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.)