At the close of 2018, I had every intention of doing a yearlong cosmetic No-Buy. Having successfully completed a 6 month No Buy in years past, I felt like this challenge would be doable for me. However, the more I thought about doing a yearlong No Buy, the more anxious I became about my spending... I started to spend uncontrollably, constantly buying new beauty products online. Essentially, I was on a beauty binge that lasted for roughly 2.5 months. As a result of my reckless spending this Fall and this Winter, I've decided to put myself on a three-month long No-Buy. My No-Buy started on February 11th and will run through May 11th.
Although I am an avid beauty collector and beauty lover, I've been working really hard the past few years to work on the bad shopping habits. I found myself in a state where I was buying too many things just to mask or deal with emotional problems. Feeling anxious? Buy some shoes, snatch that purse, fill your online shopping cart with makeup. But here's the thing, filling my life with things wasn't solving my problems - in many ways, my overconsumption actually made me more miserable, because my money was being spent on things rather than experiences. To make matters worse, I moved into a smaller living space earlier this year. As result, the mass clutter I had tucked away, suddenly became exposed.
As a beauty buyer and trier, I'm always testing out new products. Eyeshadow is my favorite makeup category, but I've never finished an entire premade palette. This year, I took on the daunting task of trying to pan my Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario. How id I do with my Pan That Palette Challenge? Keep reading to find out.
After a year of buying and trying many new beauty products, it was finally time to evaluate my collection. I meticulously combed through my collection and got rid of the cosmetic, skin, and hair product that I didn't like, wouldn't use or expired. For today's post, I decided to share what I decluttered from my collection.
According to the Daily Mail, we'll spend an average of 3,680 hours searching or 153 days searching for lost items. On average, we lose about 9 items a day (198,743 items in a lifetime)! But just imagine - if we spend this much time just looking for lost items, how much more time do we spend cleaning? As a beauty blogger, I spend a lot of time and money buying and organizing cosmetics and clothing, but I want to reduce the clutter in my life.
This September, I've been taking part in Be More With Less's #BusyBoycott Challenge in an effort to simplify my life. I'm tired of spending all my time and energy doing things that don't add value to my life or bring me joy, so my hope with this challenge is to learn how to better prioritize my life so that I have time to do the things that make me happy.
This September, I've been taking part of Be More With Less's 21 day #BusyBoycott Challenge because lately I've found that my mile-long to-do lists have taken over my life and I'm seemingly spending more and more time doing things I feel I need to do, rather than things that I want to do. I want to simplify my life so that I have time to truly live for the things that bring me the most joy.