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.