I’m back at it again, friends. Yes, I failed my no-buy for 2018 about three or four months in. I learned from this failure, and feel that I have the tools I need to get through 2019. I’m doing another year long no-buy, and this time I am much better equipped! Between the WUIM Panners Facebook group and Hannah Louise Poston’s videos on Youtube, I feel that I have a number of strategies that will help me to accomplish this goal, and that I also have the online support to push me through to the end of this goal. There are a number of reasons I am doing this no-buy, and I’m going to be quite honest and candid about them.
The first is that I financially need to. When the skincare centre I previously worked at laid myself off and most of my coworkers off due to the centre’s financial predicament right after I got home from an expensive holiday, I did accumulate a fair amount of debt. It simply does not make financial sense for me to continue to purchase makeup at this frequency when it would push me further into debt. The second reason is that my makeup collection is more than enough! I recently did a thorough inventory of my makeup and skincare collection, and makeup-wise there is not one item category where I do not have duplicate or backups of some sort. I am not in need of makeup, and likely won’t be for several months. Thirdly, shopping for makeup does not make me happy. I used to get this little thrill when I would place an order, or walk out of the drugstore with a little bag of cosmetics, I really did. Now, however, I feel nothing but guilt and dread, and that moment of happiness is unimpactful and fleeting. The final reason is that I am so exhausted by this quick-release makeup industry we are now dealing with. Companies just keep cranking out collection after collection. It is exhausting to keep up, and I don’t have the desire to even attempt to keep up anymore!
A goal is meaningless without a clear idea of what the actual goal is, and the steps and rules that will get you to said goal. So, here are my set of rules and my game plan for this no-buy:
- The no-buy started December 1, 2018 and will carry on until December 31st, 2019. Once 2020 hits, I will permit myself to drop this no-buy if I so desire. Oh my god, it so strange to say 2020. It seems so far in the future, but it’s honestly only a year away!
- This no-buy includes not only makeup, but skincare, clothing, shoes, body care, and books as well.
- If I am entirely out of a necessity item (e.g. I use up every single drop of every single facial cleanser that I have in my home, or I have used up all of my mascaras, etc.) then I am permitted to purchase ONE of that item.
- Exceptions to the no buy:
–When in Toronto in March, I am allowing myself to go to the Bite Beauty Lab to create two lipsticks as per their package, as long as I finish two lip products prior to this trip.
–When in Toronto in March, I am allowing myself to purchase TWO books, permitting I finish reading 10 books or e-books that I presently have at home before this trip.
–If I gain/lose a tan as the seasons change and none of my foundations (powder or liquid) match my skin tone, I am allowed to purchase ONE foundation product.
–I will not force myself to use products if I have an allergic reaction, breakout, or if they are genuinely expired, because that is just unhealthy.
–If I need an item for my own health or for work (e.g. if I need to purchase new glasses, or if I completely wear out my work shoes) then I am allowed to purchase it.
–If by chance I receive a gift card, I’m going to use it. If I don’t, I will forget it and it will go to waste. However, I won’t spend more than what is on the card, i.e. I won’t use my own money to top up a purchase.
- I will be more mindful of the content I consume. I will follow more folks who are doing no-buys and project pans, and who actively challenge others to contemplate how and what they consume. I will unfollow pages that feed the urge to purchase new releases, or who glamorize excess.
- I will be open about my no-buy on my blog and Instagram, and seek out support from online groups doing similar projects and from friends who understand the end goal of this project. I’ll also make a thorough list of the items that I do purchase out of necessity this year, for my own personal interest.
- I will shop my stash and put away makeup for periods of time to take a break from them, and will seek out tutorials for the products that I already own.
And that about sums it up! Do you have any makeup related resolutions for the new year? Have you done a no-buy previously and do you have any advice? Are you attempting a no-buy for the new year as well? If there was enough interest from others doing year-long no buys for 2019, I would love to start up a Facebook group where folks can chat about how they are using up their makeup, reach out for support, and chat about the ups and downs of this experience. If you are doing a no-buy and this appeals to you, comment and let me know! 🙂
A very glossy #motd today. I was rather happy because I hit pan on Marina in my @anastasiabeverlyhills Master Palette by Mario that I’ve been planning for awhile. I’m happy that I’m finally getting good use of it! It’s my favourite shade of the bunch.
#MOTD 💄A nice holiday party look? –
Face: @gloskinbeauty Light Tinted Primer, Luminous Foundation in Naturelle and Tahini, Bronzer in Sunkiss, Blush in Spiced Berry, Luminous Setting Powder, Shimmer Brick in Gleam, Hydration Mist
Eyes: #gloskinbeauty Rebel Angel Eyeshadow Quad
Lips: Glo Precision Lip Pencil in Pronto, Suede Matte Crayon in Crimson
I just wanted to share this video I found this morning while browsing YouTube in bed. It’s built around the same mentality as No Buy November, and I found I could relate a lot to what Ingrid was saying. I’ve just posted the link below 😊
Well friends, November is nearly half over! The holiday season is sneaking up on me as it usually does, and as per usual, I am definitely not prepared for it.
