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The Black Friday Diaries Part Four 

The Two Dollar Makeup Episode 

Sunday, November 19, 2017 :blush:

This episode came from a place of hurt and anger. I was out in the yard in the early morning, but I told my diary I felt unwell. I was hanging on to a bad day at work, the day before, when someone took out anger on me quite severely. I remember sitting in the office the day before and planning to run home and shop on the two dollar makeup website. That would make up for the hurt and anger I felt. I relished the illicit thought. Even though I had sworn off it the previous Friday. I would show everyone, I had the answer; I had cracked the code. I could buy all I want, and it would cost so little. I'd have the last laugh. 

I sat in the yard and planned how I would use 18 dollars to do this. I would pay another 10 dollar membership fee, since I had cancelled the previous Friday, and I then I could get four things. Later in the day I reported that I had gotten my membership back, and purchased some makeup brushes. I was happy. But later still, when the end of the weekend let down was setting in, I began to feel anxious and remorseful. I realized I'd actually spent around 50 dollars on this super inexpensive web site, and was now low on funds. "I could have had something really good. It is not something to help me save", I told my diary. I cancelled my account again. "At least I'm not into Advent calendars like last year. New plan - For the next month, I won't get anything but Xmas gifts [for other people]", I resolved. It was going to get much, much worse ... 

That site is gone now. It was a startup venture or maybe something they were test marketing. Part of me craves that kind of shopping again. For me, it can be Charlotte Tilbury or dollar makeup, and it all comes out the same, with me overdoing everything. I sort of want to have that feeling again of loading up an online cart with tons of dollar things. I still have all the things I bought on the two dollar site last year. I guess I could take them out and look through them. I haven't used anything, except the eye shadow sponge sticks, which I've used all year long. 

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The Black Friday Diaries Part Five

The Two Dollar Makeup Episode 

I've collected everything I purchased on the two dollar site. The amount I received was not as much as I thought it was in my mind. The site disbanded and I did not receive all of the goods purchased. I also spent a great deal because I kept paying a membership fee to shop there, then cancelling to avoid temptation, then paying the fee again. I even paid 100 dollars for a year membership as I thought I would get access to extra things. I'm not blaming the site. I gave the money willingly. The things I got were the following:

  1. Wine Lip Tint Rose Coral 
  2. Wine Lip Tint Rose Coral (I got two as I bought so many times I lost track)
  3. Wine Lip Tint Blush Pink
  4. Miss Rose Lipstick Smoked Rose (arrived broken)
  5. Aloe Vera Lip Balm
  6. Bioaqua True Isolation BB Cream 
  7. V7 CC Cream
  8. Babe Skin Pore Eraser
  9. Bioaqua BB Cushion
  10. Aloe Vera Powder
  11. Mini pink beauty blender type sponge
  12. Kabuki brush
  13. Eyeshadow brush
  14. Eyebrow brush
  15. Little spoolie brush-free gift
  16. Eye shadow sponges 
  17. Nine pieces of pretty but really small for me lingerie 
  18. Necklace

The necklace is an infinity symbol. It was the logo of the site. I got a necklace with the symbol as I thought it represented this wonderful new way of shopping, of buying all I wanted, a dream come true. I googled the symbol today, and found that, as a mathematical symbol, it represents a potential infinity, not an actual infinite quantity. I found that fascinating. I thought I had won the beauty lottery, but it was an dream only. I don't know how much money I spent on the site, as I was shopping there for a few weeks, but I'll be analyzing that in the weeks to come. I feel ashamed to put all of this on the Internet. Plus there's a shame in buying Chinese brands because of the cruelty free situation. And how strange am I that this is all I thought of all day. People will think I am so superficial. I beg forgiveness. But it's helping me understand. 

