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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

@heartsmyface  I’m a fan, too. I’m very interested to see what he has to say about them. 

 

Did you see Tati’s video on them? Girl made a hot mess with the Green palette, omg. It was not a lewk 😬

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

@PinkEvergreen  I haven’t yet.  I ‘power napped’ cause of a headache and slept the evening away so i’n up and needing entertainment.  It’s on my list.  

The good thing is I think I am over the initial hype of the palette and can give it a critical look now.  

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

I'm curious how many neon pinks you have @heartsmyface. While you are counting, maybe see if any YouTubers mention dupes that you may already own. You can do it @heartsmyface. I think a list is a good idea. Because even if you would buy, then you can track how many times you were able to stop vs. purchase. It would especially be neat to see if you are able to stop more over time or if price plays into it.

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

@ShortErica I ended up stopping looking for pinks in lieu of playing in some old palettes.  I pulled the UD electric palette which has a nice pink but then went for the orange in it😂. At least I distracted myself. Haha, I’m on official Day 1 and I almost caved.  😅. 

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

Almost caved > caving @heartsmyface so you're doing great. Plus orange is a good color to be distracted by.

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

I went crazy with masks. I was more or less sure I spent more total this month than the first 4 months of the year. Luckily I was wrong and only spent 50% of my previous months' total but still..eek! June I won’t be going mask crazy and hopefully will enjoy what I have. I did wonderful with the makeup no buy and am still working through my DevaCurl hair stuff to find what works for me.

 

Totals for May 2019:

 

   Makeup (no buy) - $0

 

   Skincare (low buy) - $117.37

  • Look At Me Hydrogel Eye Patch – Green Tea (5 pairs)
  • esfolio Foot & Heel Peeling Mask
  • Ariul 7 Days Mask – Tea Tree (10 pack)
  • Crop Brightening Sheet Mask (5 pack)
  • Holika Holika – Damask Rose(10 pack)
  • Holika Holika – 100% Aloe (10 pack)
  • Leaders Mediu – Amino AC-Free (10 pack)
  • Leaders Mediu – Amino Lifting (10 pack)
  • Leaders Mediu – Amino Moisture (10 pack)
  • Rata & Co. – Replenishing Coconut and Seaweed (5 pack)
  • Oozoo Bear – Aurora Illuminating (5 pack)
  • Oozoo Bear – Black Space Pore Caring (5 pack)
  • Oozoo Bear – Water-Bang Hydrating (5 pack)
  • Yadah – Pore Care (12 pack)
  • Bawdy Butt Mask – Squeeze It

 

   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) - $333.46

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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
  • 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/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

 

It appears a good April did lead to more May spending which wasn’t what I anticipated. This was my worst month in terms of self-control. Marshall’s got the better of me. But with my spending, I also was able to share and that made me smile. I don’t plan to go quite as crazy in the future. But I’m not opposed to getting bargains and spreading some love with the BIC maskers.

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

@ShortErica I love the masking page and the ladies who participate there! At least with the masks you're set for a while and having something like the mask challenge can be great to keep focused on what you want to use and serve as a nice break from day-to-day chaos

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

Great way to make it positive @Brutalitops. I don't spend to a point that it hurts my everyday expenses and when it makes me and others happy it's got to be good for my health. Smiley Happy

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

I think the first time you spread the love (like @heartsmyface so perfectly put it) that happens, @ShortErica. I was just SO excited to have others who liked to mask and talk about it that I wanted to share, too. It just feels more fun that way. Way more fun! 

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

@ShortErica 

 

skincare -$117. 37

spreading joy to others- priceless

 

I like how you’re keeping an accurate tally of your purchases.  

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

@heartsmyface I swear every other month I find I missed listing one thing and have to edit my post. But I'm doing a pretty good job and am proud of tracking it so far.

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

@ShortErica  you’re doing amazingly.  I think it’s great even if you have to edit here and there.  I want to adopt this habit!  

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

Thanks @heartsmyface!

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

My low buy for May was an epic FAIL! Hopefully I will do better in June🤞

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

@faeriegirl LOL not to worry!! I've been doing pretty poorly myself lately. After April I just totally fell off the wagon. Like @ShortErica Marshalls/Winners got the best of me lately! the selection has just been so good for makeup, skincare and masks... also active wear and other things i *probably* didn't need but picked up anyways.... i'm gonna restart for the second half of the year. clean slate!

Agh, I'm sorry to hear.. may June be an improvement. Sadl...

Agh, I'm sorry to hear.. may June be an improvement. Sadly, I can relate so I'll try to limit (as hard as that can be!)

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

@faeriegirl you will do better in June! What has been your biggest weakness with staying on track?

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

@ShortErica Sales and free shipping offers are my biggest weakness. It’s really easy to talk myself into “needing” something if it is on sale. I’ve got to get in the mindset that things will go on sale again and I don’t have to have them now🤦‍♀️

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

@faeriegirl  They’ll go on sale again... and again, and again, and again 😏

 

I took a break from BIC for a few months while I was on a no-buy. When I returned, skimming posts from that time period made me realize that sales and GWPs always come back around. FOMO is a great motivator to break a no-buy, but only until you realize that very few products and offers are truly limited edition anymore 😉

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

Me too!  Terrible place to be- it's on sale, I must have it. If they would throw another up to 50% off sale out there, or another 20% off anything sale, I'd nose-dive in again. @faeriegirl 

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

@faeriegirl Okay, here's an idea, how about when you want something on sale, you count the items you have in that category and possibly look if you would have a dupe for it. Because if you have something similar enough you won't "need" it.

 

I have a product spreadsheet that helps keep me in check because of the number of products and tracking how long it takes to use them but it can be cumbersome to get started. I think just rechecking what you have that is like the item could be a good start without having to create an entire document. Your pictures looked like your makeup is organized so I'm guessing it wouldn't be too difficult to just look at what you have as a pause before pulling (or not!) the trigger with something on sale.

 

Another idea is to set a goal of use X product(s) in a category up before you buy another.

 

You are so right that it will be on sale again. Smiley Happy

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