After struggling to follow a beauty low buy over the last 6 months, I decided to embark on a Beauty No Buy. My beauty spending has been out of control, so it was time to take drastic measures. Please keep reading for my first Beauty No Buy Update.
Beauty No Buy 2019-20 Rules Recap
After a miserable attempt at a Beauty Low Buy, my Beauty No Buy officially started on November 2nd, 2019. While on this No Buy, I cannot purchase any new cosmetics products between the dates of November 2nd, 2019 and November 1st, 2020. I am only allowed to buy new products if:
(1) If a product is finished and I don’t have a suitable backup
(2) If I receive a gift card, I will allow myself to use it, but I cannot purchase extra items that go beyond the value of the gift card. (side note: I have Ulta points I’d like to use before they expire at the end of this year)
(3) If the Anastasia Beverly Hills Amreezy Highlighter comes back in stock and when Melt Cosmetics Releases their Limited Edition Amor Eterno collection.
Please keep reading for a summary of what I wanted to buy in October, but did not purchase. Also, included is a summary of what I actually bought last month.
Beauty No Buy Update #1: 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:
ColourPop Mercury Retrograde 20% Off Sale
I heavily contemplated buying some ColourPop items during the 20% off sale. However, I refrained. First, none of the ColourPop releases currently available feel truly unique to my collection. I watched countless swatch videos and palette comparisons of the palettes that seemed the most tempting.
Second, I’ve released that the hype around ColourPop releases fades so quickly compared to other similar releases. The brand churns out so many products that it is impossible to keep up with everything.
Last, ColourPop was an easy place for me to overspend due to the extremely low price points. More than any other brand, except Sephora, ColourPop is where I shopped when I just felt like shopping.
Kylie Cosmetics 2019 Holiday Palette
The Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Palette looks like such a classic, Christmas-themed palette. As someone who loves wearing red eyeshadow and red clothing, this collection appealed to me instantly.
As of right now, this palette is on my Christmas list and I am hopeful that I will get it.
Nabla Cosmetics Skin Glazing Highlighters
The new Nabla Cosmetics Skin Glazing Highlighters look visually stunning in the pan. These highlighters have been out of stock at Ulta for weeks. Based on the reviews I’ve seen, I can understand why. However, I stopped myself from buying the three on my wish list directly from the NABLA website.
Stila After Hours Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 USD, CF)
When the Stila After Hours Eyeshadow Palette came out earlier this year it received little fanfare from the beauty community. However, when I saw a BeautyDealsBFF post advertising that this palette was 50% off, I repeatedly put this palette in-and-out of my cart.
I wish I could say that my Beauty No Buy is what ultimately swayed me not to purchase this palette, but it didn’t. In the end, the thought of breaking my No Buy made me much more critical of this purchase. In other words, I watched reviews and looked at swatches. I even started taking out my own palettes to compare.
In the end, I realized that I owned this palette already… but in other palettes in my collection!
As I stated in my Beauty No Buy rules, I planned to make an exception for the Melt Cosmetics Amor Eterno Collection. This was very much a planned purchase and not something that was bought on impulse. So what did I pick up from the collection?
Amor Eterno Digital Dust Highlighter – Illuminacion ($39.00 USD, CF)
I was proud of my restraint with this purchase. I legitimately toyed with purchasing everything in the collection except for the liquid lipsticks. However, I showed restraint and only purchased the items I originally had my heart set on buying.
The Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette was the very last item that I purchased before the start of my Beauty No Buy. I purchased it on my last day of shopping freedom, November 1st, during the Sephora VIB Sale. (sale price: $53.60)
Again, I am proud of the restraint I showed when I placed my Sephora order. The Mercury Retrograde Palette was the only makeup item that I picked up.
Total Spent in November: $188.66 USD
In my future Beauty, No Buy Updates would you like to see the non-cosmetic items that I purchase? Typically I have never include skincare or haircare in my product roundups.
Full Disclaimer: As always, I started off the month strong and then a bad bought of anxiousness that triggered some major spending as the Black Friday Sales kicked off. My family has offered to gift me the items (i.e. they’d “pay me back” for what I purchased and gift it to me for Christmas.) Thus, I haven’t included those items here.
Also, for as guilty, as I feel, I don’t feel as bad as I could feel. I did a HUGE declutter this month. Items in good condition will be going to friends, family, etc. and old items that I was keeping solely for nostalgia’s sake will be tossed.
Beauty No Buy Update #1 Takeaways: Don’t Shop Just to Shop
After one month on my Beauty No Buy, I’m already learning a lot about myself and my drive to spend money.
The first realization I made during the first month on my Beauty No Buy is that old habits don’t just die. My declaration to go on a Beauty No Buy didn’t kill all my deeply routed desires to shop. Despite unsubscribing from most brand emails and unfollowing all my favorite beauty accounts, I was still seeking out information on new releases.
This month was particularly challenging due to the prevalence of so many amazing sales that were taking place around the Black Friday period. At this point, shopping has become such a crutch or a bad habit that it has been much harder than ever before for me to change my ways.
Second, I realized that outside of anxiety, my blog is one of the biggest influences on my overspending. As a review-based beauty blogger, I felt the need to try to keep up with all the latest releases. My blog became a justification for my spending.
But in many ways, buying products for reviews never works out for me because I rarely get a post out about a product around its launch time. I am very thorough in my reviews and I test so many items that I am slow to get posts about new releases up.
Even though I am not afraid to do a savage declutter, my blog plays a role in my beauty hoarding. My blog is the reason that I hold onto products that I know I do not love. I may want to use feature certain products in a flat lay or compare formulas.
Beauty No Buy Update #1: Final Thoughts
I can already tell that 2020 is going to be a year full of learning about my makeup preferences. There are items in my beauty collection that I love and have used for years. However, they’re just as many new items that I haven’t gotten to fully vet. As such, I anticipate that that 2020 is going to be a big year of decluttering for me.
Now that the sales have passed, it will be much less tempting for me to make extraneous purchases. However, I need to be better about avoiding sources of media that tempt me to shop. In layman’s terms, I should block TrendMood1 and BeautyDealBFF on Instagram.
Have you ever done a Beauty Low Buy or a Beauty No Buy? Have you done any shopping fasts? What advice would you share to anyone embarking on this type of challenge? Please let me know in the comments below.