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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

Feels like a good-time to check-in and reflect. Five years ago when I started this thread my goals in life were so different. I identified I needed to make a change in my spending in order to prioritize different goals. I was in my last year of my grad program, wanted to travel more and pay off my loans. I essentially was able to stop buying beauty products, so that was a win. I did start traveling more. 

 

Then I got a new job two years ago and had more income, so last June I paid off my loans. Along with this I’ve spent more than I should have these past two years on refreshing my wardrobe, but I’m ok with that because it’s nothing like what my beauty spending used to be like. 

 

Along with the new job I also re-evaluated my priorities again. I wanted to travel even more and try to save for a long-term goal like owning property. So far, I’ve been traveling even more (actually am getting a bit exhausted!) and am about 1/3 of the way toward my long-term goal. I’m feeling good about where I am in life, and really think stopping my beauty spending all those years ago had a hand in where I am now. 

 

Some successful strategies for me have been:

-staying off certain threads in BIC about deals and new releases 

-doing automatic transfers weekly into separate accounts (one for travel, one for long-term goal

-setting quarterly benchmarks for my goals to keep myself in check when I want to spend on something and realize if I do, I’m hindering my own progress toward something I want WAY more 

-considering whether X thing is worth the amount of work and time I put into earning the wages it costs to purchase it 

-cleaning out and shopping my own makeup and skincare collection, I mean serious decluttering to realize I only use maybe 30% of what I own and don’t need anything else 

 

Ok, I’ve rambled enough! Thanks for listening. ❤️

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

OMG I know paying off that final loan was the BEST feeling @lnum !  I can so relate to where you were when you started this journey as that's precisely where I am now.

 

Thanks for highlighting that it is possible to reduce spending on beauty purchases and channel that into great life experiences!

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

@ElleElleG Yes absolutely! And it’s not as if I don’t struggle to have the new thing everyday, it’s just become easier to understand that other goals matter to me more. I’m glad you can relate and happy we’re both making strides in our journeys! 

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

@lnum Love this advice! I'm also in the process of trying to pay off my student loans, (I still work a second job on the weekends) and I want so badly to be back in a place where a bonus/tax return/etc. comes along and I can spend it on something I want with leftovers to save instead of just throwing it all at my debt. 

I've been using the strategy of looking up old youtube tutorial/ promos to get re-excited about stuff I already have every time I see something new I feel like I "need", and I wait to look through my collection and consider what I already have- even samples- before making a purchase. Sticking to a strict one new item a month limit for any skincare or makeup has really helped me consider my priorities as well

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

@Brutalitops That YouTube video idea is brilliant! Reminds you that at some point you were really excited about this amazing product you now own. 

 

I know exactly how you feel about the loans and I promise you’ll get there! It took a lot of missing out on social life things to pay off my loans but it was well worth it! 

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

@lnum Uuugh I know, I'm just terrible at sticking to goals that require me to exercise this level of willpower for more than three months. Still trying to find some kind of goal/reward system that works for me longer-term but I'm doing better every day  

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

@Brutalitops I get that! Once you find the long term goal that really motivates you, it gets so much easier to manage. 

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

@lnum, brilliant idea on wage earning vs value!  A bit scary, too, considering how much some products cost.

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

@byme4u Right??? When I look at luxury brand items and put into perspective that X product would literally equal an entire workday vs. putting X percent of that workday towards travel, a long-term goal, bills, and having a social life it’s such a reality check. 

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

This is great advice @lnum. I especially relate to the "is a product worth X amount of hours wages to pay for it." I used to use that strategy to avoid eating out often during my internship back in the day. My struggle is I'm a sucker for a good deal. But I also am very organized and only have so much space for beauty items so that helps me balance.

 

Edited to add - feel free to continue rambling and thanks for doing this thread!

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

@ShortErica Food is a STRUGGLE. I try my best to prepare my own meals 75% of the time and that works for me, the other 25% is treating myself, I really enjoy that 25% a lot knowing I earned it. 

 

I hinestly had had to unsubscribe from a lot of mailing lists to avoid deals. Now I focus on Sephora’s sale periods in April and November and I can get by. 

