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    Resolution "LOW-BUY" 2014! Who wants to play?

    After discussing our ever-growing collections on numerous occasions with a couple of my Specktra friends (Shellcat, Spikesmom, Serenityy, etc.) I got to thinking about my New Year's resolutions and how I could use some make-up collection therapy going into 2014. I purpose anyone who wants to try and commit to a low-buy in 2014 come together here for some moral support and collection advice! I am personally going to "try" and limit my purchases from each new LE MAC collection in 2014 to only THREE items. I know this will be a challenge, but I'm sure with some insight from my Specktras I can decide what items would be best for me instead of hauling everything without any real thought to what I purchase. I think this will help me appreciate my new items more and give them the love they deserve, while curbing my "out of control" collection. This will make us more discerning in our selections and force us to use what we already have a little more by shopping our current stashes for dupes.

    I know I have seen MANY times how we blame Specktra for causing our lemmings and insane growth of our collections. I think with all the knowledge and talent we have on this website, we could surely do the opposite and try to support each other in making more informed choices when it comes to new, LE collections.

    I think I can speak for many when I say my frustration with MAC, and how they work their LE releases, has reached a peak this past year. And I think enabling each other and mass hauling is only contributing to the problem. MAC knows we will keep coming back for more. So, with all this being considered, I wanted to create a place where those that want to still participate in new collections (while limiting their purchases) can come and get some critical analysis and honest feedback and support on "low buying" with their 2014 purchases.

    Like I stated before, I'm going to try to do a 3 item limit for each new collection...
    Set your own "limit" and let's see who wants to try this...
    Who's with me? Anyone?

    Happy New Year Makeup Lovers!!

    EDIT: Thought I would also copy and paste some links that have also been helpful to me when I'm trying to "shop my stash" which will be necessary for a successful "low buy!"

    http://www.specktra.net/t/184620/mac...-in-love-again
    http://www.specktra.net/t/181602/the...with-a-purpose
    http://www.specktra.net/t/182064/ope...up-all-welcome

    1/26/2014 EDIT: Our Low-Buy Swap Thread is up thanks to Miss @Naynadine! Please be active on this thread and have a notation in your signature so we know you're part of our group! #LowBuy #TeamLowBuy
    http://www.specktra.net/t/186362/tea...uy-swap-thread

    2/3/2104 EDIT: Our lovely @Anneri posted this blog link in the thread and I wanted to share it here as well for easy access...
    And here's a wonderful blogpost from a lady who worked in marketing at a large beauty business and chose to tell about all the little methods that are employed to make us buybuybuy. I enjoyed her blog and spent a lot of time browsing though her posts! Really enlightening.

    http://beautyandthebullshit.blogspot...ease-your.html



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    I'm so in! Its time to cut down and actually use my stuff!
    Thank you for making this thread.

    Let's all support one another!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Serenityy View Post
    I'm so in! Its time to cut down and actually use my stuff!
    Thank you for making this thread.

    Let's all support one another!
    YAY! I'm nervous but I think we can do this!
    It's like the little makeup addicts support group we've all joked about!
    Let the games begin!
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    Great thread idea, Pixie! I've already been ''low-buying'' this year and plan to continue to do so next year. I skipped most of this year's MAC collections completely, before that I used to buy several items from each release. So I'm doing good so far. I'm also in the process of selling stuff I haven't used in a while, extra backups, etc.
    The #1 reason I'm buying less MAC are the rising prices. I believe MAC is overpriced in Germany (and their customer service and the LE release drama is a mess), and since I don't have a Pro card I can't afford as much anyway. I have been cheating on MAC with other brands and it feels oh so good, lol.

    I don't want to set a limit of how many items, I just want to be more selective in general and make smarter choices. No shimmery/glittery products, no lipglosses, less nail polish. (that goes for all brands, not just MAC) Only stuff that is wearable in every day looks so I actually use it and don't just have it sitting in my collection collecting dust.

    We can do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naynadine View Post
    Great thread idea, Pixie! I've already been ''low-buying'' this year and plan to continue to do so next year. I skipped most of this year's MAC collections completely, before that I used to buy several items from each release. So I'm doing good so far. I'm also in the process of selling stuff I haven't used in a while, extra backups, etc.
    The #1 reason I'm buying less MAC are the rising prices. I believe MAC is overpriced in Germany (and their customer sevice and the LE release drama is a mess), and since I don't have a Pro card I can't afford as much anyway. I have been cheating on MAC with other brands and it feels oh so good, lol.

