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2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

updated 11/25/18*

Hey all!  Welcome to Year 5 of the No/Low Buy thread 😲. 

 

Since 2019 is LITERALLY around the corner so I figured it was time to get this thread started.  The 2018 thread can be located here: https://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Confidential/2018-THE-NO-BUY-LOW-BUY-BUDGET-BUY-ACCOUNTABILI...

 

For reference here's 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.

 

The 2017 OP and link:

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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...

 

Challenges to Help You Use Your Stash:

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Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Please send me all the No Buy Good Vibes!!!!! Sephora is tempting me to break my no buying eye shadow palettes in 2019 by putting the Pat Mcgrath mini palettes on sale!!! 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

It's tempting @sephoraaddict918 but passable, and this is coming from a Pat McGrath lover.  If there's a particular palette/color scheme that's catching your eye see if you can dupe the shades with shadows already in your collection.

 

Also keep in mind that companies will release sneak peaks of their holiday items in the coming weeks and there's bound to be an item you'll like even more than these palettes that have lingered for some time.  

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@sephoraaddict918 Stay strong and mindful of all your expenses! That’s what I’m telling myself right now. I saw the sale on some instagram posts and I’ve been eyeing those PMG palettes since they were released. I’m reminding myself that I made it this long without buying them so I definitely do not need them. I also made a list on my phone of other things I need to buy or am saving for as a friendly reminder of why I’m on a low/no buy.  Good luck! 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Hey everyone!

 

I managed to survive Sephora's Spring Sale without a single purchase 🤯.  To be fair some credit must go to my current life events and really not having the money to indulge in something I don't entirely need/want.  I did not avoid the temptation to make a purchase though.  Days before the sale a moisturizer I fell in love with ran out and naturally I put a replacement, and a handful of other items, in my cart.  Each day I logged on & found myself searching for new releases that may push me into purchasing but nothing ever did.

 

Crazy to think how even a year ago I would've forced myself to purchase because "these brands never go on sale," etc.  My wallet would be happ(ier) if not for other expenses, LOL

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ElleElleG  congrats! I am in a similar situation and have to talk myself out indulging everyday!  It is definitely not easy! You did a great job 👍  

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thanks @CakesCakes !  Congrats to you too, convincing yourself not to indulge is no easy feat!  If you're able to talk yourself out of something it's certainly an indication that you didn't really need/want it otherwise the desire to purchase would linger.  Keep up the good work 💪🏽

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Congrats @ElleElleG!!! I only bought 1 thing during the sale, and I was quite proud of myself too! It was a brush that I missed as a Weekly Wow. It was actually on sale and with the Spring Bonus discount, I got a better deal! I even waited until the last day of the sale to buy it!!! Hugs all around for our strong willpower!!!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Nice job @sephoraaddict918 !  I love a good deal particularly when it's something I've already had my eye on.  Heck yes to getting a double discount!! Also you have serious willpower to only walk away with one item 😳

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@ElleElleG Awesome job! Sucks that things are rough right now, but generally in my experience there are very few thing I've regretted *not* buying vs a great deal of things I'm glad I didn't buy or did buy but don't use as much as I thought I would. There will always be new makeup, permanent collection releases will always be around 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Spot on @Brutalitops  !  The fomo bug was threatening to bite but once the sale period passed I forgot all about the items I briefly contemplated, LOL.

 

I'm actually hoping for a new release that reignites my love of all things beauty.  I like what I have but very little outside of my collection inspires me nowadays.

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Great job on surviving the sale and being mindful of needs/wants @ElleElleG! 🙌🏻 A year ago, I too was more likely to buy beauty items due to sales/gwp than I am now 

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thank you @Guessgal ! Amazing how our buying perspective can change with a bit of time!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Well I did really good until I went to repurchase the Volition prismatic luminizing shield spf. They had the silt gelee mask set and the jetset leave on mask on sale. I am such a huge sucker for sales. Hopefully I will do better the rest of the month🤞

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I did place another sale order today. I got the Farmacy honeygrail oil to replace my DE marula oil and I got Volition turmeric polish to replace my OH walnut scrub. Since they are replacements I’m not disappointed in myself. I almost bought more lip balm and lipstick but I restrained myself. I also didn’t go for any of the ulta platinum perks so I’m considering it a good day.😊

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

@faeriegirl Way to go! Lip balms are my kryptonite also

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Now this month I’m a tad late with my purchase summary. Give and take, right? I feel quite confident with my April purchases. Did I need more bath salt? No…but it was a new variety and what the heck, only live once, right? So sure buy it! Anyway, here's my stats.

 

Totals for April 2019:

 

   Makeup (no buy) - $0

 

   Skincare (low buy) - $67.83

  • Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt - Shea Butter and Almond Oil
  • Cotton squares
  • Vichy Mineral 89 x2
  • Yadah aloe mask 10 pack
  • Yadah collagen mask 10 pack
  • Yadah rose mask 10 pack

 

   Haircare (low buy) - $0

 

Totals for my year (November 2018-October 2019) to date:

 

   Makeup (no buy) - $25.56

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Prior purchases

  • BareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder x2

 

   Skincare (low buy) - $216.09

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Prior purchases

  • CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  • CeraVe PM (2 pack)
  • CeraVe Baby Lotion
  • Nivea Sunprotect Water Gel SPF 50 PA+++
  • Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt - Soothe & Sleep - Lavender
  • Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt - Restore & Replenish - Pink Himalayan
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Jelly
  • Mediheal Mask Pack (10)
  • Biore Pore Strips
  • Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50
  • Garnier Micellar Water
  • Ulta Sea Kelp Sheet Mask
  • CVS Honey Dew and Chamomile Overnight Cream Facial Mask
  • Skyn Iceland Eye Gels 8 pack x2

 

   Haircare (low buy/smart buy) - $182.04

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Prior purchases

  • John Frieda Leave-In Conditioner Spray
  • John Frieda Curl Styling Spray
  • DevaCurl Wave Maker
  • DevaCurl Light Defining Gel
  • DevaCurl SuperCream
  • DevaCurl B'Leave-In
  • No Poo 32 oz
  • One Condition 32 oz
  • One Condition 12 oz
  • Coconut Supercream Deluxe Sample
  • Decadence Shampoo/Conditioner Sample Packets

 

As an Insider, I had no April sale purchases and think I only plan to pick up a Sephora Collection honey mask for the monthly meetup. Hope my April saving doesn’t bring May spending.

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Your no-buy on makeup is awesome and amazing. I don't have the kind of restraint needed for a no-buy. Maybe a low-buy, but not a no-buy. I'm also of the "you only live once" variety of person, so after paying my bills and putting money in savings and my 401k I'm go pretty crazy on fun non-essentials. Good on you for sticking to your guns!

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Yes! I am with you after I have paid everything off for the month I like spending. Also with the sale going on how could I not. :-)

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

Thanks @HunterKathleen! You sound like you have a good balance by saving first and then having fun with the extra.

Re: 2019 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET-BUY ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT THREAD

I’m glad you think so because my boyfriend doesn’t. 😂 I can feel the silent judging every time a Sephora package shows up in our mailbox lol. But as long as my savings are squared away I’mma splurge on some lipsticks every month, thankyouverymuch.

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