Monday, 13 February 2017

A Try not to Buy Haul

benefit blusher smashbox my digits charlotte tilbury secret salma pillowtalk review

I’ve been mentioning in different posts and on Instagram about my recent challenge to try not to buy beauty products so I thought I would gather a few of the products I have bought and give a little update as to how I’m getting on! I’ve been calling it a try not to buy as well because the word ban would have the reverse effect on me!

I started this just before Christmas and you will have seen my last big beauty purchase before trying not to buy anything last week with my custom ABH palette! This was a guilt free long time coming purchase as the single eyeshadows had been on my wishlist for the longest time!

Anyway, long story short, aside from being a spendaholic when it comes to beauty products, my hours at work have recently changed so I knew I would need to tighten the purse strings. I had been covering maternity leave for a woman and she came back a couple of weeks ago but wanted to job share so I’m still doing the same job just working part time now instead of full time. I knew it was coming and I’m still getting used to it, having days off is the best but I know I won’t be saying that when I see my pay at the end of the month!

I also started the process of applying for my Canadian visa/work permit late last year and it came through last month so I have a year to move to Canada and I will be spending my spare time researching and planning for that. I’ve always wanted to try living somewhere new and I know I won’t be able to job share forever so it seems like a good time to try it!

Ok, this is turning into more of an update/lifestyle post than I meant it to but basically, every year I am guilty of buying discounted gift sets and products in the sales so I thought late December was a good time to start trying not to buy. While it’s all well and good getting a bargain when you are a beauty addict, with boxes and drawers filled with new, unopened or back up products, buying more is pretty pointless when you are barely getting through what you already have and planning a potential move when you won’t be able to take it with you!

So, instead of snapping up the half price Soap and Glory Christmas sets (not necessary when you still have backups of backups from last year) or spending Boxing Day in the online Lush sale queue, I put my bank card down and man oh man do I feel all the better for it. I give into my greed way too easily; I can’t believe I haven’t taken this approach before. As you will see, I have bought some things but it’s nowhere near as much as usual and I don’t feel guilty for buying them!

smashbox my digits charlotte tilbury secret salma pillowtalk review

This was my first beauty purchase of 2017. I had a £15 Cult Beauty gift card that I had received in my last GWP and although it wasn’t due to run out to the end of January, I’ll admit, I wanted new makeup to play with! I went with Secret Salma in the end, a Matte Revolution formulation which I hadn’t tried before - a fact made all the sweeter that I didn’t have to part with the full £23 myself (now increased to £24)! I ended up having to pay delivery with this too which I usually refuse to do (I will buy things until I reach the threshold for free delivery!). I’m so glad I have it in my collection now though, it’s a beautiful deep plum/pink shade that is long lasting and though it’s the CT matte formulation, it feels hydrating and doesn’t exaggerate any dry patches I have on my lips!

This lipstick shade had been on my wishlist for the longest time so I had been exercising self-control over this for quite a while already before getting my hands on it! I was planning on waiting for my Boots points to pile up to buy this but my Godson (or more likely my aunt!) got me a Boots gift card for Christmas so after unsuccessfully trying to use it online (who knew they don’t accept them?) I finally got my hands on this when I got to a big Boots. It doesn’t disappoint either - it’s the most perfect pinky/berry toned creamy lipstick that wears off evenly and leaves a gorgeous stain! I had tried the formula before and you can see my review and some more swatches of other shades here!

I did cave completely when I saw this and had it ordered as soon as I got the email landed in my inbox but how could I not! Pillowtalk is my favourite lipliner so the matching lipstick had to be mine and the fact its limited edition meant it had to mine right now! Again, it’s the matte revolution formula and it’s a beautiful muted pinky nude with a hint of brown. I’d say the lipliner has a hint more mauve to it but I know I will get so much wear out of this!

smashbox my digits charlotte tilbury secret salma pillowtalk swatches
l-r: Smashbox My Digits, Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Pillowtalk 

You might have seen a few posts on my Instagram about me depotting my Benefit blush palette. I never reached for it because the packaging was so bulky so I spent £17.50 (I don’t remember them being so dear!) on a new Z palette to pop them into! I know not everyone is a fan of Z palettes and they definitely are an expensive option for what is basically a card and a magnet but I love that you can see inside them and the sticky metal magnets that come included to stick on pans are so handy for covering the glue that sometimes remains after depotting! Since depotting, despite a few crumbles, I have been getting a lot more use out of the blushers and bronzer in the palette and I ended up depotting a few mini Too Faced bronzers as well !

