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Here are a few things I tell myself: 1) Wait for reviews; 2) Wait for a sale; 3) You don’t need it. Then, I tell myself I can dupe it at home, so it becomes a mission to dupe it with products I already own instead. I find that what’s important is to delay for awhile, and only if it continues to nag at me is it really worth considering later on.

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In addition to the suggestions Christine made: I remind myself that I don’t -need- anything and think about 1) the large amount of product still in my drawer that I will likely not finish up and 2) the fact that I’ve recently given away/throw away a large amount of product that I got and didn’t live up to my expectations.

Seriously this is almost exactly what I was going to say. My stash is quite large now, so I don’t really need anything else. I also did a purge about a month ago and gave away a lot of stuff (and threw out the res).

Mostly I don’t have to do anything to stop myself from getting the high-shelf items – Sephora doesn’t ship outside the US and Nordstrom costs $40 for shipping so its virtually impossible to get decent makeup. I tried to get the Laura Mercier Spellbound illuminator recently, the cheapest they had it on ebay was $150. makeup in Australia is either impossible to get here or ridiculously marked up so I rarely ever buy anything purely because I can’t bare the thought of getting ripped off to that extent. you can’t buy urban decay or illamasqua here… so I guess the only reason I don’t splurge on makeup is because I either can’t afford exorbitant shipping or there is just no way for me to access it. you people who live within driving distance of a Sephora don’t know how good you’ve got it I tell you what!

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Although things are a little better here in western Europe re. distribution and pricing, I completely understand what you mean. When I read posts or watch videos by US beauty bloggers, I feel like I live on a different planet! Having so many brands to choose from, stores with return policies, decent (often free) shipping and sales… But as you say, it does help not to splurge too often. Not a great silver lining, but still 😉

Didn’t Illamasqua have a huge campaign regarding prices in Australia and how theyre purposefully marking it down for consumers? And according to their website, there’s four counter locations.

Yeh, they did. Prices are pretty good now and when they have a sale you can get good bargains. Nail polish is still not cheap (where cheap is under $10). Some other brands are reducing their prices and BareMinerals is selling at just above US prices. Something tells me MAC and others won’t follow though.

Hi Soren,
Agreed, makeup in Australia is ridiculously marked up. When I am in the US or have friends going I go a little nuts at Sephora and Nordstrom. Last Christmas the bf bought back a small case almost full! You can buy Urban Decay from BeautyBay and shipping is free, they don’t have the complete range but it is pretty good. Myer sells Illamasqua but not at all stores, they do have it online though. You can buy from the UK Illamasqua site and when they have a sale on things are pretty cheap.
I was going to get the Sephora Ariel mirror and storybook palette off ebay but with shipping they would have been $150 or more, so I feel your pain!

Staring at my bank/credit card statements is pretty effective for me 😛 And this is a bit morbid, but my grandmother was a huuuuge shopaholic. When she passed away and my parents and aunts/uncles had to clean out her closets(!), they ended up donating bags and bags of clothing she’d bought that she’d never touched after leaving the store – lots of it still had tags attached. Reflecting on that reminds me that there’s just no way in a lifetime I’d be able to use everything I ever wanted to buy, even if I could afford it all. And considering how much I own vs. how much of it I’ve ever used up, it’s just plain selfish of me to want even more.

This is a bad time for me to answer this question. Just spent the day in a city two hours away that has EVERYTHING. Apparently nothing stops me from buying things I shouldn’t or things I don’t need. I need an intervention. LOL! It was fun though. Now back on the wagon….

1. Unless it is an extraordinarily unique product, or a shade that is absolutely amazing & can’t be duped, I don’t stray from a handful of specific brands. While there have been quite a few Dior, Chanel, Armani, LMdB, RBR, etc. products that have caught my eye, those are brands that haven’t consistently made the cut for me in the past.

2. I keep detailed lists of products I want, and group them in the order I want to buy them. Unless I catch a really good deal/sale, I stick not only to the list, but the order in which I’ve prioritized them. I may also stray if a new LE product comes about, and I’ll sometimes re-order the list with that item in mind, based on what might work well with it.

3. I consider how well a certain product will work with what I currently own. Even if I find a shade so pretty, if I have nothing to wear with it, I won’t buy it.

4. I order online as little as possible, and when I do, I make it worthwhile by ordering several items, and ordering *only* what I absolutely cannot pick up at a counter/store. If I have to make the effort to trek to a specific mall, I put more thought into whether I really want an item.

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Waiting. I almost never ever buy a product on an impulse- I rather prefer to think about it for a while, to make sure I really want it (and if I do and can afford it, then it means that I should buy it!). Usually it doesn’t make me change my opinion (if I must, I can make up my mind fairly quickly), but it does sometimes, so that’s always some bucks that are saved!

I do exactly the same ! Most of time I look but try not to buy and if some days or weeks after I’m still thinking of, I finaly buy it….and sometimes I forget, and so it means I was right resisting 😉

What helps me not to buy is waiting for a review made by you 🙂 Your blog saved me quite some money. Not only I wait for a review (if your vote is less then B I will not buy that product!) but I also wait to see how dupe-able is a certain shade (I might already have something similar).

Nice tips. To resist a product I want, I find the best way is to remind myself what I’m really giving up for it (I’m saving for a house, though). So I’ll say to myself something like “I’m going to have my new house, but I won’t be able to have the furniture / wooden floors / whatever, because I spent all my money on stuff I didn’t need!”

Guilt factor works!

I sit on it, and then it becomes easy to distract myself with new press releases. There’s always something I want more, so I tell myself I’ll skip this because that looks more interesting!

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Nowadays, I almost always wait for a review or to check out the product myself, “in store”. If I really want a product, though, there’s no “shouldn’t” about it – I just buy it. If it’s something I really shouldn’t buy, I have the common sense simply not to buy it, the same way I don’t buy anything I really covet but which is out of my budget range or simply too expensive for my “social conscience”.

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I also wait on reviews. Then I decide if I really need this product. For example right now I need a concealer and I can justify buying one because I only have one concealer and it is completely gone as of this morning :(. I also try to think how versatile an item would be (especially eyeshadows). I think will I really use that color that much? I have a ridiculous amount of eyeshadows and some I may only use once a month. If I still really want to buy a product that I don’t really need I try to wait it out until end of the season markdowns. I have been able to get awesome products on the company’s website or from VIB type sales.

I’m really bad at talking myself out of things, but I find it comes in phases. I bought a tonne of makeup this year, all things I really wanted, and filled out a lot of the gaps I saw in my collection, but now I find I can walk past eyeshadows and lipsticks because I’ve got everything I really wanted (or something close enough). I did the same thing with cookbooks, I bought encyclopedic tomes on every cuisine I was interested in and now they don’t tempt me (and I can cook a whole stack of dishes). I’m ordering a couple of blushes (having figured out how to wear it without looking sunburned or clownish), and then I think I’ll be done with makeup buying for a long time, because I just won’t feel the urge. I’ve had these kinds of ‘collector diseases’ in the past, but then I find I go through a really long period of not wanting to buy anything so it balances out financially.

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