Yearlong Beauty Low Buy | Update #1

Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy Update #1 | ColourPop Best of Super Shock Shadows + Heavy Metal Liners

Contrary to what my more recent haul posts may lead you to believe, I’ve been working hard to reign in my spending lately. This past May I started my first Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy. In complete candor, I wasn’t in a mental state where I could have handled a total Beauty No-Buy. Nevertheless, I’m stoked to see how my strict beauty budgeting will work out for me. Please keep reading for my first check-in.

Low Buy 2019-20 Rules Recap

  • I cannot spend more than $75.00 on NEW cosmetics in a given month
    • Exclusions: haircare (I have a sensitive scalp), skincare, repurchases (if I have no suitable alternative ex. concealer)
  • Dollars not spent in a given month can roll forward, but cannot be pulled forward
    • Ex. If I want to buy a $90.00 eyeshadow palette in May, I cannot pull $15.00 forward. I would need to wait until June to buy the palette.
  • Exclusions: Items received via influencer networks, as gifts, or purchased via gift cards do NOT count against the dollar value

Low Buy Update #2: What I Wanted to Buy (but Didn’t)

As I mentioned above, list-making has been one of the ways that I’ve been successfully navigating this Low Buy. The below items are products that piqued my interest over the last three months:

Certifeye – Affinity 1 & 2 Eyeshadow Palettes

Certifeye has been on my list of brands to try since the end of 2018 because of the brand’s vivid, colorful eyeshadow palettes. The Affinity 1 (warm, pink tones) and Affinity 2 (cool blue and green tones) are the two palettes I’ve been longing to try. However, given the brand’s high price tag, I’ve always been hesitant to order from Certifeye.

ColourPop – Colour Me Pretty Gel Liner Kit & Color Outside the Liner Collection

ColourPop is one of my favorite beauty brands because of their affordable prices and high quality, fun offerings. When I saw the brand’s promo posts for the relaunch of their Gel Pencil & Pot Liners, I seriously contemplated picking these up.

 I didn’t buy either of these liner kits. First, I don’t want to invest a ton of money in formulas that I’ve had little experience testing. Second, if I were to buy all of the pot liners (which are still tempting), I can guarantee that I’d never use up all of them before they went bad.

ColourPop x Makeup Shayla Proceed with Caution Collaboration

When I saw ColourPop’s latest collaboration with MakeupShayla launch, I was immediately drawn in. First, I like the story behind the palette. As Shayla explains, she felt like she’s been under construction with her recent fitness and health journey. As a graduate student undergoing so many drastic life changes, I could honestly relate to the idea of “being under construction” or being a work in progress. From a product perspective, the bright yellow packaging, and twist on classic neutrals caught my eye.

However, I don’t need anything in this collection because I own so many similar-looking blushes, liquid lipsticks, and eyeshadows. Also, I don’t think this collection has been selling as well as they expected given that ColourPop has already discounted this bundle.

Melt Cosmetics – Smoke Sessions Palette

Yeahhhh – so I actually gasped when TrendMood announced that Sephora would start selling Melt Cosmetics in-store and online. I’ve gone back and forth on picking up the Smoke Sessions Palette, but ultimately decided against purchasing it because I own very similar shadows in singles.

Nabla Cosmetics – Secret Palette 

I can’t lie, as an Italian-American, I love supporting Italian brands. I love seeing Italian brands shining on a global stage. Needless to say, as an indie, Italian beauty brand, Nabla has been on my list to try for quite some time. When I saw the swatches of the Secret Palette online, I was immediately drawn in by the rich pink, gold, and teal colors.

Low Buy Update #1: What I Actually Bought

Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy Update #1 | ColourPop Best of Super Shock Shadows + Heavy Metal Liners
ColourPop Best of Super Shock Shadows + Heavy Metal Liners

ColourPop – Super Shock Shadow & Heavy Metal Liner Bundles

My name is LP and I have a ColourPop obsession. The ColourPop Swatch Parties on YouTube will be the actual death of me because these videos always convince me to make a purchase! As many of you may know, I have a major crush on the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow formula… so when the brand put together a bundle of their top-selling Super Shock Shadows of all-time, I was immediately intrigued.

Let me just say that these shadows don’t look super unique in the pan, but the shine when swatched. Moreover, it is fascinating how many of these shadows look like completely different colors when swatched on different skin tones!!

Also, I literally can’t help myself and I bought the Heavy Metal Eye Liner set because I don’t own any metallic liners and these are just so dang affordable!

Thinking of ordering from ColourPop for the first time? Please consider using my referral link for $5.00 off your first order. If you make a purchase, I’ll also receive $5.00 off my next purchase. Please note, I’ve purchased all of the aforementioned items.

Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy Update #1 | MAC x Aladdin Collection
MAC x Aladdin Collection

MAC x Disney’s Aladdin

The MAC collaboration has been on my list of must-buys since I saw this collection teased on Trendmood in March/April. I LOVE Aladdin and my heart honestly skipped a beat when I saw the beautiful, Aladdin-inspired packaging.

After much internal debate, I ended up picking up the Princess Jasmine x9 Eyeshadow Palette, Your Wish Is My Command Powder Bronzer, and Friend Like Me Lipstick. So far, I’ve heard mixed things about the collection, but I have yet to really test these goodies myself.

Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy #1 | Melt Cosmetics Gemini + Twenty-Seven Eyeshadow Palettes
Melt Cosmetics Gemini + Twenty-Seven Eyeshadow Palettes

Melt Cosmetics x Sephora Launch

Again, I freaked out when I saw that Melt Cosmetics was (1) being sold at Sephora and (2) bringing back the limited edition Gemini and Twenty-Seven Palettes. Did I ~need~ these palettes? No. Have I been lusting after these palettes for months on end? Yes. Even though I duped the Gemini Palette with a bunch of singles from lesser-known indie beauty brands, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I still wanted the original release. Needless to say, I snagged both of these.

Planned Low Buy Budget for May: $75.00 USD

Total Spent in May: $282.00 USD

Remaining Budget: $207.00 USD

Low Buy Update #1: Learning to Shop with Intention

I’ve been quite candid that much of my recent beauty splurges were the direct result of stress. Although it sounds cheesy, beauty has always been an escape for me, but this past Winter & Spring my “escape” became detrimental to my financial well-being as I  was using online shopping as an unhealthy means of coping and began to spend beyond my means. If something caught my eye, I bought it without hesitation. In the immortal words of Ariana Grande, “I see it. I like it. I want it. I got it.

Realistically, this month was sort of a wash for me because I didn’t stick to my own rules and spent more than 3X my goal budget. Nevertheless, I KNOW I saved more money than I would have if I weren’t trying to follow a Low Buy because I’ve been relearning to shop with intention. List-making has been a great tool in helping me to determine what new releases (or hyped products) I’d most like to own. Now when I think about making a purchase, I pause to consider the following:

  • Will I still love this product once the initial hype or fervor dies down?
  • Would I buy this product if it weren’t on sale or it wasn’t limited edition?
  • Will this product fill a gap in my collection or do I already own this product (in another form)?
  • Am I buying this product because I love the packaging or the product inside?

Although some may feel that I’m already failing at my own challenge, I want to reiterate that I view this May as a win. Despite going over budget this past month, I feel I’ve set the good groundwork for future success. To make up for this month’s short-comings, my goal is to buy no new products during the month of June.


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Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy Update #1

Interested in following along with my Low Buy Journey? Check out my Low Buy Introduction.

Have you ever partook in a Low Buy or a No Buy? What advice would you share to anyone embarking on this type of challenge?

21 thoughts on “Yearlong Beauty Low Buy | Update #1

    1. As a whole, ColourPop tends to be my most recommended beauty brand just because they sell such affordable products that are pretty high quality. They have tons of stuff to fit varying needs or situations! 🙂

  1. I love your honesty, LP, and I can definitely see that even though you went over you have definitely improved in your intentionality. For long term success, I think smaller improvements are always better anyway, so this is most definitely a win for you! Way to go!

  2. I enjoyed reading this! Even if you overspent, it really does seem like you learned a lot and still were able to make improvements.
    I didn’t realize MAC had an Aladdin line, that’s so cool! And oh, those Colourpop Heavy Metal liners do seem VERY tempting. I might have to make a Colourpop order soon haha.

  3. I love the idea of having a set budget for each month! And then having to wait and save that budget for more expensive purchases. I might have to give this a go soon! X

  4. You definitely not failed your own challenge! Ye, you might’ve spent more than you challenged yourself to spend but I think it’s way more important to see what you’ve learned from it.

  5. I like this practice that you started with beauty low-buys! This helps you be more mindful with how you spend on beauty products. I love that you have a collection of cute beauty products! Oooh, the Gemini palette looks gorgeous. Even though you spent more than you intended in May, at least these products will last you for a while! 🙂

    Nancy ♥

  6. I think it is a great idea to go on a low buy rather than a no buy because it makes it more achievable! I might give this a go with clothes because that’s my main issue

    Jenny | Local Leo

  7. These are your rules so you’re right, you totally won in May if you’re happy with your purchases & how it went. 🙂 The purchases you made are all beautiful!!

    1. Thank you, girl! <3 I'm definitely doing better this month than I did last month. Ideally, I'd love to purchase nothing during July and August, but we will see how that goes lol. 😀

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