For the month of November, I was inspired by Pam of @thebeautyconservator on Instagram to do a #nobuynovember. For me, this means not buying any skincare or makeup products unless they are a necessity that I am 100% out of and have no back ups or deluxe samples for. I have actually stuck with this month-long no-buy so far! The only products I have purchased were the Laroche Posay Cicaplast B5 Gel, as I had microneedling done for a training session at work and had no moisturizing/hydrating products that didn’t have active ingredients in them to use for the first few days following the treatment. The other item I bought was an SPF 60 from Laroche Posay, as I was entirely out of liquid sunscreen, and we all know sunscreen is a non-negotiable! Especially in the winter with all of the flashback from the snow.
I find it really hard not to impulsively buy skincare and makeup, and it has genuinely been a problem for me sometimes. I work in a medical skincare clinic, so I’m surrounded by skincare, makeup, AND, the worst, an employee discount. I find it all especially taunting when it’s a slow day at work, because often times I’ll end up shopping around as I tidy up the clinic. Another issue I have with shopping for makeup and skincare, is that if I’m stressed, depressed, or bored at home, I’ll often start shopping about on the Sephora website. You get this happy little surge whenever you just say “f*ck it!” and place an order, but then you’re immediately stuck with the financial ramifications of that impulsive decision. The third and final trigger for my shopping would definitely be social media overall. It’s true that you curate your social media experience, and I have gotten better at following channels and pages that do more declutter and Project Pan sort of content, but if one of my favourite content creators comes out with a video about a new product I’ve been interested in, of course I end up watching it. The haul videos, the new product releases, it can all be so tempting! Even just seeing haul photos and discussions in my Facebook makeup groups can push me to want to go get a haul of my own, even if I don’t need it and can’t afford it.
To combat all of these temptations, I’ve done a couple of different things. I found this super helpful app called NoMo, that is actually a sobriety app, but it has an option for shopping.
You can input the amount of money and time you would typically spend on shopping in a week, and then it calculates how much time and money you’ve saved. This is probably the most helpful part, as I can look at my total and think, “Okay, so that’s $80 that can towards paying off debt” or “Okay, so that’s $80 that can go towards decorating my new place” and so on. In the past I’ve used this app and have gotten to 54 days without buying anything (this I broke for the Sephora sale, but I am back on it again). There’s also a feature of the app where you can buddy up with accountability partners, but either because the app seems to be fairly new and unknown, or there aren’t many people utilizing the shopping setting, there aren’t many people on there. If you do end up picking up the app too and want to be accountability buddies with me, comment and let me know! I can definitely add you. Another helpful strategy has been diffusing that stress, depression, and boredom by filling a bit of my spare time with yoga. A really cute yoga studio opened up right around the corner from my workplace, so I’ve been going to 2-4 classes per week, and I’ve been thinking about buying skincare and makeup a little less, in my opinion. Blogging is another excellent distraction! Either blogging myself, or reading Project Pan posts and low-buy and drugstore posts has really helped. I absolutely adore minimalist makeup bloggers, because I strive to have a more streamlined collection like that one day.
If I can make it through November, I would love to expand upon this goal and do a no-buy/low-buy until my birthday in April. During this time I would do exactly what I’m doing now–I would only buy products that I need that I am 100% out of, and try to substitute my current routine products with more affordable options where I can. I don’t think it will be easy, and at times it won’t even be enjoyable. However, I’m going to keep using the strategies that have been working for me so far, and hope for the best! I get such a good feeling when I can use up and recycle or throw away a product, and when I have a little less clutter in my life, so I think that will make it worth it.
🌿@kelownalavender Hand Salve: This is a lovely and simple hand salve to use on cracked hands, heels, and cuticles. I’m a huge fan of most of the products Okanagan Lavender Farm makes, as their lavender is of such wonderful quality, and they are a Canadian company! I first picked up some of their skin and body care on a trip a few summers back to Kelowna, and I’ve ordered once or twice from them since then.
🌿C.Booth All Over Body Scrub: I picked this up from Superstore awhile ago, and while I will never love anything as much as the @lushcosmetics Sea Salt Scrub, this was much more cost effective and was still a good salt body scrub. It smells very strongly of eucalyptus, so it’s especially nice when you’re stuffed up and sick.
🌿 @marcanthonyhaircare Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Miracle Treatment: The pot was small but it was only three dollars, so I cant complain! It didn’t weigh my curls/waves down like many other masks do, and it had a nice lemon scent. 🍋
🌿 @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Retouch Primer: A pretty good primer for oily skin! I have never had any issues with it. Based on the texture and purpose of the product, I’m assuming that those with dry skin would not like it. My only beef with it is that nothing will pump out, yet I can see product still left, but I can’t get the top off to scrape the innards out. That’s a little disappointing, as I feel like I could get another week’s use out of it!