Like most people, my spending has evolved over time across many areas, and beauty is no exception. My wants, needs, and what I find fun have obviously evolved – and I don’t want to store a ton of stuff that may expire, too!
Here’s the latest on what I don’t spend money on:
- Trying 7238578157283 products
My money has better things to do, and it is no longer fun for me the way it used to be!
- Hype Products
I don’t spend money on hype products because I don’t know or care what’s on trend.
- Haircuts (since the onset of the pandemic)
My cut is simple and DIY-able. I didn’t need to pay $15-40 for it before the pandemic.
- Highlights (since the onset of the pandemic)
I can produce balayage I am satisfied with for my skill level, time, and cost of product. Someday I may get it refreshed by a pro when it feels safe to do so, but also may make a lasting decision that I don’t spend money on haircolor.
Since more or less always; last nail salon visit was in 2018 was the only that year; I just don’t enjoy it! Hell, I haven’t done my nails much in 2022 – not because I don’t want to, but because we adopted a kitten on New Year’s Eve and she is active! I look forward to getting back to it on a regular basis; I feel way more put-together with them done.
- Sheet Masks
I’m not a huge mask person to begin with – but I don’t like how sheet masks they feel, and they are a source of single-use waste. Pass.
- Multi-step Brow Stuff
It’s wild to me that regular people will have 4-5 brow products that they will use together, in a single look. Brows aren’t that complicated.
- Full-Sized Fragrance
It takes me forever to go through a rollerball. I don’t need a $100+ full size!
- Facials (and Spa Treatments in general, for that matter)
I’ve tried it once, did not really like inhaling all the steam. It felt weird and claustrophobic, in a way.
- Exclusively Prestige Skincare
Some things can be worth spending on (i.e., acids). In my experience, your cleanser is not one of them.
I acknowledge that this is worthwhile for some – just not for me. I don’t use it at all.
- Eyeshadow…for the moment.
I haven’t purchased eyeshadow in years despite REALLY ENJOYING IT. I am still working through my stash. Yes, still. Yes, most of my palettes are likely expired. But they are still performing fine and not giving my skin any trouble – so I’ll use them up or toss them if they cause me discomfort.
I haven’t purchased lipstick, aside from Clinique Black Honey, in two years. Some that I own are on the cusp of expiring, so I will of course toss those out – but I’m in no rush to repurchase. I realistically want Creme in Your Coffee and a flattering red, and that’s … about all I, “need,” in my collection.
- <Insert Specific Use Here> Oils
Argan and Jojoba are workhorses. I don’t need pre-bottled cuticle oil, hair oil, body oil, etc.
- Single-use Tools
I’ve long discontinued wipes, cotton rounds, and other disposables like Clarisonic heads (easy since Clarisonic is defunct).
- Professional Waxing
I do my own brow waxes. It genuinely isn’t hard, and the cost of the products pays for itself in two waxes.
- Detox Products
The overwhelming majority of these are not science-based and are puffery.
- Bullshit Prestige Gummy Vitamins
Look, I understand the, “omg cute!” endorphins that hit when you see Sugarbear vitamins. They hit me too! But they are not art or decor; you eat them and they go away! Therefore – not worth it.
- Body Wash
I make my own soap bars (picked up a soap-making hobby in 2020 instead of sourdough), so I don’t spend money on soap and body wash! It’s fun and practical!
- Gym or Fitness Memberships
They’re expensive, hard to get out of, and not worth it if you can’t commit. I work out independently – a rhythm game for cardio, and bands/weight for resistance.
What do you choose not to spend money on?