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The Black Friday Diaries Part Six

Monday before Thanksgiving - the remorse and feeling ill 

Monday, November 21, 2016 

I listed the Advent calendars I had purchased, and noted that I still wanted Body Shop and Clinique ones. "Feel so bad--need dental work. Nervous about bills. Can't wait for Dec. 1 for buying spree to be over! I have enough beauty calendars for six and a half months, though! Enough for a half year No Buy. I am really thinking I should open one at a time." I made a list in my diary showing how I would use one calendar in December, one in January, etc. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

I feel down after a weekend of eating and thinking of my past foolish behavior. I feel remorse for spending money on Thanksgiving food and turkey dinner. I tried to make family members happy, but I feel ill from eating. Eating turkey makes one so tired and depressed. I feel so done with the holidays, and just want to think of my No Buy. 

My infinity symbol necklace. I purchased it last year on the 2 dollar site. It represented something I wanted--infinite buying ability. It was the logo of this site. "Unlimited" was a theme word of the site. I wanted that. "Get unlimited free makeup", it promised. I got the necklace and put it away for a year untouched. 

I took the necklace out yesterday. I googled the infinity symbol. I learned that, in mathematical philosophy, the infinity symbol called a lemniscate, denotes potential infinity, not actual infinity. My understanding of this is small, but it seems actual infinity is thought of as impossible. I find this fascinating as a symbol of my unrealistic dreams and expectations, my search for an infinite through buying, a dream that is not what I think it is. I wish I could think in beautiful mathematical equations instead of from a place of emotions influenced by marketing campaigns. 1776184270_IMG_03961.thumb.JPG.77e450901f58ae045eff22203550b0d9.JPG

To me, the week of Thanksgiving is the most dangerous week of the year for a compulsive shopper, not just because of Black Friday campaigns. It's a moment of expectation, before the holiday season begins, where all is still possible. There is the dream that this year will bring the perfect, happy, magical holiday. It's like back to school used to be when I was a teen. I would avidly read the heavy back to school issue of Seventeen magazine. There was a moment before the school year started when I believed that if I just could have the perfect new clothes, makeup, and makeover, I would go back to school as "a new me", and my life would be different. A short time after the school year began, it became clear that nothing would be different. Still, each year the dream appeared. Now I'm glad I never became "the new me" and stayed a nerd and loner. I was cool the way I was. But it's the same with this week. Once December starts, I adjust to the reality that the holiday season will not live up to my unrealistic dreams. After a few weeks, I get so burned out from shopping that I can't wait for January so that I can start my No Buy! 

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The Black Friday Diaries Part Seven

Tuesday before Thanksgiving - remorse - feeling ill and down

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My episode of buying all of those beauty Advent calendars with retail cards was over and I felt so sick. I wrote in my diary, "Feel mentally and physically sick over what I've done." I wrote about, and clearly recall, that I used some l'Occitane hand cream before work. The cream was a gift with purchase that I had received when I purchased their Advent calendar. Since I already felt sick, the perfume of the cream made me feel more ill as I sat at my desk all day. It made me regret everything more. It was an awful feeling. 

Tuesday November 21, 2017

My diary entry began with a list of credit card bills, including one of the Yves Rocher bills that had haunted me all month. Then I wrote, "Everything is SO bad this year. I feel just awful." This was the day David Cassidy passed away. It was so sad. He suffered so much from his addiction. I was his fan, and saw him live in concert. I was feeling bad about work, and kept waiting for news about David. "At least my Yves bill is paid," my diary entry ended. 

 

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The Black Friday Diaries Part Eight 

Wednesday before Thanksgiving - stress, and beauty all around 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I noted again in my diary that "My bills are paid. Those awful Yves [Rocher] bills are gone. I am so glad they are paid for." I had the most terrible day at work. One of those days when something happens that makes you feel so bad that you come home and cannot relax. I was hurting over that. I found some David Cassidy fanzines and videos online, from the early 70s. It cheered me up a little. I wanted to go back and order from the 2 dollar makeup site again. I was dying to! 

Wednesday November 21, 2018

A wish came true ... for free. I had wished to see a Russian Blue cat in real life. 🐈 Someone at my job was giving a Russian Blue kitten to another coworker. I looked forward all night to seeing it. This morning I had the great experience of seeing the little Russian Blue kitten! It made me happy. 

