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January 2013 No-Buy/Low-Buy Thread!

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So far, I'm doing well.  Other than a pack of cotton rounds, I haven't bought anything beauty-related.  I've decided, too, that as I run out of things, I'm going to try some natural diy options.  I've had lots of fun looking up recipes for moisturizer and facial mists and cleansers and primers and... and...!  =)

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I'm gonna join you ladies. I am new here. Over the past few months, thanks to the holidays and all crazy awesome sales, I went a little overboard. I attained Sephora VIB for the first time this year, that's $350 right there. Plus I shopped at drugstores sometimes, lets assume $100 on drugstore products. Then I got some stuff at The Body Shop, BBW, and a few things at MAC. Ouch I might have spent well over $500 on beauty products in 2012. Don't know about you ladies but for me that's CRAZY. On the brighter side, I'm pretty much happy with all my purchases. I usually research and read 10,000 reviews before I went and purchased something. A few impulse buys turned out to be my favorites. Only a few items did not work out, so I returned. Pretty happy with my collection. I really need to use up some of my stuff. I have products that are half used or 75% used laying around, taking up so much space. I'm going to try going on a no buy for the next 3 months. Cross my fingers... Sighzzzz.

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it's interesting, as time rolls on and i browse around stores and online shopping sites trying not to buy anything, i find that I sort of value what I already have a lot more.  Or at least I find myself incorporating a bunch of older eyeshadow palettes, etc, into my daily routines.  What's cool is I've been experimenting with colors a lot more lately and it's so nice to discover that I have a pretty good collection!  A really nice variety of colors, textures, and finishes (just no neons, lol).  For skincare products I've become more determined to use things up before buying more so I'm racing through a bunch of samples first then tackling the fullsize items.

 

It hasn't exactly been _fun_ but not as bad as I was expecting.

 

*looks at date* it's ONLY JAN 9???? feels like it's been forever!!! :(

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Ugggh. I caved and bought the Bioderma today because they'd re-stocked it. I'm still going to force myself to use up my other products first, though.

 

I like what you're saying about valuing the products you already have, nishino, but this past year I went through and tossed all of my really high-end stuff that was past its expiry and then raided all these drug stores because of my compulsive shopping issue, so I actually find that I'm annoyed with all of the not-so-great products I bought which, when added up, could've just been a handful of great products I knew I would love.

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I decided I really, really need to go no-buy for a while. Not sure how long it will last, but I'm shooting for a minimum of 6 months. I have so much makeup, I could seriously go the rest of my life (if expiration wasn't an issue) without ever running out. It's ridiculous! I buy stuff and never use it but am so drawn to the sparkly, colorful stuff, I'm like a little kid wanting the big box of crayons and a ton of coloring books. LOL! I think that's why makeup appeals to me so much...it's like coloring for big kids :D. Anyhow, the strategy that seems to be working best is to leave my purse in the trunk when my husband and I go to the store. I tend to impulse buy, so it has definitely helped.

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I decided I really, really need to go no-buy for a while. Not sure how long it will last, but I'm shooting for a minimum of 6 months. I have so much makeup, I could seriously go the rest of my life (if expiration wasn't an issue) without ever running out. It's ridiculous! I buy stuff and never use it but am so drawn to the sparkly, colorful stuff, I'm like a little kid wanting the big box of crayons and a ton of coloring books. LOL! I think that's why makeup appeals to me so much...it's like coloring for big kids :D. Anyhow, the strategy that seems to be working best is to leave my purse in the trunk when my husband and I go to the store. I tend to impulse buy, so it has definitely helped.

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I am checking into rehab after only 6 days of no buy. I went to CVS today and bought new Physicians formula blush and lip stain. I am a sucker for sales and packaging and these had both. Got the blush for $5.29 and lip stain for $3.29. CVS has $5 off the new products and then they had a $3 and $2 coupon on each one. The sad part is I totally forgot about my no buy. Didn't think twice about it. But look how cute they are. I should return them. ;(400

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Originally Posted by dawallewein View Post

 

I decided I really, really need to go no-buy for a while. Not sure how long it will last, but I'm shooting for a minimum of 6 months. I have so much makeup, I could seriously go the rest of my life (if expiration wasn't an issue) without ever running out. It's ridiculous! I buy stuff and never use it but am so drawn to the sparkly, colorful stuff, I'm like a little kid wanting the big box of crayons and a ton of coloring books. LOL! I think that's why makeup appeals to me so much...it's like coloring for big kids biggrin.gif. Anyhow, the strategy that seems to be working best is to leave my purse in the trunk when my husband and I go to the store. I tend to impulse buy, so it has definitely helped.

