In 2020, I’ve been making a serious attempt to reduce my beauty spending. After a disastrous year of spending in 2019, I’m pleased to be seeing my monthly beauty spending has been drastically reduced.
In today’s post, I will be briefly recapping my 2020 Beauty Low Buy rules and discussing what I purchased and what I skipped in February.
Below is a brief recap of my 2020 Beauty Low Buy rules. For in-depth explanations of each rule, please refer to my 2020 Beauty Low Buy Introduction.
2020 Beauty Low Buy Rules Recap
At a high-level, my 2020 Beauty Low Buy is item-based rather than budget-based. In theory, this should limit my spending. In practicality, this should help me reduce the size of my massive beauty collection.
After taking a step back to analyze February, I am adding some new terms to my 2020 Beauty Low Buy rules to help me succeed in future months. Anything new has been stylized with bold formatting.
I cannot purchase more than 4 beauty items a month.
I can roll “unused” purchase spots forward.
Bundles will count as one product.
PR and personal gifts are excluded.
Makeup Tools are excluded.
Gift cards are irrelevant because this is item-based
Before I purchase a new bullet lipstick, cream bronzer, cream highlighter, face palette, face primer, foundation, lip gloss, or liquid lipstick, I must finish or declutter a similar product within the same category.
I am not allowed to purchase new products in the following categories: false eyelashes, loose glitter, lip balms, lip liners, liquid eyeshadow, loose setting powder, mascaras, pencil eyeliners, nail polish, and Super Shock Shadows.
I am not allowed to purchase from Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop, Kylie Cosmetics (lip products only), KKW Beauty, Melt Cosmetics (excludes limited edition drops), Natasha Denona (palettes only), Pat McGrath, Stila, and Urban Decay.
2020 Beauty Low Buy Update #2: What I Wanted to Buy (but Didn’t)
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KIKO Milano Tuscan Sunshine Collection
The KIKO Milano Tuscan Sunshine Collection looks so effortlessly glamorous. Of the items released in this huge sun-kissed collection, I was most intrigued by the face palette. However, I held off given the huge size of my current face palette collection.
The Natasha Denona Love Collection made me do a double-take when I saw the original promotional shots on Instagram. The Love Palette looks like a cool-toned pink dream, while the Love Glow Face Palette looks like spring captured in a cheek palette.
Despite how visually appealing these palettes looked online, I knew that I didn’t need them. The Love Eyeshadow Palette swatches look extremely similar to the shadows in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Jackie Aina Palette. The Love Glow Cheek Palette is still tempting to me, but I know I don’t need a face palette at this time.
The Sugarpill Capsule Collection – C1 Pink Edition is a striking, pill-shaped palette filled with bright pastel matte and metallic shadows. Having missed out on the Fun Sized Palette every time it restocked at Ulta, I was drawn in by the Capsule Collection.
Despite my initial draw to the Capsule Collection Palette, I am still more drawn to the Fun Sized Palette. Given that the Fun Sized Palette is now *older* by beauty release standards, I am willing to wait for a sale to purchase that palette.
Before Valentine’s Day, NARS had a mini sale on the VIP Room Essentials Kit. This limited edition kit featured a full-size Climax mascara, two full-size matte lip pencils, a mini Orgasm blush, mini Laguna bronzer, mini Orgasm Multiple Stick, and a sharpener. I haven’t owned the Orgasm blush in years and I’ve never tried the Laguna Bronzer.
2020 Beauty Low Buy Update #2: What I Actually Bought
Given that I only purchased 2 products last month, I rolled two un-used purchases forward. Note: I canceled my Midas x Smokey Glow pre-order featured in last month’s roundup. Thus, I started this month with 5 products I could purchase.
ColourPop X Sailor Moon Pretty Guardian Eyeshadow Palette
First thing’s first: I am NOT upset that I broke my ColourPop No Buy to purchase the now- sold out Pretty Guardian Palette from ColourPop x Sailor Moon. My childhood was defined by Sailor Moon, so this collaboration holds a very special place in my collaboration. Although I am sad that I was unable to purchase the two blushes in the collaboration, I am hopeful I’ll be able to purchase them in the future.
That being said, I am very proud that I showed restraint in placing my order. The collector in me wanted to purchase the two lip bundles or one of the 30-pan palettes from the brand. Had I not been on a low buy, I likely would have followed through with buying both lip bundles or one of the larger palettes.
ColourPop 25% Off Sale
Although I was not disappointed in breaking my no buy to purchase the Pretty Guardian Palette, I am legitimately ashamed that I gave in to the temptation during 25% Off Sale. I held strong when the Disney Collections were first discounted but completely lost my resolve when all the 9-Pan palettes from ColourPop went on sale for $9.00.