I have been so lucky. I have been on No Buy since January 1 and was not tempted to shop. But now I feel tempted. I stirred it up in myself by recalling my past shopping. Now I want to buy tons of things from Shop Miss A. I want to buy all kinds of bath bombs from them, and I don't even have a tub that works, just a shower. I want to get an Yves Rocher holiday collection highlighter. I don't like highlighter, but the package design is so charming. I want some holiday things from Avon.  Maybe it's just that there is glittering beauty all around right now, and everything is special. I don't want to break my No Buy! 

 

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The Black Friday Dairies Part Nine - Thanksgiving Morning

Our family celebrates Thanksgiving by going to a theme park near us, that we have passes to. It has holiday food, decorations, and entertainment. We leave at 9 am - but there is time before that for shopping matters. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I was still sick with guilt and anxiety over ordering too many beauty Advent calendars. I sat down at my computer and opened a Black Friday email. It saved me. 

The email was from Cosmetique. I have loved Cosmetique since 2001. It was a beauty subscription that went back to the 1970s. I often turned to it to save money on my cosmetics. I saw the sets as good dupes for more expensive items. On Thanksgiving morning, 2016, Cosmetique sent me a Black Friday email. I went on their site and saw a Madeleine Mono set for $20.00. The set had a face scrub, face masque, face cream, eye shadow palette, lip pencil with a different shade on each end, and a special lipstick. The lipstick had a regular color on one end, and the opposite end had a lipstick with two halves, one half a silver top coat, and the other side a gold top coat. 

It was perfect. I bought myself the set, and suddenly I felt satisfied. This was all I wanted. I didn't even want the Advent calendars any longer. The spell was broken. I formed a plan in my diary: I would have fun for Thanksgiving, and then in the coming days I would return the Advent calendars unopened, and not get any more. "I wanted to get Cosmetique back for a long time," I told my diary. "I always go back this time of year, when I get sick with guilt after overdoing things." I made a list of Advent calendars to return, listed by most to least expensive: 

  1. Charlotte Tilbury 
  2. Estee Lauder
  3. Nuxe
  4. Target
  5. Benefit

I was so happy, and then I had the most amazing day. I had so much fun with my family, and all day I felt the relief of feeling so much better because Cosmetique had given me a way out of the Advent calendar anxiety. The relief was incredible. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I was still sick with guilt and anxiety about my bad day at work the day before, and was still talking about the Yves Rocher bill I had just paid: "Thanksgiving. Yesterday I had the worst day at work. It was torture. I've been upset about it ever since. At least all my bills are paid and my awful Yves bills," I reported to my diary. Then I wrote how all I wanted was to go on the 2 dollar makeup site and shop, even though my credit card was over limit from doing so a few days before. It was $19.01 over limit. A list of bills to pay that week followed. 

I felt really down this Thanksgiving morning. I was so broke. I wanted money for the 2 dollar makeup site. I wanted 100 dollars for a one year VIP membership. I had read that this would give me access to more, exclusive merchandise. I didn't know how I was going to afford Christmas presents for family. I went online and filled out a few credit card applications. Denied, denied, denied. I tuned to my boxes and piles of paper clutter to look for preapproved credit offers. I found one. I filled out the application. I could choose a card design. They had some really cute ones. I submitted the application. Approved! Oh, what happiness! I now had money to buy Christmas gifts for everyone, get a one year membership to the 2 dollar cosmetic site, and buy all the 2 dollar items I wanted! And because the 2 dollar site was so inexpensive, I would hardly have any balance on the card. The holidays would be great now. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

How will Thanksgiving be this year? Will I buy from Cosmetique? I paid the above mentioned credit card back during my No Buy this year, and closed the account, but they are after me to come back. Will I get the card back? Will I undo all my hard work of this year?

