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2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Hey all!  For the last few years the lovely @lnum has hosted this thread to help us stay motivated on our no-buys and low-buys. In an effort to keep her work alive, here is the 2018 edition.

 

 

The purpose of this thread:

 

This thread is a support system for all of us who are trying to maintain a budget and keep our beauty spending limited. Post here when you have a weak moment, post here to hold yourself accountable, post here when you just need someone to talk to, post here when you have advice for all of us, and post here when you make mistakes but also make gains! Many of us post here to keep track of our monthly purchases. Anything you need to say, we are all here for each other. There's no judgement here.

 

Here's the OP from 2017 as well as the link for those interested: 

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lnum wrote:

Welcome to Year 3!

 

My motto for this thread is that I strongly believe, even on a budget, you can have the things you want that make you happy without feeling like you're limiting yourself. 

 

This thread is a support system for all of us who are trying to maintain a budget and keep our beauty spending limited. Post here when you have a weak moment, post here to hold yourself accountable, post here when you just need someone to talk to, post here when you have advice for all of us, and post here when you make mistakes but also make gains! Many of us post here to keep track of our monthly purchases. Anything you need to say, we are all here for each other. There's no judgement here.

 

I am so excited to spend another year with you all. If it wasn't for the first two years of this thread, I would never have been able to cut down my beauty spending. My goal for this year is to maintain low spending on beauty, and cut down my clothing purchases. I will be funneling that money into traveling, which is what I have done in the past and it's a great goal that truly motivates me. 

 

I'm still so proud of everyone for making it through 2015 and 2016, limiting ourselves in the beauty product area in order to improve our lives in other areas. We all did great and here's to another year of learning and saving!

Here is a link to the 2015 thread: http://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB-ROUGE/2015-The-No-Buy-Low-Buy-Budget-Buy-Accountability-and-Supp...

 

2016 thread: 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB/2016-The-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILITY-AND-SUPPORT/td...

 2017 thread: https://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB/2017-THE-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILITY-AND-SUPPORT/m...

💜💜💜

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

It is with joy and gratitude that I share my huge no buy accomplishments this week. I successfully went a week without purchasing a lipstick and that while I finished a lip palette and lip smackers. I actually think I am getting a little cocky. Thinking I might try to no buy lipstick next month along with eyeshadow palettes cause I need a good clean month of no buying. Stretch goal if I could make it till April that would be great.

 

I constantly stare at lipstick and imagine how it would look on me. Wonder about the formula etc.

 

FyI I purchased a bottle of perfume this week.

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I found a couple things that have really been helping with the low-buy.

 

I now have all beauty-related emails filtered to skip my inbox. I didn't want to completely unsubscribe in case there's a promo when I do need to replace something. Out of sight, out of mind. And I'm blissfully unaware of new products or promos that might be tempting. 

 

Second, I can't click on certain threads around here, especially the hauls. Those are waaaay too tempting!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@txcatx Definitely! I think haul threads are like bars. There are some people who can go to a bar, sit, watch other people have a drink, watch other people get plastered... and just sip on a Pellegrino without being tempted to have a drink themselves. There are some people who can wander the haul threads, seeing and enjoying everyone's new shinies and feeling excited for them, without being tempted to buy heaps of  things for themselves.

 

Most people are not those people!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Went in to Sephora today to test my strength. Didn’t swatch anything. Didn’t buy anything. Boo-yeah. 

@alexasteph Whoa! U definitely deserve a 🏆 for that. I d...

@alexasteph Whoa! U definitely deserve a 🏆 for that. I don't think I could have the will power, I would atleast have to spray or swatch something or I might die!