    I don't want to set a limit of how many items, I just want to be more selective in general and make smarter choices. No shimmery/glittery products, no lipglosses, less nail polish. (that goes for all brands, not just MAC) Only stuff that is wearable in every day looks so I actually use it and don't just have it sitting in my collection collecting dust.

    We can do it!
    YAYYYYYY!! We're sure happy you're here! We can definitely use your experience in this area since your already on the right path. I just want a place to go after checking the collection threads where I know I can really think out my selections with others who have the same goal... NOT buying EVERYTHING! When I just sit in the collection threads, I inevitably always haul more!

    I can't imagine paying full international MAC prices!! UGH! I always feel for our international ladies... that HAS to be rough!

    Any help you can offer here will be GREATLY appreciated! Sometimes voices of reason get lost in the sea of enabling... but I've always noticed your reserved approach. I just need to be somewhere that I won't fall back off the wagon. Setting the limit for me is a MUST, at least until I get the hauling mentality under control. It's like a forced guideline that I'm hoping will just end up being 2nd nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naynadine View Post
    Great thread idea, Pixie! I've already been ''low-buying'' this year and plan to continue to do so next year. I skipped most of this year's MAC collections completely, before that I used to buy several items from each release. So I'm doing good so far. I'm also in the process of selling stuff I haven't used in a while, extra backups, etc.
    The #1 reason I'm buying less MAC are the rising prices. I believe MAC is overpriced in Germany (and their customer service and the LE release drama is a mess), and since I don't have a Pro card I can't afford as much anyway. I have been cheating on MAC with other brands and it feels oh so good, lol.

    I don't want to set a limit of how many items, I just want to be more selective in general and make smarter choices. No shimmery/glittery products, no lipglosses, less nail polish. (that goes for all brands, not just MAC) Only stuff that is wearable in every day looks so I actually use it and don't just have it sitting in my collection collecting dust.

    We can do it!
    All the same for me ! I have bought less this year, been cheating with other brands lol (mmm Chanel). I will not set a limit for the number of items, since I can skip an entire collection... and then can splurge on the ones I love.
    I have skipped all the riri collections, will not buy anything from Punk Couture (beautiful colors but totally unwearable for me), only bought 3 items from Tropical Taboo, and so on... but I loved Induldge... so I induldged lol !
    My objective for now in make up is focusing on a pretty skin, so I will consider that I can buy any product that will follow this path (foundation, powders like MSFN, bb creams etc). I must avoid blushes, MSF's and eyeshadows. I never really liked glosses, I have a few so I'm good. My lipstick box is overstuffed, so I know I can't buy more if I don"t sell/swap !
    I feel pretty strong now and I hope everybody in this tread will !!! Set your goals !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deneb View Post
    All the same for me ! I have bought less this year, been cheating with other brands lol (mmm Chanel). I will not set a limit for the number of items, since I can skip an entire collection... and then can splurge on the ones I love.
    I have skipped all the riri collections, will not buy anything from Punk Couture (beautiful colors but totally unwearable for me), only bought 3 items from Tropical Taboo, and so on... but I loved Induldge... so I induldged lol !
    My objective for now in make up is focusing on a pretty skin, so I will consider that I can buy any product that will follow this path (foundation, powders like MSFN, bb creams etc). I must avoid blushes, MSF's and eyeshadows. I never really liked glosses, I have a few so I'm good. My lipstick box is overstuffed, so I know I can't buy more if I don"t sell/swap !
    I feel pretty strong now and I hope everybody in this tread will !!! Set your goals !
    Ha! Same here. I haven't worn much eye makeup this year, so I don't need more eyeshadows (maybe just a few more matte neutrals) and don't any liners either. I want to focus more on face products, I never really got into those, simply because my skin is so sensitive and also dry and super pale as well, so shopping for foundations and the like has always been difficult for me. But I want to try more concealers, highlighters, and I want to get more itno contouring as well.
    Blushes are my weak spot, so I'm definitely not setting a limit there. I do want to use what I have for now (40+ MAC ones plus a couple of high end ones), but if a unique one comes my way I won't say no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naynadine View Post
    It is rough. But those prices also make it easier to skip and buy high end brands instead, since they're not much more expensive.
    But I must admit, if I could get MAC for the US prices and with a pro discount on top of that I'm sure I'd buy more... so maybe I'm not that much of a help after all.

