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And it became really obvious that I needed to go on a no-buy. I have so much stuff, and some of it has barely even been used! I checked the mail this morning, and the giant elf order I had placed last week had arrived. So, that's even more stuff that has found its way into my collection. Plus, I just ordered some stuff from MAC! o_O

I was originally going to be going on a low-buy for 3 months, but after taking inventory, it's become apparent that a no-buy is what I need instead. So, here are the things for my 6 month no-buy that begins on March 1 that I hope will help me succeed!

1. My husband and I are hooking up all of our accounts to Mint.com. Basically, he'll now be able to see everything I buy, so since I won't be able to keep a lot of my purchases on the down low, I think this will really help me think twice if I consider buying anything.

2. I'm deleting all emails from any makeup-related websites. If I don't know what kinds of deals Sephora is having, I certainly won't be tempted! I'm actually considering having my husband password block all sites like Ulta and Sephora.

3. I'm avoid Sephora and the cosmetic sections of all stores. If I run out of something that I don't have a backup of (which is really, really unlikely), then I'll venture into the cosmetic section with my husband in tow--he's really good at talking me out of any impulse buys.

4. I'm deleting all of my makeup subs except for my Birchbox. I think having one thing arriving each month will help me get through.

5. I'm not going to limit myself to a project 10 pan. I tried this in the past, and I ended up getting really bored with the 10 products I was working through, so I ended up buying stuff. I'm going to be continuing my project purge, but any products I have will be used. I think that having a lot of variety will help me make it through a no-buy successfully.

If anyone else has done a no-buy and has any advice, I'd love to hear it! :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
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You are a brave soul. I REALLY need to do this. I cannot cancel my subscriptions, I will be so bored...plus I have a year of birchbox.  But I'm hoping I can manage at least for the month of March to not buy anything, other than my subscriptions. 

 
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Just looking at my collection growing has convinced me to go on a no buy for a couple months!

When I got to MUT, this is what I had:



Then it transformed into this:



That quickly grew into this:



And as of today:



 
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hahahaha, oh my! MuT is definitely not a good place to try and go on a no buy. In the month and a half or so that I've been posting here, I have purchased SO MUCH STUFF. I've always been a shopaholic, but this is not helping. I don't think I can resist Ulta, though. At least not for more than 2 weeks. 

 
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Me 2! I need to stick to my subs for March. Its gonna be hard...I don't know how long I can stay away from sephora. I will do my best to support you if i see you being naughty

 

Originally Posted by Playedinloops /img/forum/go_quote.gif

You are a brave soul. I REALLY need to do this. I cannot cancel my subscriptions, I will be so bored...plus I have a year of birchbox.  But I'm hoping I can manage at least for the month of March to not buy anything, other than my subscriptions. 

 
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March - May is going to be Subs only. No going to stores!

 
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Yikes! You have been naughty, I love it!
 

Originally Posted by Pancua /img/forum/go_quote.gif

Just looking at my collection growing has convinced me to go on a no buy for a couple months!

When I got to MUT, this is what I had:



Then it transformed into this:



That quickly grew into this:



And as of today:


 
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I keep thinking about how big my polish collection has gotten since last September when I moved...and I'm ashamed now, lol. I had MAYBE 10 bottles last summer. I now have close to 100. : 

 
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WoW Pan! I love the progression pictures! You certainly have a lot now!

Ladygrey - I'm doing the same thing and I wish you the best! I cancelled all but BA. I broke my no-buy though and bought the salon express nail stamper, a bottle of essie luxeffects, Sally's Gem crush in big money and a set of peacock press-ons. OH and Physicians formula Kohl liner. Im proud though that the only "makeup" I bought were the kohl liners! I almost bought the shimmer strip in Waikiki strip! I put it back though!

 
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I bought 13 bottles of nail polish in January


 

Originally Posted by Playedinloops /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I keep thinking about how big my polish collection has gotten since last September when I moved...and I'm ashamed now, lol. I had MAYBE 10 bottles last summer. I now have close to 100. : 

 
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You have a great plan in place. I wish you luck! I think deleting all the emails will be very helpful. Every morning I wake up to all these emails w/ sales & its hard not to resist.

 

Originally Posted by ladygrey /img/forum/go_quote.gif

And it became really obvious that I needed to go on a no-buy. I have so much stuff, and some of it has barely even been used! I checked the mail this morning, and the giant elf order I had placed last week had arrived. So, that's even more stuff that has found its way into my collection. Plus, I just ordered some stuff from MAC! o_O

I was originally going to be going on a low-buy for 3 months, but after taking inventory, it's become apparent that a no-buy is what I need instead. So, here are the things for my 6 month no-buy that begins on March 1 that I hope will help me succeed!

1. My husband and I are hooking up all of our accounts to Mint.com. Basically, he'll now be able to see everything I buy, so since I won't be able to keep a lot of my purchases on the down low, I think this will really help me think twice if I consider buying anything.

2. I'm deleting all emails from any makeup-related websites. If I don't know what kinds of deals Sephora is having, I certainly won't be tempted! I'm actually considering having my husband password block all sites like Ulta and Sephora.

3. I'm avoid Sephora and the cosmetic sections of all stores. If I run out of something that I don't have a backup of (which is really, really unlikely), then I'll venture into the cosmetic section with my husband in tow--he's really good at talking me out of any impulse buys.

4. I'm deleting all of my makeup subs except for my Birchbox. I think having one thing arriving each month will help me get through.

5. I'm not going to limit myself to a project 10 pan. I tried this in the past, and I ended up getting really bored with the 10 products I was working through, so I ended up buying stuff. I'm going to be continuing my project purge, but any products I have will be used. I think that having a lot of variety will help me make it through a no-buy successfully.

