Holiday 2019 Anti-Haul: What Not to Buy this Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving only a week away, the commercial holiday season is already in full swing. While the holidays are ultimately about family, friends, happiness, and health, nobody (including myself) can seem to resist a good Black Friday deal. It’s no surprise that we live in an overly-consumerist society, and the holiday season seems to only increase consumer demand for new and exciting products, especially in the beauty industry. Beauty websites like Ulta and Sephora are packed with new holiday products, and it’s almost overwhelming trying to navigate through all the glitz and glamour. Back in 2015, famous drag queen and beauty YouTuber Kimberly Clark began her anti-haul series about new makeup releases where she explained the reasons as to why you didn’t need to buy them. Since discovering beauty anti-hauls, my whole perspective on the industry has changed, and I’ve been trying to be a smarter shopper. While new holiday makeup releases can be exciting, there is no way that one person needs to add that many products to their collection. Today, I’m here to put my spin on the anti-haul to try and help everyone become more conscious consumers. I’m going to be going through some of the new holiday makeup releases and telling you which products you can skip, so (hopefully) your wish list can become a bit more concise, and you can save a few bucks. The holidays always feel a lot better when you have a little extra cash! Happy Holidays!
1. Advent Calendars
One of the more popular products that never fails to come out every year are extravagant, beauty-themed advent calendars. While these can be exciting to open every day, you realistically won’t be using most of the products that you receive. Typically, advent calendars are filled with sample size or mini products, many of which are from the company’s main stock that have not been selling well. Advent calendars are smart marketing wise, but realistically you will not be getting your full money’s worth of products that you are actually going to use. For a price tag that often runs over $100, like this one from The Body Shop, or this one from MAC Cosmetics, advent calendars can be a huge waste of money. If you still want to have an advent calendar experience, you should stick to the chocolate calendars from your local drugstore, which don’t break the bank and never fail to disappoint!
2. Full Collection Value Sets
At face value, buying a full product line for a fraction of the cost seems like an amazing deal, but when you really think about it, it’s still a giant waste of money. Full sets, like the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle 10/10 Lipstick Collection, which retails for $149, and the Cover FX Glam and Glow Liquid Lights Vault, which retails for $235, offer great discounts for the amount of product you’re getting, but nobody needs to get 10 new lipsticks or seven highlighters all at once. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a vault or larger than life gift set, buy two or three of your favorite products from that line that you know you’ll get use from. Buying less of one product isn’t a bad thing; it allows you to only spend money on the products that you know you will use up, instead of getting a bunch of products that you probably won’t use.
3. Too Faced Holiday Sets
While Too Faced is a brand that sells amazing, cult-favorite products, their holiday sets are notoriously worse quality when compared to their normal product lines. This year’s holiday set, , retails for $49, and features an eyeshadow palette, a bronzer/highlighter duo, a blush palette, and a mini mascara. For the sheer amount of product you’re getting, it seems like a good deal, but the quality of the products is just not worth the price tag. Also, Too Faced is repetitive with their holiday collections, so if you have ever gotten any Too Faced limited edition holiday sets in the past, you can definitely skip this one. When you look past the cute packing, you’re getting a natural eyeshadow palette with a pop of blue and purple, basic face products, and mini version of a mascara that you probably own in the full size. Instead of spending money on a basic collection, buy a few Too Faced products from their normal line, because I can guarantee that the quality will be much better.
4. Perfume Samplers
Every year, Sephora comes out with a Holiday Perfume Travel Sampler, retailing for $25. The sampler includes five perfume samples and a voucher for a free mini-sized perfume of a scent of your choice from the set. In theory, this idea isn’t too expensive and seems like a good idea to try a few different scents. However, the samples that you are paying for are the exact same samples that you can get in the store for free, and can be used a maximum of once or twice each. Although it comes with a voucher, paying for a bunch of free samples is a bit ridiculous, and you are only allowed to redeem your voucher for one of the scents included in the set. Instead of spending money on this, I would recommend going to Sephora and getting free samples of scents you may be interested in, and buying a rollerball or mini sized perfume of scent that you know you love. On the other hand, if you’re ok with spending a bit more, use various holiday sales (Hello, Black Friday!) to invest in a larger size of a scent that you’ll be able to use every day.
5. Boujee Skincare Sets
I absolutely love skincare, and the idea of a sample set of high-end skincare products is really exciting. While some sets are a pretty good deal, most skincare sets are fairly pricey and don’t actually include that much product. Sets like the Drunk Elephant Midi Committee Kit, which retails for $48, and the Tatcha Dewy Glow Set, which retails for $65, contain sample sizes of popular skincare products, which are nice, but only have enough product for a few uses each. To get the full experience and benefits of a skincare item, it is important to use it consistently over a few weeks, which is not possible with the sheer amount of product you are getting with these sets. Instead of spending a lot of money on a bunch of samples, I recommend you research skincare products that will really work well for your skin type, and invest in one really good full sized product that you will be able to get a lot of consistent use out of.