Cheap beauty?

So, if you haven’t gathered already from the contents of my haul videos on YouTube, I tend to have a small budget for things. It’s not really a habit I have deliberately, but I just can’t get past my frugal standards. This is something I’m going to talk about generally on my other blog, Reconstructive Demonstrations (and I’ll pop the link here when it’s uploaded), but here I’m going to focus on the beauty end of it.

I tend to buy cheaper versions of items first of all, as a test run, then if they’re absolutely no good, I upgrade to a slightly more expensive version. I never jump in to the £30 lipsticks and the £50 highlighters, because if I can get more bang for my buck with cheaper products, I will stick to them. I reckon, with certain things, it was probably cheaper in the end to begin with more expensive products rather than starting from rock bottom, but I will say that you won’t see me reaching for the Asda Smartprice shampoo, so I’m not that frugal!

An obvious pro: saving money, as just discussed. This is especially apparent for me when I’m clothes-shopping; yes, often there is a discernable increase in quality with more expensive clothing, but it’s very disproportionate when you’re talking £100+ on items that aren’t hiking boots, for example. When you’re talking tops, T-shirts, or leggings, there’s really not much need (for me, anyway) to immediately spend £50 on one, because the quality simply can’t increase fivefold from that of a £10 top; the quality increase does not reflect the increase in price, in general, if you ask me. I’m a pretty clumsy person, so I always run the risk of spilling stuff on my clothes, or catching or ripping them, and there’s no way I’m dropping a lot of money on something I know I might easily destroy in a matter of seconds. If you’re more upmarket with your purchases though, do your thing! There’s a good side to how you less thrifty folks do your shopping!

The biggest disadvantage: apart from sometimes having to go through five different shampoo types till you find the formula that works for you? Sometimes I settle for products; if there’s a better version out there that is outwith my budget, I generally don’t give in to my demons and purchase it, but rather live with what I’ve got. It’s ridiculous sometimes, when I have that block that says “oh, you can’t possibly spend more than £5 on a good skincare product; you just don’t have the money!” because 1) good skincare is the one thing I recommend investing in, if you have more problematic skin; chances are the cheaper stuff isn’t going to be as effective for you, and 2) I do have enough money to do that, happily. But I just can’t bring myself to do it sometimes! This has improved now that I’ve generally got a bit more money than I used to – my default maximum price I’d pay for things is increasing for most items, whilst still not becoming sky high.

I suppose it’s just trying to break out of that lifetime habit of having to watch my pennies – all my life I’ve been content without having to buy into the designer and high-end products, so I tend to want to retain that attitude, but I know I can relax it a bit and my wallet will still be grateful. It means I won’t have to deal with lipstick that fades quickly, dry shampoo that doesn’t do its job properly; I won’t have to forgo eyeshadow simply because what I buy is not long-lasting enough for my oily eyelids. I’m not going to start buying high-end products, because it’s really not ‘me’ to spend so much on one product, but there’s no harm in spending a bit more to get something that really works for me.

Now I’ve just got to tell myself that!

What about you? Do you have too low a budget to get the beauty products your heart truly desires? Do you think being cheap isn’t effective in the long run? Or do you think it’s ridiculous to scoff at the idea of a £30 lipstick if it’s a really great product? Let me know your spending habits!

Until next time,
Sascha x


Chatty, Slightly Out Of Focus Collective Haul!

Two posts in one day, sorry about that! But since I posted a video on each channel today, it’s only right I also write the two accompanying blog posts today too 🙂

On DOTK I uploaded a collective haul video – makeup, clothing, notebooks, and another cute surprise! As I said in the video, it will most likely be the last haul video I do for quite a while; I’m in a bit of a financial pickle (nothing too drastic!), so I won’t be making many frivolous purchases. So I will be injecting some novelty into the DOTK channel, I hope, since I won’t be able to put haul videos on there!

And yes, as you can read from the title of either this post or of the video, it’s out of focus! The camera I use to film doesn’t have a flipscreen (I spotted a lovely one I wanted to buy, but of course, financial pickle, boo!) so I filmed the entire thing before realizing I’d been sitting slightly out of focus. Luckily you can still see the items – nothing is really compromised – so I hope you don’t mind that! I would have refilmed it but it was a long haul, and I’d been filming other videos that day too.

Anyway, here’s the video, the last haul in a long time:

The video does play; I’m just not sure why it doesn’t have a thumbnail!

Until next time,

Sascha x

Review: Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner

First of all, apologies for the quality of the photo – my cameras can’t handle closeup eyeliner, and if I close my eyes for a photo, they flicker (my eyes, not the cameras!).

Second of all, Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the celebrations and is looking forward to 2013. One of my many New Year Resolutions, which I don’t usually make, is to write on this blog regularly, and for the beginning of the year, you have a product review! I should have put this up before NYE, as the product is a good party liner, but I’m sure you guys will have some parties to go to throughout the year 🙂

I’ve never done a proper product review before, so I hope that you enjoy reading this and it is helpful! Today, I’m reviewing the Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner (£6.00), in the color Black Ice.

As its name suggests, it’s a glittery eyeliner, and black! I don’t usually draw a thick line on my top lid, but with this product, I thought I’d give it a go, as it glides so easily onto the lid. It’s creamy in consistency and it’s really easy for even a novice like me to create a thick, bold line without many mistakes, and those mistakes are easily removable with a wet or dry cotton bud.

The glitter is very noticeable on the eye from the outset, and the black is a very dark charcoal shade. Even with a little blending, the glitter doesn’t disappear, although it doesn’t show up very well in photos.

I’ve worn this on a few separate occasions, and by the end of the day, my thick line was still there. The first time, there was some smudging above the line by the end, and just above my actual eye lid. I’d had a busy day and hadn’t checked it in the mirror or brought cotton buds or wipes to fix it, but it wasn’t completely disastrous by the end of the night – the smudging almost looked deliberate! But the actual line hadn’t budged at all, even after a good five hours or so during stressful Christmas shopping, and on the other occasions, there was little to no smudging at all!

So, all in all, I’m very happy with the product. For its price, its staying power is very commendable, and I highly recommend the product. With some tiny touchups throughout the day, you won’t go wrong with it! And with eight colors in the range, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Close up of the applicator:

Note: I am not affiliated with Avon in any way and have not received payment or free products from the company.