Black friday while your low buy year

Hi lovelies,

I was started to write that post right before Black Friday. Some people love it, others just have it and defining it as an evil enemy or the symbole of overconsumption. Let me tell you something intention shopping is really depends on you. Do the same as you would do on other days: plan- wait- think- act. Try to find the deal. If you are eyeing on something like I do with my wishlist, you will be able to decide the best deal.

If you have a list of your planned Christmas gifts, than it is a great time to go shopping… or just simply do some online one. By prioritazing your relatives you will not end up with a lot of clutter. You might have saved up for something that is the time to buy it.

What am I going to do?

I did 100 items decluttering November challenge, so I know what I have, checked my wishlist and decided that I will have to choose only one item for myself and further more this item will be one of my Christmas present. I am considering to buy a bag from Furla or Coccinelle, jeans, Veja sneakers or the Sezane pulover, depends on the deal. I will have to purchase my skincare items from La Roche Posay and my Pixi Glow Tonic. The rest will be gifts like persolized calendar from Cewe.


And guess what happend? I only purchased the 4 annual Cewe calendar, which we do every year. I was so overhelm by this whole on sale thing as most of the items I was looking for neither was on sale nor was in stock. So I decided to give up searching… I have to admit I was working and my mood recently is not about getting into crowded shopping malls at all. In the whole month I have purchased a book and repurchased my beloved skincare line from La Roche Posay.


So you might recognized that these are said to be not cruelty free products. Firstly they do their job much better than the alternatives which I have found. Secondly, there are clean products, so they will not irritate my skin. Finally, they are made in Europe, so even if they test in China these are coming from their French factories.


In November and December I was quite busy with some of my health issue, so I kept myself away from writting and posting. I have to admit on the top of the pandemic I am having an emotionally heavy period of my life, which I am not ready to post about now.

Take care!

April low buy haul

Hi lovelies,

This is the end of an other month, a month when we were mostly locked down so we sent our money on a totally different way: more food and vitamins as we were at home a lot and had time to cook, also due to the Covid19 I had to focus on saving more money for the upcoming 3 months as my salary will be like 50% lower, which is pretty hard to every hospitality worker, but at least I have a job. Firstly I was pretty stressed out of the situation, but now I just let it go by settling a daily routine for myself and investing into my self by studying languages, hotel training (kind of boring so-so), sustainable fashion and business course.

So I was pretty much on the track, only sent 36% of my income on needs instead of the 50%, put 27% on saving account, but I can take even more on that, only send 9,9% on wants:).

Concerning to my wants I was sent some money on my husband’s Nicorette patches, because finally he started to quit smoking:), that is one thing that I am more than happy to support him. We have bought a couple of outdoor plants to the balconies- even more becoming a plant parent…

Skincare: new N.A.E. bio micellar water, I will see how is it work as I have not tired yet…

Makeup: I used to had this is black, now I was repurchased it in brown: the cheap favourite Trend it up No. 1 mascara

As I sent more time at home I realized I need a better mat than polifoam, so I was invest in a Manduka Yoga Mat, which due to arrive next till Tuesday.

So I was pretty much on a low buy side, of course I was looking for some sales or coupons online, but they was not on time at all (strictly according to my wishlist) and I wanted to buy a Sezane Gaspard cardigan secondhand and I constantly wrote to several people on Facebook Market place or Depop and noone answers???! that is crazy. I might need to try on Vestiare Collective, but sometimes people want to sell it for on an even higher than its new retail price,which is also crazy. I need to look for so more whites too.

Xoxo,

January Low Buy Haul

Hi lovelies,

I hope you are well, one month has been passed from 2020 and  I am proudly presenting my first low buy update.

Budgeting:

Thankfully my overall salary was more than I was written as a minimal monthly salary, so I have saved 22,17% of it.

The needs (50% of salary) category I was rethought and here is what I put into it:

  • Utilities: Gas, Water, Electricity, Common cost, internet, bank and mobile.
  • Raw materials of food: these are everything which I have purchased at grocery stores to eat and cook from.
  • Food that I have spent in our work buffet (the prices are pretty low, sometimes even lower than making for home sandwich)
  • Public transportation monthly pass: I live in a big city so I need to have it during the winter, as it is too cold for cycling, but any taxi, excursion or car sharing goes to my wants category.
  • I have not purchased any house cleaning, neither basic hygiene products this month.

