I don’t know how some beauty bloggers afford it. I mean, I can barely shell out enough to keep myself supplied with a few hair, skincare, and makeup basics, let alone splurge on new products or wild hauls. For me, beauty products come down to picking and choosing my battles. Would I love to have manicures every weekend and a wide variety of Mac make-up brushes to choose from? Of course. But despite my quite well-paying, full-time social media marketing job, that’s just not something I can fit in the budget if I want to eat more than rice and beans.
Here are the things I accept I can’t afford to worry about:
1. Eye Brows
I can afford to de-prioritize this one because my eye brows are light and naturally quite bushy. In an ideal world, I’d love to get them professionally waxed on a monthly basis, but that $25 adds up. Instead I do a quick tweeze job in my very poorly lit bedroom and straighten them out with Benefit’s Instant Brow Pencil. Sure, I might have a couple of barely-there hairs still poking out outside the lines, but it’s a minimal issue.
A couple of years ago, a friend commented how she was self-conscious some of her pores were so large and obvious. Until then, I had never in my life noticed her pores, my pores, or anyone else’s. Now, I can’t help but notice I have some very visible dots directly in the center of my forehead in between my brows. Would I prefer they just disappear? Of course. Am I actually trying to track down a product that can do that? Nope. I’ll just keep ignoring them like apparently I had for years.
My skin is so red, it doesn’t need any extra help. Instead of coughing up dough to do something my skin naturally does in excess, I just leave off putting liquid foundation across my cheekbones, so the redness still shines through. The foundation keeps my entire face from looking like tomato and my natural skin acts as the blush.
Maybe I’m just not doing something right, but I have never found that hairspray particularly helps my hairdo situation. Whether I’m leaving it down, loose, and curly or pulling it up into a top knot, I just put it together and continue on my day hoping it stays that way – hairspray just seems to make it stiff and untouchable. Maybe if I was doing Hollywood style curls or a wild up-do it’d be necessary, but just not on a daily basis.
I am a big believer in skincare. I’ve mentioned it over and over on this blog, but I’ve dealt with acne my whole life and know how the right products can turn a bad skin week around. Cleansers, moisturizers, night creams, serums, face masks, spot treatments – I truly believe in the power of these things. I have yet to find a toner that feels like it’s more effective than just spritzing water on my face.
Disagree with any of my assessments? I welcome your feedback (especially on the hairspray and toner, because I acknowledge I could be wrong). What are beauty elements you’ve de-prioritized for the sake of budget?