Or, will I just have a nice shower with my 2016 Yves Rocher Clementine and Spices holiday shower gel, apply my 2017 Yves Rocher face cream, my 2017 Mary Kay Whipped Cocoa eye shadow, and relax and have fun, safe in my No Buy? I truly hope so! 🙏

 

 

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Black Friday is here - danger, danger

2016 Black Friday

I was good on Black Friday in 2016. I was still satisfied with my purchase from Cosmetique, and resolved to return my Advent calendars unopened. I had a big day of work, so Black Friday was not an issue. 

2017 Black Friday 

I only had to work a half day, but still managed to get upset about problems there. I got paid and went to eat at a British restaurant. I paid the minimum payment on my credit card that was over limit. Then it was time for what I had been dying to do all week: I paid another 10 dollars to join the 2 dollar makeup site again, and bought more things! I got a foundation brush, a bag of eye shadow sponges with lip brushes at the other end (I did use these all year, and loved them, and just got a new supply from eBay), some Pore Cream with "rose oil and deep sea pearl", and a Bioaqua BB Cushion. I was happy. 

2018 Black Friday

Yesterday I was good. I spent nothing. Cosmetique has a great Black Friday sale, but I don't need anything there right now. I did not apply for a credit card, even though when I went to pick up my journal yesterday morning, a preapproved offer envelope had fallen out of my paper clutter pile and was on the floor right by my hand. I don't know a lot about what's going on today. I haven't been reading about it due to my No Buy. I'm happily ignorant, but do have temptation. The temptation comes mostly from within, from recalling buying episodes from the past. Also I was looking at the Avon and Yves Rocher sites as I was in the market to get a deodorant, the only beauty item I need now, and I saw some really pretty holiday things. I have to work today, and I hope it will be easy. It is payday, so danger! I really don't want to fall. But I have been dreaming of shopping. 

 

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Black Friday is over and I only spent $2.00. 

So glad I did not break my No Buy. I went on Shop Miss A yesterday before work. They had added more adorable things. They had a special of one dollar shipping on all orders. I looked at the things and thought, "If I get whatever I want, it will be never ending." So I just got the one thing I don't have, something I want and need - a pumice stone. A dollar for the stone, and a dollar for shipping. They also had eye primer and false eyelash adhesive, which I do not have, but I really am too lazy and don't want to use those, so I did not get them; the pumice I know I will use. The temptation is starting to subside. 

From observing my behavior I learned:

  • I have a lot of stress from work. This week I began a new plan of working harder on my problems at work, and also reaching out to my managers about them, so that I don't have to worry about them at home so much. Feeling less stressed will help me stick to my No Buy.
  • I was always looking for the Ultimate Thing that would fulfill all my beauty needs. The perfect Advent calendar, sub box, get all you want web site. The thing that would satisfy me forever. That does not exist. And who would want that? It's more fun to discover something new every time I need something. 
  • Get all you want, dollar store shopping brings no savings if I overdo it. I may as well be shopping at Barneys. 
  • My excess shopping adds a great deal to my stress level. It is an emotional roller coaster of excitement followed by guilt and anxiety. 

****I can't wait for New Years when I will start year two of my No Buy! 

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Yesterday I was this close to breaking my No Buy and throwing all my hard work away. :sick:I have been going through my old diaries and looking at the things I used to pursue online, stirring up temptation in myself. In addition to that, since I came home from work Friday, it has been just one thing after another, everything to upset and worry me. 😱So I spent hours yesterday online looking at web sites and putting items into online shopping carts.

This morning I am resolved again. I must think of my diaries differently. Since I have been on No Buy for almost a year now, most of my collection is from 2017. A few items are a bit older. I think that's interesting. I shopped a lot in 2017, and I have a detailed diary for the year that chronicles what I got when. When I look back at this diary, I'm not going to go back online to recreate the shopping episodes. Instead, I'll go to my beauty shelf and appreciate and use the items purchased previously. 

I also have a diary for all of 2018, showing that I was able to be successful on a No Buy through the year. This book must be completed, with a strong finish and a happy ending. Then it will be a guide to follow every year going forward. 

