Jump to content
Kristine Walker

Days 1- 10 of 100 day No Buy Challenge

Recommended Posts

So I did order one thing today... More in the spoiler, but I also ran out of the powder I have been using to set my under eye area. I figured I'd just use another powder in my stash but I had forgotten none of them work for setting for some reason. My eye concealer creases before I get out the door. Since I've gone through all my options at home, I think I'm just going to pick up the same powder I was using before which is pretty inexpensive. But that means going to Ulta tomorrow... Must be strong!

 

In other news, I have successfully not ordered either of the two Memeboxes that were released this week! I allowed myself one box a month, but I'm still proud of myself for resisting temptation so far! Maybe I can just go the entire month without ordering one at all! /famous last words

 

 

I'm down to my last tube of the Mizon Snail Gel Cream which is a must-have HG item for my skin. Since I know I'll go through that last tube before the 100 days is up, and shipping from Korea takes forever, especially this time of year, I decided to go ahead and get it while RRS had it on free shipping. Only about $12 shipped for two, and I did allow myself replacements so I'm still feeling good.

 

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking today that, at midnight tonight, this will no longer be a 100 day no buy, just a 90 day no buy!

 

I don't know if I am going to be able to keep my goal of a second job. But if I can't that's okay. I decided to not be strict with myself in areas other than the beauty no buy, because I'm going through a healing process. I think rest and sleep are going to be important during this time.

 

My nails have started to look better. I did them this morning and today I got a compliment on them! My work is paying off. My face feels softer now too.

 

Birchbox came through for me, and sent me a lovely box. I had cancelled my sub, but got the January box, for which I prepaid. And it is a wonderful box to have at this time. I may resub after April 10.

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@EdithS2 A 90 day no-buy just sounds better!

 

I went back to work yesterday after two days off due to inclement weather. Now we are getting warnings about tomorrow. It is supposed to be nasty here. Right now I have 7 extra 15 year old boys in the house. My son is having his birthday party. He turns 15 tomorrow. Such good boys but SO LOUD!

 

I have been really good about using up food items this week and cooking at home. But tonight is pizza night. 11 people including growing teen boys = time to get carry out.

 

I am really happy with the amount of empties I have. I am going to take a picture and post it in the 100 empties thread.

 

My exercise bike is now in my bedroom so that I am more motivated to use it. I hate going down to the cold unfinished basement to exercise. Now I can be comfy and watch TV!

 

My birchbox should be here early next week, and my whole year has already been paid for, so I am just going to enjoy it.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

@@flynt I am so happy you are enjoying it and I am so excited to read your big long list of empties! I get annoyed if I have  a pile of packaging sitting around all month so I just drop them into an empty birchbox on my nightstand then a couple of times a week I write down the product and my thoughts about it in a word doc.  That way I can toss the packaging but still see my long list and keep track of my thoughts.  I know some people love the image of everything all empty together and there's nothing wrong with that, just wanted to share what I do in case people were turned off from keeping track of empties because of the old packages.  

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Happy New Year and Happy First Day of 100 Days of No-Buying!

 

My Mini-Goals for the first 10 days ARE:

 

Makeup:  Organize all makeup into "used" and "new".  Sort through all "new" makeup and decide what I want to keep/use, and what I want to set into a pile to give away.  Create a plan to add the new makeup I'm keeping into rotation.  I don't want to save any makeup for a "special occasion".  Every day that I wake up and am alive and healthy IS a special occasion!

 

Closet:  (I saw this on Pinterest, so not an original idea!) Take all of my hanging clothing, and re-hang it "backwards" (i.e. the hook facing out).  For the rest of the year, any time I pull something from the closet I will re-hang it the regular way.  At the end of the year, anything still hanging backwards (except formal gowns) will be donated.  This way, I will truly know what I wear from my closet, AND I'll make more of an effort to wear the things I like so I can keep them!

