Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The things we tell ourselves so we can buy more beauty products!

As beauty lovers like ourselves, we do like to buy and try a lot of products.  Some might say too many, but what do they know?!  Despite being sent products to review for the blog, this hasn't curbed my spending at all and it has probably made it worse... I know... But I love them... They make me happy.... And who doesn't want me to be happy...

Over the past few years, I've come across some great rationalisations in an attempt to justify buying so much stuff! Have a look through the list and see if there are any you agree with...

1. It was on sale. 
This is the fundamental rule in shopping, beauty products or otherwise.  I shouldn't have to explain any more.  On sale?  It'd be wrong not to buy it.  An actual sin.  This goes for 3 for 2 deals and buy one get one free.  Who goes into Boots and buys just one thing that's part of those deals?  A crazy person, that's who.

2. Airport purchases don't count. 
I don't know where this originated but it's true.  This also stands for holiday purchases.  You're on holidays.  All bets are off.  International rules apply and it's money you've assigned to spend on your holidays so who cares if you spend it on a foundation you can't wear until you get home because it's too hot where you are and it keeps sliding off your face.

3. I got it for the blog. 
I've used this phrase so much over the past few years and If you're looking for a reason to buy more products, then start a beauty blog.  I've tried calming down on this a bit, but I love beauty products too much to stop wanting to buy and try.  Some people might think starting a blog means you won't have to buy anything ever again, but it's the complete opposite.  I've had the chance to try products I mightn't normally have been able to, but now I want to try more in the ranges I love.  Catch bloody 22.

4. I've nothing like it in my collection. 
This might actually be true and if that's the case, then you are well within your rights as a beauty lover to buy that product that will possibly complete your collection and take it's rightful place.  In reality, you're shushing your inner voice that's saying to you "Isn't that really like that red polish you already have?"  You tell yourself that it's completely different to anything else you have whilst crossing your fingers.

5. There was only one left. 
This is fate.  Destiny.  And if you've been searching high and low for a particular product and there's only one left, then it was meant to be and is a no brainer.  You know you were meant to be together and can go home happy that you've found The One.

6. It could be my Holy Grail.
You've heard fantastic things about this product.  Read lots of reviews, researched your swatches and know it could be The One product that will end your search for the perfect foundation for example.  What if you didn't buy it?  You're actually potentially saving yourself money by not buying it under the Possible Holy Grail Clause.

7. I deserved a treat.
It was a long week and you made it through it without sitting on anyone or giving them baby pinches to the back of the arm.  You also brought your own lunch to work which is saving money so you deserve a treat.  And the fact that you're not treating yourself to chocolate is just saintly and you can go home clutching your blush feeling all virtuous.

8. It was instant love at first sight.
The product in question stopped you in your tracks.  It made you squint your eyes with intrigue.  You reached over and took it in your hand to swatch on the back of your other hand and that was it.  Love. You can't contest physical attraction like that.

9. I needed it in my life.
You see the most perfect eyeliner whilst persuing the aisles of the chemist.  You're trying to be good and just swatch it on the back of your hand.  For the rest of the day you glance down wistfully at the little swatch and shake your head at the sheer beauty of it.  Then the panic sets in.  What if you wait until tomorrow to buy it and they're all gone?  You shake your fist at yourself for hesitating at the purchase.  A rookie mistake which will never happen again.  You need it. 

10. If I buy this then I won't need to buy anything else for ages and will go on a spending ban.
Yeah right.  Who are you kidding?

So what do you tell yourself to make those purchases ok?  Share with us all!
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26 comments

  1. I started a blog just so I could use number 3 to justify all the money I would be spending anyway. It's also why I blog about beauty and style, one excuse for everything I buy, up here for thinking, down there for dancing I tell ya.

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    1. Ah I like your style, justification at it's most simplistic form ;)

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  2. Ahahaha, all of these are so true! I've been hauling way too much recently and I've used most of those excuses xx

    Angelica [One Little Vice]

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    1. We need to go on a spending ban.... bwahahah yeah right!

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    1. I use that one quite a bit I tell you....

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  4. By far one of my favouritist posts ever! You speaketh the truth! We are NOTHING if not rational consumers....:)

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    1. I am in your mind don'tcha know! I can rationalise anything I tell you!

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  5. So true! I'm also guilty of "One in every colour" instead of picking and choosing, coz readers want to see the whole range, performance might vary with different colours etc etc... In for a penny, in for a pound!

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    1. Ah yes, the one in every colour gets me every time... All for the readers.. ;)

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  6. Hahaha! I'm guilty of most of them. The sales one, as my local pharmacy has some mad clearance sometimes, with products under $1! So I usually pop a few in my bag. The last one as well, what if you want it later and it's not there anymore? :)

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    1. You can't leave behind stuff that's on sale! It's rule number , don't leave anything like that behind ;)

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  7. 5, 7, 8, 9 I'm definitely an 'oooh, the pretty. The pretty shall be miine' shopper.

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    1. I like to think we're collecting little bits of make uppy art :)

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  8. I'm awful for "it's on sale!" or 3 for 2! Went into Boots after I got my eyebrows done today, to pick up a pencil to redefine them & caught up in "spend this much to get this free!"

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    1. Ah yes, the spend €50 to get a free eyeliner in a ridiculous colour trick, oldest trick in the book!

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  9. I love this post! I'm guilty of nearly all of these, especially numbers 4 and 7 (and my blog name is evidence for this!)

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    1. haha I love it! I live by them all... It's terrible!

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  10. It's like you're in my brain....honestly!! I've often gone into boots just for a look and have spent €50...:/

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    1. See, there are so many of us Sarah, I've just brought it all out in the open ;P I've gone wild in Boots so many times!

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  11. Classic - I've used most of those excuses as a justification for purchasing beauty products! So glad that it isn't just me!

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    1. In the words of Michael Jackson - "You are not aloooooone" ;)

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  12. 11. Karen blogged about it and now I want it. See: Chanel eyeshadow, Smashbox eyeshadow, turbans, scarves....;-)

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    1. Hehehe I love it :) I forgot all about those!

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