100 Day "No Spending" Challenge: Update 5

Its my 5th week and 35 days into this spending ban. I made a boo boo guyz. And a big one.

Its a well known fact I cannot resist Urban Decay palettes - my blog is even named after one. When I heard about the Urban Decay Oz palettes I knew I was gonna crumble and yes I did. My only justification is the money came solely from the money I have made from blog sales and ebay but to me, that's not much of a justification as that money could have done with going elsewhere. I try to see the bright side though and at least its not money from my bank account (fail) but yes I am weak. I warn you now, the MAC Archie Girls collection could result in a similar post to this. All in all though, that was my only purchase (albeit a very big one).

In other news, little while ago I noticed I was getting low on eye cream. Eye cream is an essential for me since I work nights, I am prone to bags and darkness under my eyes. I went 2 months without and gosh did I see a difference! I took to twitter to ask if there was any recommendations and compiled myself a list. But something told me I should check my stash before ordering and what do you know!

4 eye creams! Not ones that I am too fond of, but worth using up for the sake of this challenge. I was looking into both the Origins and Kiehls eye creams which cost around the £28-30ish mark. Not cheap and I was glad I was able to save that money and hopefully use up these bad boys before repurchasing.

I also see I have 3 pairs of false eyelashes left. False eyelashes are pretty essential for my make up looks - which I average at about 1-2 a week. I am going to try my absolute hardest to use 1 pair a month (bearing in mind these 3 pairs are on their last legs but we will get through this!) before repurchasing any. If I can do that, I will last until the end of my ban without buying any! Huzzah!

 I'm proud that I am getting through my stash, rediscovering things and despite buying the Urban Decay palettes, I am still proud of myself. We all fall off the wagon, but I'm hopping right back on it to see the rest of the challenge through! To *try* and make up for having a bad week, I am adding an extra week onto my challenge :)

Total spent this week: £70. 
This week I am lusting after: Rimmel Apocolips
What I have learnt this week: Urban Decay will always have me by the balls.
How much money have I saved this month: I saved about £30 not buying the eye cream. I also saved £60 by not buying lunches at work all month (I am so proud of this - I worked out over a year I spend about a months worth of wages on food just for work, MENTAL!). I saved £26 by cancelling my MAC order.  
How much money have I spent this month: £100 + £19 + £70 = £189. This may seem a huge amount to some - but for me, I usually spend near enough £800! To me that's a huge saving and I hope to see even less next month :) 

As always here are the links and latest updates to the other ladies doing the challenge. I update the list every day so be sure to check back and link me if I don't have you. 

Sandra from TheBlackPearlBlog - update 1
Grace from allthatslap - update 1
Shona from freshbeautyxox - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5
Alice from Bright Town Girl - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Natalie from natalieroseanne - update 1 +2 + 3 + 4
Katie from Fashion & Beauty - update 1
Claudia from Beauty and the Chic - update 1 + 2 + 3
Linsay from Pandora's Beauty Basket - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Christina from Tales from the Kingdom update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Sandra from Beauty Balm  - update 1 +2
Kate from The Cats Meow - update 1 + 2
L&M from CSI Beauty Blog - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Samantha from Tiny Paint Pot update 1
Gemma from Gemma E R - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Kelly from Kel Loves - update 2
Atia from Makeup Monologue - update 1 + 2
Melissa from Son & Star - update 1 + 2
Ayshe from Discovering Beauty - update 1
Hannah from Hannah Marie Beauty - update 1 + 2
Ellie from Mantra Pixie
Evenlyn from We Were Raised By Wolves - update 1 + 2 + 3
Sam from Honey Go Lightly - update 1 + 2 + 3
Roisin from Brutal Fashion and Beauty - update 1 + 2 + 3
Georgina from Make Up Pixi 3 - update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 
Amy from Paintpotted - update 1 + 2 + 3
Ana Cristina from We All Think Differently - update 1 + 2 
Gaelle from The Make Up Fairy - update 1
Sarah from Some Sparkle and Shine - update 1 + 2
Kerry from Girls Addiction - update 1 + 2 + 3/4
Laura from Laura's Haven - update 1 + 2
Hannah from Midnight Violets
Ronnie from Looking at the Stars Tonight - update 1 + 2 + 3
Sandra from Just need my coffee 
Vanessa from The Other VW - update 1
Dee from Confessions of A Makeupaholic - update 1
Talbs from Talbs - update 1
Sian from Quite Frankly She Said - update 1 + 2
Louise from Nekomentsu - update 1 + 2 + 3
Le Beaute Obsession 
Grace Louise from Grace Louise Beauty - update 1
Sharon from Stagazy eyes - update 1 + 2
K from Life, thoughts, fun and Lush! - update 1 + 2
Fuchsia Forest from Fuchsia Forest - Update 1
Beth from Tinkerbell and the Lost Girls - Update 1 + 2 + 3 + 4
Lippy from Been there, done that, got the lipstick - update 1 + 2
Emily Rose from Beauty, Fashion, Life - update 1 + 2
J from What J Loves - Update 1 + 2
Juyey from Juyey Bats - update 1 + 2
Amanda from Amanda's Blog - Update 1/2
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty - Update 1 + 2
Sharna from My Beauty and Fashion Fix - update 1 