 

House:  Put away holiday decorations.  Put back all "regular" decor.  Pick one room (leaning towards dining room or office), and completely clean/organize.  Pick one project for the room (hang a new picture, add a centerpiece to the table, etc), and DO IT.

 

Job:  Pull out my resume and update it.  Ask a friend to look it over and critique it.  Research companies to apply to, and start working on cover letters for each company (actual applying will start in my second 10-day period).

 

I think that's good.  I may add/update depending on how much I get done!  I'm going to review these goals every day and break them down into tasks I can accomplish each day.  LET'S DO THIS.

 

Revisiting my goals!

 

Makeup:  COMPLETE.  It's sorted, organized, and I have a whole bag of makeup/skincare/hair stuff to give away!  I have also used several new makeup items (mostly indie pigments and a new lippie I'd never opened.

 

Closet:  COMPLETE (and then some!)  I just wanted to hang items backwards, but I went through an entire reorganization, and now my closet looks amazing!  I will share pics soon, I promise!

 

House:  COMPLETE.  All holiday decor is away!  All regular decor is back.  I'm counting my closet as the room I picked to do a project in, and I now have beautiful new baskets/bins in there and about 90% of my clothing (including tshirts and tanks) are in there. 

 

Job:  Well, not complete.  But talked to hubby and we both decided to wait a bit on me applying.  So that's on a back burner for now!

 

I love @@lovepink 's statement that we are "leveling up"!  Level 2, now on a 90 day No-Buy!  I'll set new goals in the new thread!  I successfully didn't buy anything EXCEPT the one item I had planned in advance as an exception.  So proud of myself, I don't know how many times I've resisted temptation in these past 10 days!  And of course, so proud of ALL of us on this journey!  Brava, ladies!

  • Like 11

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The first 10 days were very successful for me! No purchases and temptations are getting easier to overcome. Plus, I've been saving money in other areas as well, and that feels very good! I'm also considering all of my ten day goals complete, so I'll have to come up with something for Level 2 :)

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 days in and I've resisted a couple things already so that's good! 10 day goals:

 

1) put away xmas stuff

2) finish my NYX butter lipstick in cotton candy, part of my project pan and just barely hanging on so make it an empty!

3) use at least 3 face masks-one done already!

4) finish up 2 things of lotion (I have 4 that are close to done, also need to be empties)

5) 5 foil packets need to be used (2 done!)

Congrats to everyone on making it through the first 10 days!!! How did I do? Let's see:

 

Money spent: $10 but on the exception list so I am ok with it.

1. Xmas stuff is 95% down. I have to haul the tree down to the garage (aka make my husband do it) and put a box of makeup away, but I am out of storage. So that's my goal for 11-20z

2. Nyx lipstick is done!!! Tossed it this morning!

3. Did 2 masks, I'll do another one tonight so I'm good here too!

4. Not only did I finish 2 things of lotion, I finished THREE!!! One small upside to the brutal cold, and now I'm down to one that is almost all gone. Almost time to open a new one so that's exciting.

5. 4 foils used, I'll sneak another one in tonight. So good here as well!

 

Overall it was a successful start! Almost caved but I did it! On to the next 10 days. 9 more to go!!!

  • Like 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Went to Target today with my gift card and grabbed some pre-approved organizers for all my stuff, and got more makeup remover and cotton balls. But otherwise, nothing else beauty related there! Getting tons of my Memebox products sorted and stored is so satisfying considering how much there is. I finished a couple small samples of things, but considering most of my beauty items are full size things, it's hard to do an empties challenge for me. I didn't really have one in mind, but after 10 days I finished:

  • ​2 masks
  • 1 full size toner
  • 1 sample cleanser
  • 1 sample scrub, and threw away another that I didn't like

And I also realized I have shampoo...shampoo and conditioner were in my allowed items to purchase if I found out I didn't really have any extras, but of course I do. Several. No conditioner though, but I think I also have plenty of that so woohoo!

