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1. Dont buy from anything Made in China.
2. Dont buy from Sephora.
3. Read the reviews on Temptalia before buying.
4. Test/ swatch the product at the store.
5. Dont buy from gimmicky advertisement such as MAC presentations.

I do this by going through my stash and try to find a dupe! Of course, sometimes this has the opposite effect if I can’t find a similar product in my shade already. ^^;

This may seem extreme, but I limit myself to only a handful of specific brands that I’ve concluded have yielded the best results, or otherwise fit into my collection. While it may seem I’m “missing out” on some amazing products, I take solace in knowing that my collection is a bit more cohesive. This applies primarily to higher end brands, as I’m a bit more flexible in the budget range, although there are some I just won’t touch. Also, if there is a very unique product that I feel I can rotate into my stash, I’ll make an exception.

I also make “to buy” lists of all the products I want to eventually pick up, and look at how much I can afford, then choosing what I will buy next.

I’m pretty much done buying for a while, with only a 10 or so things I feel are “must-haves”, so unless something spectacular & unique comes along, I don’t think I’ll stray from my “system”. The only things I’m finding it tough to resist are foundations, but even after a major purge, I still have much more than I can ever get through; however, I’ve put myself on a foundation “no-buy” until New Years, and only then will I just toss everything and start over. Meanwhile, I’m just going to focus on my list.

Totally with you on the first two paragraphs! =D Very well put Xamyx!

But then again, I have a (very) weak spot for lipsticks and (now) highlighters! Oh dear….

I shop online and when I get to the check out screen, I force myself to close the window. And if I put the same thing in there every few weeks, I know I really want it and go to the store and purchase it. πŸ™‚

After years of buying make-up I can normally spot things that are or aren’t likely to work but I still do homework as I generally buy more expensive items these days.

1) sites like yours with swatches, it was why I first started coming here
2) A good look at the store / swatching on my own skin and if necessary checking in daylight, I try to use brushes as well as a finger swatch so I can see how pigmented etc it is.
3) If I’m still not convinced I’ll ask for a trial (Makeover or what ever) the brands I like in my home town know if I like something I’ll buy it so they don’t worry about spending the time.

Most of the time I can rationalise myself out of it. The new green speckled polish was screaming at me at Illamasqua, but it’s something I’m not going to use very much, no matter how gorgeous it is, so it wouldn’t be worth the $22.50 for me. I can’t always resist purchasing though, whether its new or old products! When I just have to have something I’ll try and satisfy my need to buy with a cheaper equivalent. For example, I bought a $2 nail polish today that’s pretty close to Illamasqua Nomad, one I’ve been lemming for ages. If it turns out to be a colour I don’t wear much, well, no waste, and if I use it a lot and run through it, it’s much nicer to repurchase at that price.

Good question. February was my no-buy month. I have avoided all drugstores, beauty stores, and cosmetic counters. I’m keeping a wish list for what I’ve seen on blogs that I really want. I’ve got 8 more days to go…

im saving up for my wedding, i say to myself, id rather have a beautiful elegant wedding, than waste money on another lipstick! I can buy makeup any time in the future, But having a wedding the way i want to, is not one of those things that may happen again.

If I already have something that is close to the tempting product I can resist. Unfortunately, all too often I can justify my beauty purchase as something I absolutely need

I think about what I have, and also, how likely I am to use it. I look at reviews/swatches and REALLY avoid buying on impusle. I try to be 90% practical with my shopping and 10% on a color/product that I may not use as much.

Do I have something similar that I actually like? Yes- then I don’t need it. No? The. I can buy it.

There is one exception. Do I own something similar that I don’t like the formula or it just doesn’t quite work on me? I didn’t use to walk away and see if I still liked it, needed it. Or wanted it in a couple of hours. I try stuff first now.

I also give away all my old makeup that I don’t like, doesn’t work, or I have weird skin issues with to my little sister. She hasn’t got as many allergies and has a different skin type. She loves getting new stuff because she doesn’t often splurge on makeup for herself. Win win situation for both of us.

I click the X on my browser and walk away…LOL! I know what my budget is and most weeks, treats like makeup are not a part of it. I’m working on discipline!!

After the shock of being level 16 at Ulta last quarter, it was pretty easy to convince myself not to spend anymore money on makeup and skincare. Over a rent payment at ONE store? I have a pic of the coupon to remind myself in moments of weakness (but it was a lot of fun to “spend” those point!)

Part of it is “I already have enough products, do I really need another one?” Another part is the fact that I’m a commuting college student, so would I rather have money for gas or makeup? (Considering how gas is soon to be over $4 where I live, I’ve definitely been cutting back on makeup purchases.)

I try to make two lists…things I need (staples like foundation, powder, etc.) vs. things I want (a new red lipstick, peach blush, etc.). Also, I have stopped drugstore impulse buys as saying no to a couple of these items every month means I can say yes to a higher-end item that I really want.

Think of dupes or similar colors I already have.

Think of my overflowing storage boxes for makeup/nail polish and try to think of where I would physically put any extras!

Use free product samples, or sample in-store, to scratch the “ooh! new product!” itch without having to buy and then use up a full-size item.

Think of things I have at home and haven’t tried yet, or have only barely used.

My job! I’m in the military, and that has been one of the main things that has kept me away from hoarding make up in the past few years. First of all, being stationed overseas makes it kind of hard to get some things shipped. Some vendors/retailers just don’t ship to APO/FPO addresses, and other times, some products just can’t be shipped because they’re considered hazardous materials (such as nail polish ;\). Another factor is uniform regulations. While on duty, I have to have very conservative make up and I can’t wear most shades of nail polish. They have to be either neutrals or french manicures. I suppose I could polish my toes, but 5 days of the week, I’m wearing boots. Seems kind of pointless. While I miss having a huge collection of pretty shades of everything, my wallet has been thanking me over the past 3 years. I definitely think about how often I’ll actually be able to wear something (considering expiration dates and all) before I throw down some cash on it.

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