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Variation on No buy

Inspired by the count if you dare thread & project 10 pan & the fact that i'm in DESPERATE need of a no-buy, my boyfriend thought of a new challenge! Since i've already counted how many of each type of product i have, now i'm going to decide how many of each i must use up before i can buy another.


i think this will be slightly easier to accomplish than a flat out no buy (at least for me!) Plus these are the categories where I just have more than necessary. 


So i will finish:

7 blush/bronzers

7 eyeliners

10 eyeshadows

10 lip glosses

2 lip sticks

1 primer

2 mascaras

i also don't need any makeup brushes or remover wipes.


So i can't purchase anything in those categories until I've accomplished this! (And i will update my 10 pan sometime to reflect this)


Hmm i wonder what we should call this challenge?


PS based on the way i've organized my makeup, i sometimes will say I can't buy any more of a certain product bc that drawer/case/container is full. do you guys do this/does it work? 

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Katie, I actually discovered it a few years ago when I interned at a pr firm! They represented befine Smiley Happy did you like your birch box? I canceled mine in August when I realized it had been a month or two since I'd gotten anything I was interested in. Plus I'd subscribed since September 2010! And then I realized how many products from the boxes that were still unused and decided I should save my $10 unless the boxes got really good again! Lol

Anyway I agree it's "interesting" lol and I find I love using it when I go to bed (dry Chicago winters just kill my lips!) I never really use it during the day. I think I have the lip exfoliant somewhere too hmmm

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i want to buy a guerlain bronzer. ahhhhh 

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@ Katie what do you think of the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product? I heard quite a bit about it and have considered trying it lol . I really have to sit down and go through my stash to and do this. Guilty as charged lol.

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Dont worry geminibreeze! Even though I've organized and set all these goals I haven't really followed them. Though it did feel great to organize and give away/swap/etc things I didn't need!

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@geminibreeze, do this challenge! it's a really big EYE OPENER, seriously! i just need to visit my list every so often to remind myself of it!


I really like the Its a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product... I don't think it's done anything miraculous to my hair, my hair is naturally straight and shiny. But, I love using it throughout my hair as a heat protectant product (which is one of the 10 claims) because the consistency is like a leave-in treatment so when i blow dry my hair w/ a brush, i feel like it smooths out any stubborn waves making my hair nice and super straight while also protecting it from heat. I DONT like it in my bangs because of the thick consistency... I don't style my bangs, I just keep them simple and swept to the side with a paddle brush. When I put the Its a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product in my bangs, it made them curl up and do weird things that I don't want it to. 


I do want to try the Aveda Damage Remedy leave-in product! It's sounds amazinggggggggg! I'd have to cought up $35 for it, though Smiley Sad

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Here's an update just to clarify where I'm at. I did buy makeup during Black Friday *slaps the back of my own hand*, but nooo moreeeeee! I can already hear my boyfriend and brothers laughing and saying YEAH RIGHT!


But, seriously... No. More. I'm not sure why I can't say that without laughing! =X


Lip Balms - Finish 3 chapsticks and lip enhancer sample. oh dear. I got 3 samples of the Jack Black lip balm from Sephora and thats all I've been using lately. And I got a full sized lip balm in my Eco Emi box, too! Looks like I won't be buying lip balms for a longgggggg time...


Lip Glosses - Finish 5 lip glosses. I don't think those 5 will be the ones I listed previously.It will most likely be: 2 Sephora Mini glosses, 2 Too Faced Mini glosses and an UD mini gloss.


Blushes - Finish 2 blushes. This one is hard because I stopped using dandelion since it comes off too white on my face and doesn't show up as a blush. Here is my progress with my e.l.f. blush, yay go me! =)




 Mascaras - Finish L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Buxom Lash, Lancome Hypnose Drama sample and Etude House Voluminious Mascara. Ick, I hate the Etude House one and the Lancome sample (it was a bad sample) but I will wear those on the weekends to get some use out of them. The Buxom Lash only has a few more days to go!


