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I went way overboard with purchases this month (2 orders with Sephora last week alone).  So I decided to put myself on a "no-buy" for the entire month of July.  Has anyone successfully done this before?  I know I won't be able to read fashion and beauty blogs or open emails from my favorite stores, but any other suggestions?


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Hello All. So i have not bought anything beauty related in 21 days. I found a way to keep me motivated...on the front screen on my phone i put an application called "Sobriety Counter" ...sad I know. Anyways, It tells you the Years,Months, Days, Hours and Minutes you have been "clean and sober" lol.  But the tracker actually keeps me motivated...i dont want to see it go back to 1 minute! 

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Hi eelias! That sounds a bit extreme but if it works, I may need to try it! I attempted to not buy a single makeup or cosmetic item during December but gift cards apparently burn holes in my pocket. Smiley Happy 


I know the products I buy I will use but it would probably be more beneficial that I don't buy more! Smiley Wink How do you all keep from going crazy with makeup? I am crazy about nail polish, I just can't give it up! 



Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Hellllllllllll no to the December No Buy. I've been on back to back no buys for months, and the holidays are coming up AND I'm starting to run out of things.


But good for you!!! *standing ovation*


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I'm with sephoramusthave on the no to December no buy! This month I already got NAKED 2, a Tarte blush/bronzer duo kit, and have to spend my $20 gift card yet. The no-buy from the middle of September to the end of October nearly killed me, I ended up spending way more when I was done than if I had just been able to shop all along. I think the deprivation set me into starvation mode and I wasn't able to go into a Sephora or Ulta without dropping a bunch of money. I did end up returning a bunch of stuff (Sephora Eye pencil that made my eyes itch, but only the purple one, the green one is fine), 2 eyelash curlers (UD one kept falling apart and the Tarte one pulled out my lashesSmiley Mad), a Buxom Lip pencil that was defective and a MUFE lipstick that the makeup artist talked me into and since I was in a hurry, didn't check out thoroughly, it was a strange color in natural light). 


Plus I tend to shop for gifts for other people and end up with stuff that was too cute to pass up for myself, so I'll just not even try. Maybe next year....

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Dont get me wrong, I love the no buys sometimes because lord knows that I have too much stuff that I dont actually need right now BUT the point of me doing the no buys the last few months was so that I could save up for December and now thats its here y'all best get outta my way. I've already bought over 30 beauty items (posted them all in the hauls thread) for gifts and for myself AND I have that $15 Sephora giftcard thats about to expire in less than a week and I am NOT letting that thing go to waste.


But I'm supporting the people that choose to do a no buy this month, y'all rock!


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@sephoramusthave- Go big shopping or go home!  LOL  I'm with you there!

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I'd go through your history and look at the purchases you've made and look at your points history if possible. Are you using everything? Did you send back the items you didn't end up liking? People often underestimate how much they spend and it's been proven in numerous studies regarding health, diet, finances etc. that tracking is one of the best ways to counteract this.


I'd add up the $ spent on makeup and if you can't track that w/Sephora's history, try counting w/points and adding up the # of point perks you have. It will give you a realistic idea of your expenses. You can try to imagine other things you could have spent the money on or how many hours of work it required to accumulate that much money.


Before I make a purchase and get caught up in how much I want it, I try to ask myself:


  • Do I really need it (almost always, the answer is no)
  • Will I actually use it? (Good question for clothes - esp if I don't have good things to match it with or I start having to imagine buying more things just to wear the initial article of clothing. Another good question for expensive clothes: Is this piece quality/can I see myself wearing this in 2 years? 5 years? 7 years?)
  • Is it worth the $?

Often when I reason through the decision, I'll realize that I'm just fine w/o buying anything and walk away easily Smiley Happy

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I'm so with you on the no-buy thing!! I've spend way too much money in June... I can't afford anything before at least august!!!


@ charlotte: what a good idea!! I used that "technique"a few times during the past year and it can really work!!


@ pocketvenus: I think I don't even want to know how much I've spend this last year on make-up and skincare!! I've already know it's way over my original budget, hehehehe!!!

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Its DEF possible but be prepared for sudden withdraws Smiley Very Happy Haha, just kidding. I've done it before and it isn't TOO bad. Just look at your make up collection and really think about if there is anything that will run out by the end of the month that you really can't function with out. Such as your eye primer or daily foundation. But not your 'sorta my favorite bronzer that lives in the back of my drawer that i would love to restock even though I only use it every once and awhile' type of thing. 

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@kalex. No-buy is definitely hard for me as well, but it can also be fun if you challenge yourself. There was this thread I found where you Shop your own Stash that really helped me stick to my No-Buy rule. If you look through blogs and magazines and really want something, see if you're able to shop through your own stash and find something comparable. I find that this really helps and also keeps you busy.


Good Luck! I'm 100% sure you can keep to your No-Buy rule. Smiley Wink

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