So it took my 32% of the salary.

Wants is the most requested area, so these are my monthly rules for the year:

  1. One fresh beauty products per month! Try to pan!
  2. One in and one out skin care, body and haircare products.
  3. One new addition to my closet per month: including clothes + maximum 6  shoes and accessories!
  4. Magazines and books: books I must not buy until of 6 will be read from my bookshelf, while magazines I will strict to one per month.
  5. Gift cards and gifts are exceptions- finally I will have a wishlist for my birthday and nameday.
  6. Only one treatment is allowed per month: beauty salon, massage, hairdresser etc.
  7. Keep a no buy day per week.
  8. Do decluttering per seasons.

My fresh beauty products of the month- AKA my haul of January, 2020:

Skin care product: FARMACY- Dew It All Eyecream. So technically I was paid and ordered it in December, 2019 but it is just arrived in the middle of January, so I decided to rather take it into this haul. This is a product, which Youtube made me to buying same aspect: Niki Sky(Canadian Luxury Youtuber) ,where she was mentioning that she struggles with dark under eye and she is just a few years older than me, so also has same issue with the first sign of aging. In the other hand I was looking for an eyecream for so long, which is CF, Mineral oil, parabens, fragrance free… So far it looks it is great and works much more well than my previous one…

Makeup: Becca – Under Eye Brightening Corrector. Same issue: my under eye, I used to love that concealer for it and as a eyeshadow base, I was decided to put it to my basket at Cultbeauty during the sales so it is just arrived too. And yeah how I could have forgot it? 12/1

Accessories: Furla Glasses. It is really hard to categorize whether it is a need or a want… I need to have a glass, because I am suffering from near-sightedness and I was choosing with ZEISS DuraVision BlueProtect lens as I am working with computers all the time, but of course you can buy much cheaper glasses. OK, I decided to choose by the style, how it is fits instead of the price. And thankfully it was on my employee’s discount and I can give and account to my private health fund, which gives a 20% tax refund. 6/1

Clothes: I did not buy any Yeah… but swap a pulover with 2 dresses 12/0

Magazines: I just bought one, which is two as Elle and Marie Claire was packed together (January- February issue) for the price of one Elle. 12/1

Treatment: face cleansing treatment with Hévíz Mud 12/1

I have decluttered with remixshop 5 clothes of mine and 2 of my husband’s one. Used up some of my make up: The Body Shop: Fresh Nude Tinted Beauty Balm, Mini MAC Chili lipstick, Trend It UP: Lipoil + my eyecream and my face creamIMG_6732

Charity: this month Les Clefs D’Or event was also a charity ball, I have dominated to Australia rescue and also was involved into a campaign like last year about the mestrual poverty.

So the total was spending 31,17 %, which is a bit high however the glasses was only a must in this month.

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“How many money?” -2

Hi lovelies,

After the post yesterday, let’s continue counting with my beauty haJune vanity updateuls:

HAIR:

I do not have the most expensive purchases on a photo, but deffinetely the Olaplex and The Ordinary Argan Oil, used up 3 conditioners and ca. 4 sampoo with my hubby, so I can just estimate: 20 000 HUF (ca. 63 EUR)

That is why there is no point to count the body products…

FACE Care:

Again not all of them are on the pictures, but I do have a total: 42 224 HUF (ca. 130 EUR)

Make up:

maybe my most documented acts, so I can also mention who much I used up in a year and also, which I did not workedfor me:

Okay, the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow and the NYX Palette was gifted only. Total: 69 572 HUF (ca. 220 EUR) out of 10 000 HUF (ca. 32 EUR) used up, while 5,7 EUR was not for me at all (waste).

I hope you had enjoyed. How much you have spent this year? How much money you have wasted?

Xoxo,

October haul

Hi lovelies,

So after a month without spending, I have promised a bigger haul like and there is it. Coupon days were between the 9th to 13th October like every half year, so here what I have purchased:

Drugstore is not that interesting, so I am just going to attach the photo here and write so thoughts below.

