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May 2014 No/Low Buy: Support, Hugs, Commiseration, and Confessional

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I'm joining in again this month. Unfortunately, I forgot to cancel Ipsy yesterday. Ugh!! I hate doing things on my phone so I completely forgot to do it.  I've cancelled Birchbox though!

 

But I'm trying to use up as many products as I can. I'm saving my empties to do a lil blog post at the end of the month & seeing all those empties make me feel like I've accomplished a bit! I'll probably be cancelling FCS after this box too since I have SO MANY bath products!

 

Keeping track of empties is a big help for me. It helps remind me of how long it takes to use some things up!

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New rule to my low-buy: if something is under $1 per item, it doesn't count. Not that I'm going to be stocking up on 99 cent Wet N Wild eyeliners, but if something is basically free because of rewards/coupons/gift cards/points and I just have to pay tax or something, that is totally allowed! That's how I started off my low-buy today at Rite Aid, too...Sinful Colors polish in Blue La La, NYC bronzer, and a bag of chips for $1.34.

 

Although maybe I'm looking at this wrong. Maybe I should have bought something I would have bought anyway, even if it wasn't on sale, and used my rewards to get a discount on that, instead of random stuff because it's basically free....

 

Something to think about, I guess. 

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For those keeping track of their empties, don't forget about our official used it up thread!  I always want to join in, but I'm such a flitterer that I very rarely finish even a deluxe sample, which is part of the reason I'm trying to hang out in the no-buy threads more often now.

http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/71992-the-official-used-it-up-thread/

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Okay, time to update my May goals!

 

Progress: Still keeping my New Year's resolution of no unnecessary products and cutting down my stash (the very colorful person inside of me is having a hard time with this!). I have already finished a product this month!

 

Goals: Finish one of each blush, tinted lip balm, lip gloss, and at least one sample product. Without trying I will probably finish my toner, hair conditioner, brush cleanser, makeup remover and face cleanser. Other products might reach until June but we shall see!

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ok. new game plan.

 

no clothes shopping. no make up buying. no eating out.

(tryna loose some weight here, gotta stop buying clothes that i'm hoping wont fit me in a short time anyway ;) )

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Uh. This is another two-GDE-order month. I was going to wait to order it until the new collection release on the 12th, but Foil Me might not last that long, so I went ahead and picked some more up along with some Control Freak (also something I had been planning on ordering later) and a sample jar of Melancholy because I've been wanting a bright blue for the second half of spring.

 

So short version: I'm making two orders, but it's more a matter of splitting one order consisting of old and new stuff into two orders. I just don't want to risk running out of Foil Me!

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I made my Shiro Cosmetics purchase - which I've been planning for a week and a half, so I'm good with that. I also ended up buying fewer things than I anticipated - I only bought The Hobbit Collection (granted, full-size jars because I want the labels) and I resisted the Miyazaki Tints; Gelato Beach Blush; Ditto, Vine Whip, and Bubblebeam from the Super Effective Collection (Pokemon); Mockingjay from the Tributes Collection (Hunger Games); and Plausible Walrus (the new Color of the Month).

 

This morning when I was putting on my foundation, I realized that all 3 of my foundations will likely be too light for me in the summer. Ulta sent me a 5x points offer for the new bareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation valid until May 10th (with free shipping), so I'll think about that for the next couple of days and use all 3 of my foundations to confirm that they will be too light. It's totally possible that I will talk myself out of this, so we'll see.

 

I don't have any subs and I'm planning on keeping it that way.

I spent $94 on Wednesday when the sale started. Needles to say, that's how I closed up April and started my no buy the next day.

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Got my haircut today (allowed, I just ran out of April to get it done) and didn't let her talk me into any products! I really liked some of them too. Very proud of myself though.

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I spent $94 on Wednesday when the sale started. Needles to say, that's how I closed up April and started my no buy the next day.

