Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Make up mania

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!

13 comments:

Sooze said...

My 'make up' routine is similar - fragrance free facial cleasing wipes, 50p from Wilko, Lacura moisturising cream from Aldi, mascara and a flavoured Vaseline lip gloss....that's it.

Dawn McHugh said...

very low maintenance her as well, occasionally a bit of lippy if its a special occasion and a bit of nail varnish on my toes when I am in sandles, so some-one is using my share as well, although I do know people who slap it all on when they roll out of bed and its top expensive brands, I remember a certain some-one telling me of a new mascara they bought costing £70, I dont go to those beauty parlours or spas either :-)

Bridget said...

I'm just a eyeliner and mascara kind of girl too! There's no way I spend anything like that!
Where do they get these figures from?

SusanM said...

I never wear make up or wear perfume, although I'm sure I would look better for it. I use Simple soap, a basic fragrance free moisturiser and fragrance free lip balm. If my facial wrinkles get any deeper, there's some Polyfilla in the garage, ha ha!!

veeknits19 said...

Wow, what a huge amount of money to spend, let alone to spend on cosmetics. Some people must be into big, big spends to come up with that average, mustn't they? Vee x

Morgan said...

Exactly, Vee - with all of us low-maintenance folk here, there must be some people spending WAY over the average in their lifetimes to bring the figure up to that! Madness or vanity or what?

Morgan said...

Lol with the Polyfilla, SusanM - I don't think we need to go that far!! Terribly drying, that stuff, so we'd need to increase the moisturisers...

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

Someone has my share too. I dont even possess any make up at all! Nor as they like to say nowadays any "Products".
Hemp lip balm is about it

Cheapchick said...

I think I spend about $30 a year - I guess that means I have saved a bunch of money in my lifetime :) What kind of women were they interviewing I wonder

Angela said...

I am super frugal with cosmetics too. BUT I this morning I discovered I'd made an error. I love it when friends give me shower gel for Christmas, but in December, my bottle was almost empty. I bought a discount 'bamboo family shower gel' to put in reserve. Never used it, as I received some posh stuff at Xmas. But I opened it this morning and applied it. It smells like antiseptic!!!!!
Like you I stock up on hair dye when it is on offer. L**real suits me best. Nice'*'easy makes me itch, and B**ts own brand doesn't take!

Jo said...

I also don't possess any makeup at all apart from lip balm. That makes 10 of us who commented here times £42k each - that is well on the way to half a million £ not spent...

Morgan said...

Exactly, Jo - somebody somewhere is spending a heck of a lot of money on this sort of thing to bring the average up to that much!! And about the lavender bushes: UJ brought his loppers over yesterday and we chopped up as much as we could of the lavender "branches" so I now have a box of sticks drying out in the workshop ready for next winter's fires. Thanks for that idea :)

Sue said...

Well somebody is spending all our allocation. I have just worked out that with concealer, clear mascara, two types of moisturiser (I do the same as you) , hair dye etc and a pressed powder I must spend around £200 a year. I wonder if I can get a 'beauty refund' for the other £41,800. ;-)