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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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That's a long list! What makeup items are on your list? I'm always curious to hear what people are interested in buying Smiley Happy

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Can I have a little mini celebration for using up samples??? WOO thank you No Buy July for actually forcing me to use my makeup. I finally finished roughly 5 foil packets, a primer, and a mini mascara. Not bad for a girl who never uses her samples!

And still haven't bought any makeup. I'd say that calls for a double celebration!

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Hooray!!! It has definitely forced me to use up past point perks and gifts with purchase deluxe size products as well! I figured there was no point in hoarding them Smiley Very Happy Also, deluxe sized eye creams take forever to use up. It needs to use itself up!

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Oh my goodness I can only imagine. It took me forever just to finish an eye cream in a foil packet! Thanks again for starting this, its what I needed.

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I must be old and need more eye cream than you guys!  I can go through a 1/2 oz jar in 6 months if I use it morning and night.  Well, I guess that was in part when I was having such dried out eyes and putting it on 3-4 times a day.  Still, I can make a dent in a jar.  Having both All About Eyes and All About Eyes Rich open, along with the VIB Origins sample, I will take a while finishing jars, however.

 

But yay about finishing up samples.  I have gone through a packet of the FAB cleanser plus 2 little pots they gave me in store.  And I'm almost done with a sample of Fresh Soy Cleanser, too.  I realized I have enough mascara samples that I just tossed the one I didn't like after using it for a week.  I have a little bag that just has samples of things, either from store or packets that are on my 'use up next' list.  I'm trying different masks and exfoliators.

 

Of course, I have far too much stuff, but I'm trying to be good about using different things so I feel like I'm still getting new things.  And I've been using a new perfume at least once a week to try to get through a fragrance sampler and see what I'd like to actually get.  That is fun, too.  I have so many fragrance samples and I sorted some out yesterday that were dupes that I don't want (in the 'to give to someone else bag') and of course saw other things to try.

 

I got MelissaBT to give me this year's spend total.  That definitely got me to feel motivated by the no-spend rule, sigh.

 

Thanks for helping to keep me motivated.  I've also sorted out some samples I won't use, and some are going to charity.  I know they need soap and shampoo, but I bet the shelters have women who can use some moisturizers, too, and I have more samples than I could possibly use.

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I'm with you on eye cream- it takes me 5-6 months to use a jar. I have very thin, sensitive eye area skin.

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I've been known to heavily lay on eye cream in order to try and finish the product, only to deal with milia down the road. Lesson learned! Smiley Happy

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I've definitely been using my foil packets! I;m going on vacation next week and I know everyone says don't try new stuff whilst on vacation but I can't help it! It saves so much space packing!! And I feel so proud that I use up the samples lol I'm about to go through a good 20 foils packets in hair, body, face, etc. Is it sad that this makes me super happy? Lol

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Not at all! I'm impressed @wendyomgwar. My skin is way too sensitive.... I would not be able to handle all those samples! I can't tell you how long it would take me to go through 20 foil packets. Good for you girlfriend! I'll be cheering you on

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I'm not sure how old everyone is here, so I'm not really sure if age factors into it so much, I'm only 19, but I usually change my nightly moisturizer every day because of all the deluxe samples I have, so I'm not too worried, I've been blessed by the skin gods lol, I rarely break out and I have pretty good skin without anything so my skin isn't too sensitive to change.

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I'm with you on sensitivity! I rarely try new products when I'm on vacation to avoid breakouts. So, wendyomgwar, I'm jealous! But have a great vacation! Totally well-deserved with this whole no spending biz Smiley Very Happy

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I give stuff I will not use to my friends and family, but what a great sentiment to give your items to those who are really lacking!

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I've learned that giving should not just be limited to the holidays Smiley Happy

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I'll have to take a picture of how I store my vials of perfume samples! If I mention anything about buying a perfume anytime in the next year, you have my permission to call me out lol. That Origins GinZing took forever to finish. I can finally say it's in my empties bag at the moment.

 

One thing I've learned is that people will always, always happily take any makeup that didn't work for me. What didn't work for me might work for them, vice versa Smiley Happy

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks she has too much makeup in her collection and needs to start using it up! Smiley Happy

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When I know I'm not going to be leaving the house or doing anything but errands, I make that day a testing day and don't use any full-sized products.  It makes me get through my samples (admittedly, I give 50% of mine to my mother) and try new things.

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Hahaha maybe that's the reason my mom never feels the need to buy any makeup and skincare! I just give things I have dupes of or skincare for mature skin to her instead.

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Not too impressed with the VIB skincare sample bag with the $35 purchase, but I'm perfectly fine with that! Smiley Happy

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Hmmm... I was subconsciously thinking about what I was going to go check out I'm glad I'm leaving this weekend and I can't go visit Sephora lol. I was more interested in the 100 points. The bag actually looks cute too lol.

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The bag sure is cute! I just can't justify making a purchase just for foil packet samples lol

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Thats true but I just read that the 100 points are good till August 7th woohoo!! Lol I'll buy it August 1st and then go on a no buy August for the rest of the month Smiley Tongue lol

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