If anyone else has done a no-buy and has any advice, I'd love to hear it! :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
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Pancua: Oh my gosh, that's the exact same thing that my collection has done! I think after the rest of my items that I ordered arrive, I'll post a picture of my collection at the start of the no-buy! I now have an embarrasingly large amount of beauty stuff.

Playedinloops: I feel you--ever since I joined this site, my hauls have become pretty epic. I buy stuff all the time now, and the people in my apartment office tease me about getting packages. I know it's all good and fun, but honestly, I get pretty embarrassed when I have to go down there to pick something up. Once it was 4 boxes. 4!!

Isabelsjewelry: Good luck to you too, and hopefully in this no-buy forum we can offer support to each other! I'm only keeping one sub, too. And don't worry, just gotta hop back on board the no-buy bus! I bought a ton of MAC stuff today, so don't feel too bad. Even though my no-buy technically starts on Thursday, I've been trying to gradually reduce purchases. 

But on a good news note, I resisted buying some Pixi stuff from Hautelook last night! I had all the items in my cart and was checking out when I was just like, "What the hell am I doing? I don't really even want this crap all that much!" So, I put my card away and closed out of the window. :D /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" /> That's a step in the right direction, right?

 
 
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Originally Posted by ladygrey /img/forum/go_quote.gif

Playedinloops: I feel you--ever since I joined this site, my hauls have become pretty epic. I buy stuff all the time now, and the people in my apartment office tease me about getting packages. I know it's all good and fun, but honestly, I get pretty embarrassed when I have to go down there to pick something up. Once it was 4 boxes. 4!!
Bhahahahahahah, omg me too. I have 3 packages to pick up after work today. Our apartment manager keeps a tally of me and one other girl to see who gets the most packages each month, lol. For a few weeks, I was in there every day. It's gotta stop. 

 
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Hahaha, I hope they don't do that with me! But starting in March, they won't have anything to tease me about (hopefully), so I can actually take the rent check down without shame lol. Good luck on cutting back! All of us makeup addicts are definitely going to need it!
 

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Bhahahahahahah, omg me too. I have 3 packages to pick up after work today. Our apartment manager keeps a tally of me and one other girl to see who gets the most packages each month, lol. For a few weeks, I was in there every day. It's gotta stop. 

 
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I don't have an incredibly large amount of make-up, but for what I end up using and the space available in my one-bedroom teeny tiny apartment I should definitely go on a no-buy.  I'm considering buying an Unii palette or something similar to help conserve space.  But shopping is hard to resist... it always seems like there is that one particular type of product I need to get (like an angled eyeliner brush, or a brow powder) and in my hunt for it I find all sorts of other products to splurge on.  At least splurging on Ulta helps in the way of finances compared to splurging at Sephoras. 

 
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Ok, gals, I'm in....like the rest of ya, this board (which I LOVE) has inspired me to the point where I MAY have gotten a bit out of control. So, here it is: In the month of March, I will not pay for any beauty items outside of my subscriptions. This gives me two loopholes: I have a BIG stack of CVS ECBs that I am allowed to use (and if I coupon smartly, can roll them) and I am not deleting any subs this month. I will go ahead and do the Sindulge (at least for this month) and I will be cancelling my second BB after the TV box ships--and I have this funny, sneaking feeling that I will also be cancelling MG after the March billing....so even that will be under control.

Thankfully, I picked up the Capitol Colors Collection today so that I won't be "dying" over that :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />

And this doesn't start till March 1st for me. So if I think of anything that I need, I still have tomorrow to pick it up. LOL

 
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Originally Posted by calexxia /img/forum/go_quote.gif

Ok, gals, I'm in....like the rest of ya, this board (which I LOVE) has inspired me to the point where I MAY have gotten a bit out of control. So, here it is: In the month of March, I will not pay for any beauty items outside of my subscriptions. This gives me two loopholes: I have a BIG stack of CVS ECBs that I am allowed to use (and if I coupon smartly, can roll them) and I am not deleting any subs this month. I will go ahead and do the Sindulge (at least for this month) and I will be cancelling my second BB after the TV box ships--and I have this funny, sneaking feeling that I will also be cancelling MG after the March billing....so even that will be under control.

Thankfully, I picked up the Capitol Colors Collection today so that I won't be "dying" over that :) /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" />

And this doesn't start till March 1st for me. So if I think of anything that I need, I still have tomorrow to pick it up. LOL
lol capitol colors is the only nail polish I will allow myself to buy! My sister is keeping an eye out at cosmoprof for me, because my sally's has been out. :( /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" /> 

 
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I ordered every single color! I'm so freaking excited, I just can't wait. But yeah...12 nail polishes at one time is the most I've ever bought, so hopefully over the next few months I can work on getting that collection under control as well.
 

Originally Posted by Playedinloops /img/forum/go_quote.gif

lol capitol colors is the only nail polish I will allow myself to buy! My sister is keeping an eye out at cosmoprof for me, because my sally's has been out. :( /emoticons/[email protected] 2x" width="20" height="20" /> 

 
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Originally Posted by ladygrey /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I ordered every single color! I'm so freaking excited, I just can't wait. But yeah...12 nail polishes at one time is the most I've ever bought, so hopefully over the next few months I can work on getting that collection under control as well.
I bought Zoya's entire true collection and all 3 fleck effects at once, so that was 11 polishes, which is my high. lol I NEED TO BEHAVE.

 
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Haha, ME TOO. Especially since my husband's car has been having some major issues, with repairs that will cost around $1000. This no-buy deal is starting at the perfect time! Now, to make sure it actually is successful...
 

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 lol I NEED TO BEHAVE.

 

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