I will finish the book of my 2018 No Buy, and it will have a fairy tale ending! 📖 

I had my shower and washed my hair, and did some cleaning and laundry. I had a nice breakfast. Yesterday my hot water heater was down and I could not take my shower and I felt so dirty. My room was dirty and messy as I did not want to do anything but shop online, and I had nothing good to eat in the house. Mentally I felt dirty and ashamed. I was not having fun. I felt my body was dirty, my mind was dirty, and my surroundings were dirty. And the more I looked, the more things I found online, and I felt myself falling into an endless, endless black hole .........

I decided to tear up and discard my diaries before my No Buy began. They are making me relive shopping behavior and are triggering me. They are hurting me. I hate to throw things away, but I can't dwell on this any longer. I'm going to read them one last time and then they are gone!

 

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I spent all day reading and cutting up my diaries from Nov. 2016 through December 2017. 😕They are mostly about shopping, with some neat dream work in between. They made me so tired to read. It was me trying to solve this puzzle, every day, where I wanted to find THE perfect thing, such as THE perfect sub box. I would then stick to ONLY that one thing, and I would be happy and not spend much. I could never settle on one thing: I kept being let down, or finding something else. I also would only use items from the one thing I thought was IT, and could not enjoy all the products I had. For example, when I found the Sisley beauty bag, I was a fanatic about it. I told myself I would just have that bag, and nothing else. I would try to follow all the tips on the Sisley site religiously. If I wanted to get something else, I'd feel bad. I felt frustrated. The only time I felt happy with beauty was around May, when I had a second job. At that time I was ahead on my bills, had extra money in the bank, and felt free to get what I wanted. I got Yves Rocher orders, Ipsy offers, Birchboxes, and Bath and Body Works, as well as Wet n Wild Unicorn Brush and Lipstick. I was happy, enjoying life. When the second job ended I went back to my perfectionist type of shopping, due to anxiety about money along with the frustration of wanting everything. 

Reading the diary through in one day, though, clearly shows that the year 2017 was not as happy as the year 2018, my No Buy year. I had an even bigger second job this year, a higher paying and longer lasting one, but I got a lot of debts paid off instead of shopping. I also used and enjoyed all my products more. The No Buy is for me a quiet, safe space without the frustration. More enjoyment, less anxiety. The enjoyment of products, money savings, and peace of mind it gives me are so great. I hope the craving to relive past shopping episodes will disappear with the paper scraps. It's been a hard week of that part of my brain waking up again. 💔 On the other hand, maybe I should get back into my dream work!

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2 minutes ago, Twitter Beauty said:

I love following your NO buy info!  I need to go on a No buy asap!

It's mostly been fun and a breeze except for this week, lol. 

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It's almost December - I'm excited! One more month on my one year No Buy - not that I plan to end the No Buy at the end of the year, but I'm excited I will have one year done! Although I had a really bad week of Thanksgiving where I was tempted and consumed with thinking of shopping, I'm now back to the relaxing peace of mind of my No Buy routine. No Buy went great this week. I was given two full size unopened face creams for free. I had several empties: shampoo, face cream mini, eye shadow sample card, and one drop left of the great Clementine and Spices Shower Gel. That means I get to go on to other items for December. Also, the last eye shadow card I used turned out to be a miraculous color for me. It is Mary Kay Whisper Pink, an icy pale pink with silver shimmer. It goes on creamy and not sheer, and almost white. It really brightens up my small eyes. It's rare to find eye shadows that work on me. 

I'm almost finished with my financial goal for the rest of the year. Since September, I have been making extra payments on some credit cards, to get them down to where I can easily pay off five cards in 2019. I only have $22.00 extra to pay left on what I wanted to do by the end of the year. 

For December I'll be using Yves Rocher Serum Vegetal toner, serum mini, and Cranberry and Almond holiday shower gel - coincidentally all are in pretty red and red and gold packaging, beautiful for this month. 

