 13.  I have only slipped up once so far, which I'm pretty proud of.  I needed face wash for the gym and I'd left home without picking one up from my vast collection.  I only spent £3 which is no biggy in my eyes.  I'd rather do that than leave makeup on my face after the gym and get spots.  I had my reasons, I mean who wants spots?!?

One thing I have treated myself to is the new Birchbox.  I only signed up to a three month subscription just to try it out.  Birchbox have just taken over Joliebox and I had actually considered signing up to them before they were purchased by Birchbox.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for me!  You might think this is a fail, but a three month subscription is not a year.  That's a money save in itself.

I feel I've been quite strong by telling myself NO when it comes to not buying things!  My tip is to avoid beauty all together.  Yes I still go into Boots, but I walk straight past the aisles of makeup and get my lunch and pay.  I still read blogs obviously as I love doing that, but there are constant posts relating to something new that you feel you just need but don't really need.

I try not to carry cash in my purse and use the habit of only buying things (things as in everything - not just beauty) with cash.  It makes me have to think about it then go to the ATM to get cash... then I have to look at the bank balance.  This makes me reconsider most things not just beauty buying.

So that's my update so far.  I will update you further soon.  How is your ban going if you're doing one?  Have you manged to build up your empties?

Angela xox

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  1. You remind me of someone ... like myself maybe ;)

    I'm trying to use up about 1000 products I found whilst cleaning my bathroom last week. Ok, maybe that's a lil over exaggerating but I need to use up what I have before buying any more!

    Great post.

    Louise x

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  2. well done lovely!! you have done really well. xx


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