NO BUY 2019: 26 days in

Well friends, it is 26 days into my 13 month skincare and makeup no buy. I’ve survived the Boxing Day sales unscathed, although I was tempted!

When drafting up the rules for my no buy, I said that when I receive gift cards for makeup or skincare I would use them up, but not spend more than what is on the card. I’d like to expand upon that, as I received a lovely Sephora gift card for Christmas. I think it’s best that if going forward I use gift cards only if they are going towards necessary replacement items. I can definitely see myself skirting the rules if I allow myself to buy anything as long as it’s on a gift card! I’m going to keep it on hand for the next time I run out of toner or mascara.

I’ve found it easier to dodge Boxing Day sale temptations since I switched phones, as weird as that sounds. I get most promotional emails sent to my iCloud email account, which now that I’ve switched back to Android, I only access these emails on my laptop. It makes a huge difference being able to ignore those sale notifications until the sale has passed. The only sale that really tempted me was the Sephora clearance section, as they had so many Viseart eyeshadow palettes that I’ve wanted for quite some time but haven’t purchased because of the price. The Tryst palette in particular was difficult to scroll past, but I didn’t cave.

I just watched Hannah Louise Poston’s most recent video upload on YouTube, in which she adds up what she spent on replacements during her no buy year, how much money she saved, and how much money she made from Adsense. It was really encouraging, as I feel like my collection and my spending habits are quite similar to what hers used to be, and just the thought of saving hundreds, if not a few thousand dollars by doing a no buy year successfully is so alluring. I want to be able to do something similar in copy cat fashion at the end of 2019 and be able to lay out my previous spending habits and my spending changes and see how it all adds up. I’ve started a document in my phone so that I can properly track what I’ve used up, what I’ve purchased, and what I previously would have bought but didn’t buy.

I’m feeling optimistic about not only my no buy, but also about others doing no buys and what it means for the beauty industry. I see so many comments on Hannah’s videos and on other no buy channels from other people who have also been inspired to do a no buy in 2019, or challenge their over-the-top consumerism in other ways. It makes me wonder, will makeup and skincare companies see a shift in their revenue? Will it force them to make items that are reusable and that stick around for awhile? Will we see fewer limited edition items, and more magnetic palettes and replaceable pans?

If you’re doing a no buy or low buy for 2019, I would love to hear how you are doing, what you are planning, and your thoughts on how and if the no buy trend will alter the industry.

NO BUY 2019: 3 weeks in

I’m three weeks into my 2019 no buy (if you’d like to see my rules and stipulations, or my inventory for this no buy, feel free to check out my previous posts!) and so far, everything is mostly good!

I’ve tried a year long no buy and smaller no buys in the past but have been entirely unsuccessful, primarily because I didn’t have a specific enough goal in mind and didn’t have rules to guide me to my goal. This year I am much more prepared, and know that I will succeed with this no buy.

I downloaded an app called NoMo, which is a sobriety app that has many different settings, including one for shopping. It keeps track of how long it has been since you’ve purchased something, and keeps track of how much money and time you’ve saved by not partaking in whatever habit it is you hope to break.

To keep track of how much money you’ve saved, it asks you to input an estimate of how much you were previously spending weekly on the habit. Based on my purchases at Sephora from 2016-2018, I calculated about $40 a week. This seems insane at first, but when you take into consideration that placing an order every month or so with a couple of items in your cart can easily total $100, it seems more easily done. This amount is on the low side, as it doesn’t factor in how much I spent on drugstore makeup the odd time I’d buy some as a treat while grocery shopping (I have no decent way of tracking what I spent on these particular items), and it doesn’t factor in the skincare and makeup I’ve purchased at work in the past few years. So while not entirely accurate, the money saved does give me an idea of the minimum amount of money I’ve saved thus far by participating in a no buy. I use the app just for the skincare and makeup portion of my no buy, and not to track books or clothing as skincare and makeup was the most frequently problematic genre when it came to shopping irresponsibly for myself.

The no buy itself hasn’t been difficult this month, as it’s early on in the challenge and I’ve had to prioritize my money elsewhere. I recently moved, Christmas is right around the corner, and I have debt to pay off from when I was laid off. Any spare money that I do have (which isn’t a lot, after bills, pet needs, and groceries are paid for) has been going to paying off my credit card and other debt, towards Christmas presents, and towards moving expenses like carpet cleaning and damage deposits. The thought of purchasing makeup has rarely crossed my mind because paying off my debt and becoming financially responsible has become one of my highest priorities, and when I do feel the urge to spend when I’m stressed, I take one look at my overwhelming collection on my dresser vanity and know that I can’t justify it in any way.