RE: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I think I stumbled across this thread by fate... I am admittedly a self proclaimed makeup addict. I LOVE MAKEUP. I love buying TONS of it and most of the time with no regard to my credit card bill 😬 don’t get me wrong my kids are very well cared for, bills are paid and I’m not bankrupt or anything, but I have come to realize that I’ve been buying makeup for a few reasons.... 1. I buy it because I enjoy buying it 2. I buy it because I’m constantly searching for new pretty items that will “make me feel pretty” 3. I buy it when I’m feeling down (& I will be honest- I’ve had a VERY difficult last year & have been coping with some trauma and other issues, so buying makeup has been my therapy 4. I buy it because I feel like I “have to have” the whole collection of whatever new line my favorite brands put out. Let me say here I’m killing myself trying NOT to buy the new Too Faced festival line, among a few other new launches from my other most favorite companies 5. I buy it when I’m happy and “treat myself” Well, I could go on & on. I see that I have a slight problem here with spending money on makeup and it’s crazy because I have so much that I’ve probably only used 80% of my pallets once or twice. I keep telling myself I’m NOT buying anything else unless it’s foundation, concealer, moisturizer, face wash, or something along those lines because heaven knows I have a TON of everything else. I even buy backups of pallets I really love a lot. For example I own 3 to 4 of every single UD Naked eyeshadow palette including Smokey & Heat. Plus I own EVERY SINGLE UD VAULT that came out in 2017. I could go on & on. I’ll include some photos of my collection but note you don’t see all of it in these photos. Anyway, I’m feeling kinda stupid posting all of this stuff. Right now I have numerous items in my cart on Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, UD & Too Faced’s websites not to mention I have discounts to use up from a couple of them (never Sephora- drives me nuts how rarely they give discounts even when you hit their highest membership level and maintain it. Hence the reason I started purchasing directly from some of the companies websites because they tend to constantly offer me promo codes, discounts and have really good membership benefits). I want to buy so bad... Uhg. I literally could live in my makeup room. It’s like my peaceful sanctuary. So I enjoy adding to my “collection“. But I’m trying to be strong. Besides I’m mad at myself for buying every single new tarte lipstick (6 of them) that came out recently and 7 other items from them as well the other night on their site. Of course in my head I rationalize it by saying how I had enough promo codes to get it down to around $150 which is awesome for 13 items from tarte and only 1 of them being a sale item. Still, I know I shouldn’t have bought it all. So, if you’ve read this far you probably see I have a bit of a makeup addiction and maybe accidentally stumbling upon this group was a good thing for me. Maybe talking with others who get it and can relate will help me not click the buy button-especially when I also am in the process of looking to buy a new house AND I fly home to Australia every 2 years which is expensive (but my sister figured out I could fly home a few times a year based on what I have been spending on makeup😬😬😬). I feel like my money should really be going towards traveling or my new house when we find the right one and buy it. So, idk, if someone in this group can relate or understand... idk I’m willing to listen to advice or thoughts. I must sound so pathetic. How embarrassing. Anyway as promised I shall attach some photos of my collection.... I took them about 6 weeks ago so there is actually more and my whole collection isn’t even shown in the photos. That’s just some of it. The drawers have mostly my duplicate pallets in them and other random makeup... it’s a lot. I know....

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Thank you for showing your collection I love the way you showcase your palettes.

 

All of us love makeup. I’m doing a lipstick no buy for February, I couldn’t resist getting three lipsticks this month. At first I was sad that I was unable to do a complete no buy of even one product for a month but I got back on my no buy and have not purchased another lipstick this month.

 

Perhaps, you could set a limit of only purchasing one lipstick or gloss from a release to try out low buying? 

 

Hey @BohoBeauty1313 don't beat urself up, I can definitel...

Hey @BohoBeauty1313 don't beat urself up, I can definitely relate with reasons 1,2,3&5 ( thank my lucky stars not #4) Makeup shopping is suppose to be fun, rewarding & therapeutic but yea sometimes us makeup enthusiasts may over indulge a quite bit but no worries baby steps. Setting little mini makeup restrictions goals for myself has really been helpful ( like I'm on a no makeup buying till March restriction) & keep checking out this thread for inspiration. Ur not alone we're all in this together 💞

