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I used my bronzer as a crease shade today (why did I never think to do this?!) and it's the perfect warm shade without going overboard or being hard to blend... which makes sense, considering it's meant to go seamlessly on the cheeks...so it works gorgeous on the lid. I think I might have found a 2nd use for my bronzer and now it makes me shake my head at how much moolah I've spent looking for the PERFECT crease shade when all along I had it in my 2.99 NYC sunny bronzer. =| 

 

p.s: I know certain things are not eye safe, but I don't feel too bad since the color is in my crease, so far enough away from my actual lid/eye area to cause any irritation of any kind. I wore it today and will see how my skin reacts, though, but I feel pretty safe since it's on top of an eyeshadow primer and base....so there's a layer between the product and my skin. 

I was doing that a lot with bronzers and highlighters before my eyeshadow collection grew to the monstrosity it is today.

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Does anyone have suggestions for black eye shadow? I have a lot of palettes that include black but I don't really wear smokey eyes. I know you can use it as eyeliner but I prefer colored liners and it would take me years to use them up anyway!

Same here, regarding the new code.

 

I have the same issue with black eyeshadow. I don't use it to line my eyes because I prefer dark brown or grey for that. So I have literally no idea what to do with the black eyeshadow. I can't use it in my hairline- too dark. I can't use it for.... hardly anything except as liner. I might try a smokey eye with it this weekend....

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Hey ladies!!! Good news, I already did a lot of the items on my list for this 11-20 days!!!

I'll explain later! But I'm so glad for getting some of these finaincial goals done.

 

Also, today is the first day I can say I'm not really tempted by anything. Well, I still want things, but I'm not thinking about them all the time and dreaming up online carts and stuff. I'm not actively in stress from wanting.

 

I know I'll be running out of cotton rounds soon, and I'm debating whether or not I have time to cut and sew these flannel sheets to use and rewash.... or if I should just replenish them and go back to the cut and sew method when I'm less busy.... AKA when I finish my master's thesis!!! I think I'll just repurchase because there is so much else going on I'm not sure I'll have time, but at the same time, it would be good for me to do something with my hands... so I don't know!! What do you ladies think? It involves cutting flannel blankets, matching up two sides and then sewing them together on the edges. If I don't match up two and sew, they won't last long in the wash....

If you have pinking shears, you can just cut them up and they will work without sewing. I've washed mine several times now with minimal fraying. Of course, if you don't have pinking shears, you'd have to buy some, but they are useful things to have.

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Not going to lie, the current Zoya promo is tempting me.  Even though I already have almost 180 nail polishes.  I don't need another one (or six).

 

I'm not going to buy and should probably simply unsubscribe from their list.  I am sure if they have a promo after the no buy is up, I would be able to find it here.

 

I was able to totally ignore an Ulta GWP promo e-mail today or yesterday.  But that Zoya one keeps haunting me.

 

Edit: Find it "here" as on MUT, not in this particular thread.

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  1. Wear two different nail colors this week (did them tonight but I have to wash my hair tomorrow so I know they'll need to be completely redone prolly by Wednesday).
  2. Wash my hair and use at least three different products from my samples stash (Beauty Protector Leave-In, deep conditioning mask, and ?)
  3. Come up with night and face regimen and only put those products out on my bathroom counter. Otherwise I have so many products I end up just using whatever and I'm not consistent enough to know what products are or aren't making a difference.
  4. Give away 1 sample a week that I see people want when we trade. I won't tell them that I'm including extras, it'll be a surprise. And these extras won't be foils but actual products they have listed that I know I'll never use. No need for me to keep so many samples.
  5. Find an efficient way to organize my beauty products.
  6. Inventory my beauty products.
  7. Meet my deadlines for my assignments (this is school related).
  8. Email 10 more cosmetic companies for samples that I truly want.
  9. Return beauty products I brought from Walmart almost two month ago.
  10. Rearrange/straighten my room and closet.

 

I love your #4- that is so generous and kind!

 

If you have pinking shears, you can just cut them up and they will work without sewing. I've washed mine several times now with minimal fraying. Of course, if you don't have pinking shears, you'd have to buy some, but they are useful things to have.

Hmm, wow I hadn't thought of that! Wonderful idea, I'll see if my Mom has any. I definitely don't. I'll check prices as well, but if she doesn't and the cost is over $10, then I'll just stick to repurchasing cotton rounds until I have more time to DIY my own reusable ones. Thanks!!!!

 

Not going to lie, the current Zoya promo is tempting me.  Even though I already have almost 180 nail polishes.  I don't need another one (or six).

 

I'm not going to buy and should probably simply unsubscribe from their list.  I am sure if they have a promo after the no buy is up, I would be able to find it here.

 

I was able to totally ignore an Ulta GWP promo e-mail today or yesterday.  But that Zoya one keeps haunting me.

 

Edit: Find it "here" as on MUT, not in this particular thread.

