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No Buy July!

Having gone through my makeup collection extensively the past week, I've decided to go on a 'No Buy July' challenge (which includes not buying necessities such as makeup remover and brush cleansers, since I have loads of deluxe samples to go through.) As an avid supporter of both Sephora stores and Sephora.com, this might be difficult, but I'm still determined Smiley Happy.

 

My goal is to make it through the entire month of July without any purchases, and if possible, until my birthday in August.

 

If any of you beautyholics are also planning on a No Buy July, please comment below (and help each other through the next month-ish! Smiley Very Happy)

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Hmmm... my impulse purchase at Ulta yesterday isn't turning out so well... part of the reason why I need to keep watching my purchases.

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I'm about to toss out my $3.50 off $10 coupon I received in the mail haha!

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Well, I've been pretty good so far this month. I haven't bought anything at Sephora, anyway. I did end up getting a lip color at CVS, however. I was going out to dinner with my husband on the 3rd and I put on everything but lip color, my lips were feeling dry, and since I had my small purse I had nothing in it for them. 

 

I decided to try the Cover Girl stick that is like a Clinique chubby stick or Tarte Lipsurgence lip color. It's a bit brighter pink than I expected so I might exchange it. Then it will stay in my small bag so I'm not caught like this again. It's just too hot to simply leave something in the car. 

 

Other than that, I have been good. Hopefully that will continue for the rest of the month. 

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I made a few purchases at the end of June/beginning of July because of all the birthday coupons/gift cards I received, but now that said birthday has come and gone I'm cutting myself off. I've got more than enough makeup/clothes/shoes/purses to last me until the fall, so I'm going to try to be good on all frivolous purchases. I've got $10 in Kohl's cash to spend, and once that's used I'm done. I subscribe to Birchbox and Ipsy, and I think the two of them are enough to keep my beauty product curiosity at bay. 

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Happy belated birthday!! Smiley Happy

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Thank you!! :-)

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I have BB and Ipsy too! I don't count those in my No Buy July though, mainly cause I'm subscribed yearly so I don't pay for them this month, is that cheating? lol

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Haha, I forgot to factor in subscription services into No Buy July! In your case, I wouldn't call it cheating, but thank you for reminding me to skip my box this month! Smiley Happy

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Since there are waitlists for both I'm afraid to cancel my subscription for a month, not knowing if it might be several before I can resubscribe. I guess I can budget in the $20 a month for something fun and that will keep my love of shopping at bay :-p

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I've tried one of the lipsticks so far and the quality is pretty good, and it lasted for hours! No regrets here. Smiley Tongue

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I only buy from Sephora twice a year, I am more into skin care than into color cosmetics. I have enough now to last until December or January. Keeping my eye out for deals then.

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The fact you can limit your purchases to twice a year is impressive! Smiley Happy I always take a detour to my Sephora store when I'm at the mall.

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I was on a no buy and then HauteLook had that Stila sale and I couldn't resist. :c I have no self control. 

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Truly, Hautelook is my undoing. Between Stila and Pixi/Pop I've picked up a few things this month, and it's only the 7th of the month... maybe August?

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Hey, Big question girls!  If you use a gift card or store credit and no cash of your own is added is this still considered a "no buy?"  Serious question, not trying to cheat or find a" get around."  Thanks!!

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I wouldn't count it, since you were gifted the money Smiley Happy

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It honestly based on what you think, for me no buy means just that absolutely no buying, whether it be through my own cash gift cards etc, but if for you no buy means that you're not using your own money then no harm no fowl! 

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I agree with wendyomgwar.  It is your no-buy, you get to set the rules.  So you got to ask yourself, what does this no-buy mean to you?

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Another day down! Also, anyone find it weird I'm hoarding empties?! haha #firstworldissues

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Hahaha, I always try to keep mine but I end up getting frustrated that I have them lying around, I want them gone if I've use them that space can be used for all my other products Smiley Tongue

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Well, if you are weird, then at least you are not alone!  I am proud to be a fellow weirdo!

 

AND, yay for another day down!

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I fell off the wagon and bought a $4.50 OPI nail polish!  Booohooo I knew I shoulda stayed out of that Sephora store.  I grabbed it up because my local Sephora was totally out of stock of that particular shade, and I was afraid it would be my only chance.  Smiley Sad

I love it though and will be using it very frequently until it's gone!

 

Whew....I felt I had to confess!  Back on the wagon now.....

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Haha, I've been in that situation before!

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Hey all my No Buy July colleagues, just curious what kinds of rules you are following for this month's No Buy?  As mentioned below, it is kind of a personal goal and we're probably all going for different results.  

 

For me, I do want to cut down on the insane amount of $$$ I'm spending on stuff I don't really need, but an equally high priority is to stop adding stuff to my stash until I can at least use up some of what I already have.  So if I do buy something I need (like I'm out of acne medication or something) then I don't count that as violating my No Buy.  But if I buy another eyeshadow or lippie, that's DEFINITELY a no-no!  The nail polish, I was on the fence about since I have very few polishes anyways.

 

What's your No Buy philosophy?

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Personally, for the month of July, the only beauty items I'll be getting will be one of the Sephora perks or if I'm exchanging something (e.g. one item for only one other item of equal value or less), since those wouldn't technically count as purchases. I do have a few gift cards, but I'm still holding off on even using it just to see if I have the willpower to not add more makeup to my collection.

 

I think I have enough makeup remover and spot treatments to get me through July. Once July is over, I'm placing myself on a Project 10 Pan, where I can only purchase one color beauty item for every ten items finished. I'm one of those people who's guilty of always getting the next best new shiny release; it's becoming too vicious of a cycle. This way, it'll allow me to fall back in love with the products that used to be my favorites. I'm curious to see how y'all are approaching this too!

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