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Ha! I have no choice but to budget myself. My tiny beauty budget has to go a long way. I am pretty good at stretching it but I admit, I would love to be able to just go wild, just once. Boy, would that be fun! πŸ˜€

I feel the same way! I often fantasize about going crazy and just buying everything I want at Sephora. How great would THAT be?! An unlimited amount to spend there, sounds so lovely!

Ooohh, I agree…a get-everything-you-want at Sephora is a fantasy for me too!! Makeup is definitely my grown-up candy!!

I have to! Hahaha I’m a full-time student so I’m only working part-time, and I should probably save the majority of my money for things like food πŸ˜› I always take into account what I currently own, how much extra money I have for spending, how often I’d use the product(s), and things I should prioritize in my purchase (skin/hair care, brushes, other basic stuff). Generally I don’t like spending more than $200 at a time – that’s almost two weeks’ worth of pay for me, eep! Lately I’ve been feeling that my makeup collection is pretty well-stocked though, and I haven’t come across anything completely unlike everything I already have. I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing πŸ˜›

Always. I generally budget very strictly, especially for non-necessary things like makeup. I try to spend less than $10 a week, unless I’ve gotten a pay bonus. I clip lots of coupons and try to get whats on sale.

I try too..I really so try.. I even tell myself I’ll be one step closer to financial responsibility.. but you know.. as soon as I walk past a MAC counter..sigh..I forget the word budget.. -.-

I guess you can say I budget. I get X amount of money a week and I try not to spend all of it on makeup but I tend to go a little over board and have to ask for more money for household things

Yes, I usually do a little research first before buying beauty products (e.g. read blogs, watch youtube reviews/tutorials and swatch the products in person). But then, there are times when my impulsiveness gets the better of me. hehe! πŸ™‚

I try but I can’t… For the last 2 years i was in nursing school so i never bought new makeup. Now i’m splurging like crazy…. :p

As a student I kind of have to….but I dream of the day I can buy all the pretty little things my heart desires (which I probably don’t need anyways)

I try to – it really helps to reduce buyers’ remorse. I hate that feeling of “maybe I shouldn’t have gotten this” that seems to creep up on me after I’ve made a big purchase, so I try to budget based on what I’d like to play around with, versus what I really need. I don’t skimp on skincare, haircuts/haircare, and shower creme, foundation, setting powder, but I do think twice for eyeshadows, eyeliner, highlighters, mascara, etc.

Of course I do have self-treat days when I go a little crazy.

Truthfully, in the past I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on beauty products that I never even used. I’m very much more conservative now – the only categories I really collect are lipcolor and polish, and I’m careful to avoid dupes. I only buy other makeup if I need it to complete a look, and I’m trying to actually use up fragrances now.

Hm that’s an interesting question. I actually don’t have to budget myself because I don’t have much to buy. Just foundation, concealer, powder, contour, eyebrow filler… and that’s it! In addition, the pragmatist in me demands that I narrow my options to a single choice for each category, so it’s not like I’m going to buy 10 foundations! Haha.

I have a seriously unhealthy obsession with finding the perfect product that it took me almost a year to find my favorite concealer and foundation. And honestly, I’m still not 100% satisfied with my current routine. But I’ve learned to accept what I have since I’ve sampled and tested virtually all of the options available. I mean really, where else am I going to look?

Finally someone as picky as me!!! I have taken longer than a year searching for foundation and powder that work for me- since I have a fairly hard to match skin tone and I’m very particular with what goes on my skin. I’m honing in on some things that I could probably live with, but not 100% either. When I was living at home, my dad would see all the time I spent swatching and testing and trying- he’d get so frustrated at me and wouldn’t understand why you can’t just grab something and use it forever.

I definately try to stick onto a budget, but half the time I end up with basically no savings whatsoever, which is very frustrating. It has happened that I buy a wonderful item from a limited edition collection, and it works so well that I’d like to have a backup, and so it begins… For it to never end, and it just makes me so mad with myself.

I want to save up for Dior’s Spring Collection, same for Givenchy’s and LancΓ΄me ’cause oh man, those are so damn gorgeous, but I can already see myself trying to get one or two MAC lipsticks, then an eyeshadow, then maybe some false lashes and goodbye to my Spring Budget…

Sometimes. Lately, definitely, because I’ve been getting so few hours at work. When I have more steady income, I splurge more often, but never really out of control.

Try is the word! I do my best because, if I find a product that will do well for me and for my clients, I have to buy two of it – one for myself and one for my kit. That makes me think twice sometimes about what I’m getting. Fortunately, there are lots of pro brands, like Ben Nye and Graftobian for example, that are really high quality for a relatively small price. Graftobian foundations are insanely good and are on the Temptalia.com Foundation Matrix. Anyone can buy these brands online and there are usually theatrical supply stores in big cities that sell them as well. I give myself a price limit before I start, so that I don’t spend the mortgage on Ben Nye eyeshadows. Seriously, I’m addicted!

Yes, I do. I could easily drop $1,000 at Sephora (who here couldn’t?) or at the department store cosmetics counters but I don’t really feel I can justify being that indulgent so, yes, I do try to budget and I also spread my purchases out so that every week, I get myself a little “treat” or 2, rather than buying a lot of stuff all at once.

I’m also a full-time student, part-time employee, so there isn’t much “fun money” to spend after paying bills and buying food. Mostly I wait until particular websites have sales or deals going on, and *then* I buy items. I also usually only buy from certain websites when they have free shipping (even MAC, my local counter is awful!).

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