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In a kind of way I have failed to do my zero waste journey. I still bought shower gels, which I wanted to skip and also regarding the cruelty free journey I have purchased some maybe file, like the Nature Box which is owned by Henkel so I was not enough careful. In terms of my period I just can not have the reusable pads or diva cups in use, maybe later I am going to change my mind. My tooth care is the same: I don’t know how the natural toothpastes can guarantee my tooth health and also if there is a Curaprox dupe in a super soft bamboo brush or not.  All the others are CF stuffs exept the blench.

clothes:

I have a wishlist which I am strictly keeping: so this month my leather biker jacket is the piece to invest in. I have ordered it only from Mango- I know it is fast fashion, but the material is great and decent and it is still a lot for me. Also I was so happy to see that they shipped it on bike from their Budapest warehouse and packed in paper instead of plastics.

 

Other basic is a leggings from H&M which I have purchased upon returning a lot of clothes which I can not use, neither sell nor giveaway or recycle. Please note that it is my one and only leggings now. I also wanted to by some socks but finally I just choose this one with the cute sausage dogs on it.

And the followings: the basic turtle neck black, the hair buckle (was the half as at Zara), the cashmere hair strap and the loose fitting dress- it is so cute, but a way too big so rather will wear it later- hope soon.

From Cultbeauty I have ordered two Charlotte Tilbury products: her new foundation and a limited edition Hot lips 2 lipstick.

From the Airbrush Flawless Foundation I have choosen shade 3 cool, which is my perfect skin shade. After 2 use, I would say it is a really great middle coverage foundation, for events and go outs just perfect for me. ( I know a lot of you would use it on daily basis, but I rather stay sheer normally) Hot lips 2 I have ordered Carina’s star which is a peachy pink in this beautiful refillable packaging.

Calzedonia:

I wanted to purchase two stockings from them, but ended up 3 of them due to the shop assistant fail, no worries I am in them nearly all the time. So they are the shaping type ones because much more better qualit and  long lasting, which I am diffenetely go for.

Others: 2 books and a pair of Levi’s Jeans to my Hubby.

The flat

In October we are having a bit bigger investment: our Glass wall in the flat, which will be ready hopefully next month and finally creating our real living room and a separate bedroom. Despite of that I have purchased a letter board, which my husband has already hate, but we do not have anything of our walls, and that one I just want to instal some photo shelf or ledge, which I might need to do DIY for the perfect fit.

I hope you have enjoyed this haul and keep waiting for the November one – it is also going to be a bigger one for sure;).

 

Xoxo,

 

 

 

 

 

May beauty situations

Hi lovelies,

We do have a rainy May, so spending a lot of time indoor and doing a lot of works in the hotel and also from home as the conference season is on.

So I was diagnized with seborrhea at the end of March, I always have dandruff in Winter, but never thought that much, so I got some cream and medicals and went to allergy test, which shown my intolarance od diary products. So I am not drinking or eating them for 6 weeks and I tend to say my skin also looks much better and having lack of seborrhea which is such great. So I try to find the best sampoo possible as the medical sampoos are just occasional use only. The Body Shop Banana shampoo is one of my favourite, but it has too much parfume in it. Nature Box contains a bit less of fagrance, but I am not sure is they are CF, so just has purchased an Inecto Argan Shampoo, which is vegan and cruelty free and has lack of parfum. So just hope that it is going to work.

Now I have to admit that even I am try to be cruelty free I am not vegan and do not want to be vegan even if we have days without meat, sometimes I love to eat meat, specially fishes and also I can not suggest restaurant without having an overview of their cuisine.

My recent empties:

Bobbi Brown Brow pencil and lipstick in Sandwash Pink are not CF, so will not repurchase them, I already have a dupe of the lipstick in a Charlotte Tilbury one. Tarte lifted mascara is a nice brown mascara, it is getting a way too dry and used it up duuring the last 6-7 months, I do not know whether I will repurchase it or not, because it gives a really nice look but nothing extra for the price.  The Ordinary serum foundation is changed into a very bad shape: oil seperated from the other parts, color changed, so I can not use it any more – it is openned for 9 months…

I have took back 6 products to MAC and choose a lipstick in Faux for one of my greatest friend’s birthday.