Moving unsurprisingly has been a huge help in showing me just how much I have and what an excess of products I have. You can’t ignore what you own when you physically have to pack each and every item up, haul it across town, and then unpack and find a place for it! I’ve moved twice in the last year and since that first move I’ve been doing ongoing declutters of expired items, items that I don’t use, and samples that I don’t find appealing. I try not to force myself to do it, and instead try to do small declutters when I notice I have expired lipsticks or when I get fed up with how many foundations I have. Awhile after I did my makeup inventory for the year, I decluttered a handful of lip products that were expired, rarely used, and/or irritated and dried out my lips in some way.

Lip products is by far my most out of hand category, so decluttering offers a lot of relief. I really won’t need to purchase any lip products until 2020 and beyond with the outlandish amount that I currently own (50+!).

Skincare has been the hardest not to buy, as I work with medical grade skincare every day and am selling these products and using them on patients. I have avoided any unnecessary purchases though! My only purchase was a SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel, as I was entirely out of any redness neutralizing/inflammation soothing products. This agrees with my repurchase rules I set out for myself.

I know I will succeed with a no buy this year because I want to succeed so badly. I am fed up with my poor spending, and with shopping when stressed or emotional. I don’t want to experience that weak feeling of knowing that products and advertising have more control over my impulses, decisions, and finances than I do. I want a cleaner home with less clutter, and I want more money in my bank account for my future and for travel. Being financially comfortable is SO enticing and I cannot wait to get to that point.

For those who have also recently started no buys, how are you doing and feeling so far? For those starting no buys in the new year, what are your goals and what do you hope to achieve by doing a no buy? For those not doing no buys, what are your thoughts on the efficacy of no buys and their recent trendiness?

Wishing everyone a lovely Christmas and wonderful holiday season ♥️

-Andrea

2019 NO BUY: The Inventory

I started my 2019 no buy a month early on December 1, 2018, making it a 13-month no buy. On the second day of my no buy, I took an inventory of all of my makeup and skincare products, which I think is crucial to determining the efficacy of my no buy. What use is abstaining from purchasing makeup if in 13 months I can’t go back and determine how many products I finished and decluttered overall, or if I am stuck with the exact same amount of makeup?

With this inventory I haven’t outlined a specific number I would like to reduce each category to by the end of the year, but I do have a vague idea in my head. In a perfect world, I would love to be able to chop my collection right in half. To be able to use up say 40% of my makeup and declutter 10% and be left with a manageable 50% of the collection going forward in 2020. However, I know that based on my previous makeup usage this is not a realistic outcome. Although I LOVE makeup, because I need to be at work early in the morning and I am NOT a morning person, I often go barefaced the majority of the work week. Even on weeks when I am really into doing my makeup in the morning, I still like to have 2-3 barefaced days so my skin can “breathe”. Realistically, I think that downsizing my collection by about 15% to 20% in this year is more achievable.

I also want to note that this starting inventory is not something I am boasting about. Honestly, when purchasing a decent portion of this makeup I was going beyond my means, and I don’t think that’s anything to brag about. This is just to give both you and myself an idea of where I am starting this no buy at, and to give a measure to compare my progress at the end of next year to.

The starting inventory:

MAKEUP (161 items)

Face Primers: 4

Eyeshadow Primers: 1

Foundations (including deluxe samples): 10

Pressed Powder Foundations: 2

Under Eye Tints/Concealers: 2

Concealers: 1

Colour Correctors: 2

Liquid Highlight and Liquid Bronzing Drops: 2

Setting Sprays: 2

Brow Gels: 3

Mascaras: 3

Eyelash Curlers: 2

Pencil Sharpeners: 1

Bronzers: 3

Finishing Powder Palettes: 1

Face Palettes: 3

Blush Palettes: 2

Highlighter Palettes: 3

Eyeshadow Palettes: 14

Lipstick Palettes: 1

Blushes: 7

Highlighters: 7

Setting Powders: 3

Lipsticks: 60

Lip Glosses: 5

Lip Primers: 2

Sunscreen Tinted Powder: 1

Brow Pencils: 3

Lip Liners: 6

Eyeliners: 6

SKINCARE (25 items)

(including deluxe samples)

Cleansers: 2

Oil Cleansers: 1

Toners: 3

Eye Creams/Products: 1

Face Sunscreens: 1

Body Sunscreens: 2

Antioxidants: 2

Acne Targeted Treatments: 3

Retinol: 2

Glycolic Acid: 2

Face Masks: 2

Sheets Masks: 1

Moisturizers: 3

Lip Scrub: 1

Perfume (15 deluxe samples)

Are you doing a no buy or low buy for 2019? Do you have any makeup related goals and resolutions for the new year?

2019 NO BUY

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:

  1. 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!
  2. This no-buy includes not only makeup, but skincare, clothing, shoes, body care, and books as well.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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! 🙂