Inspired by Rebecca, author of From Roses and her anti-haul posts, I thought I would write a post along the same vein on the products that I am going to stop wasting my money on. I recently had a massive wardrobe clear out, and I was actually embarrassed on how many clothes I had jam-packed into my wardrobe that I didn't even wear. I was absolutely ruthless and probably ended up getting rid of over half of my wardrobe and subsequently donating it to The British Heart Foundation. They were so incredibly grateful and it felt like a weight had been lifted. I want to slowly make the transition to a capsule wardrobe because from the research I have done, they seem like such a good way to look at buying clothes. But that is a post for another day! I also got rid of a fair bit of out of date make up, skincare and body products. Today I am going to talk about the products that I have bought and unfortunately ended up being a waste of my money. That is not to say they are bad products by any stretch, but they are just things that didn't work for me and by buying them I have learnt where to put my pennies and where not to. So, without further ado...
LUSH BATH BOMBS & BUBBLE BARS
I never thought I would put these in a post like these because I absolutely love Lush. For the longest time I have absolutely loved going in there and treating myself to a bath bomb (or five...) for the sole purpose of making my bath a bit more fancy and instagram-worthy. However, I don't live near a Lush so my visits are confined to when I visit my sister in Bath and buy in bulk. This is all well and good if I had a lot of disposable income to splash out £4 every time I have a bath but as a student, that is just not the case. I have to ask myself if its worth it just for a colourful bath, and for me it just isn't anymore. I probably have a bath about once a week (don't worry, I do shower!) and at the rate I have been buying them in bulk paired with the amount of times I actually get in the tub - they go off. That is not to say I will stop shopping at Lush all together because they have some really great products that I absolutely love, particularly their shower gels.
EARRINGS THAT ARE NOT STERLING SILVER OR GOLD
I have had my ears pierced for longer than I can remember and as soon as I got them done I couldn't wait to wear lots of fun and pretty earrings. From studs to hoops to chandeliers - my ears have worn them all. That was all well and good but I found that when I wore earrings that weren't sterling silver or gold, my ears would swell up and be really tender to touch. I would have to give my ears a little break from wearing earrings and it just defeated the point of having them pierced in the first place. Going forward, I am going to spend a little more money on earrings that don't upset my ears so that I can enjoy wearing them again.
'REFRESHING' FACIAL SPRAYS
As an avid reader of blogs and magazines, I am often drawn to trying new things in the beauty industry and one of those things was refreshing facial sprays. I've tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and I'm currently making my way through the Pixie Hydrating Milky Mist; whilst both feel really lovely and luxurious, I don't feel as though they are doing a great deal for my skin. I've used them both as part of my skincare routine and as a step to add an extra layer of hydration into my make up and I'm just not convinced that my skin is hugely benefitting from this step. Fleur De Force described them as a 'princess product' and I think that is the perfect description - a nice step but by no means an essential one.
GETTING MY NAILS DONE
The first time I got my nails done with shellac about six weeks ago, I was blown away. I thought wow, this is life changing! I was so impressed with the longevity of it, no chips or hang nails for three weeks? Yes please! But then I went to a different salon, and they were so unfriendly and brisk, and it just wasn't a nice experience. The shellac itself lasted just under two weeks before it started to chip and it was a bit of pain to remove myself - the whole experience just made me question whether spending £25 every 2-3 weeks was worth it when I could just buy a heat lamp from amazon and do it myself. I know I could just seek out an alternative salon but when the opportunity to do it myself is so accessible, I would rather save my pennies.
CHEAP SHOES & TREND LED FAST FASHION
This last one links back to my intention to start the capsule wardrobe journey. For the longest time I have been an avid consumer of fast, trend led fashion and unfortunately it just does not last. I'm not bashing any brands here which is why I am hesitant to name names, but a lot of the more affordable shops don't make clothes where the quality is always there and the clothes are just not built to last. For this reason, I have started to invest in my basics a little bit more, things like winter coats, shoes and tops. I have a pair of brogues from Clarks that I have had since I was about 17 (so 5 years ago!) that are still going strong. They have worn beautifully, they are easy to clean and they are hands down the comfiest pair of shoes I own. On the other hand, I have a pair of pink pumps from Primark that I have had for about two months that are falling apart. As I have gotten older I have really found my feet with my personal style and I know what I like and what I feel good in (a post on that to come!) so I seldom dive into what is trendy at the moment. For example, gingham - it was everywhere this summer and so many awesome ladies absolutely rocked it but it just did not work for me. Being all of 5 ft, I knew that I would look like I was back in primary school which is not a look I care to re-create. I have definitely become more fussy with clothes as I have gotten older and I am more drawn to really simple, minimal and classic styles that I can grab from my wardrobe when I'm in a rush and know I will feel good in. I still have a long way to go in terms of creating my capsule wardrobe but I feel that by stopping buying fast fashion and investing a little more in my wardrobe is a step in the right direction.
Is there anything you are going to stop wasting your money on? I would love to know in the comments down below!