Although I am disappointed I let temptation get to me, I am again proud that I made “smarter” purchases. Initially, I had nearly all of the 9-pan palettes and more of the Midnight Masquerade cheek products in my cart.
However, I thought of my low buy and was able to think more critically. I ~literally~ searching for online swatch photos. These were pivotal in helping to talk me out of buying certain products.
Linda Hallberg has been on my list of indie brands to try for quite some time. Hailed as the Pat McGrath of Sweden, Linda Hallberg’s brand is all about unleashing creativity beyond the scope of “beauty rules.” However, given the brand’s steep price point and expensive shipping, I’ve always refrained from buying anything. I lost it when the brand announced its 24-hour 50% Off Sale to celebrate its nominations at Sweden’s Daisy Beauty Expo.
The steep sale and shortened time frame to order spurred me to purchase the Spectral Palette, the Midnight Flash Crayon bundle, and the Powder Puff.
Like Linda Hallberg, I’ve been wanting to try Manny MUA’s brand, Lunar Beauty for some time. I have never been a huge fan of Manny MUA, so his “cancellation” in the beauty community had little impact on my perception of him. However, after a year with little to no involvement in beauty community drama, I felt more comfortable ordering from the brand. How could I resist at 50% Off?
When Melt Cosmetics first teased the Modern Love Collection I lost my shit. Melt is one of the few brands that continuously excites me. Melt’s founders don’t rush to drop collection after collection. They put a lot of thought behind each new release and strive to release high-quality products. The Modern Love Collection is girly with an edge – exactly what I would expect for Melt’s interpretation of a soft, Valentine’s Day collection.
Melt Cosmetics Modern Love Collection
The Millennial Pinx Palette can be used to create soft, girly or edgy, smokey looks depending on your mood, while the Prissy or Ok Boomer Metallic Gel Liners add that special touch to any look. Also, within the collection Melt released 4 new glosses, a new product from the brand. Not only do these look super glittery and fun, but Melt released a mix of “wearable pinks” and “trendsetting grays.”
Technically, this sale purchase broke my rules this month, however, I’m not viewing it as such. First, I didn’t give in to any other Valentine’s Day Sales and I hadn’t tried any of these products previously.
Although Melt Cosmetics’ breakthrough product was the brand’s bullet lipsticks, I have yet to try any bullet lipsticks from the brand in the last three years. During the 20% Off Sale Melt had on-site, I decided to pick up some unique colors to my collection. Additionally, I snagged 2 liquid lipsticks and one blush).
To be completely honest, I completely forgot that Pat McGrath was one of my blacklisted brands for 2020 until I updated my January Beauty Low Buy post. However, even if I had remembered, I likely would have given into FOMO and purchased this divine, rose-toned palette considering how long I’ve been coveting it.
Persona Cosmetics Identity 2 Palette & Season One Liquid Lipstick in OG
Persona Cosmetics – 30% Off Valentine’s Day Sale
Initially, I wasn’t intending to purchase anything during the Persona Valentine’s Day Sale. Why? (1) I was “trying” to be “good” and (2) I own nearly everything the brand has released. However, when Persona included the Identity 2 Palette in the sale, I decided that it was finally time to pick this jewel-toned palette up. To reach the free shipping, I purchased the OG Season One Liquid Lipstick.*
2020 Beauty Low Buy Update #2 Takeaway: Wait It Out
One of my biggest takeaways from February was that I need to avoid the hype trap that sets in when new products are teased on Instagram or used by influencers in tutorials on YouTube. More often than not, I will make a more educated decision if I wait to make a purchase. When I wait to make a purchase I can do the following:
Watch or read reviews from a wider variety of people (not just influencers)
Look for dupes in my collection
Write a Pro & Con list
At the end of the day, unless a product is *truly* limited edition, there is no real reason to jump through hoops to make a purchase.
Although sales sucked me in, I was very strong in resisting many of Valentine’s Day beauty sales from brands like KvD Vegan Beauty, Sigma, Sephora, Ulta, etc. Part of me has realized that I need to ask myself:
If this item weren’t on sale, would I want it?
If the answer is “No” do I really want this item?
Despite buying more items than allowed by my rules, I was proud of my constraint in most cases. The sales I gave into were not the standard 20% off sales that happen throughout the year.
However, during the heaviest portion of the sale cycle this February, I recognized that old habits were creeping over me. I wanted to shop just to shop. I wanted to buy products from so many of these brands.
I actually felt a sense of accomplishment when I was able to peruse a sale without ordering anything. The old me would have placed an order with nearly every brand holding a major sale. Thankfully, I was able to recognize what was going on and move past it.