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Last week I announced that I was on a spending ban — I'm not allowed to buy any beauty products for four weeks. One week in, I thought I'd let you know how it's going so far.

I rediscovered the eyeshadow I used to create this look! I've gone quite dramatic here but it can also be used to create a subtle wash of colour.

The Spending Ban: Update #1

Last week I announced that I was on a spending ban — I'm not allowed to buy any beauty products for four weeks. One week in, I thought I'd let you know how it's going so far.

I rediscovered the eyeshadow I used to create this look! I've gone quite dramatic here but it can also be used to create a subtle wash of colour.

Occasionally when I go shopping I come across a product I used to use but stopped buying, for whatever reason (usually because I wanted to try different things!) Soap & Glory's Butter Yourself is one such item, but it's been my body moisturiser of choice for several weeks now.

So, what's so good about it?



Soap & Glory Butter Yourself

Occasionally when I go shopping I come across a product I used to use but stopped buying, for whatever reason (usually because I wanted to try different things!) Soap & Glory's Butter Yourself is one such item, but it's been my body moisturiser of choice for several weeks now.

So, what's so good about it?



Oh Boots 3-for-2, I do love you. I needed to pick up a third item and ended up going for Sanctuary Spa's Sleep-In-A-Box. I've been wondering whether to try the Comforting Night Butter for ages now, and I'm quite tempted by some of the other products in the range. Sleep-In-A-Box contains four sample size products so it seemed like the perfect way to try everything.

Sanctuary Spa Sleep-In-A-Box

Sanctuary Spa Sleep-In-A-Box

Oh Boots 3-for-2, I do love you. I needed to pick up a third item and ended up going for Sanctuary Spa's Sleep-In-A-Box. I've been wondering whether to try the Comforting Night Butter for ages now, and I'm quite tempted by some of the other products in the range. Sleep-In-A-Box contains four sample size products so it seemed like the perfect way to try everything.

Sanctuary Spa Sleep-In-A-Box

I've noticed that us bloggers are divided when it comes to spending bans  some people I spoke to on the #bbloggers chat thought they were a great idea, others were less certain, citing lack of willpower.

I will freely admit that I've been buying too much recently so I thought I'd try and go on a spending ban of my own, partly to save myself some money and partly to see whether I can actually do it.

If you have any advice then please let me know in the comments! Lots of people pointed out that spending bans are a chance to rediscover old favourites I already have in my stash, so every Monday I'll update you on my progress and let you know what I've found.

The ban, which is on all beauty products, begins today and will last for four weeks  wish me luck!

I'm Going on a Spending Ban!

I've noticed that us bloggers are divided when it comes to spending bans  some people I spoke to on the #bbloggers chat thought they were a great idea, others were less certain, citing lack of willpower.

I will freely admit that I've been buying too much recently so I thought I'd try and go on a spending ban of my own, partly to save myself some money and partly to see whether I can actually do it.

If you have any advice then please let me know in the comments! Lots of people pointed out that spending bans are a chance to rediscover old favourites I already have in my stash, so every Monday I'll update you on my progress and let you know what I've found.

The ban, which is on all beauty products, begins today and will last for four weeks  wish me luck!
I was excited to try out the Caviar Manicure set by Ciate (it was free with last month's Marie Claire).


The set I picked up is called Purple Rain. I absolutely love the polish, Pillow Fight, which is grey with purple undertones — it's a great neutral and (aside from a tiny bit of wear on the tips of a couple of my nails) it's lasted for five days so far. The brush in the bottle is the perfect shape too, wider than most but not too big, with a rounded end that makes it easier to keep your cuticles neat.


Ciate Caviar Manicure

Ciate Caviar Manicure in Purple Rain

I was excited to try out the Caviar Manicure set by Ciate (it was free with last month's Marie Claire).


The set I picked up is called Purple Rain. I absolutely love the polish, Pillow Fight, which is grey with purple undertones — it's a great neutral and (aside from a tiny bit of wear on the tips of a couple of my nails) it's lasted for five days so far. The brush in the bottle is the perfect shape too, wider than most but not too big, with a rounded end that makes it easier to keep your cuticles neat.


Ciate Caviar Manicure

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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