At the moment, the current economic situation hasn't started to bite my family too hard (touch wood). However, a VAT rise is looming, and train fares are also likely to rise steeply. No increase in the money coming in to the house + more going out will have to = spending less on frivolous stuff.
I've actually been buying less cosmetics over the past few months, and oddly I seem to have been having less cravings for new stuff too. Most days I reach for variations on the same basic theme with either Rouge Bunny Rouge or rms Beauty, and I'm happy with those. I no longer seem to have the same restless yearning for the next perfect taupe because I'm pretty happy with the taupes I already own.
I've also noticed I'm now using skincare products up instead of getting bored halfway through and buying something new. Thanks to blogs like www.beautymouth.com I no longer feel the need to buy everything from the same range, and I'm picking and choosing the skincare products that suit my needs. Although I'm still buying from high-end ranges, I'm not buying new skincare every month.
It's a slightly strange state of being for me - to be content with the cosmetics I already own. I enjoy looking at the new collections, but I'm not as grabbed by the need to buy as I once was. I'm also enjoying finding new independent brands from Etsy and the like. Of course, it would be disingenuous of me not to also consider that I am sent products without charge through this blog, and that means I get to try some new things that appeal to me without having to buy them.
I'm not sure if it's born of necessity or if I'm just too exposed to new brands through the blogs I read to the extent that by the time I see them, I don't want them so much. I do still like to check out the new collections (and I'll continue to write about them). Personally, I prefer to buy a lesser number of high-end products that I absolutely love, rather than a lot of less expensive things, although I am opening myself up to the fact that great products don't always have to be horribly pricey (thanks to brands like the Haus of Gloi body products, and Sweet Anthem perfumes).
Have you changed your cosmetic shopping habits? If so, how?