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lets see if I got what I wanted to get done done: 

My goals for the first 10 days:

1. Order the storage drawers I've been meaning to order since September, that way I can start organizing my stuff.

2. Find and use the one face mask I have.  I've only used it once, and I had no idea what I was doing beyond smearing this orange stuff all over my face and hoping nobody in my family came into my room and saw me.

3. Paint my nails at least twice, and one of the times I must do something other than a white french tip.

 

1. Ordered, should be here between the 13th and 15th.  I actually ordered twice as many as I intended, but I'm pretty certain I'm going to need them anyways, but at least this way I didn't have to pay for shipping.

2. I found it, just haven't used it.

3. I only painted them once this week.  Tonight I'm going to try to either do this or do the face mask.

 

Plus I bought no makeup!  It probably helped that I had a large order from 2014 that was delivered during this time frame.  In this next 10 days, my Birchbox should be here, so that might help the next time :)

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm stuck on goals for the first 10 days.

 

  1.  Inventory what I have.
  2. Try a blush. I have rosacea so the last thing I want is color on my cheeks. This is a psychological thing that will be hard for me. Yet I don't want to be holding onto blushes that I will never use.
  3. Paint my fingernails once. They are already painted so one nail polish change.
  4. Put away and organize Christmas decorations. I had emergency surgy the day after Christmas 2 years ago. My family put away the decorations that year. I still can't find some of my decorations. I want to reorganize them this time.

Not sure what else to write.

 

I forgot about number 1 and did accomplish 2-4. I also saw how my impulse buying is related to family issues. Onto the next 10 days!

 

I forgot to add that I finished 15 items: 4 full-sizes, 5 deluxe-sizes, 6 foils.

Edited by PA Anna
  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Finished this first stretch of 10 days..no make up! Temptation is there but I survived. And we will survive these 90 days!

 

Onto the next thread-the next 10 days!! :)

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am proud of myself. I made one $5 mistake on the 1st, but made it through the rest of the days without violating my makeup no buy. I wore makeup everyday. I did several masks and painted my nails twice. I am feeling good about this.

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be encouraged that while you came close...you didn't! Go you! You definitely deserve a pat on the back for that one. I'm finding it easier to remain strong if I don't look at any kinds of products online right now. I am making a list when I hear about something that sounds interesting and I will research for purchase AFTER my 100 days. If I really love it then, I'll let myself purchase, within reason. Right now, I have about $50 worth of stuff on my wish list. I may or may not purchase all of those things...we'll see.

 

It's tough when we are under stress. We want to go back to the (sometimes) bad habits that made us feel temporarily better prior to the no-buy. However, we all know that while we feel good buying new pretties, it's a short lived feeling and doesn't really solve any of the issues that are stressing us out to begin with. If you can control the things stressing you out, try to come up with some baby step ways to ease the stress. If you can't control those things, then give yourself permission to let it go. :)

Sorry I've been MIA the past few days, but that you so much for this encouragement, jesemiaud! I actually told my husband about the temptation to buy (I used to hide my purchases from him out of shame) and he was super supportive and encouraging. And yes I hear you about giving yourself permission to let go/forgive/be ok with whatever stuff you're working through. We're all works in progress, right? :) here's to staying strong for our next 10 days!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So..  the first 10 days weren't so good for me.  Having a surprise 4 extra days off work leads to a little boredom, and then serious stir-crazy issues.  And when I finally got out, I did the unthinkable.  The "S" word.

 

I bought two allowed purchases early in the 10 days and then when I escaped the house, well, that's when I went a little overboard.  While working through my stash I had noticed that I was seriously lacking in moisturizers and masks.  I've been on a mission to figure out how to get rid of my clogged pores and it probably wasn't the brightest idea to do this challenge when I'm in the middle of trying to find a solution that works.

 

Going forward I'm going to need to alter my thinking.  I'm allowed to buy if it's a product I don't own/for a purpose that comes up.  This applies to skin care.  I do not need (or want) any makeup

 

I will still remain mindful of what I'm doing and not resort to my old 'find something you like and buy 100 of them.'