Sorry you're feeling so tempted. I feel like I have been tempted by things lately, but that it's been easier to say no. But then, I haven't had any REALLY incredible deals come my way yet, so I know I've yet to be really tested. I hope you can say no and stick to your no-buy!

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Today, I had realized I hadn't been to a Sephora for MONTHS. Yes, months as I had been buying online only to limit myself from making more purchases. That was just a random revelation.

 

For these next 10 days, my goals are:

 

1.  Continue with Project Pan - So far, I have managed to finish 4 things out of a list of 15 items.  I'm thinking about adding more things into my list just as a way to keep using the same items for this month to see how much I can finish.

 

2.  Clear out my closet - I've gotten rid of a lot of clothes and now have a more manageable closet with items I see myself wearing.  I do think that I can get rid of a few more party dresses as I no longer wear them.

 

3.  Get rid of textbooks - I feel like I can get rid of some books although I'm planning on keeping the ones from my core classes and other general science/calculus books as references.

 

4.  Use up candles - I have recently finished 5 of these and I have 6 left. I'm not buying any until this 100-day no-buy is over.

 

5.  Clear out samples - Although these are great for traveling, it just leaves up too much clutter and I would prefer to use them before they get kind of old.

 

6.  Organize my apartment - I'm going to reorganize everything just in case I randomly have friends/family over unexpectedly.

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I remembered someone asking about organizing ideas. Here is a cute one I did for my perfume samples. I tossed old potpourri out and replaced it with samples around the candle. It's also by my bathroom light switches so I never forget to put perfume on before I leave.

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The good:

  • I am sticking to my goals for days 11-20--so far I've worn eyeshadow for 3 days in a row, have painted my toenails, and have done inventory!
  • In the process of doing inventory, I found some green eyeshadow I'd forgotten about, and thereby killed a lemming for a small green eyeshadow palette!  Die, lemming, die!

The bad:

  • OMG, I took inventory.  I have much more stuff than I realized.  It's not as much as some inventory counts I've seen, and more than others.  Kind of an in-the-middle absolute number.  BUT.  It is way more than I need.  Now I feel kind of down, when I'd been feeling so happy before, thinking about achieving my goals.
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I really feel like the true test of my no-buy muscle is going to be when I get paid at the end of the month. I'm feeling quite twitchy and antsy and bored of my look like I do before I decide to make a purchase at Sephora or Nordstrom. The only reason I haven't bought anything is because I barely have enough $$ to cover food for the next two weeks, so obviously I can't afford anything as frivolous as blush right now.

 

I'm really going to spend some time meditating and trying to pin down the reason why I'm so much less gung-ho about this no buy lately but yeah. I just feel so blah about this all of a sudden.  :scared: Probably because saving money isn't as "fun" as spending money. 

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Had a bit of a stressful day at work.  So fighting the urge to buy myself something to cheer myself up.  

 

Also, kind of disgusted with myself I went to get some stuff from under my sink and I found the unopened Sephora Paint the Town 22 pack of mini Formula X nail polish.  The one in the paint can.  I ordered this before Christmas.  Half the colors I won't wear.  Out of the ones I will wear there are maybe 3 I don't have dupe or better version of.  I am going to take this to Sephora and let myself get 2 nail polishes in exchange.

 

Also decided that it was okay to return a gift if I already have a half full version of it that takes me 6-months to a year to use up.  The gift might go bad before then.

 

I did finish one perfume sample today. 

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Goal for this week:

 

Go through my stash and put together some items to give away.  I hold on to samples that I *might* use *someday* and never get around to them.  Lets face it, with a 3 week old baby I'm not going to be blow drying my hair any time soon.   :laughno:   I will put together some bags and give them to family or friends over the next week.  

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I have been able to get rid of 4 foils and expect to be clearing out a couple of deluxe and full size items any time now.

 

Today I am just feeling irritated. For no good reason, and not with anyone. Nothing happened, and it is not PMS time. Have you ever had one of those days? Hopefully it will go away with a good night's sleep. I'm off to bed.

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I have been able to get rid of 4 foils and expect to be clearing out a couple of deluxe and full size items any time now.

 

Today I am just feeling irritated. For no good reason, and not with anyone. Nothing happened, and it is not PMS time. Have you ever had one of those days? Hopefully it will go away with a good night's sleep. I'm off to bed.

Sorry you had an irritable day.  I have those too.  Hope you got a good night's sleep and tomorrow is a better day!

Congrats on cleaning out things you do not want/need!

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Day 13: Made an approved purchase.  Am waffling between feeling guilty and wanting to shop, shop, shop! Going to read a book and unwind for bed.

 

I continue to make progress on using up foils and will be glad when I am through them and can move on to more fun things that I am excited to try lol.

