on beauty? Are you spending too much

It’s time to be wise on how much money you use on cos­met­ics and hair

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Atha­bile Mrasi

ARE you wor­ried that you are spending too much money on beauty, es­pe­cially on prod­ucts you are not even us­ing? Do you walk into a shop plan­ning to buy one beauty item and end up walk­ing out with seven in­stead? Beauty is a woman’s best friend but when is it too much?

BEAUTY IN­DUS­TRY BOOMS

Women around the world have one thing in com­mon and that is in­vest­ing in their beauty. Ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­search firm, the NPD Group in the US, sales of “pres­tige” make-up in­creased by 13 per­cent last year.

Cus­tomers at Dis-Chem, lo­cated at the Ni­col­way Shop­ping Cen­tre in Bryanston, each spend about R1 500 a month on make-up, ac­cord­ing to as­sis­tant cos­met­ics man­ager, Lebo Masinga.

“Our cus­tomers don’t mind spending R1 000 on foun­da­tion and R500 on a lip­stick,” she re­veals.

It has also been re­vealed that cus­tomers at Clicks in Gugulethu spend about R400 a month each on beauty prod­ucts.

How­ever, with re­ces­sion, maybe it’s time for women to re­con­sider spending so much money on beauty prod­ucts es­pe­cially be­cause many peo­ple are now find­ing it hard to pay their bills and save money.

SIGNS THAT YOU ARE OVER­SPEND­ING

When the money in your bank dries up, some­times you shouldn’t look any fur­ther for an­swers be­cause you might be the one to blame. If you were to cal­cu­late how much money you have spent on beauty, would it im­press or de­press you? Here are signs that you might be over­spend­ing:

You’re adding items to your bud­get that weren’t there to be­gin with.

When your bills go un­paid but you can man­age to buy your­self make-up. Us­ing credit cards to buy beauty prod­ucts. Wait­ing im­pa­tiently for a new col­lec­tion you’re ex­cited about so that you can buy it the sec­ond it is avail­able.

Spending money on var­i­ous prod­ucts week af­ter week, even though you al­ready have one vari­a­tion or an­other of the same thing.

RE­AL­ITY CHECK

If you are ad­dicted to buy­ing beauty prod­ucts, you need to get your pri­or­i­ties straight be­fore you end up in debt and not be­ing able to pay your bills.

In or­der for you not to spend so much, you need to un­der­stand that you can­not buy beauty but you can only en­hance what you al­ready have.

It can be tough at first to kick the habit of spending too much on beauty prod­ucts but there are sim­ple things that you can start do­ing and make a dif­fer­ence in your bank bal­ance.

WHAT TO DO TO STOP

Un­sub­scribe and delete: Hav­ing an in­box full of emails about beauty sales and dis­counts is not only a time waster, but a huge temp­ta­tion that you don’t need in your life.

Have some fi­nan­cial

goals: Mo­ti­va­tion is key when you are try­ing to change a habit, so hav­ing a spe­cific goal which you can work towards is a great idea. It can also be­come a re­ward for all your hard work.

Know what you al­ready

have: Check your make-up and re­ally take note of how much you al­ready have in your stash so that you don’t buy the things you don’t need.

Man­age your stash: This sim­ply means that when you are tempted to go to the shop to buy a new prod­uct, you must first go through your make-up stash and find some­thing you can use from the prod­ucts you al­ready have in your cup­board.

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