There’s nothing worse than trawling through your Sephora shopping cart and half-heartedly trying to delete items before giving in and buying *everything* (including that shimmery eyeshadow you never actually wear but always take on holidays, just in case).
If your online shopping is becoming a bit out of control (hey, it happens to the best of us) then, thanks to Reddit, we have the perfect solution that will save you a lot of money.
A Redditor by the name of SummerOfMayhem let us in on a bit of wisdom on the aptly named subreddit Makeup Addiction, sharing her nifty little trick for curbing those unnecessary spending sprees. She calls it her “1-Day Rule” – and we think she might be on to something.
She wrote, “I love the feeling of searching makeup sites, looking at sales, and discovering new products. I get so excited, read reviews and fill an online shopping cart."
“It's not quite an addiction but let's face it, the feeling is like taking a bubble bath with chocolate or going to a spa or petting puppies while their owner compliments you. It just feels great.”
Other than sounding like someone we DEFINITELY want to hang out with, SummerOfMayhem speaks the absolute truth – buying makeup feels great. Heck, buying anything online feels pretty awesome.
But sadly our bank account does not condone regular shopping therapy. So SummerOfMayhem’s trick is perfect for kicking the habit. “Of course I'll go through the cart after and clear out the stuff I don't realllyyy want, or need, or if it's a duplicate of other products I have. However instead of clicking "checkout" I’ll minimise the screen and leave it for a day or two,” she says.
She goes on to explain that she takes this time to try and think of what's in the cart and if she really wants it. “After at least a day I'll go back to the cart and delete all the stuff I forgot about or didn't excite me. Often times, nothing in the cart would survive. If I truly want something and can afford it, I'll buy it. This has saved me a few hundred dollars.”
Her little trick reminds us of a popular Japanese cleaning method called KonMari that teaches people how to de-clutter and organise their life. One of the key principles is that you’re meant to keep only the things that spark a sense of joy. If the possession doesn’t make you feel anything, then you don’t really need it. Same idea that SummerOfMayhem is getting at.
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What do you think of this method? Would you try it? Let us know in the comments below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.