Eye Liner - Finish Stila Waterproof Liquid Liner, Urban Decay 24/7 and Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. That'll last me throughout the next year. No joke.


Eye Shadow - Finish any three eye shadows.


Nail Polishes - Finish two pink polishes before purchasing another pink. I just received a new Zoya pink nail polish in my Birchbox! This will take forever!


Hair Products -


Hair Mask - Finish all masks.  No where near finishing any, haha!


Heat Protectant Sprays - Finish all sprays. I'm almost out of my Aussie Heat Protectant (hate it) and It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. I gave away one of my Tresseme Heat Protectant and kept one for myself.


Shampoo and Conditioners - Finish all products. I'm using all my John Frieda and Tresseme products right now, so that leaves my Carol's Daughter products as backups.




I'm hoping to finish most of these before the IMATS LA Convention in June 2012. Looking at this list, I don't think I can purchase any blushes or eye shadows at the makeup convention Smiley Sad



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that's such a great list! you could always swap or give away dandelion? that counts towards one of them doesn't it? lol


i need to go through all my stuff and decide about which specific products i want to finish! (and also update myself on the number of each type of product i have!)


I think you showed some restraint on shopping, so good for you - you don't have to be perfect, right? Smiley Wink


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hahaha jxw200, you are my enabler! Smiley Wink


you're right, i could give my dandelion to someone... i wonder if my mom would like it! thanks!!


we'll see how things are by the time IMATS comes around! Smiley Happy


let us know what your list is when you've completed it!

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I took this photo for my blog, but i think i need to share it with you!


this is why I say AHHHH when i want to buy a new bronzer, lol. and this doesn't include blushes & highlighters. AHHHH!

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o. m. g. is all i can say, jxw200!


you must go on an infinite bronzer no buy! LOL! Smiley Tongue you've got great bronzers to work with already!

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I just realized I have a nars multiple duo that hs the st Bart's shade, so there's another one...

At least alot of the ones I have aren't full size! I can't imagine how long that would take... Seriously nearly everything looks new! Ahhhhh

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Hi jwx200!


What a fantastic topic... it's like a "Don't Waste" project!


That is a great idea to use all your products before you buy any more.. If I did that I would never buy any makeup again though with the amount of items I have currently opened and in use.


3 blushes (shu, mac, tarte, and lancome)

2 bronzers (smashbox, dior)

5 or 6 mascaras (lancome, dior, hourglass, cover girl, urban decay,loreal)

and probably about 4 or 5 different foundations both liquid and powder..


I'm set for so long but I can't resist! Smiley Happy

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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diana, im the same way! i get so excited by new colors and things - thats why i figured picking a # that wasn't using everything in each category was slightly more reasonable. so i can buy more of that category but have to finish a certain number first, plus i can still buy other things! So that seems way more manageable for me!


sephoramusthave, you are totally right! eeek so much stuff to use!

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This is a good idea!  Before I buy anything else, I am going to finish:


-2 blushes (Benefit Coralista and Tarte 12-hour clay in Blissful)

-1 of 2 face powders (Amazing Cosmetics pressed powder-love it! and Bare Escentuals hydrating mineral veil-okay..)

-1 of 2 concealers (Clinique Line smoothing concealer and MUFE lift concealer)

-1 of 2 eyeshadow palettes (Benefit her name was glowla-discontinued, and Kat von d Ludwig palette)

-1 of 2 eyeliner pencils (Sephora Kohl Waterproof in Keep Brown and Urban Decay Bourbon)

-2 of 3 liquid eyeliners (two Sephora brand long lasting-discontinued, and one Stila Stay all day waterproof eyeliner)

-2 tinted chapsticks (Fresh Rose lip treatment and Burts Bees)

-Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Waterproof mascara

-1 of 2 makeup removers (Sephora brand waterproof eye makeup remover and Clinique take the day off)


Wish me luck!





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