For years I’ve been spending money on a lot of things without ever really considering whether I truly needed them. For example, I felt like I NEEDED to buy shampoo, because that’s just what everybody else did. I BARELY shop in the first place, so you can imagine my surprise when I started to question EVERYTHING that I brought into my house.
Here are some things that I stopped buying.
I know what you’re thinking. And no, my hair DOESN’T smell horrible. I stopped using shampoo because I wanted to see if it would really make a difference in my hair. Surprisingly, it didn’t. My hair didn’t get greasy and it didn’t smell ANY different. I saw this and figured why keep wasting money on something that doesn’t do much for me?
It turns out that this was a great decision. I didn’t know it at the time, but there’s a lot of harmful, cancer-causing chemicals in shampoo. Evil toxins like parabens and sulfates are STILL allowed in commercial products. They’re not really things that I want around me and on my body.
Of course, I still use conditioner, but I don’t think that I’m going to get rid of that anytime soon. 😉
I started making my own blush and it’s safe to say that I don’t regret it. I like that I know exactly what’s in my products and flexibility to make whatever I want. If you’re interested in checking out my recipe, you can click HERE to find it.
By all means, if your face is dry or if you really love moisturizers, go for it. But personally, I haven’t had any problems with my skin so far, so it’s just not something that I want to buy. They’re pretty expensive and I’d rather just buy coconut oil if I have to. It’s a little messier, but at least that way I won’t have to deal with a bunch of random chemicals.
I always thought that lotions and moisturizers were the same thing, but apparently not. That being said, I don’t think that I’m ever going to buy lotions anymore. It’s just another thing that I don’t need. Besides, trying to open doorknobs with lotion on your hands is also the complete WORST.
5. Anti-aging products
Yeah, I’m going to get old. I’m going to get wrinkles and my skin isn’t going to look perfect. Of course, I’m going to take care of it. But, guess what? That’s fine. I’m not going to need to look 20 when I’m 50. I DOUBT that these makeup products could really promise me that anyway.
I’m not going to let my vanity get to me based on the premise that it COULD work. Yeah, I’m going to age, but maybe that isn’t so bad.
I actually found out that cleansers dried out my skin. As a result, my skin would try to overcompensate and make my face super greasy. I stopped using cleansers years ago and my skin has never looked better. I wash my face with only water and it works great enough for me.
7. Salon hair brands
I used to buy fancy salon shampoo and conditioner, but those days are long gone. It just wasn’t worth it to spend $20 on something that I could get for $5 somewhere else. Buying at hair salons was way more expensive and, dare I say, it wasn’t even worth the price.
I was never one to have dry lips UNTIL I started using chapstick. I didn’t like that my lips were looking like the Sahara, so I stopped using it and have never gone back since. My lips have returned back to normal, but let this be a lesson. If you have dry lips, you can blame on the chapstick. (Sometimes).
Highlighters expire after about 2 years and I don’t wear it enough to warrant buying it. I don’t even think that I’ll ever NEED to wear it anyway.
I’ve decided to stop buying foundation, because I’m just not a fan of how it feels on my face. My skin feels more refreshed when I’m not wearing it and, after a long day, the last thing that I want to worry is about taking my makeup off.
11. Lip gloss
I’ve worn lip gloss maybe a few times in my life and I don’t think that I’m ever going to be a die-hard lip gloss kind of person. I don’t like to keep too many beauty products, so I only buy what I really love. And sorry lip gloss, but you’re just not one of them.
12. Nail polish
Nail polish has been found to wear down the nail, causing chips and breakage. Furthermore, toxic ingredients like dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde are common within these products. Not something that I want on me. Sure, they look nice, but I’m also the type of person that will ruin them within a day.
13. Makeup remover wipes
They’re super convenient, but their price adds up over time. Besides, I haven’t really need them since I stopped wearing foundation. Instead, I’m perfectly happy to use THIS brand of coconut oil to take of whatever makeup I may have.
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