 

I've started doing the same -- when we go to the States (I live in Canada), I conveniently "forget" my bag in the car when we go to Target. Target is such a temptation because everything in Canada is at least 25% more expensive and it takes us an extra month or two to get any new release products.

 

I do find one thing interesting, though -- you mention the fun of the new, sparkly things, and I'm the same way. But I notice that the higher-end brands tend to keep the same products year after year, introducing limited edition items often but permanent items very rarely. They focus on promoting quality or loyalty, etc. It's really the drug store brands that try to convince you that they've just discovered a new chemical called silkinium that they've mined in the hills of Mount Beaux Cheveaux in France.

 

If a company's marketing is always about "new," but not necessarily about "better," I think that speaks to why a lot of us compulsively shop -- in some ways, we're taught to be dissatisfied with "old" products and hopeful about new ones. That way drug store brands don't have to really put that much effort in.

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Originally Posted by wpbteacher8 View Post

 

I am checking into rehab after only 6 days of no buy. I went to CVS today and bought new Physicians formula blush and lip stain. I am a sucker for sales and packaging and these had both. Got the blush for $5.29 and lip stain for $3.29. CVS has $5 off the new products and then they had a $3 and $2 coupon on each one. The sad part is I totally forgot about my no buy. Didn't think twice about it. But look how cute they are. I should return them. ;(400

oh those are so adorable!  no wonder you couldn't resist!  i'm glad my drug store didn't have that special packaging....

 

i was browsing the ipsy website today and one of the ladies there had a great idea.  the items she receives in her monthly subscriptions that she doesn't want/need, eventually get donated to a women's shelter.  while I can see that helping with the guilt of having too much product sitting around the house, it doesn't really solve the problem of an actual shopping addiction.

 

I'm the same way about being drawn to sparkly, color stuff!  My downfall is eyeshadow palettes and usually when I get that "must buy!" feeling it's not because I need more eyeshadow, it's just that the palettes are so dang gorgeous just to LOOK at.  I even started just storing the photographs of them on my computer and look at those once in a while when I need a fix....

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Originally Posted by liquidlinernote View Post

 

If a company's marketing is always about "new," but not necessarily about "better," I think that speaks to why a lot of us compulsively shop -- in some ways, we're taught to be dissatisfied with "old" products and hopeful about new ones. That way drug store brands don't have to really put that much effort in.

 

This explains the behavior of many of us I suspect!  We are all searching for that Holy Grail item in every possibly category and if we haven't found it yet then it's very tempting to keep trying new stuff.

 

For me I tend to read ingredient labels obsessively which helps me to cut down a lot on skincare items that I buy.  I have sensitive skin and strict rules about fragrance free and other things.  I almost never buy something without first looking up the review from Paula Begoun "the Cosmetics Cop" to get the rundown of whether the ingredients in the product even have a chance to living up to the marketing claims.  Making that the gateway seriously cuts down on impulse buys.

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Originally Posted by liquidlinernote View Post

 

 

I've started doing the same -- when we go to the States (I live in Canada), I conveniently "forget" my bag in the car when we go to Target. Target is such a temptation because everything in Canada is at least 25% more expensive and it takes us an extra month or two to get any new release products.

 

I do find one thing interesting, though -- you mention the fun of the new, sparkly things, and I'm the same way. But I notice that the higher-end brands tend to keep the same products year after year, introducing limited edition items often but permanent items very rarely. They focus on promoting quality or loyalty, etc. It's really the drug store brands that try to convince you that they've just discovered a new chemical call silkinium that they've mined in the hills of Mount Beaux Cheveaux in France.

 

If a company's marketing is always about "new," but not necessarily about "better," I think that speaks to why a lot of us compulsively shop -- in some ways, we're taught to be dissatisfied with "old" products and hopeful about new ones. That way drug store brands don't have to really put that much effort in.

