LOL – July was a COMPLETE fail for my Beauty Low Buy. Please keep reading to understand why this month was such an utter failure.
Beauty 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
Beauty Low Buy Update #3: What I Actually Bought
I am super embarrassed by how much I spent while trying to maintain a “Beauty Low Buy” this month. I will not be sharing this month’s spend due to my shame. To give you an idea of how much I spent this month just know that I spent at least $40 on each of the below brands:
- Dose of Colors
- Jouer Cosmetics
- KKW Beauty
- Kylie Cosmetics
- Melt Cosmetics
- Milani Cosmetics
- Suva Beauty
- Uoma Beauty
Beauty Low Buy Update #3: Navigating the Emotional Extremes of Excessive Makeup Buying
As a whole, 2019 has been a challenging year for me and this Summer has been particularly heartbreaking. As a result of my major emotional slide and extreme school-related stress, I did two things:
I Took a Month-long Blogging Hiatus
For the first time in over half a year, I took a blogging hiatus. I stopped reading, writing, and scheduling blog posts.
Between my personal struggles, my jobs, and my coursework, I was burnt out and lacking the inspiration to write posts or shoot content. Although I stayed active on Twitter and Instagram, I needed time away from my blog to take care of myself. To read more about my hiatus, click here.
Heads up: if it seems like I’m MIA reading & supporting blogs this month it is because I’m taking a short blogging hiatus/break during the month of July while I finish my Accelerated Summer course.
Will be back in action writing posts and supporting others later this month. 💞
— thenewburygirl (@thenewburygirl) July 8, 2019
Bought Everything I Saw During the 4th of July Sales
Ummm yeah. This was bad… really bad.
Essentially, I went on a week-long beauty bender. I bought anything and everything that I fancied regardless of whether the item was on sale or not.
Stress and fear of failure is a major trigger for my online shopping. The Fourth of July sales served as a convenient excuse to purchase whatever I wanted.
Did I snag a ton of dope products at a steep discount? Hell yeah. Did I spend way beyond my means? Hell yeah. Am I paying for it now? Hell yeah.
Because of my reaction this month, I decided that
I am going to put myself on a strict No-Buy from in August, September, and October. I will only be allowed to repurchase foundation/concealer, haircare, or skincare if I run out of something and have no suitable backup.
Editor’s note: I did not end up going on a No Buy until November 2019. I continued to let hype and stress dictate how I spent my money this fall.
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? Please let me know in the comments below.