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Nitya

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Aaaand i've hit pan on most of the items on my lists and then some. Will definitely compile a more detailed list of used up and next to use up items as self-motivation when I have more time. 

I also discovered another tube of blistex, and another bottle of felce azzura, so still working on those. Lol, just as I think I'm done with them, more crawl out of the woodwork. 

I've found a decent baby cream that moisturizes enough without breaking me out, and that's a success in my book. At my age I should really be on an anti aging regime, but I can't for the life of me find anything that works with my skin, so am currently just aiming at not being dehydrated. 

I haven't had my fragrance obsession under control. I bought more scents, some of them blindly, and gave some away because they didn't work for me. Luckily, I buy travel sizes, so it wasn't a huge expense. On my next purchase, I made sure to test them before buying and actually got stuff I like wearing. I have enough of a collection now to feel like I can stop buying until I run out, literally. BUT  I did use up some of the scents I dreaded using up, both hubs and I survived the experience and are glad it's over. 

I have stopped buying things when I feel ugly. They won't make me into someone else. I have stopped depriving myself from things I enjoy using for the same reason too. I'm not "too ugly to be allowed to smell good" for example. 

All in all, I buy things a lot more rationally now. I also need to toss out a few things. If they don't work, they don't.

 

When i'm back, I want to be able say I threw out the nivea samples, vichy foundation samples, catrice foundation, two catrice concealers, mixa cream, and possibly a nivea cream (retesting to make sure it was the culprit behind redness and burning upon first use), dry shampoo. 

Happy panning everyone!! 

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Hi Nitya, this is an awesome post. Great idea, buying travel sizes of perfumes!

I felt ugly growing up and I read a lot of beauty books and magazines to try to improve myself. I think somewhere along the line I gave up on myself, and the search for beauty items became an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. Instead of making myself pretty, I just want to have a lot of pretty things. All the while eating a bad diet, not exercising, etc. 

I also don't let myself use things as they are "too pretty to use." 

I messed up my No Buy since we last talked. I am now shopping too much. Part of me wants to shop and part of me wants to be on No Buy again. 

Thanks for the great blog entry and best of luck with everything! 

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On 2/16/2019 at 9:10 AM, EdithS2 said:

Hi Nitya, this is an awesome post. Great idea, buying travel sizes of perfumes!

I felt ugly growing up and I read a lot of beauty books and magazines to try to improve myself. I think somewhere along the line I gave up on myself, and the search for beauty items became an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. Instead of making myself pretty, I just want to have a lot of pretty things. All the while eating a bad diet, not exercising, etc. 

I also don't let myself use things as they are "too pretty to use." 

I messed up my No Buy since we last talked. I am now shopping too much. Part of me wants to shop and part of me wants to be on No Buy again. 

Thanks for the great blog entry and best of luck with everything! 

Edith, it's high time I post more regularly again, the community support aspect cannot be underrated :)). 

I can do buddy system with you- I commit to not buying fragrances until I am down to the last drops of my stash, and you get back on your "champion panner" wagon! 😆

We got this!! 

I'm off to compiling my lists right now! *holds pinkies with edith* 

 

Instead of buying pretty things, ir expecting to look great by simply buying things without considering whether they work on me, I'm also committing to buying things for funcionality- exfoliating, moisturizing, covering under eye bags to the extent they can be covered etc are realistic goals when shopping. Thinking my chronic eye swelling will just disappear and I'll look great with bold shades on my list, not so much. 

I neeeeed the focus your project pan gives me! 

 

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Thank you very much for the support. I commit to the pact. 🙏 I will work on a list. I have perfumes that should be used, because I just hoard them. I have some decants. 

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28 minutes ago, EdithS2 said:

Thank you very much for the support. I just charged something I don't need then cancelled it out of remorse, then I came here and saw the encouraging words. I am going to make a list again. I have a project 10 pan in mind of products that are expiring soon. It will be called "Project Emergency!" Use the items before they expire, and stop the bad spiral I'm in currently. 

I would rephrase that, it's not necessarily a bad spiral, especially if you still stop yourself like that. You have been very rational for a very long time, and it may have left you feeling deprived of the "pampering" side of cosmetics, or pampering side of any purchase in general. We all require something in the comforting category too. So I'd think of it as treating myself some after a long time. I know I at least have a tendency to overspend (on food mostly) because realistically, hubs and I were very poor for a couple of years. Our meals were always the same old same old, and the cheapest food available. We suck it up, but the phase having lasted quite a while, it got painful. Pasta and rice- and sometimes nothing else. I'll never forget the one time we didn't have the money for salt. It's like thirty cents, damn that was hard.

Personally, I just think we need balance. Buying something coforting/pampering, without hoarding it, and without the emotional pain drive behind it is okay in my book. 

I realized I want to stop my cosmetics/fragrance/food overspending and buy a nicer winter coat instead, or finally get my hair cut. Now those things can actually improve my appearance to an extent, and I've gotten neither in ages. I think because I was unable to afford anything for so long, I still have that deprivation mentality that tricks me into thinking I should just buy small cheap items instead, and then I let that get out of hand until I notice it's drained my account more than a thought out larger purchase would, and I'm left with a pile of useless products. 

Sigh. I need to keep written reminders I think. I almost bought lush's cuticle cream too and I've so much hand stuff to use up. 

 

Great reminder to check expiration dates!!! 

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