How I’m Avoiding Impulse Purchases on Black Friday

It’s that time of the year again, when companies tempt us with their new exciting products. Holiday specials have been released or at least teased since the beginning of September and I have noticed a lot of people already getting into full on “shut up and take my money” mode.

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I feel like a lot of people will make tons of impulse purchases in the upcoming months, especially on Black Friday. I personally believe, that less is more, when it comes to purchasing new items. I’d much prefer focusing on what I already have, than getting tons of new things, that I may want, but don’t need.

I have never participated in Black Friday Sales before, because I’m from Germany and it’s not really a thing here, or at least it wasn’t for a long time. Last year however, I started to notice, that a lot of stores and online retailers did Black Friday sales.
I don’t have a lot of money at my disposel, so I’m looking forward to Black Friday Sales. However, I want to make sure, that I don’t buy unnecessary items, just because they’re on sale.

So here’s how I’m going to avoid impulse purchases.
This mostly relates to cosmetics, since that’s what I’m most interested in buying, but feel free to adopt any ideas to your spending habits.

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Project Pan Update #1

I started a Project Pan in May, so I thought it would be a good time to update you guys. I have barely worn makeup since my last update. So unfortunately, I didn’t make a lot of progress.


Yves Rocher 360° Mascara

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Lethal Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

Lethal Cosmetics is a cruelty-free and 100% vegan indie brand from Germany. They have a lovely collection of neutral and colorful eyeshadows, as well as unconventional liquid lipstick shades.

I have tried four eyeshadows:
Afterglow (sheer light blue shimmer)
Ascension (bright blue shimmer)
Backdraft (coral shimmer with golden reflects)
Venom (turquoise shimmer)

Price: You get 1,7g of product for 6€, which is comparable to Makeup Geek in price (1,8g | 5,90€). I can’t compare these brands in quality though, because I haven’t tried Makeup Geek, yet.

Formula & Performance: These eyeshadows feel very soft and powdery. They have a lot of kickback, if you go in with a brush, which isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I wanted to mention it, in case it’s important to you. They apply well with your fingers or a brush. If you wet the brush, the color will be more intense and metallic. However, you don’t need to wet your brush to get a satisfactory color payoff. All shades I have tried blend very easily.
The shades Backdraft, Venom and Ascension are highly pigmented, while Afterglow is quite sheer, but can be build up to full opacity.

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Additional info: The eyeshadows arrived intact and were well packaged, to insure they don’t shatter. The wrapping tissue inside the package was heavily fragranced. The eyeshadows are lightly scented as well, the scent has faded a lot though and is now barely detectable. It’s hard to describe the scent (reminds me of a handmade soap, I once had), but it’s very pleasent. I did not notice any reaction of my skin to the fragrance. The packaging is made out of black and white cardboard. The pans are magnetic and adhere to the packaging via magnetic foil. Therefore it’s easy to pop these into a magnetic palette. I currently store them in their original cardboard packaging, but I would definitely recommend a sturdy magnetic palette, if you want to travel with them, since these are pressed quite softly, I can imagine they crumble quite easily without a robust packaging.

Wear time: I can’t make any assumptions considering wear time, because any eyeshadow stays on my eye lids, even without primer. Definitely check out other reviews, if wear time is a concern of yours.

Conclusion: I had only positive experiences with these eyeshadows and really enjoy using them. I’m definitely interested in trying more shades by Lethal Cosmetics.

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The Easiest Colorful Makeup Look | Step by Step Tutorial

One of my favorite makeup looks is a two-toned halo eye, it’s super easy to do and perfect for anyone who wants to incorporate color, but is concerned with blending different colors together.

The nice thing about this look, is that you can combine any colors you like, even if they don’t blend well together, because you just have to blend the colors into the white and not into each other.

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Before You Buy Another Palette…

I recently watched JenLuvsReview’s video titled “The TRUTH About How Beauty Brands TRICK You Into Buying S**t You DON’T NEED!” and I thought it was quite interesting. She talks about common marketing techniques, that will draw you in and make you buy products, you don’t actually need. She made a lot of good points in this video and I definitely recommend to watch it, especially if you’re an impulse buyer.

However, I wanted to add something to the list, that I see as a very important factor, when it comes to unnecessary purchases and that’s palettes. Eyeshadow palettes, face palettes, highlighter palettes, you name it!

I feel like people are instantly drawn to a palette, because they think they save money, when in reality it would be cheaper, if you just buy a single you actually like and need, instead of purchasing a whole palette. Palettes offer a variety of different shades usually at a cheaper rate, than the same amount of single shades. However a lot of times colors within a palette are redundant, or you have these shades already in other palettes, or you don’t even like all of the shades, yet you still want to buy it. Maybe because the layout makes the same colors, you already have, look a bit more interesting. Or there are one or two shades, you don’t have, that draw you in. Or you’re just blinded by the fact, that you pay less per shadow. It’s no surprise to me, why more and more companies release more and more palettes, because they know this, too.

Now, I’m not saying palettes are bad and you should never buy them. However I want to share my “rules”, that can help you with your decision on whether or not to buy a palette. Whenever I see a palette I’m interested in, I follow these rules:

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One Eyeshadow Three Looks

I’ve recently been loving the Lethal Cosmetics single eyeshadow in Backdraft. It’s a pretty peach/coral with golden reflects. I’ve been using it a lot, so I wanted to share some looks I created with this.


Soft Peachy Eyes & Black Lips

I wanted to create a blown-out soft eye look. So I mixed three matte shades in my crease: a white, an orange and a pink, to get a similar color like Backdraft, but with a matte finish. I applied Backdraft all over my lid. For my inner corner highlight I used a sheer light blue shimmer.

To add a bit of edge to this look, I paired it with black lips.


Peach & Pink Smokey Eyes

For a smokey look I used a matte pink in my crease and outer corner. I deepened the outer v with an imperial red and dark brown eyeshadow. I used Backdraft on the inner third of my eyes. I used a matte white and shimmery champagne on the inner corner. I paired this look with a pink lipstick.


Sunset Eyes

I used a matte yellow in my crease and a matte orange in my outer v. This time I lightly dusted Backdraft on my lids with a fluffy brush to get a wash of color and shine. I also very lightly applied a reddish cream shadow as liner and highlighted my inner corner with a sheer blue shimmer.