 

I went under the budget I had set myself for the Shiro sale... and am now kind of regretting not getting more. But! I told myself that I can buy the Miyazaki tints and other stuff (I hope Plausible Walrus will still be around) during the Cyber Monday sale, which is Dec 1 this year and my birthday month (assuming Shiro has a Cyber Monday sale...)

 

I've also talked myself out of getting a new foundation. I found bareMinerals minis (1 original and 1 matte) from a kit I got from Ulta and I think the color will work. The new bareMinerals foundation has also been getting poor reviews, so if I really do need a darker shade I'll wait until June to do anything about it. :)

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I might get a haircut myself tomorrow.  I don't count it against the no-buy because it has to be done.

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I might get a haircut myself tomorrow.  I don't count it against the no-buy because it has to be done.

I don't count haircuts in no-buy.. I bought myself a groupon for a cut and color that I'll have on Sunday.. I'll have to tip but otherwise it's paid for.  I only do this like, twice a year so I figure it's worth it.

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Also, I'm going to Ulta today to pick up more shampoo (Lush's isn't working and my hair needs fixing STAT.) - the living proof phd set.  But beyond that, lawd help me.  I'm gonna go look at the Electric palette, because I have decided that I'm allowed to buy that since I have major lust.  BUT I really want to wait until the next paycheck comes in.. so... y'know.. there's that.

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I made my Shiro Cosmetics purchase - which I've been planning for a week and a half, so I'm good with that. I also ended up buying fewer things than I anticipated - I only bought The Hobbit Collection (granted, full-size jars because I want the labels) and I resisted the Miyazaki Tints; Gelato Beach Blush; Ditto, Vine Whip, and Bubblebeam from the Super Effective Collection (Pokemon); Mockingjay from the Tributes Collection (Hunger Games); and Plausible Walrus (the new Color of the Month).

 

This morning when I was putting on my foundation, I realized that all 3 of my foundations will likely be too light for me in the summer. Ulta sent me a 5x points offer for the new bareMinerals BareSkin Serum Foundation valid until May 10th (with free shipping), so I'll think about that for the next couple of days and use all 3 of my foundations to confirm that they will be too light. It's totally possible that I will talk myself out of this, so we'll see.

 

I don't have any subs and I'm planning on keeping it that way.

 

 

I shouldn't have looked....

omg.

 

I didn't realize such beautiful colors could exist.

 

I only wish that indie companies would sell their pigments in larger sizes...I'm a bit spoiled by mac's old jar types...and sometimes feel like it's not enough product in an itty bitty jar...but oh well.

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I shouldn't have looked....

omg.

 

I didn't realize such beautiful colors could exist.

 

I only wish that indie companies would sell their pigments in larger sizes...I'm a bit spoiled by mac's old jar types...and sometimes feel like it's not enough product in an itty bitty jar...but oh well.

 

I don't really know how to respond without enabling but... yes.

 

And even though the jars seem small, just remember that it still takes quite a bit of time to use them up!

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Solution for those who did Secret Santa (nails, makeup, or both) on here last year: Join the Midsummer Night's Dream Swap and put indies on your list! Then you can remind yourself that your Fairy Godmother might be sending it, so you need to wait at least until the swap is over!

 

And I'm going to be seeing all of the Shiro colors love and in person next week. Wish me luck.

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oopsies. after my morning declaration of "no more clothes buying", I picked up...

1 dress for graduation and will be great at work

1 pair of shoes 

2 tops

 

buuut... the dress /shoes were from gap and they were on sale so they came out to $40 for both

2 tops were from Jcrew. Originally at $75. Sale sticker marked it down to $50 BUT I knew I *knew* i saw them online for $16...so I got them both for $16, then 40% off of that then 15% off for my student discount.

 

I feel like I failed and won at the same time...On that note, I menu planned for the 21 Day Fix diet and will now go burn money at the grocery store.

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After further review of my spending over the last few weeks, until further notice I am on a makeup and skincare NO BUY except that I can keep my existing subscriptions (one Birchbox and Julep, but I have enough Jules for the June box if I want to take a box), and I can buy TRUE replacement items (meaning I have used up the full size products in my stash and have no samples of similar products and I will actually need a replacement within the next week and a half).  There will likely be no replacement items that meet this criteria this month, so I am hoping to make no purchases for the rest of the month. 

