When I first began to read beauty blogs, and then eventually started my own, I'll admit I did so with the somewhat naive assumption that it would save me money. My thought process went something like this:
'Gone are the days of frittering money away on magazines to show me the latest products and wasting even more money on said products that never lived up to their hype.'
Along with that came the idea that I would end up with a beautiful streamlined makeup bag full of holy grail products, making me a far less cluttered and more organized person. I think the photo below shows you how that turned out!
It is plain to see that my streamlined makeup bag vision is a long way off!
Since finishing my exams, I don't have the revision excuse to put off tidying (well until August at least) so this last week I have been trying to create some kind of order out of the chaos of my living space. I feel so much happier when everything is neat and I can see the floor, but this rarely happens.
To cut a long story short, the process of tidying really brought home just how much makeup I have, and more surprisingly how much of it has been bought since I started blogging. I really love blogs and think they are a fantastic shopping tool, as well as the social element they contain, but they have been very bad news for my bank balance. It is like when I was trying to eat healthily whilst working at Pizza Express with staff food allowance, very difficult if you have a soft spot for dough balls!
I think my main problem is that however happy I am with a product, there is always a part of me that thinks there could be a better one out there. This is especially the case with foundation, concealer and skincare. Reading a variety of blogs exposes you to so many new brands that however happy I am with my current regime, I can't resist at least trying the latest next best thing.
Don't get me wrong, whether or not I read blogs and blogged myself, a large part of my disposable income would still go on makeup, but I wondered if anyone else had noticed a change in their spending habits since reading blogs or blogging themselves?
I have been slightly distracted this month with the upcoming British Open Golf Championship that is being held almost round the corner from me (I'm a bit of a golf geek), especially with the knowledge that my favourite player is staying next door! As a result, I've hardly read any posts or written any and my spending has quickly switched from makeup to clothes.
Is this just a coincidence? I'm not so sure. When I usually spend at least an hour a day reading, writing and tweeting about makeup, a Zuneta order or Chanel splurge seems almost par for the course, and bank statements get pushed unopened to the back of a drawer. A perilous approach to personal finance!
There is a direct correlation between the amount of time I spend beauty blogging and the amount of money I spend on beauty products, something I like to call beauty bloggitus, but am I alone in suffering from this condition? Have any of you managed to stick to a spending ban or specific budget whilst continuing to blog?
In the words of Oscar Wilde, 'I can resist everything except temptation'.