    I will need a voice of reason when it comes to Mineralize products. I'm kind of addicted to them, but most of them are quite shimmery, so I don't really need them. But they just look so pretty and tempting...

    I'm looking forward to chat with you lovely ladies here.


    Ha! Same here. I haven't worn much eye makeup this year, so I don't need more eyeshadows (maybe just a few more matte neutrals) and don't any liners either. I want to focus more on face products, I never really got into those, simply because my skin is so sensitive and also dry and super pale as well, so shopping for foundations and the like has always been difficult for me. But I want to try more concealers, highlighters, and I want to get more itno contouring as well.
    Blushes are my weak spot, so I'm definitely not setting a limit there. I do want to use what I have for now (40+ MAC ones plus a couple of high end ones), but if a unique one comes my way I won't say no.
    See.... THIS is great! The fact that you are both able to recognize where your collection has holes and specifically where you might have a weakness! I think once I get to where you both are... I will be in a MUCH better place. Being around others who are focused on a more controlled way of filling out their collections will help me a ton!
    It IS makeup and it WILL not last forever. So hauling and hoarding it seems more and more senseless to me every time I do it. If I restrict myself at least at the beginning, I will be forced to really get items I will use! I'm actually excited to do this! YAY!
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    Just had this conversation with my RL makeup buddies and enablers. My sister and my good friend Sandra. ( both Specktra lurkers). My intention was to go on a 30 day No buy starting in Jan but I like the idea of a low buy more. Actually its more realistic. Count me in!
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    Totally in, girlie!!! Great idea, my collection is out of hand!

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    Should slink right on out of here

    Believe it or not (you can laugh if you want) I actually went about 40 days without buying any makeup Its true! Then I fell off the wagon with the 3 new Nars ls - which I LOVE, & then I bought the blush...& some TF. So, I guess it didn't last long, but I was able to do it.

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    I'm in! I've been doing really well with the MAC collections lately anyway. I can't remember everything that's been out lately, but I have only 2 holiday items (one MSF & a l/g set), no retro mattes, no riri holiday, etc... My interest in other brands is growing though. I hope I don't just replace MAC with other brands. I have some new Bobbi Brown things that I LOVE, so that's a little scary for me since I'm dying to order more!
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    This is so awesome! WELCOME ladies!! At first I was afraid maybe it was going to be just Serenityy and me! She assured me others would come join our "fun"... but in this world of enabling I wasn't sure if this thread would be all that popular! I was afraid I might get kicked off Specktra for such blasphemy! LOL BUTTTT this ROCKS! The more, the merrier... and the more MUCH NEEDED support! We are ALL going to need it! LOL

    Now onto YOU miss elegant... heehee... I'm super happy to see you here! You are THE BEST at suggesting great stuff! MANY of your recs are HG status for me. Just don't tempt us on here with your multiple purchases... you're the QUEEN of enabling for me! So be super picky and only tell me the things I NEED...

    I swear Specktra created this with elegant in mind SPECIFICALLY! It even kinda looks like her with the sweeping dark hair!!
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    This is such a great idea, and it comes at a perfect time for me! I am also planning on going on a low-buy. Since I probably have close to 100 lipsticks, I think I'd like to slow way down on buying those. If I buy a lipstick, it needs to be a unique color to my collection and one that will get worn often.

    I also need to focus more on buying tools instead of more colors. If I had some better quality brushes, I could do more with what I have. I'm also keeping myself on a no-buy from MAC since I've found products that work better for me.

    My nail polish collection has also grown to 300+, so I'm going to be cleaning some out when I move. I'm also going to make an inventory of them based on color, as I'm pretty sure I don't need any more purples or blues for a lifetime! Since I'm planning on entering a more conservative career after I finish my degree, I'm going to go on a mission to find unique, work-safe colors instead!