 

I'm off to post my April empties on the Used It Up Thread in order to help motivate me to keep to my new goals!

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oopsies. after my morning declaration of "no more clothes buying", I picked up...

1 dress for graduation and will be great at work

1 pair of shoes 

2 tops

 

buuut... the dress /shoes were from gap and they were on sale so they came out to $40 for both

2 tops were from Jcrew. Originally at $75. Sale sticker marked it down to $50 BUT I knew I *knew* i saw them online for $16...so I got them both for $16, then 40% off of that then 15% off for my student discount.

 

I feel like I failed and won at the same time...On that note, I menu planned for the 21 Day Fix diet and will now go burn money at the grocery store.

The good thing about dresses and tops is that they should continue to fit even after you start to lose weight (unlike pants, for instance).

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The good thing about dresses and tops is that they should continue to fit even after you start to lose weight (unlike pants, for instance).

excellent point!!! i'm just waiting for it to warm up here in Milwaukee so pants will no longer be necessary!

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My plan for May, a day late!

 

I started a replacement-only no-buy (with a few categories as exceptions...I put all my crazy details in a Spoiler over on the April thread for the curious) in mid-April after going way too crazy at the Sephora and Ulta sales and have been going strong since then. Hoping to stick with it in May! The plan is to keep to it until November this year (again, with a few previously established exceptions!). 

 

I don't anticipate needing to replace anything this month from my restricted categories. Possibly will finish up my gentle face wash, but I have samples to use up before buying a new one. Everything else I have plenty of!

 

Here are my planned  purchases for the month:

-A Lush haul (my first ever!). I've been planning this for months, and it is on the allowed list for the no-buy, even though some things will be from restricted categories. It is my reward for finishing up a big work thing!

-Birchbox subscription, and allowed to take Julep if I like the colors. 

-One nail polish (not a restricted category for me). 

-A bronzer for contouring. I only own one bronzer and it is too shimmery for contouring, and I didn't explicitly ban bronzer in my no buy. Going to keep this inexpensive...maybe Nyx?

-Sunscreen! Necessary. Debating on whether I should be allowing myself to buy the Sephora Sun Safety kit for my sunscreen purchase (when it comes out)...it feels kind of like cheating on my no buy!

-Possibly a candle haul from B&BW if they have a good promo. 

-A new pair of black flats because mine are destroyed!

 

My big goal for the month is to hit pan on ONE color cosmetic. I have never hit pan on an eye shadow or blush! (Granted, I just got into makeup last year, but still). So I'm going to try to focus on a few eye shadows for the month. This is part of the bigger goal of actually starting to whittle down my stash and use what I have before buying more. 

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So I bought the Urban Decay Electric palette yesterday, and the Living Proof set (what I actually needed at Ulta).  This is my ONE SPLURGE for the month.  No more using my credit card for realsies.  I went out last night too and I am afraid of looking to see how much I actually racked up in my traipsing around Chicago at too late at night.  I must be stopped.

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Solution for those who did Secret Santa (nails, makeup, or both) on here last year: Join the Midsummer Night's Dream Swap and put indies on your list! Then you can remind yourself that your Fairy Godmother might be sending it, so you need to wait at least until the swap is over!

 

And I'm going to be seeing all of the Shiro colors love and in person next week. Wish me luck.

This is my plan.  I need new eyeshadows like I need a hole in my head, but I'm really interested in indies so to the Midsummer Dreamlist they go!  I cannot buy anything on that list!!

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This is my plan.  I need new eyeshadows like I need a hole in my head, but I'm really interested in indies so to the Midsummer Dreamlist they go!  I cannot buy anything on that list!!

