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  1. EdithS2

    Summer 2018 No Buy June 21-Sept 22

    I just had my morning shower and put on my last dose of the Sisley Black Rose Cream Masque! The little sample tube was cut in half, and I used a pointed cotton swab to get the last bits out of the corners. I'm going to put on my Izia rose eau de parfum, and relax all day. It's so satisfying to finish things, even when they're precious and you love them. That means you get to try something new.
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    Summer 2018 No Buy June 21-Sept 22

    I've been shopping a little, but don't feel I cheated on my No Buy. I got another deodorant and pack of eye shadow sponges from Yves Rocher, and I got a free mascara and full size eye makeup remover, and foil samples. My brother's birthday is next month. He's not really a product guy, and just buys the least expensive basics from the dollar store. A friend had given him a body wash/hair shampoo from the Bath and Body Works men's line (Bourbon scent), and he loves it. When he uses it, the whole house smells great. The friend that gave him the body wash was a really special guy who passed away recently. The Bourbon body wash is running out. I bought my brother two new Bath and Body Works men's body washes for his birthday, Noir and Teakwood. With that, I was able to get a bottle of the new Rose body wash free for myself (buy 2 get 1 free offer)! Also I still need a watch, and I got one from Wal Mart for about ten dollars, a rose gold one, that is in a set with six rose gold bracelets. I'm working on my box of partly used bath soaps. I have a bad habit of using a bath soap for a while, and then before it's done, I'll open a new one, so I have a box full of old soaps and scraps. I won't be keeping track of them in my empties, because I don't have the wrappers and am not sure what each one is. I think I have Estee Lauder Youth Dew soap from Christmas 2014, Bath and Body Works Sunflower soap from summer 2015, Bee and Flower Rose soap from China, one of those big gift soaps from TJ Maxx - nice things that are not being appreciated. The little soap I am using now is nice. I believe it is a Caress or Dove. I think maybe it is Dove Pistachio Cream and Magnolia. I'm getting ready to turn the corner. After Monday, the summer will be half over. My credit card is at $200 now. I'm almost finished with my Sisley Black Rose Cream Masque - the little tube is cut open and there is only a little left. Soon I'll be able to start on new samples - from my Sisley August 2017 box.
  3. EdithS2

    Summer 2018 No Buy June 21-Sept 22

    Still working on the plan, and credit card balance is now at $230.04. I looked in my box of makeup bases and realized that I have some products expiring soon, and I have to start working on them! I've started using Face Shop Air Cotton Makeup Base (Mint) every day. It expires on September 7. It is a full size, and has SPF 30. I still need a new watch. Two times this year I tried to get a free watch with cosmetics offers, but the watches did not work. In the winter, I got one with an Elizabeth Taylor perfume set that died within a few months, and then this month I got a free one with purchase from Yves Rocher that did not work at all. Maybe the batteries are dead. I'll just have to get a watch from Wal Mart instead of with free cosmetic offers. I was invited back to my second job for the end of August, and I'm over the moon about it! We're still not even halfway through the summer, so there's still time to do a lot of things.
  4. EdithS2

    Summer 2018 No Buy June 21-Sept 22

    Oh, the sloooooooooow times of summer! When I began my No Buy I was making such fast progress, and things have slowed down. I've been feeling bored, but I don't want to give up on my plan! It's taking a long time to pay off my credit card. I am at $290 now. I have spent weeks using one foil pack of Sisley Eye Masque. I have my last dose on now, so tomorrow I can begin using my Sisley samples from my July 2017 subscription box, "Everything's Coming Up Roses." I have Black Rose Cream Masque, rose toner, and rose fragrance. I'm excited for that. While using these, I will give myself a rose 🌹for each extra credit card payment I make. Whatever I can do to motivate myself. I have enjoyed two "Necessities Replacement Hauls." This is my term for when I need to replace an essential. For me, the only essentials that ever need replacing so far are: shampoo; cotton pads; deodorant; and little eye shadow sponge applicators (I find these useful for my Mary Kay eye shadow sample cards). I got Shiseido Facial Cotton from Nordies for $10.00, and I got some great samples. They had a foil pack of the new Sisley Hair Rituel Shampoo, which I am dying to try, a cute foil pack with the three Clinique skin care steps, and a wonderful card with YSL lipsticks and a little applicator. My watch died, and I saw Yves Rocher had a promo for a pretty watch with purchase! So, I got a deodorant (my favorite, Lanvender From Provence) and a little pack of eye shadow applicators for $10.00. This entitled me to pack some foil packs too, and I got a fragrance and the new detox cream. This method of spending a little extra when I need something and getting some freebies really makes me happy, and I don't feel the need to get beauty boxes or go on a shopping spree. I am content with these little hauls. Back soon with more progress I hope.
  5. EdithS2