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I've been working so hard on my two jobs. I've been spending more and more time on my second job. I have found "Study With Me" live streams on YouTube to be an invaluable aid to motivation and focus. In these streams, college students film their study sessions with timers for others to follow along. Most use a Pomodoro time management system with short breaks throughout. Some of my favorites are Study Vibes (a Belgian student of chemical engineering), and yui (a Korean student studying for the public official exam).  I have not had time for much Christmas fun, other than looking at the Christmas lights around my cubicle. 

But this weekend I did have time for some gift wrapping and visiting stores. I had fun just going to Dollar General for my wrapping supplies. They had some cute beauty gifts there. I saw some nice bath bombs, a pretty set that is a dupe for Wet and Wild Unicorn brushes, some cute holiday sets of mini Beauty Blender dupes. I could not get any of these do to my No Buy. I already have a Unicorn brush and a beauty sponge, and have no bathtub, just a shower. 

And yesterday I got to go to Ikea! Ikea is far from my house and I had never been before. I absolutely loved it, especially the restaurant! I loved my meal of Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll and butter, almond cake, and lingonberry juice. It was beautiful, and the price was so good. The restaurant was gorgeous as well. And the little Swedish grocery! I got some lingonberry and elder flower juices to take home. There was a whole aisle of Swedish chocolate bars, and some people from Denmark shopping there and wishing each other God Jul. I was in heaven, but I could not stay as long as I wished. The person who brought me was in a hurry. I wanted to find some mulled drink, and look at the whimsical Christmas decorations inspired by a Swedish forest. I could have stayed all day! I guess my heart longs to go to Europe for Christmas-Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, or France. This was like a tiny mini vacation to Sweden and it has refreshed me mentally and physically. I did not cheat on my No Buy, but still had fun. 

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Almost Christmas! I'm so excited. I'm having fun with my cousin - we've received the boxes of gifts we mailed each other and are exchanging fun emails. In the past I was not always a family member you would want to be with for Christmas. I would get down and sulky. I was struggling with shopping too much for me, and the stress and guilt. 

I'm so happy because I will have a rest from work! I am so tired and burned out! Today is the last day, and there is a party at work. Then I have the weekend, and Monday I only have to work 8 am to noon!!!! Oh, it will be such a relief without the long afternoon. Then I have Christmas Day off. It's practically a four day weekend, since 8 am to noon is so easy. Then when I go back I will only have three days until the next weekend. New Year's week I'll have the same wonderful schedule. REST! SLEEP! PEACE! 

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I did a lot this weekend! I got Netflix back for one free month. I recalled that last year I got Netflix during the holidays, and enjoyed watching films at the beginning of the year. But usually I don't have energy to watch anything but small You Tube videos. I watched a ton of TV episodes and several films this weekend. And I cleaned, did laundry, organized my work bag a little, and rewrote notes from a training I had at work Friday. Maybe the No Buy Christmas is so relaxing for me, that it's made me less depressed. I did not open new charge accounts this holiday season. No new bills to worry about, and I'm excited for my 2019 payment plan. 

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Wishing everyone a magical Christmas 🎄

My magical No Buy Christmas

My Christmas wishes came true. After being on No Buy for a year, and getting ready for another year of No Buy, I asked my father for journaling/planning supplies from the dollar store, and a large supply of facial cotton pads from Sams Club. I asked my brother for cosmetics from the dollar store--any kind. 

Dad got me great journaling supplies so that I can plan and document my 2019 No Buy. How did he know unicorns were such a big thing these days? He also gave me some money, and a lot of Rocher chocolate. My cousin gave me a mini 2019 Tea Time calendar that is so sublime. 

My brother never disappoints. He's awesome. He got me:

  • Baylis & Harding body wash and lotion set - very pretty and pink
  • Yardley of London Shea Buttermik and English Lavender bath soaps
  • Little bin of four April Bath & Shower bath poufs colored like the rainbow - the tag says "replace every 30 days" - perfect for No Buy - I'll know when they can go into the empties! 
  • April Bath & Shower Japanese Blossom shower gel and body lotion
  • Huge bottle (50 % more it says) of Silkience Lavender and Vanilla body wash 
  • Gilchrist and Soames shampoo mini
  • Her Royal Highness perfume - version of Vera Wang Princess - and I adore the name!  