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    I'm SO in. Until October, I bought far less this year than I did in 2012 (when I essentially purged my entire makeup collection and started from scratch). I'm embarrassed to see that I easily hit Rouge this year at Sephora. That's ridiculous. Beyond that, I've had my fill of MAC and their business practices and I have no desire to incent them continuing to operate the way they do. I went on a binge in October, tried out a bunch of new brands, and deliberately bought pretty much everything I'd need over the coming year. I did that to take advantage of reasonably priced holiday packs or Sephora savings (Ocho Loco 2, MAC CSGs, Ambient Palette and powders, Laura Mercier Artist Palette, Naked 2 and 3, 2 Inglot Freedom palettes while in NY) and because I knew my husband was leaving his job this month. I've put some aside for Christmas and birthday (January) gifts from others and have all I need for the forseeable future. I do still like MAC lippies, but I'll continue to BTM for those.

    I love the Inglot shadows I got, so what did I just do (over the phone)? Order another 10 palette from Montreal. The shadows are gorgeous, but I only have two eyes.I have three b/u lippies and TEN l/g or CSGs in the fridge unopened. What am I thinking?

    I'm sure I'll need to buy certain replacement items (skincare, perhaps foundation although I'm going to try to get through the four open bottles I have), but beyond that there isn't one reason why I need to buy a darned thing. I just bought FIVE large eyeshadow palettes. FIVE. How many did I need. ZERO.

    I'm going to go well past 'three per collection'. I'm going to try for...hm....no more than 8-10 items in the entire year, including BTM lippies and replacement items like foundation. That means I can buy a very few items that I absolutely love, but nothing else. I need to work through my stash.

    Great idea, Pixie. We need to keep each other strong.
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    Ok - to help myself out, I just unsubscribed from NARS, Shu Uemura, Ulta, Urban Decay, Sally Beauty, Inglot Canada and Body Shop. It's easier to resist temptation if you're not getting daily 'reminders' of new products and sales that make it just too easy to buy products that aren't strictly required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audrey C View Post
    Ok - to help myself out, I just unsubscribed from NARS, Shu Uemura, Ulta, Urban Decay, Sally Beauty, Inglot Canada and Body Shop. It's easier to resist temptation if you're not getting daily 'reminders' of new products and sales that make it just too easy to buy products that aren't strictly required.
    That's a great idea! There are far too many stores that give out online coupons once a month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knope2012 View Post
    That's a great idea! There are far too many stores that give out online coupons once a month
    I know, and it's often enough to prompt us into buying things we don't really need. I did keep my Sephora email going because I don't want to miss coupons/emails from them. Everything else? Gone baby gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audrey C View Post
    I know, and it's often enough to prompt us into buying things we don't really need. I did keep my Sephora email going because I don't want to miss coupons/emails from them. Everything else? Gone baby gone.
    I'm trying to follow your example, and I just unsubscribed from about 10 stores. I can't subscribe from Sephora though; it would hurt too much

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    This is such a great idea, Pixie! I'm definitely in. It's so easy to get all wrapped up in the excitement of a new collection and get even more carried away when you see all the pretty colours and sparkles. I know I have more makeup than I'll ever use and I don't even get backups of anything (except RiRi Woo). I really think if we all band together and disable instead of enable, we can do this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audrey C View Post
    I'm SO in. Until October, I bought far less this year than I did in 2012 (when I essentially purged my entire makeup collection and started from scratch). I'm embarrassed to see that I easily hit Rouge this year at Sephora. That's ridiculous. Beyond that, I've had my fill of MAC and their business practices and I have no desire to incent them continuing to operate the way they do. I went on a binge in October, tried out a bunch of new brands, and deliberately bought pretty much everything I'd need over the coming year. I did that to take advantage of reasonably priced holiday packs or Sephora savings (Ocho Loco 2, MAC CSGs, Ambient Palette and powders, Laura Mercier Artist Palette, Naked 2 and 3, 2 Inglot Freedom palettes while in NY) and because I knew my husband was leaving his job this month. I've put some aside for Christmas and birthday (January) gifts from others and have all I need for the forseeable future. I do still like MAC lippies, but I'll continue to BTM for those.

    I love the Inglot shadows I got, so what did I just do (over the phone)? Order another 10 palette from Montreal. The shadows are gorgeous, but I only have two eyes.I have three b/u lippies and TEN l/g or CSGs in the fridge unopened. What am I thinking?

    I'm sure I'll need to buy certain replacement items (skincare, perhaps foundation although I'm going to try to get through the four open bottles I have), but beyond that there isn't one reason why I need to buy a darned thing. I just bought FIVE large eyeshadow palettes. FIVE. How many did I need. ZERO.

