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Starletta8's Summer of No Buy Support Thread

So, it's time to go on an extended no buy. I have more than I could ever enjoy for quite awhile.  However, if you have gotten to know me a bit- it's going to be easier said than done!


So, this thread is hopefully going to be a support group for me- and anyone else who wants to join me in a summer of no buy.


The tricky thing is that I've got about 40% of my toner left and maybe 20% of my daytime moisturizer- and I see pan on my HG concealer.  I have to buy the concealer since it's a staple product (and I have used up all of the other concealers that match my skin). I'd like to use up some skincare before repurchasing my daytime moisturizer- but if my skin reacts, I'll revisit the issue.


When will the no buy end?  I'm not sure, but fall collections will be on counters, if not on the leaves!

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I took an advance on one of the purchases I mentioned in my initial post out of pure emotional shock today.  I now have enough concealer to get me through the rest of the summer.


It was a moment of "I just had to spend several thousand dollars, what the heck is 20-some more?".


Yeah. I bought a new AC unit today.  I might be on a no-buy aside from things I legitimately run out of (ie skincare, foundation, etc) until further notice.  And further notice hopefully will be before New Years'.

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Aww, *hug*. Lol, if we live near each other we should totally do a swap, a couple of your nail polish for my 5-6 deluxe/mini foundation (liquid, pressed and loose powder) and the 2-3 sample packets.


Yeah, my retail of the month is going to be a pair of boots instead of a Sephora order (not feelin' it). I tend to walk on the outside of my feet, so there's almost .75in difference between the left/right edge of the heel for my 5yr old leather boots (a new pair only cost $20-$30 more than the cost of resole, so I'm getting new ones. Bye bye, pink camofloudge).

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I bet I'm way pasty, LOL.


Boots are good! I have a pair of Cole Haan heels sitting by my door waiting to go to the cobbler for new heel caps.  They've been there for weeks!


I started working through some of my samples and now I want tinted moisturizer. Smiley Sad


On the flip side, I had to go to the outlet mall (I needed to pick up corn on the cob dishes and those little forks you stick in the end since I have corn- and no way to serve it).  I was actually in two of those outlets that sell makeup- stuck to my no-buy! Woot!

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Stay strong! You can do it! I've got the 1oz of Laura Mercier TM and Boots no7 TM. They are pretty nice since I almost never wear foundation.


I almost brought boots but decided I can wait until fall. I did buy a pair of silver sneakers with studded toes cuz I have a $10 off from Kohls and it was $19.99. Ha, now I feel like one of those hipster teens.


And you are making me craving corn...

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My dilemma is that it'll be as expensive as buying a new foundation. I'm faithful to foundation during the work week, so TM wouldn't be a bad purchase- aside from the fact it's a purchase.


Those sneakers sound like fun!

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@starletta8 how much do you usually pay for your heel caps?


There are some other options out there (I think Target has a kit for $5)?


Sorry to hear about your AC unit. that is terrible! We had to replace our central heat & Air unit last winter and it was like $4k! 


Do you have any unopened items from recent purchases that you could return?  Like items that are not necessary? That way you could afford skincare/foundation. Smiley Happy 

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@roxystar4 It's minimal (less than $15), it's just a matter of remembering to grab the shoes and go to the cobbler.  I'll always pay a pro for my few very good pairs of heels (this is one of them) since they're long-term investments.


Yeah, I was shocked by it- I'll have to purchase an entire new system in another 5-7 years.  At least that gives me time to budget and save.  So much for the kitchen upgrades I've been eyeing.


I actually ran into one of the items I've been mulling at the outlets the other day. (Full sized Clinique 7-day scrub cream). We'll see how long the deluxe sample lasts me- I'm not much of an exfoliater girl, but during the summer I like making sure all of my sunscreen is off. Even a month ago, I would've bought without thinking. Now, I passed it by.

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@starletta8 I am glad you passed on the scrub. Esp if you still have a sample you can use. Nice work!


I dont blame you for wanting to get a professional to fix your nice shoes. I have a few cheaper ones that could use new heel caps & am going to try the target kit for those.

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I know I *need* to do this, I just don't know if I wanna lol. I'm on project 10 pan for skincare/fragrance already....okay fine. Summer for me means June and July so I'll do a all around no buy for all things beauty related during those months only. I'll buy things only if I run out of something completely.

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I forgot to mention that I had a flat last week on the way home from work and I ended up needing to buy all new tires, which set me back a good 500 bucks. So yes, I needz this no buy.



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I think I may need to cave and get the Versace Bright Crystal perfume, I tried it the other day, and it smelled like a slightly more sophisticated version of a perfume I used to wear over a decade ago, I couldn't stop smiling when I caught a whiff of it!  

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OK, I have to share this with you all.  It's official- I have the sweetest man out there.  He surprised me after dinner tonight with the Bobbi Brown TM that I've been gushing over. Unbeknownst to me, on his way out last night he smuggled my sample (labeled with the product description) out and stopped by the store after work. 


I know he feels horrible about my home woes (and being out of town last week so I couldn't just stay at his place) and appreciated my good spirit about the whole thing (minimal whining with no AC; no moping after wiping out the rest of my contingency funds Friday). Apparently I kept checking myself out to see how the TM was wearing and- in his words- it was kinda fun to see me happy about something when I was having a "crud"tacular week.


So I don't have to break my no-buy after all!

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That is way too sweet! Your lucky to have a guy like him Smiley Happy

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I really am lucky!


(This also may have been a thank-you for helping him weed and mulch so that he could watch auto racing all day and night-or so it seemed- on Sunday.)

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Crap I placed 7 orders this week.  But I promise I won't purchase more until after I'm back from vacation Smiley Wink

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Not 1 week, but 7 orders this month for me. 

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OK ladies- I'm being strong, but has the new round of VIB codes gotten any of you to budge from your no-buys?

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Yup, fell for the AmorePacific promo. In my defense (psshh), the $55 consisted of the UD optical blurring brush that everyone was raving about, the pointy Sephora foundation brush that's been in and out of my basket for months, and a Bumble&Bumble tonic spray cuz my scalp is itchy. No make up. No skincare......altho that's not much of a defense I realize.


However! I plan to stay strong until the next princess collection. Wish me luck 0.0

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@ beautytester - I really like the pointy Sephora foundation brush. I bought it about 2 weeks ago and it's really good quality and delivers a very smooth finish.  How are the AmorePacific items?  I've never used this line before but it seems that a lot of people really like them.  I was tempted to buy something just to try it out!


@ starletta8 - Sorry you had to spend so much money to replace your AC unit.  That sucks!  At least you have such an awesome bf to comfort you! 


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I'm going to need to stay strong- so much so that I may only bring a $10 into the store with me, and no cards.


I'm going to have to pick up another FAB Shave Cream this weekend since it's the only shaving product that leaves my legs without ingrowns.  And we're in bare leg season...


I'm considering it skincare that's allowed- but I need to avoid any impulse buys.

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OMG! I didn't know FAB had a shaving cream. I freaken love their line, & most shaving creams seem to leave me with a rash. Starletta8  does it have a strong scent? Shaving creams with a lot of added fragrance seem to break me out Smiley Sad

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