Beauty Bill: September

September is officially over and the end of the month means PAYDAY! Hands down the best day of the month.However as we approach the half way point of October, at this point in the month most of my money has already gone. September was a real struggle, I had spent too much during August and had to pay for it in September. Spending cuts have had to happen; I've gone from a coffee a day to 3 a week, cut down on the amount of take out I eat and most importantly I've had to cut the beauty spending. During September I thought I would keep track of every beauty item I bought to see how much they truly cost me and how quickly products can add up. Considering this was supposed to be a budget friendly month I'm not sure how well I did but I have found out a lot about how much I really spend.

I absolutely love trying new products which is why I end up spending so much on beauty products. I can't even say it is because of the blog as I just love trying new products and the fact that I can write about my experiences with products is just an added bonus. This month I had to put aside the need to try new products and I had to limited the amount I spent on beauty items as realistically I have way too much of it which I do not use. If I run out of a product in all likelihood I have an alternative product that I might not like as much and just won't use. However there are some products that I did need to buy so here is everything I bought during September.

MAC x Nicki Minaj Nicki's Nude Lipstick

The first item I bought this month was not a necessity but when I saw it in store I knew I had to have it. I considered this to be my treat of the month and it is the MAC x Nicki Minaj Lipstick in Nicki's Nude. This had been spoken about in the lead up to September and it was finally launched on the 5th of September. I was so excited and went straight to my local MAC counter to pick one up as I feared they would sell out quickly. Turns out I was right to be nervous as the two limited edition lipsticks sold out very quickly. It is a gorgeous pink nude with strong coral undertones which looks stunning on pretty much everyone. This was well worth the spend, I wore it pretty much all of September until I bought a new lipstick. I figured this would be the only lipstick I bought this month however there is another yet to come, Oops!

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Recently I have been struggling with my eyes quite a lot. I wear contact lenses which can make my eyes easily irritated but September was particularly bad. In order to combat this I tried changing everything I could to see if it was a factor to my poorly eyes. At the time I was using a 2 month old mascara so I though I would buy a new tube in hopes that it might make it better. I haven't spoken about this very much lately but I am still loving the L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara which I have been buying tube after tube of since May. This mascara makes my lashes looked curled and voluminous but not overly clumpy (I like a little bit of clump.) After using the Tom Ford Extreme Mascara for so long I can't believe I was spending so much on mascara when I could have got a drugstore alternative which I love just as much. At £7.99 this is cheaper than most make up items I buy but it has to be one of my favourites. My old tube was starting to get a little dried up and as I said I was worried that the older tube was not helping the eye situation so for the peace of mind alone this was well worth the money.

Garnier Eye Make Up Remover

When I was using the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, I would just use that to take off my whole make up, eyes and all. However I am currently still using the Super Balm from The White Company which is a lovely product but it cannot breakdown my mascara and lash primer without a lot of work. I do not like to rub my eyes too much as it can cause wrinkles and eye irritation which as I mentioned is something I have been struggling with for the past month. As I don't want to be messing around with my eyes too much I have been using an eye make up remover and the one I have been using is the Garnier Eye Make Up Remover. This is my third bottle of it but I'm not sure I really like it. It is a bi-phase formula but I think it could be what is causing my eye irritation. At £2.69 I like it because it is cheap and I go through quite a bit of it as I like to build up my lashes which requires some effort to take off. I can't say I fully recommend this product but I bought it and I am using it.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

I think over the years of writing this blog I've made it very clear that I am not a massive fan of the Beauty Blender. Personally I do not like the effort required to use it as a method of application. I quite like it for a liquid highlight but I don't want to spend £16 on a sponge I am only going to use on highlight. I have been thinking about trying the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for a while as everyone says it is just as good as the original Beauty Blender. As I am not a massive fan of the beauty sponge in general I wanted to get this a little cheaper and I managed to buy it when it had a 1/3 off so it was only £3.99. This was not a necessary purchase but it is something I've wanted to try for a long time and it was a good price. If you are a fan of Real Techniques it is worth keeping your eye on Superdrug as they do put the products on promotion quite a lot.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Trasparent

If you read my post on my date night make up then you will know I have been without powder for quite a while and I have been using my Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette instead. During September I really struggled with oiliness in my t-zone and the Kat Von D powders are beautiful but they aren't strong enough to keep me matte throughout the day. Back in the day I used to use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and at £3.99 I thought this was perfect as I was trying to spend as little as I could and I knew this was a good product. At the end of the day, a pressed powder is a pressed powder, there isn't much to dislike. This powder keeps you matte, is finely milled and doesn't show any colour so you can't go wrong. If you are looking for a budget friendly powder I highly recommend this one.

2 x St. Tropez Tanning Mitts

Yes, that's right I am still tanning. Even though we are now in Autumn, it is the in-between season. Some days it is hot enough to be able to wear a skirt and some days I want to wear a scarf and a thick woolly jumper. For the days when it is warm enough to get away with slightly less clothing, I wear as little as I can within the limit of social acceptance. In order to do this I feel more comfortable when I have a tan. I always use St. Tropez tan as I like the colour I get but I am not as loyal when it comes to my tanning mitts. I usually go for whatever is cheapest and when I was shopping for mitts, the St.Tropez mitts were on offer in Superdrug so I picked up two. At £7.49 this was one of the more expensive spends of the month but in my eyes, it was necessary. 

L'Oreal x Balmain Lipstick in Confession 

The final item for the month was the L'Oreal x Balmain lipstick in Confession. I was going to wait to see if I could get this at the start of October but after I couldn't find it in the first store I went in, I worried I wouldn't be able to get it. I am a massive Balmain fan and I really wanted my own little part of the brand. At £12.99 that is a lot of money for a L'Oreal lipstick but as this is a collaboration they can put the price up. I have been using this since I bought it and it is very creamy, not too matte and the colour is perfect for Autumn. These lipsticks are still available in Boots and Superdrug so if you are interested in the collection take a look. I've also done a more extensive review which I have linked at the bottom of the post. Unfortunately this was an expensive that I didn't really need but I love this lipstick so much that I have regrets in terms of buying it.  

Totaling at £55.64, it is more than I thought but compared to what I spend on the average month when I'm not monitoring my spending this must be much less. In October I do need to buy a new bottle of Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair which alone is £53 per bottle so I can already see my beauty bill being more this month. However monitoring what I spend during September was eye opening and it made me more aware of the amount of money I spent on beauty products. I am trying to cut down and Christmas is coming so I won't be able to spend as much on myself. Let me know if this post was useful over on my twitter @SophaaRambles

Related posts:
L'Oreal x Balmain
MAC x Nicki Minaj
Miss Baby Roll Mascara
TWC: Super Balm
Beauty Blender vs. Brushes


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