I have a stash of GDE stuff -- sample baggies that came as freebies in orders, a sample jar or two from when I accidentally ordered something I already have, extra GWP full-size jars from when I placed two orders in the same month, and a few full-size jars that I won and then realized I already had (I don't do duplicates of pigments.  *Ever*.  So these are amazing colors, but these specific jars/baggies need to not live in my collection) -- that I've been setting aside specifically for Midsummer.  I'm desperately hoping my person is an indie newbie -- or an indie fan who simply hasn't tried GDE -- who doesn't have color or brand preferences.  They could get... a nice variety.  To put it mildly.

 

I'm currently agonizing whether to buy Espionage Cosmetics Clinically Insane nail wraps.  Damian Lillard made an *amazing* shot last night at literally the last second (down two points, nine-tenths of a second on the clock, and that dude made a THREE-POINT SHOT.  That hasn't happened in NBA finals since 1997.  It was *amazing*.  I watched the shot on Vine abut twenty times before I finally went to bed last night because it was just a thing of beauty), and now that series is over.  I need Rip City nails for round two, but I DO NOT do plain red nails, and I feel the need for special nails I can't already do with my existing collection.  (Nail art is out of the question for me because I just do not have the ability to do that!)  I've come up with a simple solution to whether I can get them:  If Bridge City Comics has them (and the Adamantium wraps, because I'll need those for the 24th), I can get them today.  Otherwise, the universe is telling me to not get them.

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I have a stash of GDE stuff -- sample baggies that came as freebies in orders, a sample jar or two from when I accidentally ordered something I already have, extra GWP full-size jars from when I placed two orders in the same month, and a few full-size jars that I won and then realized I already had (I don't do duplicates of pigments.  *Ever*.  So these are amazing colors, but these specific jars/baggies need to not live in my collection) -- that I've been setting aside specifically for Midsummer.  I'm desperately hoping my person is an indie newbie -- or an indie fan who simply hasn't tried GDE -- who doesn't have color or brand preferences.  They could get... a nice variety.  To put it mildly.

 

I'm currently agonizing whether to buy Espionage Cosmetics Clinically Insane nail wraps.  Damian Lillard made an *amazing* shot last night at literally the last second (down two points, nine-tenths of a second on the clock, and that dude made a THREE-POINT SHOT.  That hasn't happened in NBA finals since 1997.  It was *amazing*.  I watched the shot on Vine abut twenty times before I finally went to bed last night because it was just a thing of beauty), and now that series is over.  I need Rip City nails for round two, but I DO NOT do plain red nails, and I feel the need for special nails I can't already do with my existing collection.  (Nail art is out of the question for me because I just do not have the ability to do that!)  I've come up with a simple solution to whether I can get them:  If Bridge City Comics has them (and the Adamantium wraps, because I'll need those for the 24th), I can get them today.  Otherwise, the universe is telling me to not get them.

Now I'm wishing for you to be my fairy godmother :P (to whoever actually becomes my fairy godmother, if you happen to read this in my post history, I will love you just as much, I swear.)  I just want to try ALL THE INDIES!  *insert meme here*  And I love that so many of them are fandom-based and have witty names and are just pretty colors.  Without trying indies, I feel like I'm very into indies.  Bahahaha

 

Those nail wraps are beautiful.  I think you do need them.  Oooh maybe I can do black nails with a red accent nail for Round 2 playoffs this week!  That's an idea!  I watched a basketball game last night, but for the life of me, I don't remember which one it was (in my defense, none of the TV's at the restaurant that I was facing were playing the basketball game, because the Blackhawks game had just started, and Chicago.).  Everyone who was watching it though who knew basketball were ooh-ing and aaah-ing over it though.

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I don't count haircuts in no-buy.. I bought myself a groupon for a cut and color that I'll have on Sunday.. I'll have to tip but otherwise it's paid for. I only do this like, twice a year so I figure it's worth it.

I really want a haircut too but I just got one lol. The length is perfect now but I want some choppy layers added lol. I can't decide if I should allow it or not since it's like $80.

 

I'm considering April a successful low buy but now that a new month started and its spring all the fun colors are giving me the urge to get cray cray and get lots of new stuff!

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