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I don’t buy much anymore because I am broke, but when I do, I generally just buy whatever I need the most. Like my next purchase will be a new foundation brush (followed by pretty much an entire new set of brushes.. they are getting super frayed).

I’m completely impulsive, so I’ll have a list of things I want to try that are permanent, but unless there’s a sale or something I usually only my limited edition product or new formulas, etc.

I hate buying foundations/powders/brushes… even though I love them when they’re new!

I ask myself different questions like: Do I need this product? Will I use it often? Are there similar formulars, shades in my collection? How often do I use them? Is it just a hyped product by bloggers and youtubers? Do I still need the product 3 month later? Is there any benefit for me? It it worth the money?

With such simple questions I came to the conclusion, that I do not need to buy concealers (hardly use them), red or bold or nude lipsticks (have enough and don’t wear them that often), I have enough eye shadows, I don’t need more blushes, shimmer hightlighters or non-black, non-gray khole liners (hardly use them or I stick to the same 2, 3 shades I love). This saves me some money over the last year, which I can use for other things.

I usually weigh up things like which I need the most or will use most. For instance, my list of lipsticks can wait while I need to replace my powder or brush cleaner.

If something from my wish list is on sale, thats probably when I’ll get it! I’ll also consider what I’ll use the most at that time, for example if its summer I like matte, lightweight foundations so the next foundation on my wish list right now is Benefit’s Big Easy.

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If a product is LE or not is a factor (there is always that “urgency” when I know something I really want or actually “need” might be gone soon). The only things that go on my wish list are items I’ve seen reviewed and which I know perform well. Then the deciding factors are things like sales/gift-with-purchase or other specials to induce me to buy or getting close to running out of a similar item. Of course, if I have a cash “windfall” or there’s a “gift” type event coming up (birthday, Mothers’ Day), and someone wants to know what to get me, I’ll gently suggest something from my wish list.

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If there is any question in my mind whether I truly want an item, I play a waiting game. I frequently and spontaneously add many items to wishlists only to pare that list down, usually drastically, over time. I evaluate how similar the product is to others in my stash and read reviews. If an item hangs in my wishlist for a long time without purchase, I end up cutting it. Conversely, some items get the boot fairly quickly as I determine it isn’t necessary or I have plenty covering that territory already . Items I really want and for which I have previously read reviews, I tend to purchase within a short time frame especially if they are part of an LE collection.

I generally tend to buy something I know I will use right away. Like if it’s summer I will get some of the bright colors I have been coveting, etc. If a sale is going on (like Sephora VIB) I will opt for a bigger purchase.

I follow temptalias list of A n A plus items n then once I zero them I see it on different skin tones n different screen resolution …
this helps me decide what would look good on my skin tone n then I divide them accordingly …
like I am over lipstick n eyeshadow palette phase n now I want good base makeup …
so m adding more base makeup in my current to buy list …

And in my case 80 percent times its online shopping so I need a blog I can rely on πŸ™‚

I wish I were nearly as logical as you are! I tend to purchase whatever I desire the most from my wishlist, which doesn’t always correlate to what I need the most.

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I like to look at what I need the most (like if I’m low on foundation, moisturizer, etc.). For other items I grab them if they sell out super quick. It also depends on the feature I’ve been wanting to emphasize the most lately, like recently I’ve been wanting to improve my skin, so I’ve been purchasing some nice skin care items.
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I take note of how many times I *would have* used it if I had it, say over a week. Like, if I’m thinking about purchasing a bb cream, I note how many times in the week that I actually had an itch to wear it. At the same time, I’m thinking about if I have something that performs a similar function and how much the wishlist item would actually “improve” this function in a very noticeable way.

If it passes this phase, I start imagining how long it would take me to use the item up completely. If it’s a new gel eyeliner, it will take more than a year. A stick eyeliner, 3-4 months. A lipstick… like 3 years. Etc. I also think about how long it would take me to use up given my current stock of similar items. If I don’t want to commit to using it up in the allotted time, it fails this test.

Finally, I get into the nitty gritty of thoroughly analyzing the product — seeing it in person, swatching, testing, reading reviews to an excessive degree.

If the wishlist item passes all that, I start patrolling websites and waiting for discounts for the ultimate purchase. If I don’t get a good deal, I still won’t purchase.

It’s a really drawn out process and it very rarely leads to a purchase. When a wishlist item fails any of the above steps, I sit back and let the endorphins rush in that it’s one less thing to worry about and I saved money πŸ™‚

Oh man, I have this whole weird system that goes on in my head, haha. Usually I’ll go online and fill up my basket with anything that I want. Then I’ll go back later and start eliminating things. If something is LE that I really want, I’ll get that first. Then I go by what I use most. If something is permanent that I really want, I’ll wait until I have some extra funds or a coupon to use. For example, Ulta sent me my 20% coupon that I’m going to use toward the Naked 3 palette – I resisted the urge to get it when it first came out, because I have tons of neutrals and knew that I’d be able to get it w the coupon later on.

I have my list prioritized (ATM, it’s just NARS shadows & Multiples), so I check eBay first, buy from my “Top Picks” list first, then I check the prices for others. If I find something less than 1/2 retail price, I’ll grab it. Also, I hate ordering online from retailer’s sites (shipping takes so long), so if there are several items I can only get online, I make sure it’s a sizeable order. I also plan to take advantage of Sephora’s sale this weekend, and pick up a few things, then I’m done for a while…

1( What I need – skin care and either a base or tinted moisturizer with SPF, lip gloss that doesn’t sting. Those are my needs.
2) After that, whatever suits my active lifestyle and what takes me out of my comfort zone without being scary.

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