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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tips for Cautious Spending


Sometimes I think to myself, "How is there anything that they haven't tried?" in response to review-heavy blogs. Then I remember that this is the twenty-first century and new scientific discoveries are being revealed and reveled everyday. When I started Parisian To Be, I was positive that I didn't want to be a review heavy blog, because I wanted to be relatable. Beyond the philosophical stuff, not everyone has the money to spend on every new release (i.e. me), I could never use that much makeup, and I hate being wasteful. Whether this profound core has served me well, I don't know, but I've realized that being a beauty blogger doesn't mean that you have to buy every new product. In fact, I don't think I've purchased a "new release"...ever--except the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, which I bought five months after they were released; I told you.

To restrict the amount of products that raid into my stash, I keep a wishlist. In fact, adding to its ever-growing length has become one of my favorite pastimes. Yes, I'm that strange. But this enumerated assortment comes into good use. Once a month, I pick out a few things and escort them to the "to do" list, and return with the fruits of my list making. This has many pros, one of which is that I realize how little I need something in comparison to something else that I want. And, second, I also plan this mini "birthday" during particularly hard times and it gives me something to look forward to at the end of the month. But choosing which assortment (normally in trios or duos) takes careful thought. My tentative "one in, one out" policy provides limited wiggle room for duplicates and noticing the voids in my owned array can also help in making the cut.

But all you've heard so far is "restrict, restrict, restrict." But there comes a time where your constant limiting will send you on an overzealous shopping spree. If you really can't last and are about to break, that's when you implement the "wiggle room" theory.  In other words, there are times for frivolous purchases, but the best way to do so smartly is to use gift cards for this purpose. Yes, you know the ones--those innocent cards that can make you happier than any actual gift. One of my friends once told me, "If you have a gift card, you can justify anything." (Thanks, Jen.) 

That's my secret. And now you know why I talk about all the same products all the time. No, but I actually really do like them, especially the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream. (Oops, I mentioned it again.) 

23 comments :

  1. Did you change the font of your body text or am I just noticing it now? Anyways -- I love it! Such a well written post, spot on even. I've got way too much makeup for one single face and as I'm getting older (and trying to save money) I've been able to resist the new launches and not feeling the need to buy anything that's just been released. That being said: I still am planning to try that NARS concealer soon ha! x

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  2. I love this. I don't really read 'review heavy' blogs anymore - I love personal, relatable and creative blogs like yours which may speak about the same products often (I do the same) but you do it in a way that is so creative and interesting that I'm happy just to read what you're doing over here and immerse myself a little in the world of Parisian To Be! You're doing an awesome job over here lady!

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  3. Well, to be honest... review heavy blogs are now getting boring. I used to read it all the time, but I think my preference has changed and I enjoy reading blogs who has a mixture of beauty, lifestyle, travel and photography. The thing I love about your blog is its minimalist principal. I too love the idea of "streamlining" my make up products and clothes and accessories. To prefer quality over quantity. Your blog is that.

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  4. I also have a ever-growing wish list in my little notebook and in general I do the same as you! even though it's actually quite hard sometimes to see the wish list and don't gout and buy everything. i really like your blog, it is a great inspiration!

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  5. Your blog style is great. The review heavy blogs are a tad too much.. An example I saw recently was a review of the La Roche Posay Pigmentclar after 1 week it was released. The review claimed how it was great, saw dramatic results.. like how does one even see effects that fast?!

    "especially the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream. (Oops, I mentioned it again." almost spat out my Tim Hortons coffee from laughing akjshdfkjsadhf LOVE YAAA

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  6. I can't believe it's the first time I am commenting, but I really love how your blog isn't all about reviewing the latest products. I'd much rather read about products people REALLY love, it just feels more genuine. I think that's exactly what makes you stand out as a blogger.

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  7. I loved this post Lilian, I feel the same I talk about the same products over and over again because I don't like to spend ridiculous amounts of money on beauty items that are going to go to waste as I've already got enough x

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  8. Lillian - "The Wise One" :D I am the same.. my colornote on the phone is more for tracking my wishlist than anything else! It keeps growing and I have started to feel just putting those words there makes me feel less compelled to actually buy them! :P Works for sombody's bank account! :P

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  9. What I do is I usually count the products I finish in a month vs the ones I bought. If I finished more than bought, well done. Also, the ones I bouht with gift cards or products I have been gifted doesn't count, as it is not directly my spending hehe!

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  10. The funny thing is, I recently got two sephora gift cards and I'm saving them for more frivolous purchases--the things I don't need but kind of really want haha.
    Amber | Lovely Notions

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  11. Yes, I did change my body font! Thanks, Weng! It was a total impulse, but I think I actually like the way it looks. Thank you, again, for the kind words. If I'm honest, I don't find new releases to be that appealing anyway. And I'd say the NARS Concealer is different; concealer is a necessity, and I, for one, always blow through it so quickly. (: x

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  12. Ah, thanks, Jen! Stop making me blush! (: But, jokes aside, thank you. I'm lucky to have a great friend like you for support and inspiration. x

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  13. Wow, Giean, my heart is melting! This is such a lovely comment; thank you! x

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  14. Thank you! Yes, my wishlist is my greatest love, but also restraint. x

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  15. Haha! And that's not the "haha" where you're not actually laughing; I currently dying...alone in my room, while everyone else in my house is asleep (ehrrr). That's ridiculous! Honestly, I hope I never see that review if I'm interested in Pigmentclar, because it will trick me and I'll buy it right then and there. And I'm glad you liked the Dr. Jart joke; I feel so awkward, I mention it that much, I just have to make a joke out of it. x

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  16. Thank you for your kind words, Riikka! And please comment more often--at your convenience, of course--because I would love to talk to you more; you sound so lovely. x

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  17. I guess that makes two of us. But if I can share the same feeling as you, I know I must be doing something right, because that blog of your's is a true gem. Do you want to hear a creepy confession? I have a "secret board" on Pinterest titled "Photography Inspiration," and I always look at it when I'm stuck in a photo rut and need some pep. Somehow, the board ended up being all From Roses photos, soo.... Eeek! (: x

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  18. Haha! Oh, Divya! I'll take the overflow from your bank account, okay? (: x

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  19. Wow, that's a genius idea! Thanks, Stephanie! x

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  20. Ummm, that's what I do ALL the time. (: Luckily, I have three Sephora gift cards lounging around here somewhere. Hey, we could go shopping together!?! (: x

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  21. Progress, not perfection, my friend. And it sounds like you're doing a mighty fine job. x

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  22. Ah, shopping with you sounds SO much fun. AndI sent you an email! (: x

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  23. I like to hold back and buy lots of things at once instead of picking up bits and pieces through the month. I've definitely been trying to cut back on the buying because when you have a blog it's so hard to say no!

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