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Reflecting on recent purchases:

My top of top is the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick I just love it, it is the perfect lipstick: nice color, easy to wear, matte but not dry and the rosegold package is not stunning. While the Pupa I’m Pupa matte lipstick also such a great shade, but it is a bit more on the drier side, but do not forget it is half priced to CT one. I have discovered two really great Trend it up products: Expert lip primer & care is a great due to MAC prep+ prime lip for the price of a tenth and also their lip oil is such a miracle.

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It cosmetics cc also a great product, however I have ordered light- medium based on the sephora.com foundation finder, it is a bit dark for me, so might be during the summer I can make a use of, but it is look great on the skin. The Body Shop Lightening touch concealer is a great dupe for YSL Touch Eclat, while E.l.f. gel liner is nice to replace Mac blacktrack liner.

I am unable to use the Lano Allover cream as my husband just adore and taking it everywhere;). I did not have the opportunity to try out the other lanolips products as I am still thinking to keeping both or giving one to my sister. Also The Ordinary Sunscreen is useless in this bad weather so…

E.l.f. Daily hydration moisturizer and Beauty Shield spray are nice products, but have not decided if them empty will I repurchase them or not.  I am not going to repurchase the Trend it up Eyeshadow Cream, it is nice on the top of other eyeshadows but not long wearing and not waterproof at all.

So I hope you enjoyed reading.

Xoxo,

 

April newbies

Hi lovelies,

This is an other haul again, now regarding my April purchases. 10-14th April we had a magazine coupon days, I know this is such a nice opportunity for shopping, but I tried to be more focused and skip impulse shopping, so I have planned my budget and cut the coupons the night before and leave the rest of the magazine at home to avoid other shops.

First day I only went to DM– I have chosen one and only drugstore from the 3 options! I have bought a lot of household products from Frosch, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel and Gillette for my hubby etc.

Repurchased my favourite eye cream, deodorant and sheet masks from Alverde and took some “give-a-try” hair masks, a Trend it up panorama eyettention mascara and highlightening eyeshadow (020). I believe these where limited editions, this cream eyeshadow looks like a high-end one and it is having such a nice bronzing shade with white shimmers, while the mascara was a one, which people are wave about so want to give a try.

On the second day after  an unsuccessful fridge hunting and got some stuffs from The Body Shop. I really love that Brand and they had 20% at least for 3 products, so I repurchased the Camomile Fresh Micellar Cleansing Water, which is my favourite CF makeup remover. The Camomile -Sumptuous Cleansing Butter I used to had it and now I was so happy to find it again because it is the best of my double cleansing method. I have taken a 2 of the small Japanese Matcha Tea mask from their super food mask collection, it is damn good pollution clearing mask, I even liked it better than the Himalayan deep cleanser mask- which is makes me dry a bit. Last but not least a lightweight concealer for my under eye circles, as my Tarte shape tape is too have with BB creams I was so needed.

From H&M I have ordered a nice black halter crop top for the summer, it is a bit more rigid than I expected to be but it is better for the ruffles lookalike. …A light olive green dress with flowers, I love its light material makes it each to wear and it is A-lined, so even great for to ride bike in it.  …A blue lance dress for the upcoming wedding and a wire box for our entryway just to solve the mess on the top of the shoe cabinet.

At the end of the month I made a tiny cultbeauty order as I have received a 15% off coupon, so have purchased the iconic IT cosmetics cc cream in light medium, a Lanolips tinted lipbalm with spf30 (it is a lipgloss) in rhubarb and their famous Everywhere multi-cream, so I have received an 101 ointment fruities in peach as a gift. The Ordinary is excluding from promotions, but I really wanted to have a try with their sunscreen to in this summer. Of course I have chosen two samples: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and Milk makeup cooling water pod. Milk makeup is only shipped in the UK, so I am really curious whether I will receive the sample or not.

 

… and finally we have our built-in wardrobe in the corridor;) – okay it is not done yet but soon to be… Finally our LG fridge went on sale last weekend, so I think we totally went bank robbed by the end of the month;)- specially from the hen party…haha

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Xoxo,

So January happened

Hi lovelies,

January passed so quickly, with a lot of works and no relaxation at all. This year we had to skip holidays: no skiing at all, my heart is broken but we have to pay a lot because of our flat (tax) and furnitures. We have ordered our beautiful bed (damn expensive but healthy sleep is the most important), which is not here yet, but hopefully in February.

