Mansur Gavriel Mini Bucket Bag Organizer

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I’ve received quite a few requests ever since I posted my DIY tutorial from readers that has no interest in sewing asking if I’d be willing to make one for them. I have started accepting orders for $60 CAD each (this includes shipping in North America). If you are interested in ordering one, please email me directly.

Thank you for your interest and have a great day!

Cost of Beauty – February 2016 Update

As part of my plan to keep my beauty expenses on budget for 2016, here are my detailed beauty-related spending for the month of February. You can read more about my annual cost of beauty here and previous month updates here.

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Feb 15, 2016

  • $73.50 – Purchased a new moisturizer as my regular daytime moisturizer went bad. I bought a kit from Dr Dennis Gross that also included some other samples.

Feb 22, 2016

February 2016 Total = $118.65

Year-to-Date Total = $379.66

Percentage of annual budget spent = 22.59%

I am pretty pleased with February as even with an unplanned purchase, I only bought one other item. I actually ended up receiving a new bottle of the moisturizer that went bad from the company so I probably won’t have to buy another daytime moisturizer for a while. So far in 2016, I’ve spent 22.59% of my annual budget so I am still a bit behind. The good news is I can’t think of anything that I need to buy in March so maybe it’ll be the month where I get ahead.

What did you spend on beauty expenses this month? Let me know in the comments!

Cost of Beauty – January 2016 Update

As part of my plan to keep my beauty expenses on budget for 2016, here are my detailed beauty-related spending for the month of January. You can read more about my annual cost of beauty here.

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Jan 2, 2016

  • $55.70 – Repurchased a bottle of Chanel La Nuit and Nars Orgasm blush. I used some of my Shoppers Optimum points and only had to pay for the difference.

Jan 10, 2016

Jan 15, 2016

  • $17.80 – Repurchased NARS concealer. I used my $20 Nordstrom reward and only had to pay for the difference.

Jan 17, 2016

  • $3.48 – I exchanged a previous purchase from December at Sephora for NARS eye primer so only had to pay for the difference.

Jan 23, 2016

  • $118.94 – Haircut + tax & tips.

Jan 31, 2016

  • $56.70 – Purchased NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint. I probably should’ve waited until next month to get this as I am not completely out of my current foundation but I tried a sample of this and after a few days of using it, I just needed it.

January 2016 Total = $261.01

Percentage of annual budget spent = 15.54%

Based on my January total, I am actually way over budget already. However, all the items purchased won’t need to be repurchased for months at least and my next haircut is in April (moving from 8 weeks to 10 weeks in between haircuts) so I feel ok with this number. I also noticed how much I am loving NARS lately.

What did you spend on beauty expenses this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Some Thoughts on ‘Quality vs Quantity’

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about quality vs quantity. We’ve all been taught at one point or another to choose quality over quantity. Less is more. Buy cheap, buy twice. You get what you pay for. Sound familiar? Then why is it that as a society, we now own more things than ever? The average size North American home has more than doubled since the 1950’s and people are constantly shopping to fill up those homes and then there’s the seasonal decluttering (i.e. Spring cleaning) to make space for more items that will likely end up donated or thrown out shortly.

How many items in your home can you say it’s truly quality? I don’t mean items with a high price tag or something highly coveted by other people. I mean items that were designed for function without sacrificing form. Multipurpose products with flexibility to take you through various life stages. Products that are easy to store and access. Products that will last and are made by companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. These are all just some ideals and I realize that there isn’t a “perfect” something for everything and the search for perfection can be an endless journey.

We might not find perfection but we should all definitely be more considerate and intentional with our purchases. I don’t want to live with the absolute minimum but I don’t want to live with any excess either. I don’t want to settle for anything less than what I want. I want the best item that suits my needs and not a temporary item that only meets some of my needs. That’s what I think choosing quality over quantity means.

Cost of Beauty

Quite a few years ago, I read an article in Allure magazine about the cost of beauty. It had a work sheet where you can fill it out to tally your own beauty expenses. I remember being blown away at my number at the time but I haven’t calculate it again. After reading this article, I thought it’s time to tally up my cost of beauty again. Continue reading