Not shopping your stash
How many times have you impulsively purchased a product, only to realize that you already own it or that it looks like products you already own?
Not doing your homework
The days of going to the cosmetics without any amount of product knowledge are long gone. We’re clearly in the age of the savvy shopper. We have blogs with photos, swatches, and reviews to go to for some of the best advice. I love to get at least 3 opinions about a product before purchasing. Stores like Sephora and most cosmetics brands offer free samples, so you’re able to try products before shelling out your hard earned coins.
Not strategically planning major purchases and shopping trips
Many sites list weekly drugstore savings as well as discounts for major brands as well. With discounts, coupons, and pouncing at the right time you can easily save 20-75% on cosmetics. For large ticket items wait for annual and semi-annual sales.
Falling for the okie dokie
Cute packaging, outrageous pricing, triple exclusive double limited edition….sit back and analyze how unique the product is, how beneficial it would be if you own it, and how much use you’ll get out of it. In the past year I’ve been able to follow those steps and saved myself a ton of money for other items. Nothing hurts more than when you go through your stash and come across a product that got little or no play at all and the thrill that was once there is gone.
Looking but not reading
I recently fell for this one. As soon as I saw the MAC Pro Sculpting Cream I knew I had to have them; they looked stunning! The first day the collection was released I bought 3. Now I love them (I’ll be posting the review soon) but what I didn’t do was thoroughly read the description. Had I did, I would have known that it was cream foundation…what I already own enough of to highlight and contour. The product description was that of a foundation but I was too busy ohhing and ahhing to notice.