Dad went to Costco and instead of getting me a giant supply of cotton pads, he got me a huge bulk box of makeup cleansing cloths with hibiscus and silk extracts, made in Germany. I'm so happy with my gifts. I'm going to put them in a pile and just look at them for a week, and after midnight on new year's I can begin using them. 2019 is looking very promising! 

 

 

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Is it not kind of a relief to be done with Christmas, and the pressure it can bring? Time to get ready for New Year's Eve, and an exciting new No Buy project. 🍷

  • It was on December 26, 2006, that I first undertook a No Buy through a beauty forum. 
  • I woke up on that day really ill, and called in sick from work. When I felt better I went on the computer, of course. I think I was meant to be ill that day, because on a beauty forum (not this one, unfortunately), I read about people who were forming a pact of "not buying any more beauty products until I use up what I have". You know that moment when something just clicks for you? I felt instantly happier. This was for me, it gave me hope, and my depression lifted. 
  • In the days before New Year, I had a last shopping trip before the No Buy began. It was a fun, fulfilling, guilt free shopping trip with lunch out. At that time there was a big, special bath and Body Works store by me that had extra luxury brands. I got some great things in the end of year sale. I remember being so happy to find the Fresh Memoirs of a Geisha beauty products in the clearance bin. I had wanted them so badly when they were first released, but could not afford them. They had a rice powder face wash, and sake bath products. I got as a gift with purchase, a soft denim tote bag. I think I still have it. I should find it to use as my empties bag! 
  • I cleaned and organized my room, and every week I would vacuum it and clean it. I always kept everything arranged the exact way I had organized it at the beginning of the year. I remember a stack of glossy yellow boxes. Those were from Yellow Box Beauty, a beauty sub box that was around before Birchbox. She sent you lavish boxes. I should clean and reorganize my room this weekend. 
  • I was so happy on that project until May. Unfortunately I crashed because I fell and purchased something and could not get over it, but the whole project is a memory of a happy and peaceful time. 
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7 hours ago, EdithS2 said:

Is it not kind of a relief to be done with Christmas, and the pressure it can bring? Time to get ready for New Year's Eve, and an exciting new No Buy project. 🍷

  • It was on December 26, 2006, that I first undertook a No Buy through a beauty forum. 
  • I woke up on that day really ill, and called in sick from work. When I felt better I went on the computer, of course. I think I was meant to be ill that day, because on a beauty forum (not this one, unfortunately), I read about people who were forming a pact of "not buying any more beauty products until I use up what I have". You know that moment when something just clicks for you? I felt instantly happier. This was for me, it gave me hope, and my depression lifted. 
  • In the days before New Year, I had a last shopping trip before the No Buy began. It was a fun, fulfilling, guilt free shopping trip with lunch out. At that time there was a big, special bath and Body Works store by me that had extra luxury brands. I got some great things in the end of year sale. I remember being so happy to find the Fresh Memoirs of a Geisha beauty products in the clearance bin. I had wanted them so badly when they were first released, but could not afford them. They had a rice powder face wash, and sake bath products. I got as a gift with purchase, a soft denim tote bag. I think I still have it. I should find it to use as my empties bag! 
  • I cleaned and organized my room, and every week I would vacuum it and clean it. I always kept everything arranged the exact way I had organized it at the beginning of the year. I remember a stack of glossy yellow boxes. Those were from Yellow Box Beauty, a beauty sub box that was around before Birchbox. She sent you lavish boxes. I should clean and reorganize my room this weekend. 
  • I was so happy on that project until May. Unfortunately I crashed because I fell and purchased something and could not get over it, but the whole project is a memory of a happy and peaceful time. 

Great!  I'm following your NO BUY.  It's soo hard not to buy, but following along with yours is a highlight for me. thanks for posting it up.  

