I am nearly two months into my no buy, and honestly I’m really loving it. I actually get excited when I use up a product category and get to seek out a new one. Instead of just hopping on the Sephora app and picking out multiple replacements as I previously did, I spend more time reading reviews, shopping around, and considering drugstore options. I’m actually getting good use out of my products, instead of letting them sit around and expire.
Products I’ve finished so far:
Skinceuticals Phloretin CF ($175)
Wet N Wild Photo Focus Mate Setting Spray ($6)
Marc Jacobs Honey and Daisy Deluxe Perfume Samples
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation ($72)
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Mini
SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense ($100)
ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser Mini
Biossance Oil Cleanser ($36)
Total dollar value of products used up from December 2018-January 2019: $389
I wish I could boast about how much money I’ve saved and how great it is for myself financially now, but that is not entirely the truth. Any money that I have managed to save has had to go towards paying off debt, and paying for a sudden and expensive vehicle repair. Had I been spending responsibly and reasonably on makeup and skincare the past three or so years, perhaps I wouldn’t have some of this debt, and would actually have emergency funds for vehicle repairs and other unpredictable expenses.
I do want to switch over more of my products to drugstore as I replace them. For some reason, once I started using high end products I developed this petty superiority complex, where I thought that high end products were better and I simply could not revert back to buying less expensive drug store products, which is ridiculous. Now that I’ve started trying out more new drugstore products and that more drugstore brands are becoming cruelty-free, there are so many affordable options! I have recently been enjoying the CoverGirl Outlast Primer, and the Essence Matte Setting Spray, for example. Normally I have super low expectations for setting sprays, but this one by Essence is surprisingly nice. It has a fine and wide mist, and it actually does improve the longevity of my makeup without making my face feel cemented down.
How is everyone else’s no buys going so far?