 

And in my daily gym saga: Went to spinning class tonight.  It was different than last night and I can't determine if it for the better or not.  Towards the end of the class the lights went out.  The generator came on so we could see but the whole gym lost power and the mall where the gym is and surrounding businesses.  We were troopers and kept goin on our workout lol

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One of my kids needed new mittens so I bought him a pair of mittens yesterday.  The other kid needed new shirts, pants, and socks so I bought him an assortment of new clothes including a start to his summer wardrobe since the prices were really reasonable.  These purchases are sensible.

 

I'm feeling really good about sticking to my beauty no-buy for days 11-20 and beyond.  Since I plan to generate at least 100 empties in the first 100 days of 2015 I am focusing on using products from my stash instead of buying stuff and this really seems to be working well for me.  Hopefully this enthusiasm continues for the entire100 day no-buy challenge!!!

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Not going to lie, the current Zoya promo is tempting me.  Even though I already have almost 180 nail polishes.  I don't need another one (or six).

 

I'm not going to buy and should probably simply unsubscribe from their list.  I am sure if they have a promo after the no buy is up, I would be able to find it here.

 

I was able to totally ignore an Ulta GWP promo e-mail today or yesterday.  But that Zoya one keeps haunting me.

 

Edit: Find it "here" as on MUT, not in this particular thread.

 

You know what to do.  Unsubscribe from the list.  Forget about Zoya and focus on the products you already have! :)

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Not going to lie, the current Zoya promo is tempting me.  Even though I already have almost 180 nail polishes.  I don't need another one (or six).

 

I'm not going to buy and should probably simply unsubscribe from their list.  I am sure if they have a promo after the no buy is up, I would be able to find it here.

 

I was able to totally ignore an Ulta GWP promo e-mail today or yesterday.  But that Zoya one keeps haunting me.

 

Edit: Find it "here" as on MUT, not in this particular thread.

Oh, same here. I didn't put myself on the no buy, but I really keep trying to resist anyway. I just don't need them. Even though I went through and added a whole bunch of colors to my wishlist ("ooh this is pretty and this is pretty and this is pretty..."), and I have to return something tomorrow so I'll have a little extra money. I came to read all the no buy forums to get some "I will resist buying" inspiration.

 

I love reading these forums because it really makes me stop and think about if I want/need something. It's also really nice to know that there are a lot of other makeup/beauty obsessed ladies who are trying to curb what they buy. I don't feel like I'm missing out not getting the newest things or all the special deals because there are others purposely doing the same. Thank you ladies.

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You know what to do.  Unsubscribe from the list.  Forget about Zoya and focus on the products you already have! :)

What's bad is that I don't even get their emails. I found out about the deal on a couponing site. :unsure:

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So the my goal of wearing a different lip product everyday may be more difficult than I thought.... I hardly ever wear lip color, so wearing something 3 days in a row is way different for me. I may have to augment my goal to wearing a lip product 8 of 10 days, just so my poor lips have a rest (it is so cold and dry here that my lips are getting flaky and gross :( ) I'll keep going until I though!

 

Day 12 lip: Loreal Glossy Balm in Ginger candy. Much better suited for the spring/summer.

 

Day 13 lip: Maybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse. Pretty balmy (aka makes my lips feel better). I just wish it didnt have little pieces of glitter in it!

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This segment has been a little rocky. Definitely tempted by some sales and new releases. I did make some pre-approved purchases for an exchange which helped the urge to shop somewhat. I need to refocus on my goals.

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Late post for day 13: success. No cosmetics buys. Continuing to try to use up things...a little left on a mac lipstick (blooming lovely) that I'm trying to use up-it's a little too lavender for work, but I've been paring viva glam vi lipgloss over it to make it a little bit more pink. I'm trying to use that up also!

 

My mally eyebrow stick just won't die. I like it, but sheesh, I definitely got my $$ worth!!

 

Big test tonight...plans to go shopping with a friend. But-she does help to hold me accountable...will keep doing my best.

 

On Friday, I will purchase a necessity-mascara primer. I hate wearing my waterproof mascara without it and mine is 6 months old (for some reason, I use the primer for 6 mo, but mascara only 3). However, I will be ordering the cheapest from sephora-because I'm rouge, free shipping. I usually use Mary Kay to support a friend, but I overspend on that because I feel like I should order more to help her. But ordering all that doesn't help me, and I keep trying to remember that!!

 

Part of me feels like I'm trying to justify my primer, although it's something I use everyday. It gives me this odd feeling like I can just fall back into my old habit if I'm not careful.

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Ugh, so this leg of the challenge just got really easy....and I'm not happy about it!

 

I have charges on my credit card that aren't from me ($150 of video game downloads, who would want that when you could buy makeup!?). So I don't have a credit card until they send me a new one in 7-10 business days. So no makeup purchases for me! I did buy myself a latte this morning because yesterday was crazy with the CC stuff, which I feel a little guilty for, but it wasn't on my list of no-buys, so I going to stop worrying, starting now!

 

On the topic of my other goals, today is my workflow organization day! I'm closing my office door and not emerging until I have a system that will work for me! I work at a university and the students are back next week, so it's the perfect time to get the semester started off right.

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