 

Totally relate to the space problem, I live in NYC. 

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

That is fantastic advice @lnum! I will never forget having the discussion with my daughter about how many hours she would have to work to pay for one pair of designer jeans she wanted.😂

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

@faeriegirl Ah I remember as a kid feeling that way too, and my parents were pretty much like well you have X amount for new clothing this year and that’s it, so decide if you want to blow your budget on three items or use your hourly wages on clothes instead of other things. 😏

 

Funny how as an adult I’m at the point of I just want clothes that will last and actually fit!! 

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

Okay everybody, I need your honest thoughts. My original plan was a makeup no buy. I honestly thought I would not have to worry about replacements because although I may not own a lot, I also don't wear a lot.

 

Now comes in the Ulta 21 Days sale. I have two temptations for makeup.

  1. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil - I was Bare Minerals girl in college and in the process of trying to use up some of my stash have been working my way through these old products. Some of them are probably way too old but back to the point. Mineral Veil was one of the products that worked for me well when I started using them again last year. Whether I used their powder, a BB cream, a tinted moisturizer, etc. the mineral veil made it all look smooth. I purchased 2 containers during the Ulta 21 Days sale in the fall and just opened the 2nd one this week. Which brings me to my predicament. I think I used too much per use but even with using less I will run out of the product before November when I'm "allowed" to purchase makeup again. So do I say "here's an exception" and buy it since it is on sale? Or do I try to make do with maybe setting sprays or other products and then probably pay full price in November? Even if I didn't purchase now and it would be on sale during the fall, that would be in September when I'm still on a no buy. Thoughts?
  2. Benefit Gimme Brow - Of brow products, I think brow gel is my style. I've eyed this product before but haven't taken the plunge. I have used the Ulta tinted brow gel but it doesn't have the fibers. Anyway, I think I can hold strong on this. Brows aren't essential for my makeup routine and hopefully it will be on sale in the future. I also don't know what shade would be best for me so even if it's 50% off it could be a waste if I buy an incorrect match. Again, any support/advice would be awesome.

 

If anyone else is getting tempted, feel free to share so I know I'm not the only one!

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

@ShortErica I would echo the other posters and say I personally would make an exception for a product I know I'll use up.

However, I am also trying to stick to a no/low buy and there are some products I consider "needs" that I may run out of before the November sale, so I've been trying to see if I have anything in my stashes of samples from subscription boxes, GWP, or just the samples I get with my orders that I could "make do" with here or there to bridge the gap in case I don't quite make it... however not everyone has bags full of sample size items laying around to dip in to 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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

Thanks @Brutalitops! I went ahead with the BAREMINERALS - Mineral Veil Setting Powder  purchase. I have some setting spray to use and only a couple small setting powders that have sparkle in them (which isn't my style every day though I plan to try to use them occasionally and get them out of my collection). I know I'll use all of the Mineral Veil..way before expiration so although it breaks my no buy, it's a smart buy. Smiley Wink

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

Something to consider @ShortErica; I’ve been using the Benefit for a few months now, after using only powder and ABH Brow Wiz. My eyebrows have been thinning and I figured it was just something that comes with time😄. I did some quick research a couple of weeks ago, and found others who experienced hair loss from the Gimme Brow. Reason being is that the pulling of hairs as you are styling your brows pulls out some of the hairs due to the consistency of this product. 

 

I quit using it, and the hair on my eyebrows has been growing back. I am not suggesting this will happen to you; my hair might just be more apt to falling out with the gentle tugging motion.

 

I went back to powder with shaping by ABH (which will also be on sale 3/23; I will definitely be restocking!) and my brows are slowly going back to what they were prior to the Gimme Brow (which make excellent wands for an 8-yo and her friends😊).

 

Just something to think about.

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

Thanks @eshoe! I don't know that I have the touch for using a pencil. But this makes me think maybe I need to just wait and sample more brow products before I worry about buying.

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

Ahhhh I did not realize the Benefit deal was for the spoolie type tool @ShortErica; I thought it was for the Gimme Brow pencil. So sorry for the confusion!!!

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

No worries @eshoe. Smiley Happy

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