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6 Pitfalls to Avoid Before Making Your Next Beauty Purchase | BEAUTY

6 Pitfalls to Avoid Before Making Your Next Beauty Purchase | BEAUTY

A lot of the items on my beauty "wish list" carry hefty price tags and before you know it you're walking out of Nordstrom toting $300 worth of product and have no money left over for food (this happened once in my early 20s).

I'm older now and hopefully wiser so here are some quick tips on what NOT to do before making your next beauty purchase so that you can have your cake and eat it too.

1. My favorite YouTuber/Beauty Blogger/BFF has it so it MUST be good I've said it before and I'll say it again, just because it works or looks amazing on somebody doesn't mean that it's going to work or look amazing on you. Even if you have the same skin tone, skin type; hell even if you have the same DNA it's going to look different. I suggest getting a sample, take it home and try it out for at least a week.  If it works for you then go ahead and treat yourself to the full sized version. If it doesn't, nothing lost, nothing gained.  

2. It's on Trend I'm a beauty enthusiast especially when it comes to skincare and have no problem shelling out my hard earned dough on a serum or moisturizer.  But when it comes to makeup I'll be damned if I spend $30 on the "it" eye shadow of the moment.  In 1985 everyone was rockin' frosty baby blue eye shadow.   Do I still wear it now?  Hell no! Try to find less expensive alternatives to see if you're going to like it before shelling out your hard earned cash because in a few months from now that hot pink lippie will be taking a backseat to the next big thing.

3. It's on Sale This one gets me every... single... time. I hate to admit it but I'm definitely guilty of buying something just because it's inexpensive. I always tell myself that I'll be saving sooooo much money. And I'd be dead WRONG! More often than not you'll end up spending more money because in order to get the damn discount there's usually a minimum purchase required. Or you may realize the only reason you bought it was because it was one sale.  No thank you!

4. It's Limited Edition This is very similar to #3 but it's even more tempting because of it's exclusivity. Again, ask yourself do you want it because you'll actually use it or because not everyone else will have it. I'd rather be admired for having a strong work ethic or being a good friend over having the new "it" eye shadow palette at the moment.  

5. I NEED it Guuurrrl you don't NEED anything besides food, water, a roof over your head and clothes on your back. Keep telling yourself that you need that $50 bronzer,  $100 face mask or those $500 boots and you may end up living in a box because you spent all your rent money.

6. It will change your life At the end of the day it's not going to make you feel better about yourself, make you more popular at school, fit into those jeans you've had since high school, fix your marriage or give you that much deserved raise. If you aren't happy with yourself as a whole no amount of skincare or makeup is going to change that for you.

Do you ever use any of the above reasons to justify your beauty purchases? Are there any guidelines you try to follow when shopping?

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