Anyway, hope you didn’t mind that little try not to buy/update from me! Also, don’t be shocked if I cave and make a splurge on Cult Beauty if they do another GWP offer soon, I’m good but I’m not that good! Let me know what you’ve been buying recently or if you are trying to cut down your spending like me!

Danielle xx

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  1. Oooh they look lovely in that Z palette, I do agree they can be pricey but if you're using products now you previously didn't then it evens it out!

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

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  2. Treating yourself to a little something every now and then it's perfectly fine and make the whole process of trying not to buy more bearable :) All three lipsticks are gorgeous!
    And how exciting you're planning to move to Canada! Best of luck with your plans :) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Thank you Dagmara! Have lots to sort out but taking the first steps! And I totally agree, a complete ban would send me over the edge! Xx

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  3. Hope your moving plans go ahead smoothly! Never knew about a try not to buy haul - such a cool concept!

    Aicha | The Fashion Heist

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    1. Thank you Aicha! Yeah I thought the rhyme sounded good! Xx

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  4. I am in love with those lipsticks. Wow!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  5. These are gorgeous shades. I need to get Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  6. I've been wanting to get Charlotte Tilbury makeup for a while now and was even looking at the lipsticks in store today! Reading this post has definitely conviced me to get one of her lipsticks!

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog




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    1. You will love them! So many shades and both formulas are beautiful! Xx

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  7. These lipsticks look amazing. Secret Salma is on my wishlist since it was launched. I shall get it soon. I really like Smashbox one too and pillowtalk is gorgeous too but wont look good on my pigmented lips.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com
    Latest Post: Valentines Day | Skin, Hair & Makeup http://www.mstantrum.com/valentines-day-essentials/

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  8. Oh man, I'm almost the opposite. I usually don't buy things at all and then when I do, I BUY IT ALL. I'm restraining myself from splurging on Glossier right now, so we'll see how long that lasts lol. So glad that you were able to resist temptation, and the lipsticks - which by the way are gorgeous - were purchased with no guilt ;)

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Yes, it's feels so good haha! Ooh I'd love to try Glossier! Xx

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  9. Beautiful shades! I don't like spending too much money for beauty products, I'm like a lazy person when it comes to beauty shopping haha!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Haha I'm the opposite! It's my favourite thing to buy! Xx

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  10. thats a great way to restrict yourself from not buying things which we don't need.....I would also have to do something like this, but I guess it would be difficult...
    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

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    1. I though it would be more difficult than it has been! Xx

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  11. This is such a good idea. I'm always struggling between buying what I need and what I want

    Elizabeth
    19 by Chance | 1415

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    1. Me too! I feel so good since I've been Doing This! Xx

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  12. The CT Hot Lips Secret Salma lipstick looks and sounds really lovely! I couldn't agree more with you: the word ban would only make me feel more frustrated, I much prefect the 'try not to buy' expression :)

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  13. Pillow Talk needs to be mine, the shade is so gorgeous!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

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  14. I noticed when I was on a 'ban' sorry I used the B word! After a while you just get the urge to buy something, no matter whether you've wanted it for a year or a day you realize you just need it for the sake of it haha! Pillowtalk is such a beautiful shades and I love that it's matte!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. It's beautiful! Yeah a ban just wouldn't work for me at all! Xx

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  15. The shade My Digits looks absolutely beautiful!
    Aleeha xXx
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  16. Them Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are so beautiful!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  17. I love all the lipsticks you bought, especially Pillow Talk! Sometimes trying not to buy so much helps keep us focused, so we might have fewer new things, but they'll all be good'uns! Or at least that's what I tell myself... x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. I totally agree! I love everything that I've bought! Xx

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  18. I hope your moving goes smoothly! I love the look of these lipsticks, especially pillowtalk, it's such a pretty colour! x

    http://luxuryblush.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah, really early days but it's a start! Xx

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  19. Good luck moving! Love the products - I have been trying to curb my spending as well!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

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  20. Good luck on moving to Canada. A while ago I contemplated applying for a visa/work permit to move away, too.

    I love the colour of these lipsticks. The Smashbox one is my favourite.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Izabela! I love the Smashbox one, it's such a beautiful shade! Xx

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  21. Love the fact that you don't refer to it as a ban...I should try that because clearly everything I'm doing isn't working for me lol! Oh how exciting...I can't believe you're embarking on such a massive adventure. I hope all goes well and yes, you've got a little bit of time left here to be sensible in your spending and think about how all that saved up money will help you settle in when you move!! You know I love Secret Salma too ;) xxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Hehe I know you do! Thank Sal, still lots of planning but I've made a start! Empties, trying not to buy and delivering every promotional email that comes into my inbox before reading is helping me not spend! Xx

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  22. Love those colours! perfect for this time of year :)
    Much love,
    HER FASTEST FASHION

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  23. I knew you would love Pillow Talk! I adore Secret Salma too! I want to try depotting that Benefit palette too because I never use it. Well done on scaling back the spending - I went a bit mad in January but haven't bought anything yet this month!

