I have come to the end of month two in AThriftyMrs's challenge to spend less than £100 on beauty products in a year. It has not been too bad a month in spite of or perhaps because of taking off on holiday for two weeks. This month I spent £10.59 on beauty products, which again is a bit of an overspend, as I should be averaging somewhere in the region of £8.33 each month, but was tempted whilst on holiday to buy a few little treats when out shopping with Little Bird. Well, you've got to let your hair down on holiday haven't you? That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Items bought this month included:
Deodorant x 3 to stock up as I started using my last one - £3.10
Facial Wash x 1 bought from Approved Food (in spite of having several waiting to be used already - not sure why, but it seemed like a good idea at the time) - 99p
Toothpaste x 4 as above. I'm beginning to realise that I'm not too good at this not spending on beauty products lark - £2
Nail Varnish Remover Pads x 2 - Now these were essential and very useful for taking on holiday - £1
Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitisers x 4 bought whilst on holiday - don't ask why, but they are sweet and trending on You Tube! £2.75
Sephora Nail Varnish x 1 in Teal Green - another holiday spend 75p
It could have been a lot worse believe me, especially when browsing in Duty Free shops and US Beauty Stores. I also managed to persuade Other Half into getting very organised and buying me some more Coco Chanel for my birthday in a couple of months from the Duty Free. I think this is allowed under the terms of the challenge. I won't of course be receiving it until the said date.
Fortunately, I easily had enough in my current supplies to virtually have nothing to buy for the holiday and I even came back with some lovely little travel sized tubes and soaps from the hotels we stayed in, so these have been added to my stash and will hopefully be useful for weekends away or if I get desperate in the latter stages of the challenge. Here's a picture of what I acquired on my travels.
I'm feeling pretty confident though, as I still have a huge supply of products to use, and wore so little makeup once I'd got a bit of a suntan, that I didn't even use much of my makeup whilst away, which will make it last that little bit longer.
All in all, despite the overspend it has been a good month and I'm hoping to come well under budget next month if I can start to really put my mind to it and get myself right back on track. I'll keep you posted.