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Thank you so much. I wasn’t sure anyone would reply because it was such a long message and I was/am worried people might think I’m crazy to buy makeup for some of the reasons I do. I also just enjoy creating new looks and perfecting different techniques. It’s an art form and sense of self expression for me as well but unfortunately I know I buy mostly to try to make myself feel better and because of what I’ve been through I’ve been coping with a lot of ups & downs. Trauma seemed to help trigger buying makeup. I know how weird that sounds but it’s true. It’s like a coping mechanism for me too. I did promise my sister I wasn’t going to buy anything else until my credit card was paid off but that promise has failed numerous times already. For example I fell in love with a small indie brand, Smolder Cosmetics, out of LA and my 1st order was a smaller one for like $65 but I just loved their products so much that I now own EVERY SINGLE ITEM on their site. Even shades I may never use simply because I wanted the whole collection and it’s sooooo pretty 😍 not to mention they have this promo code that seems to NEVER expire so far anyway, OMG15 so I’m always getting 15% off when I buy from them.  Even Tarte right now has an offer they sent me of 25% off my entire purchase which I can combine with my tarte rewards points and get an additional 20% off on top of the 25%. So in my mind I’m not wanting to miss out on those deals as the 25% one they sent expires March 1st. Too Faced seriously screwed up my pre Christmas order and so they gave me 2 offers - one for 50% off sale items and one for 25% off site wide excluding the brand new arrivals... I can go on because I have a gift card to UD too right now and 3 $20 kickback dollars off my purchases too. So you can see those make the temptation even greater, especially when I’m having a bad day. At the moment there is not much I want on UD because I own about 90% of what is on their site so I’m trying to hold off on using the gift card and kickbacks until something comes out that I really want instead of buying backups of things I own already. I have even tried deleting the apps and emails from all the company’s that email me almost daily. I have opted out of text notices from almost all of them except Tarte because I’m so hooked on them for some reason. 

Anyway, I think I need to devise a plan and try my best to stick to it. I don’t think huge goals work for me, like promises I won’t buy anything until my card is paid off or close to it. Maybe something smaller? Any suggestions? I’m certainly open to suggestions. I love makeup. It’s how I relax and have my me time, but buying more doesn’t mean I can’t still have that. So idk I need short term goals I guess. I still think I sound silly or pathetic. It was very humbling and even a bit embarrassed to leave my post and seek out others who understand. So I really appreciate that you took time to reply. Thank you kindly. 🤗 

Re: Hey @BohoBeauty1313 don't beat urself up, I can definitel...

You have taken the first step in overcoming the problem by telling other people what you are going through in your struggle to stop spending. It's hard, but it can be done. It might be helpful to check out the Spenders Anonymous website. It's a 12 step program, and those work for some people and not for others, but they do have a list of strategies that might be helpful for you. 

You can do it! Would it be helpful to set up a savings account that you deposit the cost of a lipstick, or an eyeshadow palette in to when you are just about to buy something?Perhaps seeing that balance grow would give you some positive feedback that would help you keep to your goal. Good luck!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I have failed miserably for February.  I made Rouge.  I do always spend a lot this time of year because of conference stress (three weeks to go with that so I know my shame isn’t over).  Not feeling so great about this but i’m Trying to get back into the low buying.  

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@heartsmyface, I know what stress buying is like.  Just aim for the future!  I've purchased a lot at Sephora already this year as shown in the monthly haul threads but I think I'm stocked up - I'm going to try to hold off on the Huda and Viseart palettes that I want until April (An entire no-buy month - I will see how it goes!)

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

5 days into my Lenten No-buy, and I want this gwp, So.Much. 

Someone tell me I don't need $19.50 worth of cotton balls!😩😂

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Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

What about the gwp is tempting you so much?  Is there a certain product you’re wanting to try or is it just that it’s “free”? @Susubee

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I honestly think it's the darned bag 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️  I have a serious bag hoarding problem. Theyget me every time. And this one also comes in lilac. 💜 That and the fact that I've been wanting to try their eye primer. (Emphasis on Want vs Need.) I do, however, need cotton pads. I've almost finished with the horrible ones from my project pan. What I do not need is $20 worth of cotton pads. 🙄  

 

Thanks for talking me down, everyone. At some point it will get easier! (On the bright side, I've reached zen state about watching everyone else go crazy over TF Festival Collection since all pressure is off me trying to decide to/to not buy.)

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@Susubee You don't need it, it's all Ulta-branded makeup and will annoy you later!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Don't have a fear of missing out, @Susubee!  Something just as good will be offered at Ulta after Lent!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

do you want it because you're actually interested in the items in the gwp or because it is a gwp?

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

How many of those products do you really need or love? Ulta seems to have a lot of great GWP, so hold out for one when you are closer to running out of cotton balls @Susubee!

Re: 2018 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thanks @Aaliaa 😊.

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