Friday, 21 November 2014

You don’t need to buy it!

I’m the first to admit that I’m a full on product junkie sheep! When I first started following blogs a few years ago I seemed to get this hysteria whenever a blogger I loved raved about a product - I would just blindly rush to the shops and hand over my hard earned cash. I spent a fortune and still do on an endless number of products that I quite frankly don’t need. Don’t get me wrong, I owe so much to the advice I’ve received from blogs, I've always had a reasonable skincare routine but it’s improved no end as well as learning endless new techniques with makeup. My point is that I am guilty of being careless with my merger income and it’s taken years to learn when to control my irrational need to buy everything that is recommended to me.

I now remind myself that most of the bloggers I follow do this full time and are sent so many of the high end, luxury products that they recommend. Not to mention the fact that they probably earn a significant amount more than me - I don’t begrudge them this - these ladies work hard and do an amazing job of it! I blog for fun and therefore everything I use I've bought myself. I have learned that there is ALWAYS a cheaper alternative. I know the beautiful packaging of high end products are a real pull but I get them as a treat rather than a necessity. If you can afford to pay more then by all means you should! I’m a huge advocate of spoiling thyself!
Products that I’ve heard so much about and/or tried but cost a fortune and have cheaper alternatives that are just as good:
Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and Eve Lom Cleanser - I’ve tried both of these, both are beautiful, both cost £40 (WTF???!) as far as I’m concerned that’s about £30 more than I am prepared to spend on something I wash off my face. The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm and The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil are both fantastic, do an incredible job and cost a fraction of the other two.
With some skincare I am usually happy to spend a little more and there are a few super hyped products that I've tried and no won't be without:
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate - an excellent product and I think it's the reason my skin has been agreeable for the last month or so.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - as good as you've heard, it'a a great night after the night before face mask.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir - another love, it's great as a toner and I also use it as a makeup setting spray.
NUXE Reve de Miel Lip Balm - a cult classic and for a reason. The best lip balm I've ever tried hands down and (in my humble opinion) better than By Terry Baume de Rose for a 1/3 of the price!

A few other items I just cannot justify spending the money on are Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder - this costs £35. When I tested a friends it was very good but not good enough to make me give up my £6.50 Sleek Face Contour Kit!! 
As for eyeshadow palettes - there are so many that I've been desperate to own I can’t keep up! LORAC Pro Palette, all the Naked Palettes, The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure…the list goes on and on. I probably will get a few of these…Christmas is coming up...BUT...I only have 2 eyelids and with the quality and range available at the drugstore spending over a tenner on eyeshadows is crazy - the Sleek Au Naturel palette is excellent and one of my favourites is a Body Shop palette that I got on offer for about £8. One exception I’ve made is the Clinique Black Honey Eyeshadow (£16 for one eyeshadow - ouch!) it’s stunning and I’m glad I spent the money.
Candles - like everyone else I love candles, especially at this time of year but I'm not prepared to spend £40 on Diptyque! The offerings from Muji and Waitrose are excellent value for money - I love Log Fire and Orangery by muji and both are under a tenner.

Things that I've purchased because I am a sheep but don't regret because I love them!

The Louise Young Super Foundation Brush LY34 and the MAC 217  are both excellent and worth every penny!

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt - this was blanket reviewed on every blog I followed - when I smelt it I had to have it but it doesn't last long and might not be for everyone...

The Whistles Rivington Chain Croc Clutch - when one of my favourite bloggers featured this it was on my wish list for ages. I got it with the 20% off voucher from Grazia and I don't regret it...even though everyone else has one.

Jade x


  1. There is soooo much temptation with beauty blogs, as they make me want to buy EVERYTHING aha! We will just have to try and find dupes for it all, and treat ourselves every once in a while!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. I know and it's even worse in the run up to Christmas! I am trying my best to ignore the new NARS Christmas collection - I just don't need them! Have a festive season! Jade x


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