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I don’t exactly budget for makeup. Though I buy so much, I probably should. Unfortunately, all of MAC usually goes on my Macy’s card and when I want something specific from Sephora I usually go without other stuff I need until my next check ;x

I research and watch/read reviews about the product. I compare it to other things I own. I seriously “research” the product for a while. I make a list of what I want and narrow it down to what I almost feel like I need! This way, every single product I own right now is something I couldn’t live without. NOTHING collects dust! 🙂

omg I love that method! I usually research a product before I buy but I need to make a list like you do and really think if I need it =]

I do research the product, but I don’t budget as much as I should, I guess 😉 If I want something, I’ll go get it 🙂 Thanks to my part-time job, that’s usually no big deal, and I don’T go overboard with the stuff I get 😉

Since I don’t have a lot of disposable income, I look at what I have already and consider whether or not I need it. When I want something, I research it a lot and makeupalley becomes the only thing I read for a bit 😛

I have a very minimal makeup collection consisting of only what I need and will use because I don’t want to waste anything! I literally have one blush, two mascaras (regular and wp), two MSFS, a paint pot, 6 eyeshadows and one bottle of foundation. I’m looking to expand my collection, but I’m definitely not going to go crazy!

I don’t buy makeup. I don’t normally wear any, and I figure that I already own whatever I might need for those occasions where I am expected to wear it.

Nail polish, on the other hand, is my Achilles’s heel. I’ve set myself a budget of $30/month (I buy from etailers), and I check out as many swatches/reviews as I can online before purchasing, since I can’t see in in person first.

since im currently on unemployment i definitely have to budget my money. my bills always come first. im lucky enough to still be living with my parents (im only 21) so i dont have huge bills but i have enough. if theres a MAC collection i know i’ll want a lot from (ahem Venoumous Villians) i take whatever is left of my check when i get paid again and give it to my dad to hold for me till i need it.

Budgeting eh? I don’t have a budget as such but I certainly won’t spend a certain amount on one product. For example there is a face scrub I really want at Space NK which is £80. I can’t justify it so it’s sadly out of my reach!

Mm, well I used to spend a certain amount every month or at least I tried – though I usually went over if there was a really big collection. These days I haven’t purchased too much makeup simply because I get a lot of it at my job. I would absolutely keep track of the numbers though.

i constantly watch how much i spend on makeup. I can only afford to buy some once a month since i would rather buy something of good quality than just d/s, not that d/s is bad. I’m a broke college student & so jealous that your parents took care of your expenses, i hope i can do that for my children in the future :).

Funny, I can’t think of a post that contained an item you purchased yourself. Everything is always sent for consideration by PR. Which is fine, my job has perks too (like free concert tickets), but I don’t make a point of talking about how I budget for those tickets. If I’m wrong please correct me!

Check out most of the recent Burberry reviews, for one! Or the reviews of entire MAC collections – the vast majority of those are purchased by Christine herself 🙂 Also, I think the point of this post is for readers to discuss the question, with Christine just answering as a starting point!

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I do get many things from PR, but I can tell you my beauty purchases only increase on a year to year basis.

For example, I buy the majority of MAC collections – I have been buying entire collections since Dame Edna in 2008. In fact, I just laid down $600 for Fabulous Felines last night! PR sends maybe 2-5 products – but the rest I purchase. Where do you think MAC prizes come from? I buy those, they’re not supplied by MAC. Getting the majority or the entire collection is the exception and certainly not the rule.

I urge you to check for a disclosure – if there’s not one, that means I purchased it.

I believe I also mentioned that “before blogging,” I explained how I budgeted, and I explained that when I do purchase things these days, I have different considerations.

I pre-determine the amount of money I will spend on beauty
for example 500$, I stick to the limit ,
unless I see something really NICE ! >> this happens all the time lol !

Yes, I definitely track what I spend, though I don’t have a budget as such, I do know when I need to put the credit card away for a bit. And I will spend less in advance if I know I’m going to Auckland so I can have a spurge at the MAC counter!
You kinda have to when you have a mortgage, you have rates and bills and insurance to pay (especially when somebody crashes the car!) but I do spend most of my discretionary income on makeup.

I have changed my budgeting slightly because before it was all about MAC. I have now branched out into Chanel, Dior, Burberry etc. because I realize that I like quality over quantity. I research extensively on the products I want and set aside that amount, that way I know I’ll have funds for it. However, I still have regrettable purchases sitting in my drawers =_= lol.

I definitely have to budget. I pay for tuition and my apt by myself so makeup is for when I have money left over after bills & savings.

So I would do my research before deciding on something, then I’ll think it over for a night (even if I’m ready to press the checkout button). Most of the time I would go in the store if I can, but 2 part time jobs will kind of prevent that =( And I pass by an Ulta, Sephora AND a Macy’s on my way to both of my jobs and school (stupid temptations) haha

I don’t budget (fix an amount) as such, but I do know my limits (No TOM FORD Lippe). Earlier when I started, I wanted to collect tons from one or two brands.Now I buy what I knw would work best for me and will be used by me from all brands. I am happy, coz even though I am not with every collection, my vanity has good stuff! This sure has helped in Budgeting…:)

I budget on mint.com which tells me how much I spend on makeup per mohnth on average, and my budget used to $50 a month with rollover. I’m seriously thinking though on going on a makeup diet for the UD Book of Shadows III, because after purchasing that, I shouldn’t be allowed to buy anything for september or october!

I do basically the same thing. My mint makeup category is so sad. I try to keep it under $30, but last month to this month, I think I rolled over $10-$15. I may bump my makeup budget for September…

LOL after I get BOS 3 and a few things from Venomous Villains im done buying makeup for the rest of the year – other than eyeliner and mascara

I start by picking out something I generally need and will use often, research which is the best for me and in my price range. Then I buy it from sephora, and test it out for awhile. I can honestly say although I do feel bad about returning things, I have returned plenty of products to sephora that just did not work for me. Then, when I have whatever I need (not just makeup wise, school, life, whatever) and I have extra money, I’ll save up and buy a product I want but don’t need.

I really should start. I have gone way way overboard at times and have a tendency to go “LA LA LA LA I CAN’T SEE YOU” when I start to notice the MAC and Sephora and Saks charges adding up on my bank statements – I can be an emotional shopper which makes me avoid the reality of what I’m spending.

I’ve never gotten into debt, so I at least am not THAT crazy! But I do think spending a couple hundred almost every month just on cosmetics is way, way overboard and I need to tamp it down. I’ll follow this post for suggestions!

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