    Summer 2018 No Buy June 21-Sept 22

    Made it to the end of June! Since I began my summer no buy, I've made two extra credit card payments of $30 each. I now owe $349.34. I've already got some empties collected in my empties bag. I'm still using up my Sisley Eye Contour Masque foil pack. I've been using that foil pack for a month now! That's just the beginning. There are long summer months ahead in which to accomplish things!
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    An off topic question

    Congratulations to you! I wish you all the best in your journey.
  7. EdithS2

    Lavender Sparkle Eyes with Glowy Skin

    Wow, that's amazing artistry!
  8. Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice (6:07 am EDT). I will be on no buy during the entire summer until Sept 22, and hope to pay off a debt of: $409.34. Beauty Goals: 🌺Begin panning a new mascara. Three and a half months is the perfect time period to use one. I will open an old one, but one never used, still in its packaging: Wet and Wild Max Fanatic Cat Eye. I'm pretty sure it's my oldest mascara, because I believe I received it in the July 2016 Target Beauty Box. 🌺Begin using my full size shower gels! I've used all my travel size shower gels, except for one travel size from Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds. I am so looking forward to using some of my full size shower gels--I will begin with "Collection Ete" by Yves Rocher. This was from the summer collection of last year, and I have a matching hair mist and pedicure set. 🌺Use up my samples from my 2017 Sisley subscription boxes: June 2017 box: Eye Contour Masque foil Eau de Campagne body lotion mini July 2017 box: Izia perfume vial Floral Toning Lotion mini bottle (precious) Black Rose Cream Masque August 2017 box: Supremya At Night The Supreme Anti Aging Eye Serum Sisleya L'Integral Day and Night Cream Eau du Soir EDP mini bottle (real perfume!) Sisleya hand Cream SPF 15 🌺Use SK-II Facial Essence sample from August 2017 Luxury Sephora Play! box. That's it to begin. happy Summer!🐚🌴🌞
  9. EdithS2

    June 2018 No Buy, Low Buy, Project Pan

    Hello, this is the end of my monthly no buys. I cannot express what they have meant to me. I began in December, with the goal of paying off one debt each month, and using up samples and minis. I stuck with the plan for six months, and I paid off six debts - four credit cards and 2016 and 2017 tax debts. I used a lot of little things. It was so rewarding. Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, so I'm going to organize my goals by season now. I've finished all the easier goals and it's time to tackle bigger challenges! I'll be back tonight or tomorrow to start the new thread. I'll have a new goal and a collection of summer products to use. Hope I see you there.
  10. EdithS2

    The official used it up thread!

