After reading the lovely Charli's latest blog post on the true cost of beauty I felt that I needed to have a look and see how much money I really spend on make up. Charli's post really shocked me by showing that to an extent how little thought we have when going into Superdrug, Boots or House of Fraser etc. Take me for example- I bought make up at the Illamasqua event, got make up off JEM for both Christmas and my Birthday, bought a lipstick and brow pencil at the Mac counter on Monday, then some nail stuff in Boots on Tuesday. Really do I need all this??

For the purpose of this, I am going to use what make up I would normally use on a night out- its worth noting that the lipstick/eyeshadow shades may vary (bar typographic of course) however the quanity is correct. Also I recieved a few of the items from the Leeds Blogger Meet Up/Boudior Prive box/Illamasqua event- for the purpose of this I am going to use the full cost of the items. I'm actually a bit worried about this now as I'm typing...

Mac Studio Tech Foundation (NC35)- £23.00
Mac MSF (Soft and Gentle)- £20.50
Vivo Bronzer (Shade 1)- £4 (full price)
Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder (NC30)- £17.50
Topshop Cream Blush (Head over Heels)- £6.00
Mac Paintpot (Painterly)- £13.50
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (Shade 2)- £16.50
Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer (NW20)- £13.50

Mac Eyshadows (x4)- £46.00 (£11.50 each)
Elf Cream Eyeliner (Black)- £3.49
Mac Lipstick (Hue)- £13.50
Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss (Artifice)- £13.00 (full price*)
Maybelline One by One Mascara (Black)- £8.49
17 Wild Curls Masacara (Wildest Black)- £6.29
StudioMakeUp Line Styler Pen (Black)- £10 (approx full price*)

Total- £215.27.

Thats a third off my Balenciaga bag!!

I'm actually in shock to the extent of how much this is. I think I now need to work on using the products up in my collection- I know I'll always buy replacements of my favourite Mac lippies, and I prefer drug store mascara's to high end. However for things like concealer/bronzer/blush I think I am going to get what I have in my collection used up and try more drugstore products (collection 2000 concealer I am on about you). Best thing is for work (if I can be bothered to wear make up)- all what I use is two shades from my Sleek Palette and Accesorise blush. Definately think I am going on a beauty buying ban now!!

I challenge you to do a post on the cost of make up what you use on a daily/going out make up- link me up to your posts!! Its definately an eye opener.