    Best of luck with your Canada plans - is it bad that they first thing I thought of was Sephora?! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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    1. Thank you Siobhán! No haha I'm thinking about it too! Definitely depot the palette! I'm getting so much more use out of it and I want to depot everything now! Xx

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  24. How exciting that you are moving to Canada, I would love to make a move like that! I look forward to hearing about it, lovely products too. I am the same, the word ban is too strong for me haha. The CT lipstick is a gorgeous colour, thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  25. I love how you've included something lifestyle within the beauty post. Makes it an interesting read :) I would love to visit Canada one day.

    I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury products! x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  26. The Charlotte Tilbury lipstick looks lovely! Amazing you're moving to Canada x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog

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  27. The lipsticks are beautiful!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  28. What a fun challenge! Also, very exciting that you are moving to Canada! You will love it here :)

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. Thank you Alison, I hope do, haven't heard a bad word about it! Xx

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  29. I've seen pillow talk everywhere and I really feel as though I need it in my life but I've put myself on a spending ban for a month :P Have a great day :)

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  30. I adore Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks SO much! My fave is Bosworth's Beauty!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx | http://wwwtheperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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  31. The Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lipstick is my dream right now, I can't wait to get my hands on it! Lovely choices!

    SHAKIRA / SHAKIRA SACKS

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  32. I love the idea of this post!! I seem to be on a permanent spending ban, but like you I'm just more careful about the purchases I do make
    - Nishi xx
    www.nishiv.com

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    1. It feels so much better than buying something random just because it's on offer or something! Xx

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  33. oh moving to canada sounds so exciting. i really didn't want to buy new makeup until i saw the ct pillow talk lipstick. i had to have it.


    www.elenaisabelle.com

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  34. Lipstick shades are so cute. Nice post.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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  35. Nice post, the lipstick shades are gorgeous! Kisses

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  36. I love the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks! I've been meaning to try them out for the longest time but just haven't gotten around to do so yet.. They look absolutely stunning :)
    Also, congrats on your visa! I'm sure you'll have an amazing time. From what I hear Canada is an absolutely beautiful and interesting place!!
    Love,
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

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  37. I love this post, you are one brave girl Danielle! I personally tried to ban myself a couple of weeks ago, but I don't know - I think I am a hopeless case haha All lipsticks here are so pretty by the way. I need to try Smashbox!

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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    1. I am obsessed with the Smashbox one, it's so pretty! Xx

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  38. I love it when bloggers share some personal stuff with their readers as it makes them very relatable. I'm on a spending ban too but I do allow myself to buy stuff that is needed or a repurchase. And how exciting for you to get Canadian visa! Is it a work visa? And where about in Canada will you be?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you Shireen! Yep I applied for a work permit too! Not entirely sure yet, I'd love to go to Vancouver but I think it would be too expensive for me to start there so maybe somewhere round Calgary! Xx

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  39. Secret Salma is a beautiful shade!!! All are so amazing but the CT one is my fave :) have a nice weekend!! xx

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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  40. Jealous you have the lipstick version of Pillowtalk, I have the lip liner too and love it!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  41. It is really hard to stop your hand from hauling but best of luck. I loved the Smashbox Lipstick shade.
    GlamupGirls

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  42. Beautiful haul! I should cut the spending on makeup but I just cannot resist...Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion & beauty blog

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  43. I'm seeing CT's Pillowtalk everywhere at the moment! It's such a stunning shade and It's been on my wishlist forever. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and pick it up haha :P Lovely post!

    xx Imogen
    www.faux-silk.com

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  44. I picked up some CT lippies myself and I'm in LOVE.

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  45. I need to get this Pillowtalk lipstick. It looks stunning!
    -Maria
    IN1997

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  46. Both those CT lipsticks are STUNNING! I really need to add her products to my collection.

    x Tash / becomingtashh.com

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    1. They are some of the highest quality lipsticks I have tried! Well worth the money! Xx

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  47. This Klorane dry shampoo looks really good, I've been wanting to get my hands on it for ages!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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    1. Ah I think this was meant for my empties post :) it's lovely, so fresh! Xx

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  48. Great post.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
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