Monday, March 3, 2014

The Spending Ban


The good news is I have booked a holiday.
The bad news is a spending ban is required.

To be honest a spending ban is well overdue. I started this year with good intentions to impose a sensible spending approach which in short meant it was unnecessary to delve into ones overdraft 3 days before pay day to purchase the latest beauty release and haven’t done too badly considering I’ve also spent a fortune on new bedroom furniture.

That said I still managed to add the cute but completely unnecessary pineapple make up bag to my shopping bag during a trip round Westfield a few weeks ago (prior to booking my holiday FYI). I love pineapples which is what made it impossible to resist and I will use it daily carrying my make up around but still, it was £10, I have numerous make up bags in my collection and it certainly wasn’t a necessary purchase.

And then of course we have the no 1 beauty blogger problem of all, the inability to walk into Boots/Space NK/Mac without adding the newest products to my every growing make up stash. I’m a collector by nature and nothing pleases me more than to have a collection of lipsticks, eye shadows etcetera in every variety available. Then of course there are band wagons I love to jump on, whether the reviews are good or bad I want to try for myself and this gets costly. My flat is currently overflowing with numerous products that I haven’t even taken out of the packaging Nars and Urban Decay Naked 3 palettes examples of.

It’s not just beauty I’m guilty of random spending, there are the takeaways because I’m home late from work and don't want to cook, a magazine because I want something different to read one night than my latest book or another pair of pyjamas from Primark because they’re oh so cheap. Starting now it stops. In just over a month  I’m heading off on the trip of a lifetime with my best friend to San Francisco, Hawaii and LA and I think that’s worth putting down the phone on the Chinese takeaway or adding another blusher to my collection don’t you?

The great news is my overflowing collections should keep me in blog material for weeks (if not months!) to come and my birthday is on the horizon so that should ease the pain of minimal spending and see a few treats come my way.

If you have any spending ban tips or indeed some for my forthcoming holiday do share, I couldn’t be more excited… now where’s Rhianna’s Viva Glam lipstick I brought two weeks ago……


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22 comments:

  1. I'm turning green with envy that you've got a holiday to look forward to - and what a trip!!!! And stay strong, just think of all the fab things you can get over there :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. I'm justifying thinking about making up for all the saving in Sephora! x

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  2. Most of my money goes on food :( boo! That's such an incredible trip you have planned, any room in your suitcase for me?! xx
    www.LaurasHaven.com

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    1. I'm sure we can find room for a little one x

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  3. I'm so jealous - your holiday sounds absolutely incredible :)
    But the pineapple make up bag is amazing! I read the other day that in the olden days pineapples were such a luxury in the UK that the aristocrats used to rent pineapples to take to parties! I don't know how true that is, but it's a pretty cool fact, right?
    Keep in touch!
    Andrea
    www.lanouvellenoire.com xxx

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    1. I did not know that about pineapples which is a travesty considering they are one of my favourite things! x

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  4. What an amazing trip you have planned! Good luck with the spending ban, and that make-up bag is gorgeous by the way.
    www.merrymusing.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, now if you could stop postiing such rave reviews that will help! ;o)

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  5. That certainly does sound like the trip of a lifetime! San Francisco is my absolutely favorite city in the United States, lived there as a child and for a short time as an adult, love, love, love it there! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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    1. San Fran has been on my places to visit for ages, I'm glad you speak so highly of it.

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  6. Great holiday. I'm sure you'll have the time of your life. Make sure you go to Santa Monica Beach in LA, it's lovely. Hawaii sounds fab as does San Francisco. I'm definitely jealous. Good luck with the spending ban. More spending money for when you're there hopefully.

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    1. I've been lucky enough to visit Santa Monica Beach before and I agree it's lovely. We'll only have a couple of days in LA this time so we may concentrate more central but will see how we get on!

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  7. Ha good luck! Just remember you will need alot of money on Holiday so "stop" If you love something take a picture of it blog or instagram it move on. My Thing this year is that If I buy clothese or makeup and after a week it is still in the bag and not worn or used it then I return it...going very slow on that one. I am trying very hard because I want to come to England and I know I want to buy lots of things....lol I know you can do this! lol Grace xoox

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    1. That sounds a good plan. As I say my problem isn't out of control spending it's ridiculous little things here and there every couple of days. I do hope you come to the UK soon :o) x

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  8. Ah that makeup bag is so cute :) good luck on your spending ban :) xx

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  9. spending ban? Hmpf. Never heard such rot in all my born days. Get out & shop laydee!

    p.s did I not see a twitter pondering from you about which colour Prada purse to buy next? Not much banning of the cashage there!!!

    x

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    1. Don't say that... I'm trying to be good!!!!! Ha and yes I was pondering but not necessarily buying ;o) Obv the spending ban will be off when I go Bicester Village next weekend x

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  10. Wow, what an amazing holiday to look forward to, Victoria - can't wait to read all about it x

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  11. Wow-wee! Sounds like the most fabby holiday you have planned.
    I've never been to the States, but I too have heard that San Fran is a good place to visit.
    But, oh, Hawaii, well jel! Oh, the surfing...I will have died and gone to Heaven if I ever get to go there!
    And another 'ooo'...pineapple ice bucket; aren't they the BEST!
    Z xx

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    1. I've heard so many good things about San Fran too and with only 2 nights it's going to be manic but I'm sure we can get everything ticked off the list. And yes Hawaii… get me on a beach with a cocktail. x

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