 

What I did well:

  • sorted socks 
  • cleaned bathroom and kitchen (deep cleaning stove-top and such)
  • cleaned the dog room and assembled a shelving unit to replace a piece of furniture I'm selling
  • picked lots of products from my stash to try (I used a LOT of those masks this week)
  • trashed 10+ items that were old and just taking up space in my shower/bath
  • socialized with friends
  • made it to the store for mom twice, got her mail every other day, took her dinners
  • found my missing checks!

For the next 10 days I'll work on getting more of my house under control and depending on the ice storm tonight, I may have extra time to do this.  Again.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1-10 goals: 1: OFFICE OFFICE OFFICE it shouldn't take me 10 days to do it so no excuses

 

2:organize, edit, watermark current photos

 

3: Finish my gift for @@dancersmum she sent me and Z an amazing gift tht got here before thanksgiving and I've been working on hers (I have a craft item that keeps getting pushed to the bottomm of my to-do list) fro the past 2 months but it needs to get sent.

 

hmmm 1 of 3 is kinda disappointing. I worked on my office and my bedroom, I organized a few of my photos, but I did finish #3. There was things i didnt plan for like Z getting sick but I really should have been able to do at least 2/3.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't buy anything in the past 10 days, so it's been a success for me, so far. I set some goals to come up with project pan items and focus on them, but I haven't really done too much on that front because I've been pretty busy, but that's ok with me.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Paint my nails at least once.  Why have a bunch of nail polish if it's not being used?
  • Use a facial mask twice.
  • Use up 5 products, foils are okay.  I finished off a face wash deluxe sample yesterday so only 4 more to go.
  • Read one book.  I also signed up on goodreads for their book challenge.  My goal for the year is 52 books.  It's a lot for me but I'll go through at least a dozen when I go on vacation later this year.
  • Read and trash one magazine.  They're starting to stack up.
  • Watch at least one youtube tutorial video to learn how to use the stuff I already have better.

Yay, I met my goals for the first 10 days.  I bought two of my exceptions but nothing else.  I ended up with 10 empties; way better than expected.  Maybe I will make it to 100 empties by the end of the 100 days?  Other things that I did that I found helpful:

  • Sharpen all my eyeliners.  I forgot who suggested this but it was a good idea.  Plus I identified 3 eyeliners I'm close to finishing off so I'm going to focus on them for a while.  Hopefully I'll finish off my first eyeliner before the 100 days is over.
  • Sometimes I hesitate to use a sample because what if I need it for a trip?  So I packed my toiletries bag for my vacation coming up in May, that way everything else is fair game.  No excuses to not use anything now.
  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

What I did well:

  • sorted socks 
  • cleaned bathroom and kitchen (deep cleaning stove-top and such)
  • cleaned the dog room and assembled a shelving unit to replace a piece of furniture I'm selling
  • picked lots of products from my stash to try (I used a LOT of those masks this week)
  • trashed 10+ items that were old and just taking up space in my shower/bath
  • socialized with friends
  • made it to the store for mom twice, got her mail every other day, took her dinners
  • found my missing checks!

For the next 10 days I'll work on getting more of my house under control and depending on the ice storm tonight, I may have extra time to do this.  Again.

HOW COULD I FORGET?  I also FOUND my house key that had been missing for 2.5 years!!   Had I found it way back when I would have saved myself from driving across Indy w/o wearing pants!  

 

Yeah, not my finest moment, but my dentist's office thinks it was the best excuse EVER for missing an appointment.  Thank goodness my neighbors were out leaving for vacation when my dogs locked me out.  I was able to use their cell phone to tell mom I was headed her way to get a key.  I could get in the garage (car keys were in there) but that required walking around my house sans pants.  

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posting my empties for days 1-10 to give me motivation to keep going!

