My New Beauty Budget

Hi Everyone!

Today, I’m going to share with you my new beauty budget for 2019 that I’ve calculated for myself. After reviewing my 2017 and 2018 beauty expenses, I’ve spent about the same amount each year. I’m going to aim for $1800 for beauty expenses for 2019. If I get to the end of the year under $1800, then that’s even better! I’ve looked up how much the average woman spends on makeup and skincare each year and most articles said about $3000-5000. I think those numbers include things like manicures, haircuts, waxing and other treatments. I usually only get my haircut once a year and I rarely get manicures.

If you read my posts on my 2017 and 2018 beauty expenses, you’ll know that I spent $2000 (give or take). I am aiming to cut it down by $200 and hopefully as the years progress, I can get my beauty expenses down to $1000! One thing I want to change about my spending is WHERE I spend it. In 2017 and 2018, I bought a lot of products from drugstores and Winners. Discount prices from Winners are great, but they tend to be impulse buys. Also, if I don’t like the product, I can’t return it and although it’s cheaper than a high end product, it still adds up. When I make purchases from Sephora, I can easily return things. A lot of my impulse purchases are ones I’ve regretted (read my post on Products I Regret Buying).

Right now, my expenses are high because I’m trying out different products to find what I like and what works for me. I’ve found a few products that have become favourites, but obviously, your favourites can change and you find new products you love even more.

I’ve created a breakdown of how I think I will spend the $1800 budget. This is a rough estimate of what the different categories might cost. I think giving myself an overall budget for beauty is easier than doing the $25/month for my monthly blog allowance. I feel like I end up blogging about most of my products anyway.

  • Skincare products – $600
    • This category gets the most because I need acne products, eye creams, day/night products and toners
  • Primers – $120
    • Most primers that I buy are about $40-50, I should probably be good until June for primers at the least
  • Foundations/Powders – $120
    • If anything, I will need to get a powder. I already bought a bunch of foundations last year
  • Concealer – $100
  • Eyeliners – $60
  • Brows – $100
    • It takes me a while to finish a brow pencil, so this budget is probably more for my brow gel
  • Mascara – $100
    • I only buy drugstore mascaras and I replace them every 3 months
  • Miscellaneous – $600
    • Makeup brushes and sponges
    • Products to review for the blog
    • Products that I don’t necessarily NEED, but WANT, i.e. a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette

I didn’t include a section for eyeshadows, lip products, blushes, bronzers, nail polish or hair because I already have a lot of things that I should finish before buying new products in those categories. I didn’t include a perfume category, but whenever I need to buy one, I could probably include it in the miscellaneous section. Usually, I only have one or two at a time and I just bought one last year, but maybe when my Acqua Di Gioia bottle is finished, I might get a Chanel Chance perfume.

Do you have a beauty budget?