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Those of you who keep up with my content closely will know that I've been on a makeup low-buy since the start of the year and - as promised - I wanted to share my progress (warts and all) with you guys. Maybe to inspire you to try a low-buy or spur you on if you're already involved. This post is a diary of how I've got on over the past three months - the temptations, the purchases that were worth making and lessons I've learnt along the way... 


As I mentioned last time - I decided I wanted to do a ColourPop haul for April's purchases. Their products are very affordable but you still have to reach a threshold for free international shipping - I tend to wait until there are a good few things I have my eye on before ordering. You can check out what I picked up in my haul post.

- MAY - 

I think I may have picked up a couple of these products towards the end of April but I got them for my holiday to Barcelona, knowing they'd count towards my May allowance, so please let me off... A strange thing happened for me bronzer-wise - for months and months I'd had my eye on the Hoola Caramel Bronzer | £26 | full review | and so picked it up as one of my planned purchases, however I bought the Fenty Sun Stalk'r Instant Warmth Bronzer in Bajan Gyal | £23 | full review | on a bit of a whim... what do you know: the Benefit is nice but the Fenty is amazingI guess impulse-buys aren't all bad? At the same time I decided to get the Fenty Pro Filt'r Mini Instant Retouch Setting Powder (Honey) | £17 | full review. Realistically, I should've gone a shade lighter because this isn't super-brightening, however it's still a nice powder and the size is so handy for travelling (I did take this one away with me). I like it, but in retrospect I could've made a better purchase with one of my May items. I also decided to get the Milk Makeup Kush Fibre Brow Gel (Grind) | £15 | full review | as there was an offer on Milk Makeup (probably my favourite new beauty brand discovery of 2019) through Cult Beauty and I use a brow gel daily - so it was more of a practical repurchase, however it does the job I want it to really nicely.

- JUNE - 

June is my birthday month so - in all honesty - I got a lot of lovely gifts and didn't buy that much, however there was still the temptation of those birthday discounts... which I ended up using to buy two products: the Huda Beauty Tantour (Medium) | £26 | full review | and Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette | £60 | full review coming soon. I honestly had mixed feelings about the Tantour but I'd had my eye on it for a while so I can't say I really regret having picked it up. The Sunrise palette caught my eye the second it was teased to the world and - knowing its release date - I decided I'd save up my pennies and buy this as a birthday treat to myself because it's so beautiful! I also stocked up on my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Ebony) | £23 | full review | after Dorota from Beauty Drama Queen texted me to tip me off that it was half-price in Selfridges. Given I use these every day and how quickly I get through them, it made sense to get myself two. It just means that I won't have to use one of my items up on it for a while now!

- JULY - 

For July I've got another ColourPop order on the way - I'm really excited about the products I ordered and will - of course - share the haul with you when it arrives!


I've definitely been a lot less quick to jump and buy the latest releases the second they launch - with the Sunrise palette I did actually miss it the first time round, which turned out to be for the best because I got to read some reviews before I dropped that much money on eyeshadow! I appreciate this isn't a concern for a normal consumer but during the first few months of the year - I really wasn't receiving much PR (probably just due to the season) so I possibly felt more under pressure to keep buying thing 'for the blog'. However I've been lucky enough to have received quite a lot of new things to try for the summer season. Either way - I just want to focus on sharing products I enjoy and / or that you guys want to hear about so if I'm not getting PR and have used up my items for the month then I just need to be a bit more creative with my content; at the end of the day you don't need something new to share your thoughts on beauty!

Don't forget to check out my last update and read about my low-buy rules and philosophy!

Are you on a low-buy - how are you getting on and do you have any tips to share?

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