 

post-114250-0-27923900-1421030246_thumb.jpg

 

Plus toothpaste, deodorant, and a bottle of Bumble and Bumble Defrizz. Found some things I liked and some I didn't, but mostly just reduced my stash by a little bit.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Yay, I met my goals for the first 10 days.  I bought two of my exceptions but nothing else.  I ended up with 10 empties; way better than expected.  Maybe I will make it to 100 empties by the end of the 100 days?  Other things that I did that I found helpful:

  • Sharpen all my eyeliners.  I forgot who suggested this but it was a good idea.  Plus I identified 3 eyeliners I'm close to finishing off so I'm going to focus on them for a while.  Hopefully I'll finish off my first eyeliner before the 100 days is over.
  • Sometimes I hesitate to use a sample because what if I need it for a trip?  So I packed my toiletries bag for my vacation coming up in May, that way everything else is fair game.  No excuses to not use anything now.

 

 

I tend to horde my samples because they are perfect for travel. But I have so many at this point that it's ridiculous. I really need to use them because I'm never going to travel that much. Plus, I'm always getting more, so even if I use everything up and then plan a trip, I'll be fine. And I can always buy refillable travel containers to use.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love the idea to set some mini goals for this first set of 10 days! Here are mine:

  • Set up my monthly budget. I used to be really good about this, but I fell off the bandwagon during the holiday season, basically saying oh whatever we spend on gifts will work out. Well, lucky for us we have enough cushion that things were fine, but I certainly feel more secure having set limits! And since one of my goals for this whole thing is to start to reel back all of my spending, not just makeup, I think this will help. Check--done!
  • Start tracking my spending again. Again, something I used to have a really good habit of doing, but definitely went by the wayside in the last 3 months of the year. Started to do this but need to catch up on this weekend's purchases...no makeup but ate out too much!
  • Put the holiday decorations away. Admittedly this is more of a personal goal than anything related to makeup, but I think it will actually be helpful to get out of the holiday mindset and into the fresh "new year" mindset! Got this done! Still working on getting the house back into a clean and organized state but baby steps!
  • Do an at-home "spa" night. I'm going to actually slate it on my calendar for Sunday! Nails, bath, and face mask! Did this it was nice!
  • And of course, don't buy any makeup! I guess this one could probably go unsaid. :) Did it woohoo!

And my reward for getting through the first 10 days will be getting one month of Hulu plus. I know that is spending money ($8), but I don't mind it so much since it is a "consumable" and not more STUFF that accumulates in my house. I have a few shows that I want to catch up on (and that my primetime on demand no longer has) that I can catch up on with one month of Hulu Plus (and then cancel!). 

Oops, sorry I know we moved over to the other thread, but above in red is how I did on my goals for the first 10 days!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posting my empties for days 1-10 to give me motivation to keep going!

 

attachicon.gifempties.jpg

 

Plus toothpaste, deodorant, and a bottle of Bumble and Bumble Defrizz. Found some things I liked and some I didn't, but mostly just reduced my stash by a little bit.

I have one of those Anastasia brow foil things too, are the colors very dark?  I have light colored hair, so I don't want anything too dark.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have one of those Anastasia brow foil things too, are the colors very dark?  I have light colored hair, so I don't want anything too dark.

The lighter side would probably work for you but the dark side might be too dark. I have dark brown hair and I prefer the darker side but it's not super dark.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • NARS Cosmetics Shop Cargo Cosmetics Today!


