A link came into my Facebook feed yesterday from a money website telling me that the average woman spends over £42,000 in her lifetime on cosmetics........goodness me! I'd like to know who's spending my allocation because I am certainly not.......
I have no powder, no lipstick bar a pearlised lip balm, no concealer, or eyeshadow at all. I do have moisturiser from Lidl which I use at night as it has no SPF in it, and another one from Johnson&Johnson which does have SPF15, and I use that one in the daytime.
I did have a lovely Boots one with "soothing mallow" which I bought with the last points I had accumulated. Unfortunately, the YFG confessed that she had dropped it with the lid off and some had spilled on the floor - and she scooped it up and put it back - eugh!
My "beauty routine" in its most recent incarnation was inspired by Frugal Queen ages ago when she shared hers. In the morning, I put some cheap Boots cold cream on my face and then remove it with a hot flannel - which cleans and exfoliates at the same time. After gently drying, the morning moisturiser is applied and I'm done.
The evening is slightly different in that I use a blackhead-removing cleanser on a cotton pad and then the evening moisturiser. There aren't really any blackheads around these days but my sister is neurotic about inspecting my face for them Every Time she sees me, so I do get a little paranoid about that :(
Occasionally my eyes get a little definition with an eye liner that I have had for years, and I sharpen it now and again but it is still fine. And I don't get any eye infections. Mascara - well, the EFG bought me a new one for Christmas so that comes out now and again. The only "make up" I use daily is the lip balm!
I guess that makes me quite low maintenance - and not expensive. You can see why I don't spend my average allocation according to that article now! And as for my hair - well, shampoo and conditioner are from the own-brand ranges of which ever supermarket or discounter I am in when I remember that we are running out - and I have just used the last box of dye that I bought in Boots several years ago when I was given a gift card and dye was on special offer so I bought six boxes with the card. They have stopped selling that particular kind now of own brand dye so I shall be needing to find a replacement in about six months time......plenty of time!