NO BUY 2019: What I spent in February, a check-in

If you are going to do a no buy at any point in time, I highly recommend incorporating a budget into your rules. I did NOT incorporate a budget into my rules at the beginning, and I find that I am still spending a lot of money on beauty products. Instead of replacing products with cheaper products when they’re finished, it seems that I’ve been replacing them with equally expensive, if not more expensive products, which is something I aim to change in future months. I seriously cannot stress how helpful it is to create very specific and detailed rules for your no buy, as you will constantly seek out loopholes to feel okay about spending if you truly are addicted to shopping. It’s hard because I work in a clinic that sells expensive skincare, skincare that I know is really good and has been effective for my skin in the past. However, even with my staff discount, I cannot afford this skincare and I think I need to accept that. I can’t afford to keep buying luxury line replacements from work or from Sephora and I need to stop pretending that I can, because the interest rates on my credit card will slowly eat me alive. From here on out I am going to try and replace items with drugstore products, or from affordable lines like The Ordinary and Mario Badescu.

I think a big challenge in my no buy will be my upcoming trip to Toronto. Whenever I go to Toronto I tend to overspend because there are so many stores there that we don’t have anywhere in Saskatchewan, and I prefer to try on clothes or try out products in person. However, I plan on arriving with a set list of items that I can purchase and a budget for each day that I spend in Toronto to keep me on track. I need a pair of jeans as I only have two pairs that fit me, and the one pair is several years old and literally ripping apart on me. I also need a good bra that fits me, as well as an inexpensive eye cream. I’m hoping to visit the actual Deciem store, so I am hoping to pick up my Caffeine Eye Serum there and see what the store itself is like. I won’t be purchasing any makeup or books on this trip, as I have in the past.

As I won’t be purchasing or using up anything else in February, here is what I spent and what I used up this month:

What I spent on replacement beauty products in February 2019:

  • Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner ($22): I purchased this as I was entirely out of toners, including samples.
  • Laroche Posay Micellar Foaming Cleanser ($22): I purchased this because I had a bad bout of fungal acne earlier on in the month, and the ingredients in a number of my other skincare products aggravated and fed my fungal acne. I purchased this and a few other products to use until the fungal acne cleared up.
  • Laroche Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide ($34): Purchased for fungal acne.
  • Milk Luminous Blur Stick ($0): This was a Sephora reward that came with my Mario Badescu Toner order.
  • Aczone Gel ($80): Prescribed by the dermatologist I work with for my fungal acne outbreak.
  • Nude by Nature Foundation ($36): Purchased because I have no matte liquid foundations. I do presently have a Covergirl foundation, and though it claims to be matte it is a luminous finish. This is fine when I go out or to wear on weekends, but at work I prefer something more heavy duty. The shade itself turned out to be lighter than expected, but I have been mixing it with a summer shade of Glo foundation and it seems to be working a bit better for my skin tone.
  • Nude by Nature Powder Foundation ($32): I purchased this as I had entirely finished my Giorgio Armany Powder. I did actually try to go a few weeks without using any powder foundation to see if it was actually a necessity, but I did direly miss it. I frequently use powder foundation both on its own and to set my greasy t-zone when wearing liquid foundation, and have come to the conclusion that it is something worth keeping in my routine.

Total Canadian dollar value of product replacements purchased in February: $226

Products that I entirely finished in February 2019 and their value in Canadian dollars:

  • ZO Skin Health Sulphur Masque ($65)
  • Skin Medica 0.25 Retinol ($85)
  • LaRoche Posay Cicaplast B5 Gel ($20)
  • Celazome Penetrating Body Lotion  x 2 ($68)

Total Canadian dollar value of products I used up in February: $238

Another thing I am discovering during this no buy is what I can and cannot live without in my routine. For the most part I haven’t missed eye cream sort of products too much, but doing my makeup without using powder foundation was driving me insane. I’ve been trying to pause for a few days or weeks before purchasing replacements to see if in fact I do need to replace that item category, or if I can live without it.

Are there any makeup or skincare categories you think you could easily eliminate entirely from your regime? Off the top off my head I feel like I could probably go without primers of any kind without being too heartbroken, and maybe lip liner and translucent setting powder. Are there any categories you know for sure you could never give up?

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