Do you find it a pain to be frugal? . . .
That's the wrong approach. You need to adjust your attitude. When you have a goal in mind that is important to you, focus on that. Do you want to buy a house? Have a baby? Take early retirement? Travel around the world for a year? These are big picture goals that will change your life and you have decided that will be in the best possible way. Having longer lashes just isn't the same.
But don't give up on beauty entirely, if long lashes are in your definition of that. There's a whole world of choice out there.
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The first mascara is approximately ten times more expensive you will note. Giving credit to The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn where I first read the idea, you should ask yourself if this product is ten times better. That is a difficult hurdle to overcome. Some might consider the product superior ( although the Yves Saint Laurent brand may influence you in that decision). Look at that shiny gold colour. I would be curious to know if a chemical analysis showed the ingredients making up the mascaras are significantly different.
Look on it as re-directing your money. You are not cheap, you are not depriving yourself of something, you are channelling your money to what is a significant goal.
I read in an interview with the venerable Mrs. Dacyczyn that she considered the internet to be the single greatest new aid to frugality. I agree. You can check prices, shop around and generally occupy yourself very inexpensively in a myriad of ways. Look on it as a treasure hunt. They were always fun, weren't they?