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Mine is very similar to yours Christine. I limit myself to buying just a few products but sometimes find myself wanting more. I think that’s price becomes an issue and I have to ask myself if I really need it, otherwise that item becomes top of my next beauty wishlist…as you can imagine, its a never ending cycle!!

I budget pretty tightly, especially when it comes to MAC. It’s easy to walk out of there $100 lighter. I have a general idea as to how much everything costs so I can more or less stick to a plan. For other brands, well, I’ll only spend so much on something and it usually ranges from “dirt cheap” to “cheap” so it’s pretty easy to keep tabs.

yeah i would agree i try to budget 100-200 a month but if i feel i have spent a lot i try to limit it for maybe 2 weeks after. It is hard to budget with new collections tho cuz u might be worried that something will be gone soon. Or sales tend to make me spend more.

not really. but i do go thru crazes .. at d moment im going thru an opi craze where im buying loadsa nail polish .. den i might go thru a mac craze..

No real budget – most of my makeup purchases are determined by what is coming out that month. So the months when most of the major collections hit(fall, holiday, spring and summer), I spend the most. I guess I average around $300/month. I am finding that I am getting more selective, simply because you end up having too many dupes once your collection gets to a certain size.

Ooooh, I wish I could stick to a budget… I don’t usually spend a lot at any one time, but sometimes I’m buying new products (one or two at a time) every other day, which is worse than if I spent more at a time and then stopped to think about it.

There are two things that are the cause of most of my beauty budget problems: if I’m getting a special price that is significantly lower, I easily forget that I do not need a product or that I’ve hated the last two products I bought in a similar situation. Secondly, if I’m getting a makeup bag full of samples, it’s virtually impossible to walk away.

I do try to set limits, though, for example, promise myself to come back and get it the other day. If it’s not an impulse buy I’m likely to check the reviews, which has helped me think twice about buying some products.

I usually give myself a ballpark figure for a budget — for example, for Heatherette i said no more than $100 (hey, my tax return was good so i thought i could treat myself LOL). Ended up spending about $90, one more item would have put it over $100, and there was nothing else i really needed, so it was good to have a budget cause if not, i would have bought one of everything just so i could look at the pretty packaging LMAO!

but, for the most part, i just buy what i need as long as i can afford it. which, usually i can’t but i do it anyways 🙂

I also spent about $90 on Heatherette! That’s a rarity for me. I will only allow myself 20-30 bucks at a time. That’s usually once a month. For Heatherette I saved from other purchases.

I do set a budget limit…then crash through it shamelessly. >_< Dang you MAC and your new releases! I’m getting better now though since my stash has gotten to a size where I have similar colours.

I’ve finally come to the realization that I have a pretty nice “collection” and don’t have a real need for anything. So, right now I only purchase things to replace something that I’ve used up.

Right now, I’m spending more money on skincare and would rather preserve what’s underneath the makeup!

I’m always spend more money on MAC than my budget 😉 Here in Sweden (europe) it’s even more expensive to by MAC then in US. I pay for one eyeshadow about 25 dollar, that is quite expensive!! But I love the shadows and the colour and can’t resist spending my money on new colour and new collections!
My husband was in Florida last week, I gave him a shoppinglist to the MAC PRO in Orlando. I wish that I had been there by my self! But he came home with everything on my list and some more eyeshadows that he liked!! I was so happy!
Thank you for a very good site, always very informative and you make lovely makeups, love the pictures!!
(sorry if my schoolenglish isn’t so good!)

I try to stay within a certain budget but if i see something i really want i do go over it and do get it.

Hey Cristine,

Mine is same like urs,I always think hard whether i buy or dont and if my budget is tight then ofcourse i wud prefer lighter brands,But is it really possible??accept Mac,this is the thing i always dream about,…coz of this,nowadays im too dreamy..actually DAY DREAMER!!


budgets are silly! lol. I try to limit myself, seriously I do. But sometimes I just can’t be contained. I have to go on a MAC fast till May… so when this is over, i know i’ll be at the MAC pro spending my life way lol.

Being from the Caribbean, things are a bit more expensive, including MAC. However, I do not mind spending a little more on a good foundation and powder. I usually work within a budget though. Can’t afford not too. My next BIG purchase will be brushes. By the way Christine, for the short time that I have been here, I have really learned a lot. Great job!

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What brushes do you think you’ll be looking to get first?

I remember when I first started buying brushes, it was a huge deal for me and my wallet to go through, lol.

Thank you!

I do have a budget of around $60 per visit. I have a posh mall close by so I have Sephora and every other cool brand w/in a 5min drive. I tend to go around 3 times a month, more if I need a pick me up 😉 But I just bought a new camera and accessories, so I put myself on a self-imposed-Sephora-exile. We’ll see how that goes!!! (I have to share that when I first got married and moved to said location, I got a little carried away and my husband banned me from Sephora for almost a year, kinda sad I didn’t run out of ANYTHING in that time!!!!)

Oh budgeting… I’m so bad at it. I see something pretty and I WANT IT. I do have some self control, but I’m also working on fleshing out parts of my collection that have been utterly neglected thus far. For the longest time I couldn’t be bothered; I had mono and chest infections and all sorts of stuff that meant I barely could be bothered to get out of bed, let alone play with makeup. Now that I’m doing better, though… I want to play!

Poor wallet. *pets it*

BLUSHES are the biggest one… also, different bases for things, concealer for under my eyes (bloody genetics…), I have no blot powder (but I do have some Physician’s Formula veiling powder)…

Basically, up until just before Fafi, I had several eyeshadows, a couple of lipsticks and glosses, blacktrack fluidline, aqualine liquidlast liner and a set of SE brushes (129 [HATE IT], 266, 239, 219, 316). Drugstore mascara, foundation, powder and a stick of concealer rounded out the collection.

My collection has grown since then by leaps and bounds! Hurray! For example? I now have five MAC blushes instead of none, a few full size brushes and a whole bunch of fluidline! 😀

*Sanayhs’ visa cries in the background*

No budget for me. I save up to spend on what I want. Being a frequent traveler, I usually do my make up shopping in the airport duty free, because it makes a huge difference (around 20% less).

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