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

*updated 5/1/18*

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 (from lnum):

 

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.

 

 

Feel free to share your goals, items that tempt you, missteps (we don't believe in failures), and any successes.  Above all else, encourage and support one another.

 

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...

 

Interested in Some Challeges to Help You Use Your Stash?  Check Out These Threads:

 

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

Sometimes what happens to me is.. I budget TOO MUCH and then kind of explode in a flurry of purchases I don’t need, kind of like a food binge after going low carb for a week. Sounds like maybe that just happened to you? All these holiday sets are traps I think. Like it’s not a ‘good deal’ to get three lipstick minis if you only really want one of the colors. How much time and research do you put in before making a purchase? I can get a little obsessive about it, but I will spend a week or more reading reviews, watching the YouTube videos, going in store to try it on maybe, if we are talking about a luxury purchase. When I do finally buy the item, I don’t feel guilty, I feel so delighted that I got the best cleansing balm there is, and I looove using it every evening. On the flip side, just yesterday I got so into the laneige bb cushion I was getting ready to add that to my list of maybes, but I stopped myself. I have dr jart’s bb, which is so moisturizing and I love it. I don’t need TWO dewy finish bbs. It sounds like you’re on the right track. You’ve already got great makeup. Don’t let yourself get excited just bc something is shiny and new. But, if you run out of something, or have a ‘hole’ in your makeup or skincare routine, go ahead and get something, just don’t feel guilty about it, and think it out. Hope that helps. Helps me writing it out. I need to take my own advice Smiley Happy Xx

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

@rockstargina Good luck!  You can do it.

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

Thank you!

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

Honestly taking a break from BIC can be a good thing. It was really enabling for me to be on here all the time. Avoiding hearing about the new releases also helped me rediscover my collection and narrow down a skincare routine that really works for me. You do what you need to!

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

Once I have birth to my son, I had no time for YouTube or BIC which really helped curb my spending habits. I know if it gets out of hand I will need to take  another break so I’m not tempted further. 

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

@rockstargina I’m in the same boat. I’ve been splurging the last four months and I need accountability. I’m ready to go into low-buy mode and focus on being thankful for what I’ve got. In front of dear BIC witnesses, I’m swear I will only buy legit staples (and no backups!) and one holiday eyeshadow palette from now until 2019 (at least). I am onboard!

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

Yes we can all this!  Strength in numbers, right?

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

@rockstargina I am planning my low buy through April as well! I would like to go six months but may need to replace a foundation (and may need to switch to a different brand, though I have found one I like thanks to samples!) before then. I tried the foundation yesterday and immediately went online to buy it and thought, why? I still have about 1/3 of the bottle, I will use it up as I don't mind it, and instead I can focus of the upcoming months and gifts! So the timing couldn't be better that I stumbled upon a post here and got a little motivation to get the ball rolling. Good luck, I know you can do this!Smiley Happy

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

I know the feeling!  I do the same thing with products. I need to stop buying back-ups of things until they are actually needed. I have easy access to Sephora at work of I run out of something and I have plenty of new things to try out to that I won’t get to if I keep buying back-ups!  

 

We can do this!  You have plenty of foundation right now. It’s just about that gratification of buying something or fear of running out of something!

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

Thanks @rockstargina. Pretty excited to do this😊

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

Has anyone ever gone to the Makeup Rehab subreddit? I find it really helpful in terms of getting ideas to use and be happy with what I have, and just all around support and motivation. I especially love the TMO (talk me out of) threads. I never post, just lurk, but I really like it. I will say that I think sometimes people swing a little in the opposite direction and end up with a "I only want to have one lipstick, one eyeliner, etc. and I'm going to get rid of everything else" mentality, even if it means giving away things they like. I'm not interested in that - I love what I have, I just want to use it instead of buying more.

 

Incidentally, I only bought nail polish during the sale, and am basically not buying any more makeup or skincare for the foreseeable future. Smiley Happy

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

After reading @ShortErica's post here yesterday, @JenniferOhJenny, I went over to that thread because I was a little blown away that she is willing to commit to a full year😳 Found a budget app and just completed it. I’m thinking low buy until May, but this is a first-ever for me so we’ll see how it goes. Keeping my 2 subs so I have a few fun/new things each month to look forward to.  I certainly have enough, and would like to focus on other things for a bit. 

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

Good luck @eshoe  I'm always here to offer encouragement.  You can do it!

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

Thanks, @sprocketta! I'm kind of excited to see how well I can adhere to a plan. I counted my sheet masks this morning to make sure I have enough, and looks like if I stick to one a day I am only a few days short of 6 months, lol. I am definitely motivated! 

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

@eshoe Ooh, good idea! I want to do something similar to that with my sheet masks; I'm going to count them tonight. I don't think I have enough for 6 months, but I'm fairly certain I have enough for 3. 

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

I didn’t count my sub, either @JenniferOhJenny@- that adds 7/month. So I have more than enough. Plus this way it will help me use masks I’ve been putting off/don’t care for. Curious how many you end up with!

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

@eshoe I counted! I have around 75 sheet masks, with the majority being the Dermal ones I bought from Amazon. I don't know that my skin can handle one every day, so I'm thinking one every other day. Either way, I'm making a concerted effort to use them...starting tonight with one of the Creme Shop Hello Kitty masks. Might as well start with a bang Smiley Happy

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

Awesome, @JenniferOhJenny! Love your choice to kick it all off, tooSmiley Happy2229DF87-2B95-4F9F-911E-2794AE776F2F.jpeg

 

 

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

Holy cow @eshoe 1 a day for 6 months?  That's quite the collection! You should post a pic of it.

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

It really doesn’t look like that much, @sprocketta! You would be surprised. 

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

I guess I have become a makeup user but have never been a makeup addict. So I am hoping the no buy is doable. I've been keeping a notebook in my bathroom and create a tally when I use products. My last purchase was at the end of October for the BITE BEAUTY - Agave Treat Trio Mini Agave Lip Mask Set and LANEIGE - Kiss and Make Up Set. I also ordered the BOSCIA - MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil to try. That's a part of my skin routine I'm still trying to figure out what's my style. But back to the point, keeping track of product uses made me realize that although some things do pique my interest, it is better to use what I have to the fullest extent before it would expire. For example, the free birthday paaarty blush I've used I think 80 times and it seems like there is barely a dent. I like it plus I bought the tarte blush palette last year so between the two I have quite a few color options and there's no need to buy blush. Why not just use what I enjoy instead of trying to find the next thing? But everyone is different and this thread seems awesome that everyone can set their own goals and learn from each other. Best of luck @eshoe on the low-buy. I love spreadsheets and data and highly recommend tracking uses as a motivational tool.