    June empties Sisley Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion Mini - A cute little bottle that lasted two weeks. It is scented with May Rose (very subtly). It adds nutrients into the skin. Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - I got it in a blockbuster holiday set in 2014 and finally used it up! Tata Harper Resurfacing Masque Mini - I got it in a Space NK GWP spring 2017. It unclogs congested skin. Mary Kay Second Look Eye Color Duo Demonstrator sample card - Boss Moss - A shimmery pale green and a matte olive drab. The shimmery pale green really brightened my small eyes! It was a discovery. MK Signature Eye Color sample card - Bamboo - A peach-beige. Borghese Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara - Superiore Black - A mini I got in a set in 2014. I used it for the past 6 months, almost every day, which is bad. I could have gotten an eye infection. I wanted to use up every bit, but I never did. The mascara is great. It lengthens in an instant and never comes off through the day. I finally let it go. Sisley Eau Tropicale EDT sample vial - top note bergamot, ginger; middle tuberose, violette, rose; base patchouli, ambrette, cedar. I could really pick up the notes and observe the scent evolve from the spicy ginger to the beautiful powdery floral. Kenet MD Massage bar mini - Kenet is a wonderful family of dermatologists. They made a hotel line, and this mini bar had the little massage shape like a Bliss soap, very cute. The scent was not my favorite but it was very creamy. I am posting my June empties early because I am no longer doing a monthly plan - I am going to set seasonal goals now, bigger goals. I will be back with my empties in late September at the end of summer. Bye for now.
  11. EdithS2

    June 2018 No Buy, Low Buy, Project Pan

    Things are a bit slow now. My work and earnings have slowed a bit due to summer. I'm feeling rather bored and tired. My debt snowball is progressing, and I've paid all my debts under $500. That means I'm beginning to face larger debts now. I thought I would change up my plan and set seasonal instead of monthly objectives now. My goal now is to pay off one debt each season, instead of one each month as I have been doing. Thursday is the Summer Solstice. During the next three days I will clean (hopefully) and organize, I will post my empties. I will gather the products I want to use this summer (mainly a lot of minis I got in sub boxes last summer) and reorganize them all in one place. Then, I'll start a new thread for summer no buy. That will hopefully give me some new excitement and energy with my plan!
  12. EdithS2

