Good to the Last Drop

This post is less about minimalism and more about trying to save money, but I find that the two topics overlap quite a bit.

I’ve been trying to get better about sticking to a budget for the past two months, which means all thing fun things eating out, clothing purchases, and makeup buying have been severely cut down.

I had my makeup budget set for the month when I realized I was at the end of my primer. So out of desperation I cut the container open and realized that I had at least another two weeks worth – score!


Just look at that!


I picked up a little sample container last time I was at the Nordstrom beauty counter (pre-budgeting, obviously) and used a small spoon to scoop the remaining primer into the container.


Alright, I know this isn’t a groundbreaking post, but I love it when I end up being more of a minimalist when I’m not even trying. Instead of going out and buying some more primer, I’m fully using what I have. If that’s not minimalism – I don’t know what is.

Plus, now my face primer matches my eye primer and they’re both in my favorite colors – black and white. It’s the little things, am I right?


And yes, I see how unminimalist-like it is to have two primers, but minimalism is a journey. . . not a destination. Well, it kind of is like a destination, but I’m obviously still working on that!

4 thoughts on “Good to the Last Drop”

  1. I love this, Cath! It makes me want to 1) be grown-up like you and have a budget and 2) find useful ways to use the last drop of things!

    It’s funny because I saw your Nordstrom pot over the weekend and was like “ooo I wonder what she got from Nordies!” Turns out nothing but “free” primer! Winning at life, you are!

    You are my minimalist inspiration. Fo reals.


  2. Yes! I do this too. I use Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom every day, and when I can’t squeeze any more out of the tube I get a serrated knife, cut it open, and scoop out what’s left into one of those travel “Go Toob” tubs. I keep that in my bag and get out a new tube for home. I can get at least another week’s worth of product out of the tube once I cut it open. It’s not cheap! I want to use every drop!

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