    I'm going to go well past 'three per collection'. I'm going to try for...hm....no more than 8-10 items in the entire year, including BTM lippies and replacement items like foundation. That means I can buy a very few items that I absolutely love, but nothing else. I need to work through my stash.

    Great idea, Pixie. We need to keep each other strong.
    I am convincing myself that I too need to commit to a no buy challenge. It's a great idea. Then I saw this! You can finally order inglot eyeshadows in Canada!? I have 22 days to commit.

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    I LOVE that you're all here! I def agree w Audrey C that those email subscriptions and "deals" are a HUGE part of the issue apart from the Specktra enabling. So thanks for that helpful pointer girl! I'm doing this now myself! See.... Already getting on the right track. Get this last few weeks out of your systems cause we are going into 2014 LOW-BUY strong!!! Remember... the key is to anti-enable. Suggest dupes and more personalized recommendations. Ideas on how we can shop our stashes. Maybe by the end of the year we'll know each other so well we could even do a thread swap! Getting rid of stuff we know doesn't work for us that might be perfect for another member here! That way we are re-distributing rather than just endlessly purchasing! Let's get the ideas rolling in now on how to proceed in this thread so we don't get off track. I love this thread more already!!
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    I'll definitely be hanging out in this thread in the new year. I need some de-enabling in 2014!
    I've pretty much got everything that I could possibly need makeup wise. Now it's time to use up and refine my collection.

    I'm sooo over impulse/hyped up buying.
    Also, if I can't see myself wearing a product often throughout the week - then it's a no buy! Time to buy stuff that suits me and will get used.
    Skin care and foundation I will still splurge on when it needs restocking but I'm going to be a lot more stricter when it comes to makeup.

    I'm loving this thread already, Pixie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odelia View Post
    I'll definitely be hanging out in this thread in the new year. I need some de-enabling in 2014!
    I've pretty much got everything that I could possibly need makeup wise. Now it's time to use up and refine my collection.

    I'm sooo over impulse/hyped up buying.
    Also, if I can't see myself wearing a product often throughout the week - then it's a no buy! Time to buy stuff that suits me and will get used.
    Skin care and foundation I will still splurge on when it needs restocking but I'm going to be a lot more stricter when it comes to makeup.

    I'm loving this thread already, Pixie!

    *Looks away from Inglot Canada posts*
    Sorry, sorry! It was an admission of guilt, not encouragement for others to do it. NO buying. NO. (Someone needed to do this to me a few hours ago so I could have dodged the order).
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    I'm definitely in! I need to do a little bit of "shopping my own collection" this next year! I'm going to try to limit myself to one or two items a month.

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    Defintely in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odelia View Post
    I'll definitely be hanging out in this thread in the new year. I need some de-enabling in 2014!
    I've pretty much got everything that I could possibly need makeup wise. Now it's time to use up and refine my collection.

    I'm sooo over impulse/hyped up buying.
    Also, if I can't see myself wearing a product often throughout the week - then it's a no buy! Time to buy stuff that suits me and will get used.
    Skin care and foundation I will still splurge on when it needs restocking but I'm going to be a lot more stricter when it comes to makeup.

    I'm loving this thread already, Pixie!

    *Looks away from Inglot Canada posts*
    I'm going to try to buy only products I'll wear often too. I have two orange blushes and about six or seven bright pink ones, and they're often too "much" to wear often. I also have a lot of bright eyeshadows that are too much work for every day. Skin care and foundation are definitely worth splurging on! I've bought a lot of products in the last few months and I'm looking forward to focusing on them. I got a new blush from Sephora in the mail today (from the gift card sale) and it's perfect because it's soft and easy to wear.

    Quote: Originally Posted by PixieDancer

    I LOVE that you're all here! I def agree w Audrey C that those email subscriptions and "deals" are a HUGE part of the issue apart from the Specktra enabling. So thanks for that helpful pointer girl! I'm doing this now myself! See.... Already getting on the right track.
    Get this last few weeks out of your systems cause we are going into 2014 LOW-BUY strong!!!
    Remember... the key is to anti-enable. Suggest dupes and more personalized recommendations. Ideas on how we can shop our stashes. Maybe by the end of the year we'll know each other so well we could even do a thread swap! Getting rid of stuff we know doesn't work for us that might be perfect for another member here! That way we are re-distributing rather than just endlessly purchasing!
    Let's get the ideas rolling in now on how to proceed in this thread so we don't get off track.
    I love this thread more already!!
    Wonderful idea! I love the idea of focusing on our stashes and anti-enabling. I've always loved the collection threads here, but it's only a week and we're on to the next buys. I might even do some more purging before I move, because I know there are a lot of things I love that I've forgotten about and a lot of only okay things that I won't use again.