    June 2018 No Buy, Low Buy, Project Pan

    I'm feeling bored, so I think I'll continue my beauty biography. Part two: High school years In high school, I continued to love television: Luke and Laura on General Hospital, Knots Landing, Dynasty, mini series. I wanted to be beautiful and to have top grades in school. I was quiet, and a loner, and I don't regret it! I liked a pale pink powder blush, a concealer, and a pale pink lip gloss. I adored beauty books and magazines. My favorite treats were watching television and going to the library. I made my parents take me to every branch library in town. I made a beeline for the beauty book shelf (646 in the Dewey Decimal System). I adored beauty books and I collected all I could get. I also haunted used book stores for them. Some of my favorites were: A Year of Beauty and Health by Beverly and Vidal Sassoon. This was an extraordinary book. The legendary English hairdresser and his glamorous wife created a guide with a special chapter for every month. They also provided a beauty regimen with a long list of daily and weekly tasks. The regimen was involved, but I worked hard at following it. I believe the Sassoons helped me to learn to be organized in my life, and the self discipline I gained following their fun but demanding regimen carried over into my school work. They were a big influence on me. The Natural Way to Super Beauty by Mary Ann Crenshaw. Ms. Crenshaw was the beauty editor at The New York Times, and wrote a detailed book with interesting and fun personal anecdotes about being a patient of Dr. Atkins and Erno Laszlo, and some of her beauty problems and mishaps. I absolutely love her writing style, and still have her autobiography, End of the Rainbow. The Beautiful People's Beauty Book by Princess Luciana Pignatelli. This was a book I found in the library, from the early 1970's. In it, a beautiful Italian princess wrote of how she felt plain as a child, but made herself over to become a famous beauty, then shared the secrets of her glamorous friends, like Sophia Loren. I adored the book, and the Princess was like a reassuring friend to me. I loved Thursday night, which was grocery shopping night. On grocery shopping night, I would be allowed to get a new shampoo, or a beauty magazine. I loved beauty magazines also. A favorite was Sophisticate's Hairstyle Guide, which always covered the beauty secrets of the stars. I mainly used Maybelline, Cover Girl, and Revlon makeup. For Christmas, I would get lots of cosmetics of course, and always a new curling iron. I would style my hair every day before school. Part three: College During my college years, I made friends with a girl who loved beauty as much as I did. We went to the mall and out to eat all the time. I did not have any credit cards yet, thank goodness, so I did not buy a lot, but I was in love with the glamorous beauty counters at the department stores. If only I could afford to buy Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancome, I thought, then I would be beautiful. I thought the department store cosmetics surely must be magic, as they were expensive and locked up under glass like fine jewelry. I longed for them. I was doing so well academically, I was successful, but felt unhappy with my appearance. I had cystic acne for years. Sometimes I would aggravate the condition by scrubbing too much with products like Aapri Apricot Facial Scrub, or Buf-Puf. A dermatologist had me on antibiotics. I discovered that the best thing for my skin was Neutrogena acne soap bar, and that many beauty products aggravated my condition. I wanted to be older and able to use glamorous wrinkle creams from Europe, luxury skin care, and not acne soap. Part four: Graduate school I loved academic work, and headed to a large university for several years of graduate school. In the university library, I could read every issue of Vogue, Bazaar, Seventeen, Mademoiselle and French magazines from the 1940's to the present. I spent hours lost in this magical world. My favorite was 60's Vogue, a gorgeous fantasy I went on study abroad to England, and had a ball shopping in Boots for all of the French and British products not available in the US. Part five: The real world, and the bad times begin This is where the sadness and buying too much begins. I've never been as successful and happy in the "real world" as I was in my academic days. Like many, I found myself with a large education loan, and a not so great career. I undertook stressful jobs that made me unhappy, and I began to use credit cards because my large school loans ate much of my small paychecks. I would escape to the mall and go on shopping sprees, and I would get all of the cosmetics I longed for. I would also go out to eat. But sadly I did not enjoy all of the nice things I bought. I did not use them all, and often decluttered excessively to alleviate feelings of anxiety and guilt over buying too much. The decluttering never helped, and I just hurt myself by getting rid of my nice things. I would feel disappointed in my products, and did not give the creams time to work, or give myself time to learn to use the makeup. I would try them, declutter them, and then buy more. I truly feel I am a "shopaholic" or "compulsive shopper". I also was never satisfied, no matter how much I bought. I would buy something with a fabulous bonus at a beauty counter, and then I would see another bonus on the way out at another counter, and stop to get it too. I remember discovering Birchbox in 2010. When subscription boxes began, I thought I had found the answer! I could get new cosmetics all the time, while not spending much. The problem was, then there were a million sub boxes, and I had to try them all. I would compulsively sign up for boxes and then cancel, over and over. Instead of serving as a simpler alternative to my shopping, as I had hoped, the sub boxes turned out to be just as overwhelming as the regular marketplace. Part six: The answer I am so grateful for the Internet, and for everyone who has contributed to the no buy and panning community online. For me, this appears to be the answer. After several attempts, I have been on no buy for almost half a year. This has helped me on many levels: It has helped me to enjoy products more. I never enjoyed all the lovely cosmetics I was lucky enough to have in my younger years. I was overly perfectionist and had a negative body image, so I'd feel disappointed in the products and cosmetics, though they were lovely. In the no buy mindset, my goal is to use every bit of a product. This takes the pressure off of the result having to be perfect. I stick with a product until it's done, and I give it the maximum chance. I don't keep checking in the mirror to see the result, but instead focus on emptying the container. When I empty a product I feel satisfied, then happen to catch a glimpse in my mirror and realize that my skin does look a little nicer. We did not have the no buy, project pan community when I was younger. How this might have helped my younger self. I wish I could go back and pan all those lovely things I had and wasted, and did not enjoy. How much money I would have saved. I would not have as many debts now, and I may have done better in school and my career. Part seven: Future plans I plan to continue on my no buy/project pan forever. I will buy things only when I need to replace them. This gives me built in boundaries, which I need. I hope to become debt free one day. In future I would like to incorporate a more holistic regimen of self care into my no buy. For years, I substituted buying for taking care of myself. I have a plan, for example, to motivate myself to undertake needed dental work by panning lip products. When I start dental treatment, I'll be able to use the lovely lip balms I have been hoarding, and then when the work is complete, I can pan all my nice lipsticks. I also hope to one day incorporate healthy eating into my plan. In short, I feel happy on my plan and if I could turn back time, I would have done this a long time ago! It has helped me on so many levels: improved finances, greater peace of mind, increased enjoyment of cosmetics. I do sometimes miss the activity of going out shopping, but even if I could, shopping retail is not the same as it used to be. Retail is in decline in my area. It is for me a bygone era.
  13. EdithS2

