One of the biggest lies I have told myself is “I should definitely buy a back-up of this, I’m for sure going to use this forever”. Well I’m not. I’m probably going to like it for a couple of months and than hardly ever use it again and be left with a whole collection of back-ups. Yup, where I used to have just a couple of back-ups, I now have a serious back-up collection. In today post I’m going to talk about the habit of buying back-ups, why it doesn’t work most of the time and when it’s something you should do. If you’re interested in reading about all of that, make sure you continue reading!
Why buying back-ups doesn’t work
So, let’s start off by talking about why buying back-ups just doesn’t work. In my opinion buying a back-up is just making a long term commitment of using that product. For example if we’re talking about buying a back-up of an eyebrow pencil. Let’s say we use that one pencil for about four months. This means you have to use it for a total of 8 months in order for purchasing the back-up to be actually worth it. That’s a very big commitment and it’s one I can hardly ever make.
Another reason why buying back-ups is basically ridiculous is because you don’t have to buy it now. If it’s not a limited edition product, why buy a back-up of it already with the risk of never using it if you also have the possibility to wait until the bottle you’re currently using has run out and then buy it again. That does make more sense right?
When shouldn’t you buy back-ups
I think that most of the people who read my blog (except for my mom) loves makeup and likes testing and trying out new products on a regular basis. If you are like that the chances of never using the back-up product are big. You might really like that foundation now, but if you try out a new foundation every 2 months you’re probably not going to end up using that amazing back-up foundation you bought. And trust me on this one, I have about 2 or 3 bottles of brand new foundation inside my back-up drawer. Such a waste!
When is it okay to buy a back-up
However, if you’re someone like, let’s say my mother. Someone who buys a shower gel, uses it till it’s gone and than switches to a new one, buying a back-up isn’t that bad. If she really likes a shower gel she can use that for years. If that’s the case just stock up on that shower gel when it’s on sale because in this case it’s definitely worth it!
Another situation in which I think it’s okay to stock up on something is when it’s a product you have been using for years, when it’s a staple in your collection. If you have already used it for let’s say two years, making that long term commitment of buying a back-up shouldn’t be too risky.
My back-up collection
Having said all of that let’s take a look at my back up collection. I have actually two collections: the makeup back-up collection and the body- and haircare backup collection. My current makeup back-up collection consists out of:
- 3 Mascara’s
- 3 Lip balms
- 2 Concealers
- 2 Eyebrow pencils
- 1 Bronzer
- 2 Highlighters
- 2 Top coats
- 3 Cream shadows
- 2 Foundations
- 2 Beautyblenders
- 2 Bottles of nail polish remover
When it comes to body care I have an excessive amount of Lady Speeds Sticks, about 12, waiting to be used one day. I have:
- 6 Shower gels
- 3 Shampoo’s
- 1 Conditioner
- 3 Toothbrushes
- 2 Tubes of toothpaste
- 1 Bottle of mouth water
- 2 Cleansers
- 3 Bottles of Bioderma
- 3 Body butters/body lotions
- 2 Cans of shaving cream
- 3 Shower puffs
Having shared all of that it’s time for me to round up this post. Thank you guys so much for reading today’s post and be sure to let me know what your opinion is on buying backups!