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    I love the low-buy resolution is a lot more realistic than non-buy(which i never succeed). 3 items of a collection is a reasonable goal. My lipstick collection got out of control this year so i really need to take wiser decisions from now on.I also NEED to stop buying foundations,i have 8 in rotation with 6 of them being practically new and i don't even wear makeup every day. Now what about other brands,what do you girls think?i'm thinking of allowing myself one item per month.The good thing is that without the limited edition craze one can have a list and indulge slowly.

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    I think the idea of a low-buy, combined with shopping one's stash, is much more reasonable than a no-buy. So yay to Pixie for starting this thread! :hug: Personally, I don't buy a ton from LE collections at the moment, though I will say one of the upcoming NARS collections has me seriously tempted to buy more than I should and can afford. So for one, I'm going to hope that the items in it are going to be permanent and not LE, so I can delay said urges. Actually, that could be a good idea. Focus on items that are permanently available at any time instead of all the LE stuff! I also love Knope's idea of focusing on tools and not colours. On the other hand that could be an Achilles heel for a brush junkie. :nods: * * * So for myself... Where to stop: pre-made eyeshadow palettes (I've got five -- three UD and two Sleek -- palettes to get through!), mascara (I've probably got enough to last till summer), eye liner (which will be easy, I think, as I don't use many non-neutral colours), lipstick (got enough colours for now), lipgloss (ditto), foundation (for now), concealer Where to slow down: lip liner (I've recently ordered another one after adding two to my stash; I've probably got enough for the moment!), single eyeshadows (I've got loads to get through; will buy only if it's a super-unique colour or something I consider an essential), brushes (will buy only to replace), blushes And I've got a box of stuff that I want to get rid of that I'm not going to use or finish. My collection is pretty modest compared to a lot of yours, but even I could stand to use more of the products I already own. :nods:
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    Thanks for telling me about this thread, PixieDancer!
    This is definitely what I need for 2014, LOL.

    I tried to do a low-buy this year, but I failed miserably. The thing is that sometimes I don't buy anything in, like, 2 or 3 weeks and I'm completely happy with it. However, most of the time I get frustrated and unhappy if I can't buy anything (mainly because I'm usually broke ) and this is what really frightens me. A few weeks ago I didn't have any money left for makeup, so I hadn't bought anything in 3 weeks, and I became really frustrated and angry. It got better when I got to MAC and bought a lipstick (that I didn't really need, let's be honest). I definitely need to work on that. I'd be kidding if I thought I could do a 360 and change completely; that's not even what I want. I just want to buy less makeup and focus more on clothing and, if it has to be makeup, high end and not drugstore makeup (which does nothing for me; I'll just use it for a couple of times and then forget about it). I want to spend my money on high quality clothes and shoes - currently I'm saving money for a Michael Kors handbag - most of his bags are not that expensive but nevertheless I need to save a decent amount of money.
    Anyway - I don't want to buy any more eyeshadows and I need to stop hoarding lipsticks asap! I don't know what happended to me - I've always been a lipgloss-kind-of-girl but over the past few years lipsticks have slowly become my favourite. I'm only going to buy one if I'm sure I will wear it on a regular basis (That's why I haven't bought Rebel yet. I'm so in love with the colour, yet I don't know if I can pull it off and if I'll even wear it at all.). I also should stop buying blushes and nail polish, even though I'm not a nail polish hoarder. I've problably got about 20-25 nail polishes which is enough for me. The same goes for skincare. No problem there. Only with makeup.
    As I said; I don't want to stop buying completely (wouldn't work anyway, LOL) - I just need to buy less.

    I'm thinking about setting up a drawer or something where I can put my makeup in and change the products on a weekly basis because I've got so many products that I haven't used in weeks or even months and that needs to change.

    Well, I'll be rooting for you, ladies, and I'm pretty sure you can do it!

    PS: Excuse any mistakes or confusing sentence structure; I really need to go to bed now.

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