  • Recent images in this topic

  • Posts

    • Amazing video from Second Year No Buyer Elle S today on YouTube: "$1000 Worth of Eyeshadow ... What Could I have Bought Instead?" Elle shows only seven palettes that cost a total of $1000 (CAD). Elle is not in the dream of denial shopping. She is serious about money, facing reality, real life (though she is still enjoying the creativity of makeup). "I can't afford it," she says. I can relate to her point about being someone who buys a lot of cosmetics, but never goes for a mani or pedi, or anything like that. She asks: How many things have I missed because of my purchases? Now that's something to think about! I often think of how my life would have been different if I'd been able to start on this No Buy path at a young age. There was no Internet then, so I did not have this kind of inspiration. I only had magazines and TV ads telling me to buy, buy, buy!  But, why do all the No Buy people say they want to replace shopping with experiences? Shopping is an experience too! It a great experience and that's why we like it. I'm only giving it up to get rid of debt, because I know money makes me happy.  I grew up in 1970s suburban America. I grew up in a shopping mall and in K Mart. I was always at those places with my friends, searching for identity. So of course shopping is high on my list of experiences.  THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE-1970s-1980s The Barbie Dolls and Barbie clothes at K Mart Getting a mood ring at K Mart and feeling so cool  The excited butterflies in the tummy, when pulling into the shopping mall parking lot The bright lights and the smell of the Cinnabon store The Waldenbooks, where you bought Laura Ingalls Wilder books, where you discovered Sylvia Plath The record store, where you thumbed through record albums, and you discovered Blondie and Jacqueline du Pre The Clinique counter, where the lady did your makeup and made you feel glamorous and grown up, and assured you Brooke Shields was nothing without her makeup  The food! Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips, Morrisons Cafeteria with the fried chicken and buttery rolls and iced tea All the latest issues of Teen and Seventeen magazine The Super X drugstore with Sophia perfume, Vidal Sassoon shampoo, and Maybelline Kissing Potion The movie theater where you saw The Turning Point seven times and fell in love with ballet (1977 the most magical year) Orange Julius Trying European cheese samples at the Swiss Colony The ORLANE counter - the epitome of elegance to me  The Stendahl counter - This was a really beautiful and expensive French cosmetics brand. The lady at the counter was French. I practiced my French with her and she sent me a little note in French later on. She was kind. I had cystic acne. It was bad. "Oh, I see you have a little but of acne. Not to worry, it just needs a bit of astringent and fond de teint." She was tactful and gave me nice samples.  My first Estee Lauder GWP - I thought I was Princess Di - it had Cinnibar perfume My first LANCOME GWP - I thought I was Princess Caroline. I was given Sun Touched Terra lipstick  Princess Marcella Borghese Germaine Monteil - Royal Secret Alexandra de Markoff - I never did get to try that legendary foundation - department store cosmetics were rare and glorious treats Adrien Arpel in her pre HSN days  The Erno Laszlo counter. It was so mysterious. You could not buy from them unless you went through a kind of initiation. You had to get an analysis and buy a special kit. It was fascinating. Now they just have samples going in beauty sub boxes any old way - Dr. L would not be very happy. He wanted his beauty routines done right and they were quite unorthodox. See the book, The Natural Way to Super Beauty by Mary Ann Crenshaw to know more about this.  And I could go on and on. Of course I had no credit cards then, no job, just a little allowance. So I was not really ever spending much, just having fun. It's when you're older and have credit and money that it becomes a problem. Now there's no money, no time to shop, K Mart and the malls are ghost towns. And don't get me started on how much more fun TV was back then. Even going to the library was so much fun. Now all is so dull, dull, dull! I just get up, go to my job, come home, eat dinner, go to bed, and hope that my No Buy will make me rich and happy one day.           
    • i love natural products, but before buying products , i encourage u to know what type ur skin and read about it well , then everything will be clear for u and easy
    • i need info regarding Lash Extensions from real experience ?! 
    • I am religiously using Vitamin C, E, Ferulic Acid serum by Radium Skin. They ship overseas. And its not expensive too, considering how much other mainstream labels are charging. 

About MakeupTalk®

© 2003-2018 MakeupTalk.com®, an active online community and message board geared towards members wanting to discuss everything to do with makeup, cosmetics, product reviews, monthly subscription boxes and general beauty related topics. Our community provides product reviews, makeup and general beauty tips. Our most popular topics are subscription boxes and their monthly spoilers. Join our community for free to take part in the conversations and share your own beauty tips and product reviews with others. We look forward to seeing you online here at Makeuptalk®!

MakeupTalk® Facebook

×