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Christmas and my birthday have now passed. They have been tough, with very little relief from stress and strain. Work has been so hard. We are not getting time off for New Years Eve any more. And of course being on No Buy, I can't treat myself. I used to feel down if I could not go to the mall for Christmas and my birthday and get the Estee Lauder sets. If I got beauty gifts that were not from the department stores, I was disappointed, and had to go and buy them for myself. My brother made my Christmas and birthday special with the wonderful gifts he gave me. The beauty gifts were from the Dollar Tree for the most part, but I love them as much as I used to love the more expensive department store things. I truly mean that. Being on No Buy has made me less spoiled. For my birthday my brother got me a Mama Cass TV special DVD. He knows I love 60s music. This was a fabulous gift. I love Mama Cass. He also got me for Christmas a bath and body gift set from an English brand called Baylis & Harding. He said he bought it at Walgreens, and it is stunning. I checked out the brand's web site and it is a gorgeous brand. They had a lovely advent calendar-I'm not sure if it was available in the US or only in England. I found a new brand to love. Being on No Buy makes me appreciate things more and enjoy them more. 

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Thank you Makeup Talk family, for providing me this little room to post on my goals (I do go on and on and repeat myself) and for all of your support. It meant a lot, as I was finally able to stay on No Buy for an entire year. My No Buy is not ending, as it has become a normal habit for me, my hobby or lifestyle, something I enjoy.. I don't want to be a "Minimalist" or "Anti-Consumerist." I just want to watch my money so that I can live a nice life, and I want to get the maximum enjoyment out of the things I have. It's just a way of taking care of my life. In the past I was very wasteful with money and things, and I regret it. I could go on and on about it, but I'm too busy carrying on with my 2019 No Buy, which is habit and routine now, a well worn path. Thank you again for helping me. 

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5 hours ago, EdithS2 said:

Thank you Makeup Talk family, for providing me this little room to post on my goals (I do go on and on and repeat myself) and for all of your support. It meant a lot, as I was finally able to stay on No Buy for an entire year. My No Buy is not ending, as it has become a normal habit for me, my hobby or lifestyle, something I enjoy.. I don't want to be a "Minimalist" or "Anti-Consumerist." I just want to watch my money so that I can live a nice life, and I want to get the maximum enjoyment out of the things I have. It's just a way of taking care of my life. In the past I was very wasteful with money and things, and I regret it. I could go on and on about it, but I'm too busy carrying on with my 2019 No Buy, which is habit and routine now, a well worn path. Thank you again for helping me. 

Thank you for being such an inspiration and help to others while sharing your journey!! You have inspired me to take on the path as well. I'm so grateful that for the first time in years I didn't not shop last year like I used to. My purchases were thought out and I wasn't just shopping for the sake of shopping. The beginning was rough and I would get angry but as the time went on, I felt so much better. I'm now able to just look at new makeup and beauty items without having the need to purchase them or feeling left out or frustrated if I couldn't purchase them. I'm enjoying looking at beautiful things and will only purchase something if I absolutely need it and I'm mindful of the price and the money I'm spending. Thanks again @EdithS2 for being such an inspiration to the MakeupTalk family and sharing your journey and helping so many others in the process!!

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On 1/1/2019 at 12:18 PM, Reija said:

Thank you for being such an inspiration and help to others while sharing your journey!! You have inspired me to take on the path as well. I'm so grateful that for the first time in years I didn't not shop last year like I used to. My purchases were thought out and I wasn't just shopping for the sake of shopping. The beginning was rough and I would get angry but as the time went on, I felt so much better. I'm now able to just look at new makeup and beauty items without having the need to purchase them or feeling left out or frustrated if I couldn't purchase them. I'm enjoying looking at beautiful things and will only purchase something if I absolutely need it and I'm mindful of the price and the money I'm spending. Thanks again @EdithS2 for being such an inspiration to the MakeupTalk family and sharing your journey and helping so many others in the process!!

I agree.  Great inspiration!  Thank you for posting this and keeping us all on the edge of our seats.  I am not spending much these days either

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