Remember when I went plain old mad and decided to cap our yearly beauty and personal hygiene budget (for Mr Thrifty and I) to £100 last month in the 1 year/£100 Beauty Challenge? Well I’m one month in and actually doing fairly well so far. I aim to use up my vast quantities of stockpiled beauty, make up, hair and personal hygiene products as well as stick to the tight budget I’ve set myself. I’ve decided each month to share my updates in two posts; one showing you what I’ve used up and the second to show you how I’ve fared budget wise.
So here is what I managed to use up in the time period between – and I should really emphasise in the case of all of these products this is about using up already opened items and finishing dregs. I haven’t used an entire product in a month.
No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser
I went through a phase of stocking up on this hot cloth cleanser when Boots had their £5 off vouchers in store. It is so calming and gentle on my skin which is lovely in the hot weather because my skin really, really hurts after even the smallest amount of exposure to the sun.
Mitchum Advanced Control Deodorant
This is my go to deodorant, it lasts and it stands up to exercise and hot summer weather with just one application. I have a few more of these deodorant sticks stocked up because I found them on an incredible discount a few months back but I know buying more of these will take up a good chunk of my £100 budget for the rest of the year. I went pretty hardcore on this actually, you see once you’ve rolled the stick up as far as it will go there is still and inch or so (at least a week worth I’d say) of product left, so I dug it out and used it. I paid for it after all.
Got2b Beach Matt Texturising Salt Spray
Ah salt spray how I love thee during hot months. Alright, alright so I’m never going to look like a beach Goddess but this spray certainly makes my hair look a bit more relaxed and mermaidy than I could ever imagine. I picked this spray up in the discount shop B&M a while back and it has been a real time saver in giving my hair an instant ‘look’. I’m sad to see this used up.
No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water
Again another item I was lured into when Boots offer their £5 off vouchers. It is nice enough and lovely for removing eye make up and cooling the eyes at the end of the day but it is a ‘meh’ product if I’m honest. I wouldn’t buy this again.
Accessorize Enchanted Perfume
I received this perfume as a PR sample. I have to say I was really surprised by it and I’ll thoroughly miss it. The scent isn’t my usual type – it is very sweet – however it really suited me for spring and summer.
Batiste Dry Shampoo (Blush)
I usually prefer the XXL version of Batiste purely for adding a bit of volume however the regular (in any scent) does a decent enough job. Have you got any recommendations for super cheap volumising dry shampoo?
Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream
This was a really nice day cream from memory but I only had one application left in the pot when I got round to using it up. I feel like it isn’t rich enough for my skin but definitely worth looking at if you’re younger (I’m 30) or less wrinkly than me.
L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara
Hated it. Liked it previously when I had another tube but I’m not sure why I hate it so much this time, I just did. Comprehensive, huh?
Kleenex Eye Make-up Remover Wipes
I try not to make it a habit to use wipes but if I’m coming home late from the pub I figure it is better to glide one of these across my eyes than to sleep with my make up on. Because I’m a lazy bitch and standing in front of a mirror with a muslin cloth after a night down our local just is not going to happen. Ever.
Mitchum Advanced Control
Two deodorants in one empties post? Do I stink or something? Probably.
I prefer roll-ons in the winter and sticks in the summer. I don’t know why, that’s just the way it is and yes it hasn’t been particularly winter-y of late but hey y’know, it was in the cupboard, my other deodorant was dead and I wasn’t in the mood to locate another stick deodorant whilst the puppy yelped to be let out for his traditional giant morning poo. Yeah. Mr Thrifty also used up a deodorant (I bet you’ll sleep better for knowing that) but since he predominately applies deodorant at work after his post-cycle shower, he also disposed of it there meaning I couldn’t include it in my photos. The selfish bastard. I’m pretty happy to be getting through the products in cupboards and drawers at a nice and steady rate but it’s only the first month, I think it will be interesting to see how I get on as the months of the challenge draw in.