    June 2018 No Buy, Low Buy, Project Pan

    I thought I would write a bit about what drives me to be on a this No Buy, and my beauty biography. Perhaps it will be a kind of therapy for me. Part one: Beauty - early memories Beauty has always been a preoccupation with me. My childhood took place in the fun, colorful 1970's. It was a wonderful time to grow up, and I adored Barbie dolls, Barbie doll clothes, and television. I had dolls of Cher and Charlie's Angels. I was crazy for the Miss Universe Pageant. The stars on TV were so beautiful. I wanted to be beautiful, but felt I wasn't. I had serious eye problems, which had required early surgery, and felt ashamed of my glasses. I was called "four eyes" at school. It seems silly now, but glasses weren't cool then. Now, I think glasses are very attractive and I would not be bothered with contacts. I also did not like my hair, which was very fine. My mom always made me have it cut, as it was scraggly. I wanted long hair like the stars on TV, with beautiful curls. I would spend hours with my blue plastic rollers, but wasn't handy with them and always ended up with roller marks, cowlicks, etc. It was frustrating. My mom was pretty with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was fussy about her hair, and it was perfectly done at all times, and she would never go out without lipstick. She did not purchase a lot of cosmetics, however. She always used the same Peach foundation and Maybelline Watermelon lipstick, and rollers with brushes in them. She bought me Avon - perfume bottles shaped like animals, a lip gloss in an Oreo cookie compact, and sunblock in a bottle that looked like an orange. Mom had a Mary Kay party and invited me, and I was fascinated by her pink compact with watercolor eye shadows. I loved the Donny and Marie show. When Marie turned 18, there was a special where had a big makeover with an adorable short haircut. It was a big deal, and I was so jealous of her I cried watching the show. Hair really was a big deal in the 70's! I had a lot of cute clothes and shoes. In short, growing up in the magical 70's, I fell in love with everything feminine. I had a lot of fun, but felt inferior, which is sad, because I was cute, but I thought I was ugly.
  14. EdithS2

    Hello from Newbie...!

    Hello, nice to see you. I love the UK. I am from the US, but always dreamed of visiting England. I finally visited Oxford and London in the 1990s. I loved shopping for cosmetics in England. I want to get back to England again.
  15. EdithS2

    June 2018 No Buy, Low Buy, Project Pan

    One week of June finished, and still doing well. My cousin went to a wonderful B&B for her wedding anniversary. I had sent her a gift card to use for an extra treat on her trip, and she sent me an adorable little pink gift bag with some little souvenirs and the bath soap provided by the B&B! It's not a mini soap either, but a full size, transparent lilac soap. That was a huge treat. I also finally allowed myself to order the little Yves Rocher haul I've been dying to get for months. I was running out of deodorant, so I ordered one of their roll ons, plus a shampoo. I am almost finished with my last shampoo sample (a large deluxe sample of Nature Queen herbal shampoo, from Glossybox), and then I'll just have one full size shampoo left. Therefore, I decided to go ahead and get another shampoo too, and as a gift I got a free full size toner and three foil samples. The little necessities replacement haul cost less then $20.00. I paid my minimum payment early, plus $50 extra, on the bill I'm working on paying off right now. I've begun using my Sisley eye masque and perfumed body lotion samples while relaxing on weekends, watching films. It does seem that the eye masque is magic and gets rid of lines under my eyes, at least temporarily. So I have many little things to be happy about, which I appreciate more because of my No Buy.

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