This year, I’ve been working hard to reign in my spending lately. Although May was not as successful as I would have hoped, this past June I continued on with my first Yearlong Beauty Low-Buy (sorry this is a month late)! Please keep reading for an update on my Yearlong Beauty Low Buy, including what I wanted to buy, what I actually bought, and what I learned during the month of June.
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)
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:
Anastasia Beverly Hills x Alyssa Edwards Eyeshadow Palette
Initially, when I saw the promo shots for this palette, I had full intentions on purchasing it. However, after closer inspection, I came to the realization that this palette looks very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette. Although I think Alyssa Edwards is super talented, I can’t justify picking up this palette (at full price). Would I consider purchasing in the future? Yes – but not at this time.
ColourPop – Cream Blush + Lite Stix
Honestly, it took all the strength within me to refrain from buying all of the new ColourPop Cream Blush + Lite Stix bundles. If it weren’t for my low buy, I likely would have picked up each of the flower-themed bundles. Given how frequently ColourPop has sales and that I am really trying to spend less, I refrained from picking up any of these new cream blushes and highlighters.
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Persona Cosmetics – Nude Lip Gloss Bundle
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that Sona Gasparian is one of my favorite Beauty YouTubers and that her brand, Persona Cosmetics is one of the brands that I’ve been most excited to explore in 2019. So far, I’ve LOVED everything I’ve tried from the brand and I love the brand’s Instagram account. Seeing the glosses promoted on the brand’s Instagram has made me lust after these glosses.
Ultimately, I didn’t end up picking up the Nude Lip Gloss Bundle because I own similar shades AND I picked up a few different goodies from the brand.
Low Buy Update #2: What I Actually Bought
ColourPop – Memorial Day 30% Off Weekend Buys
ColourPop has a personal vendetta against me. They know just how to come for my money. During the MDW sale, I picked up three palettes: Blue Moon, I Think I Love You, and Yes, Please! palettes. I’ve had my eye on the I Think I Love You and Yes, Please! palettes for some time, but held off on buying them. However, lost all sense of self-control with the launch of The Blue Moon Palette and the MDW Sale.
Huda Beauty – Neon Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes
Out of all the Summer/Spring releases, nothing grabbed my attention more than the Huda Beauty Neon Obsession Palettes. I love the Obsession Eyeshadow formula and the curated collection of shadows! Although I debated holding off on picking these palettes up, I picked up two of the palettes (orange and pink) because I had a huge Sephora credit that was burning a hole in my pocket. Given that I didn’t have to spend any of my own money on these two palettes, these palettes do not count against my Low-Buy.
Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette
Originally, I had no intentions of actually purchasing the Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette because of my low-buy. The color scheme of this palette is a pinker take on the classic red, sunset palette at a much more accessible price point. Given how much I hated the Mini Lila Palette, I am nervous about how these cheaper ND shadows will perform.
In the end, I purchased this eyeshadow palette because I had a HUGE credit from Sephora and I wanted to give Natasha Denona one more shot. Given that I didn’t have to spend any of my own money on this palette, it does not count against my Low-Buy.
Persona Cosmetics Mini Haul
Although I refrained from buying the Persona Cosmetics Nude Lip Gloss Bundle, I couldn’t stop myself from grabbing a ton of other goodies from the brand. After receiving a 20% Off Coupon, I decided to pick up two liquid lipsticks (Holy Grail and Phoenix), the new summer gloss bundle, the Laguna Highlighter, and the Identity Palette.
To be fair, I actually forgot that I picked up the ColourPop Palettes at the very beginning of the month so I thought I was a lot closer to my monthly budget.
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Planned Low Buy Budget for May: $75.00 USD
Total Spent in May: $131.20 USD
Remaining Budget: $00.00 USD
Low Buy Update #2: The Importance of Detaching
It should come to no surprise when I state that I have an unhealthy attachment to makeup. Despite all my project panning, inventory tracking, and constant decluttering, I still attach sentimental value to my beauty items.
In an effort to curb my excessive shopping habits and make myself more aware of the financial and environmental waste I am creating, I did a brutal declutter session this spring. I didn’t get rid of hundreds of items, but I decided to toss or re-home tons of items that I’ve been holding onto for purely sentimental reasons. Throughout my decluttering, I asked myself the following questions:
- When was the last time I used this product?
- Do I feel inspired to use this product?
- Can I return this item? (If a product caused a reaction or was unopened)
- Is this in good enough condition that I could donate or re-home this item?
- Is this something I could potentially finish?
As a beauty-obsessed individual, I don’t want to feel bogged down by the products I no longer love and feel unmotivated to use. Beauty is a major source of inspiration and self-care for me, so I don’t want to feel forced to use products that I dislike… especially if I have a friend or family member that could benefit from an item in my collection.
Decluttering can be wasteful, but it can help in preventing future waste! Through my recent declutter, I was able to get a better understanding of the products that I buy, but don’t actually love. Thus, I’ll (hopefully) avoid making these types of purchases in the future.
P.S. I’m aware that I went over my budget again this month, but I did spend considerably less than I did last month. Also, if I didn’t receive the large coupons/credits to Sephora I actually wouldn’t have picked up the Huda Beauty or the Natasha Denona palettes. Therefore, I do consider this month a win for my wallet! Realistically, anytime I can edit myself or stop myself from making a frivolous purchase is a win.
Interested in following along with my Low Buy Journey? Check out my Low Buy Introduction or my Low Buy – Update #1. Looking for advice on curbing excessive spending? Please check out my Smarter Shopper Posts – Volume I and Volume II.
If you’re considering your own low buy or no buy year, I recommend checking out Hannah Louise Postin who chronicles her 2018 No-Buy Year and 2019 Beauty Budget, Whitney Hedrick who chronicles her current No-Buy Year and provides tips on smart consumerism, as well as Elle S who was a steadfast project panner and who is currently chronicling her own No-Buy Year.
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?