If you are doing the 100 day challenge or want to take part in it, its not too late! Just comment below and I can add your link! Also let me know if you have written an update post on your blog so I can link that :)
Thursdays at 8pm there is a twitter chat using the hashtag #spendingban. Feel free to come take part regardless of whether you are doing the spending ban or not!


  1. Your still doing really well. If money came from your blog sales etc I think it's totally justifiable ;)
    I haven't even looked at the mac collection even when people have posted I've avoided them because I know it'll result in bank account carnage lol xxx keep it up chick we're all doing so well xx

    1. Haha I try to tell myself its justifiable but still! Don't look J, its gonna be tough to restrain!

  2. Did you buy both palettes?? I bought Glinda. I resisted for all of 2.5 seconds. Weak! But it's Urban Decay, it's allowed!!!!!!! Best of luck with the rest of the ban though. You're doing great. You're allowed a lapse, otherwise you'd go crazy!xx

    1. Haha I don't know what came over me tbh, it was all a excitable blur when I bought them. But yes, i got both! Naughty naughty :(

  3. Those palettes are gorgeous - I don't blame you for getting them! What are the eye liners like? I'm so tempted but my spending ban is shouting at me...hmmm we will see! xx

    1. The eyeliners are nice but very very similar. I can't tell the difference too much despite Rockstar being described as a purple! I myself would have added a white or pink to the Glinda palette. But they are a lovely formulation :)

  4. Awww youre still doing really well and have cut your saving down a lot :)


    1. Thanks Sami. I think so too! Even though I had a little lapse, I think this month has been groundbreaking for me and my bank account! I'm incredibly happy with how far I have come despite ordering these :)

  5. Well done - you've done great so far! I couldn't resist the Urban Decay Oz either.... but onwards and upwards!

    1. Exactly :) lets not dwell on our little mishaps and continue onto a better month this month!

  6. think you did extremely well. My will power is soooooo weak when it comes to buying cosmetic items. The Urban Decay palettes are so tempting. Gorgeous shades!

    1. Urban Decay will always be my weakness haha! Damn you UD!

  7. You're still doing pretty well! I finished this challenge in December, and it was really, really hard but I was able to complete it! You can totally do it :)

  8. You've done brilliantly! £70 isn't all that bad, and considering how much you've saved I think a treat is totally justifiable. I will probably be saying the same thing though when Archie Girls is released...

    I need to get into a habit of using eye creams more. I have the Emma Hardie one but I'm a little bit skeptical! Will power through though and hopefully I'll notice a difference!

    1. I hope to spend even less in February (its a short month too, so no excuses!) I find eye creams really make a difference to me - I use one religiously now :)

  9. You've done so well. I think it's only human to fail a little bit, many that I have read have given in to something. Did you see my last update? Shocking haul lol.
    You're doing really well! Well Done :)


    1. Haha I did see your haul! Eep! But heres to february!

  10. spending just under £200 from about £800? That's amazing.
    And lets be honest, those urban decay palettes are beautiful :D xx

    1. I thought so too! I feel so much better about my spending habits because I actually have money now! haha! Its a nice feeling :)

  11. Urban Decay is like calories on your Birthday.....they don't count ;) stop feeling guilty and just enjoy it. I love Urban Decay x

  12. That palette is beaut! I'm running low on eye cream too. I'm on my last tube but maybe I should look around like you, I'm sure a few will appear. I get terrible bags and dark circles too, bleh!

    Thanks for including me in the list :)

    1. No problem :) And yeah def look around in your stash first. I had completely forgotten about the ones I had :)

  13. I want those palettes so bad! They look great! I might have to get them.

    I want to join the challenge, but I'm going on vacation soon. I don't think that I will be able to not spend.

    New follower <3


    1. Hey Nic and thanks for following! Maybe start it after your holiday ? :)

  14. i know it was a bit of a slip up, but it was a really really good one! haha, both palettes look beautiful :)

    from helen at thelovecatsinc // youtube

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win the UD naked basics palette, real techniques brushes and essie polishes! click here.

    1. Hehe thank you! Good slip ups are allowed!

  15. To be fair, those palettes look amazing, I just know I really don't need any more eye shadows right now!

    Everyone's allowed a slip up (or 5 in my case ahaha!), so I wouldn't worry much :)

    I've posted my spending ban update here: http://talesfromthekingdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/100-day-spending-ban-week-5.html

    Christina xo


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