Originally Posted by Audrey C
This. After awhile, unless something so gorgeous that it can't be passed up comes along there just isn't the same inclination to buy. If it's pretty but almost the same as something we already have (sometimes several versions of), I don't see much of a point. I've been here before with makeup stashes; the last time I reached capacity (and I had less than I do now because I had considerably less money back then), I just basically stopped buying anything other than basics like powder and foundation and the odd lippie for several years. I used things up (and yes, it's possible to hit pan on most of a large palette) or just finally got tired of them.
I'm about there now. I can't say that a gorgeous lippie, e/s, MSF or beauty powder won't come out that will draw me in but there really aren't any holes left in my collection and I hate having stuff I never use. I should know better than to do that; if I'm ambivalent about a product or fall in love with it based on how it looks on others (who don't have my colouring or skin type) then I inevitably end up gifting it away. So now if I get something and don't really like it, I'm not keeping it.
The 2013 buying criteria I'm going to try implementing is:
- Do I LOVE it? If no, pass. I have no room left for 'okays'. If yes, next question.
- Do I have something so similar that only one of the products will end up being used? If no, whohoo! Get it. If yes, next question.
- Am I tired of the original version and willing to BTM or give it away? If yes, am I sure this product won't be the same in 6 months?
- I think most items won't make it past questions 1 or 2. Now I just have to be disciplined and not make rationalizations.
I love that strategy and should totally adopt it. The trick is to avoid rationalizations and not be sucked in by the hype! I like to place myself on very specific no buys, for example, no more Lustre lippies because I have too many or no more pink frosts. Currently I am on a no buy for all glosses unless incredibly unique, no nude lippies and no more blue based red lippies. I should go on a blush no buy soon too, but not sure I have the discipline.