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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.

The First Challenge

My main plan of action is to avoid any shops where beauty products are sold, so the first challenge came when I had to go to Boots to get some more contact lense fluid. Luckily, the store I went to quite a small one, but it's rare for me to leave any branch of Boots without buying something beauty-related. I just about managed it, although I was given a money-off voucher for No7 (which I'll give to my mum). 


Last Friday morning an email from Illamasqua appeared in my inbox, saying they were offering 20% off for 48 hours. I've been wanting to try something by them for ages now, but as they're a high end brand I want to take my time and choose something that I'll like, use, and get my money's worth out of. I quickly deleted the email, but not without a small pang of regret. I'll make a purchase one day, Illamasqua, I promise!

Shopping My Stash

This week I discovered an old eyeshadow I used to love. It's from The Body Shop, and has been discontinued, although I think you may be able to find the shade among their Colour Crush eyeshadows. It's a dark grey/blue, which makes it quite a subtle way to work the summer trend for blue eye make up, and it looks great paired with pale pink lips.

So that was week one! If you're on a spending ban like me, how are you faring? And what Illamasqua products would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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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

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