So Charity: most of the people dominate only at Christmas time, while it is not just only at these times would be necessary. I try to find one issues in each months and this January few bloggers and a Charity Service advertised #nemluxustaska aka #notaluxurybag campaign, which is to giveaway a bag with some beauty, makeup and cleansing stuff, which I just happy to join.

I have made an order at Feelunique.com to replace some of my MAC products from my decluttering last time. I have a budget, so I usually do smaller hauls on the way to become totally cruelty free

Urban Decay: All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Anti-Aging), Troublemaker Mascara and Perversion Mascara all in travel size to  try them out.

Hello JO: Bright Eyes Jelly Masks: it is a Korean (or might just lookalike) vegan skin care startup. I love under eye patches, specially the caffeine ones due to my dark under eye. I have just tried, but love the smell, the packaging.

Gifts: Philip Kingsley Weatherproof hairspray as it is 60 ml it is a pretty decent amount, I believe it is a works for a longwearing styling effect, so hopefully will work. antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask I have not tried yet, but I believe it is a cleaning and moutrising mask.

I hope you have enjoyed this little post, keep waiting for my regrets to buy.

Xoxo,

My top 10 Beauty products of 2018

Hi lovelies,

Finally our internet is o, so it is time to post and share my thoughts on my favourites of 2018. Okay, not all of them I had from the beggining of the year and might be they are not new to you, but these are the most used and loved for me.

Skincare:

Lixirskin: Electrogel Cleanser and Universal Emulsion cream (1-2.)- these products are not overthought, very basics and works with a relatively good INCI…

Pixi: Glow Tonic – I have already written about it this is just changed my skin in a good way. (3.)

Nature Box: Shower Gel coconut oil (4.)- It is a vegan shower gel, with an incredible sent… I still do not know if they are CF- probably will repurchase it more and more time (after I used up my Dove-s, which I got for Christmas)

Haircare:

Ouai-Wave spray(5): finally a save spray which not try my hair…

The Body Shop: Wild Argan Oil(6)- it is the best oil I have ever used for my hair. + my hubby love it for his beard

Make up :

Physicians Formula: Butter Bronzer- I had it at the end of 2017, but Since that it is my total favourite(7).

Nars: Orgasm blush(8)- the blush which Inhave used the most, just bought write before they sadly Landed in China, so I have nearly hit the pan…it will be so hard to replace

Too Faced: Better than Sex (9): it was in my 2017 fav too, but it is the number one mascara for me, even wear it without any other make up to often.

Bobbi Brown: Long-Wear Brow Pencil (10) in Blonde, it is not CF I know, but it is perfect, so will be replace soon as it is not having so much in, formula and size is much better than the pomade…

I hope you guys enjoyed my short list, what was your favourites of 2018?

Xoxo,

Birthday haul

Hi lovelies,

I am on to share you my second Cultybeauty haul, Here the first . August is my birthday month, so I have used my 15% off coupon code. As we are having Flat project on I have chosen only a few things, so Norvina Palette still will be on a wish list only. All these products are cruelty free, As I am getting cruelty free.

Again everything arrived safely. I have not tried all of them yet, so on:

– Zoeva En Taupe: I was on to have a pencil brush, a dupe of MAC 217 and a big fluffy blending brush, but I have found this brush kit, wish was a better deal, so I have received a brow angled brush, angeled liner brush( I already have MAC 266) and detailed eyeshadow brush. I have tried once them, looks to nice and seems to be a good quality, however, the blending brushes are not as soft as MAC or ABH once- I hope it will be better by washing them a few times. This set is comes in a clutch, which is pretty.

– Zoeva Strobe gel : it was a gift, in the shade Corona, which might will be a bit dark for my skin, so I have not decided whether to keep or to sell this liquid Highlighter. What do you think about this product?

– The Ordinary Serum Foundation: I really wanted to try this inexpensive foundation, I have chosen the lighter formula for everyday use. So liquidy and 1.2 Natural seems too yellow on my hand, but it works nicely on my face and it is amazing for a whole day…

– The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%- Zinc 1%:this is a cult products for blemishes, which I will try after my Body Shop finish.

– Pixi Glow Tonic: that was a product I just really wanted to, even I have not tried it out, but I can not wait. Just I do not want to use two exfoliation product in the same time.

Of course I have received the two little samples….

Xoxo,

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