Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#lowbuy #nobuy FAIL & READJUSTMENT


As some of you know, I have been researching better ways to utilize my makeup collection, as well as, better ways to manage the amount of money I spend on beauty/skincare products every month. I actually totaled up my eyeshadow palette collection yesterday and in eyeshadow palettes alone, both customizable and premade/readymade palettes, I have a whopping total of 648 palettes. These palettes are divided into the following areas: customizable, high-end, large, small high-end, luxury, & affordable. I have a significant number of blushes, highlighters, face palettes, foundations, powders, skin & body care products, and I even have a backup box. I have said, and will continue to say that I am not ashamed of the number of products I own, nor am I on a journey towards minimalism. I am simply looking at why and how much money I spend on beauty, skin & body care products. I have many products that I adore, but I don’t get the opportunity to use them as much because of the excess of products I have. I also I have products that I purchased last year that I still have not used. Over the last 6 months, I have donated and given many things away to others that I think would get better use out of my products. The guide below is a method to help me use and abuse my current stash, and pull back on excessive buying. I AM A COLLECTOR. I pay my bills, I give to others in many ways, I do not have children, nor am I married, so my income is my own to spend as I choose, so please keep that in mind. I have sold many items on Mercari and Poshmark, but the temptation is great to recycle that many in the form of buying more cosmetic items. Now, this guide may not be cutthroat enough for YOU, but TRUST ME, this is a serious tone down in spending and excessive collecting. I AM A VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD PERSON AND I GENUINELY DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF ME BECAUSE I AM AN AMAZING PERSON, BUT I REALIZE THAT MY COLLECTION IS EXCESSIVE AND I OWN THAT. I would love to hear your thoughts.
***Side note!!! I am a part of a fabulous group on Facebook that focuses on "panning" various beauty products and I am enjoying learning more about others that have large collections and how they manage their spending and the compulsion to buy new items. Click HERE to learn about Pantastic Ladies Collab!

Beauty Finances #nobuy #lowbuy

1.     $100 Beauty/Cosmetics Budget per Month, not including subscription boxes

2.     9 Eyeshadow Brands Allowed To Purchase From Throughout the remainder of 2018
a.       Natasha Denona
b.       Kat Von D
c.        Colourpop
d.       Juvia’s Place
e.       Anastasia Beverly Hills
f.        Lorac
g.       Coloured Raine
h.       Tarte
i.        Violet Voss

3.   Total of 1 non-allowed eyeshadow brand purchase(s) per month (mostly so I have the opportunity to support Indie Brands)

4.   Total of ZERO non-essential items per month with the exception of the following (Essential items include cotton balls, deodorant, q-tips, face wipes  ➨

5.   Exception made during Ulta Prestige 20% off sale and VIB Rouge Sale: In the month of the sale(s), cannot purchase more than $250 in products and all #nobuy products are eligible for purchase. If both sales occur in the same month, the total amount spent cannot exceed $275. #nobuy products are eligible for purchase with a limit of one #nobuy item from (2) categories of choice, i.e. Blush, Highlighters, etc.

6.   Strict #nobuys (with the exception of the above-stated circumstances)
  • No blushes
  • No lip products
  • No highlighters
  • No eyeliners
  • No mascaras
  • No single shadows
  • No primers
  • No face powders or setting powders with the exception of the following powders: Too Faced Foundation Powder, Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder, Too Faced Mattifying Setting Powder, Lorac Perfection Powder
  • No brushes
  • No skincare, with the exception of no available backup
  • No body care
  • No concealers

7.   Foundations – Must pare down foundation collection to no more than 6 foundations by the end of 2018
8.   Subscription Boxes – No more than 2 active subscription boxes a month with a total not to exceed $40
9.   Mandatory quarterly evaluation of inventory: January, April, August, December
10.  Makeup Rehab Inventory to be completed by September 1,2019 (It takes a long to time to input everything)

12.  The goal is to declutter at least 150 eyeshadow palettes by the end of the year AND NOT TO PURCHASE MORE THAN 12 EYESHADOW PALETTE TOTAL UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR (STARTING FROM 08/01/2018).