Makeup is sure addicting. All the glitz and glamour that I feel from wearing it makes me feel great, and it sure helped boost the little self-esteem I barely had. However, I’m learning there’s a balance to have so we don’t over or under indulge ourselves. I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve over indulged and now all the purchases that I’ve made don’t make me feel good anymore. Does that happen to anyone else?
But this is a good feeling to have because at least I can change my situation quite easily. I guess I’m not happy that I have to dip into savings to pay off my credit card bill this month, and it looks like I’ll be taking $500 instead of the $300 I initially thought. It’s not sitting well with me, which brings me to what I’ve learned from it all:
- Find your style and forget the trends. If you don’t, you’ll be buying a lot of ‘stuff’ and possibly tossing a lot away. Buy what makes you feel happy and what makes you feel comfortable and confident in yourself. Forget trends until after you build up a good base.
- Buy basics and/or multi-taskers. Skincare. Hair care. Makeup. Clothing. With clothing and makeup, these items should multi-task and transition through multiple seasons. Don’t buy an expensive event dress, only to be used for one or two times out of the year and end up collecting dust in your closet.
- Create an everyday uniform for work. This includes clothing and makeup. Clothing and makeup for work should help you feel comfortable and confident so your main focus is work.
- Makeup has a shelf life. I seriously just learned this today, what being a newbie and all. If you look closely at your makeup labels, it’ll show an image like the one below, but I’m sure many of you already know this. Don’t hoard makeup since it expires. Buy what you need to save yourself some money.
- Skincare also has a shelf life so buy what you need and don’t hoard.
- Luxury handbags are overrated. At least where I live. It was thrilling when I bought my first one, however, I’m pretty rough with my bags. So when I wear my designer bag, I feel like I’m walking on eggshells out of fear of spilling liquids on it. You know spending over a grand for a bag hurts. Not sure I want self-inflicted stress in my life.
- As women we have to draw the line with our spending so we could also be investors. I’m currently realizing this, and I’m taking a stand for change so I can get back to saving and investing.
- Budget. I think I’m going to create a monthly budget for beauty products, clothing, and accessories.