I chuckled at your comment "try to convince you that they've just discovered a new chemical called silkinium that they've mined in the hills of Mount Beaux Cheveaux in France"!  LOL!!!  If that isn't the truth!  beer.gif

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Help!  All of a sudden I feel like I don't have enough matte eye shadows and I'm dying to put in an order for the Stila In the Know palette :(

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Originally Posted by nishino View Post

 

Help!  All of a sudden I feel like I don't have enough matte eye shadows and I'm dying to put in an order for the Stila In the Know palette :(

That Stila palette has many more shimmers than mattes. So I wouldn't obsess about it!

 

If you really NEED a matte shadow and your on a low buy...try Wet and Wild. Believe it or not their mattes are surprisingly not bad. (not great, but suitable for sure) and they cost $2!

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Originally Posted by nishino View Post

 

hey, thanks!  I was wondering whether any drugstore brands had good mattes.  will check it out!

Buy one first to check out the quality. (the one I got was slightly chalky)

But a few reviews (including Allure) have reco'd their mattes as a less costly alternative.

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Originally Posted by wpbteacher8 View Post

 

I am checking into rehab after only 6 days of no buy. I went to CVS today and bought new Physicians formula blush and lip stain. I am a sucker for sales and packaging and these had both. Got the blush for $5.29 and lip stain for $3.29. CVS has $5 off the new products and then they had a $3 and $2 coupon on each one. The sad part is I totally forgot about my no buy. Didn't think twice about it. But look how cute they are. I should return them. ;(400

 

That's freaking adorable! And you got such a good deal too... I think I would have been tempted as well >_< If you have the strength to return them, good for you :) I don't know if I would, haha...

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Doing great so far. Still having fun playing around with the tarte set I got for Christmas, which should tie me over for at least the rest of the month. :D :D

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Oh man, that Physician's Formula packaging is really cute. I love PF, but one of the things that always helps to stay my shopping hand is that they're selling their nearly-department store-priced products in a drug store. It's a bit of an awkward price point, so it's always the most expensive thing on the shelves, but if they were in a department store, they'd be the cheapest.

 

Felt good today -- wanted a pack of My Beauty Diary face masks with the reasoning that I'd run out, and then I remembered that I have *three* other face masks at home (non-My Beauty Diary), put it down and walked out.

 

I've got to stop giving myself little cheating loopholes. If I completely run out of something that's essential to my routine, like all moisturizer or all cleanser, then fine. But this whole, "Oh, but I don't have face masks" thing is just silly.

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11 days in and I already bought makeup. I can say SOME makeup I bought I needed which were two drugstore Foundations, Revlon liquid eyeliner, and a eyebrow pencil. :) two items I didn't really need but I just had to purchase them are the Beauty Blender and the Ben Nye Banana powder. (which btw are amazing!) I was tempted to purchase those new Loreal lip stains which are comparable to the YSL ones, but I decided not to get them.  *SIGH* being on a no buy is difficult!! I can say I succeeded on a no buy in August and September so it is possible for me not to buy makeup but I couldn't resist it. EEkk! 

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I'm shooting for restraint this month. I wandered through a few stores this morning after work and managed to only buy deodorant, which I needed. I had picked up several makeup items and somehow managed to put every single item back! Probably doesn't help I'd bought Maybelline color tattoo pots, Zoya polish and am resubbing to Glossybox. Yep..smh, I have a problem! Let's see if I can try and hold off purchases the rest of the month. I'm close to needing to reorder some foundation, bb cream, and moisturizer..but those are staples.

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Disaster averted!  I took inventory last night and discovered some matte eyeshadows from a Bare Escentuals starter kit from like four years ago.  At the time I greatly preferred shimmer over mattes so I sort of forgot about them.  No longer feeling the urge to buy an expensive palette I have no need for.  

 

Thanks LisaLeah for staying my hand :)

 

Score one for packrat instincts, yeah!

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i just got off a no-buy from august 11th to december 20th (my birthday)... totally random dates, lol. i didn't do super bad, but I did break and buy 1 limited edition color tattoo and some hard candy holiday sets (we don't have hard candy at my walmart usually)! But, I still have toooo much makeup! I used up 83 or 84 products on the first one, but my goal was 115... :(

oh well, hopefully i'll be done by april, and it's a good thing I just got some new makeup! laughing.gif

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wow, that is seriously impressive!  this is the first month i've ever tried a no-buy (which quickly turned into a low-buy), it's only 12 days in and I'm already dying!  

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