Resolution LOW-BUY 2018

VAL4M

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Beauty/makeup Purchases: Oh boy! I went over budget with my allotted spending this year.Next year I'm definitely going to create a separate budget for my hair care items. I purchased 2 path McGrath palettes the bronze ambition and the holiday opulence bronze temptation very beautiful, pigmented, great quality, and worth the 10% off both palettes. I purchased 2 Nest perfumes, in black tulip, and Cocoa woods. Cocoa Woods reminds me of my much loved and discontinued Jo Malone fragrance in Blue Aguava and cacao. I picked up a back up of my Clarisonic MIA 2,I made the right decision since the reviews aren't great at all! I purchased the ND cranberry palette was NOT impressed so I returned it, the cranberry palette paled in comparison to The Path Mcgrath palettes I purchased much better quality!! for the price! last but not least, OFRA highlighter in blind the haters, I got 10 bucks off so I picked it up.

Clothing and accessories- t-shirts to wear under my sweaters at 40% off.

Total spent for (Beauty/make-up)this month = $415.00-total spent for the year 1715.00/1400.00

Gave Away /Disposed Of/Used UP:

Gave away: My contour palette from make-up geek, I no longer counter so It didn't make sense keeping it,
and 4 eyeshadows from my custom made cool tone palette, I was gifted a belated birthday gift of Sydney grace eyeshadows so my Sydney grace shadows will replace the ones I'm giving away. I'm impressed by the mattes quality.

Disposed of:
nothing

Used Up: MAC Lipsticks in high tea, freckle tone, and an old MAC lusture lipstick in laugh-a-lot I planned to use my back to MAC to re-purchase both high tea and freckle tone, but I just found out that both shades have been discontinued. I loved laugh-a-lot, and would re-purchase but it's an LE item, TF indian rose is dupe, but I'm not comfortable spending $55 bucks on a lipstick!! I'll have to visit Mac and find some replacement shades. Clinique melt away balm,Shulwasoo cleanser.

Will Dispose Of: nothing.
On The Horizon:
I'm waiting on the Sephora VIB sale to pick up the Laniege face mask, sheshido cotton pads, sephora brand face wipes, Beautylish 20 dollar gift card event, I purchased a few brushes to include backups of my favorites, and a blue squirrel hair brush that has been on my brush list for a long time. I also plan on picking up new brush releases from Sonia G and Wayne Goss.

Favorites of the month:
Sonia G cheek brush, MAC 249 brush, Tom Ford cream shadow in spice.MUFE foundation water blend y505, Viseart warm mattes palette, cover fx setting spray the matte version, smashbox primer in oil free version. Sonia G pencil two, Worker two, and builder two, WG #19 eye brush, MAC 221 brush.
Love cocoa wood only purchased the rollerbal version because i’m hoping santa will buy me a bottle for my birthday or Xmas will see.
I’ve decided to go on a no buy year i really need to stop buying some CRAP lol!!!
I looked at my collection and the only thing i will need to repurchased in 2018- 2019 will be foundations (i have 5 bottles of foundation 2 physicians formula the lightest shade is almost done and the darkest shade is for summer time, 1 Too Faced peach matte almost done and the only one matching me right now, 1 l’oreal infaillable too dark but i have some drops so i will try to used it anyway and 1 Guerlain lingerie de peau that match me but it is so sheer it’s nice to used for work but prefer a more opaque foundation for events and going out)
Also will need repurchased are some liquid eyeliner all my Lancome eyeliner are on their last leg and maybe some concealer.
I think my no buy should start in December wish me luck lol
 

lenchen

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Love cocoa wood only purchased the rollerbal version because i’m hoping santa will buy me a bottle for my birthday or Xmas will see.
I’ve decided to go on a no buy year i really need to stop buying some CRAP lol!!!
I looked at my collection and the only thing i will need to repurchased in 2018- 2019 will be foundations (i have 5 bottles of foundation 2 physicians formula the lightest shade is almost done and the darkest shade is for summer time, 1 Too Faced peach matte almost done and the only one matching me right now, 1 l’oreal infaillable too dark but i have some drops so i will try to used it anyway and 1 Guerlain lingerie de peau that match me but it is so sheer it’s nice to used for work but prefer a more opaque foundation for events and going out)
Also will need repurchased are some liquid eyeliner all my Lancome eyeliner are on their last leg and maybe some concealer.
I think my no buy should start in December wish me luck lol
I hear you on the no buy! next year, I will be purchasing skincare / fragrances, and beauty tools. I will only re-plenish items I run out of such as foundation, mascara, setting spray, primer, and lip gloss.
 

shellygrrl

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Staff member
FOTD...

* MUFE Step 1 - Hydrating Primer (around the crevices of my nose)
* MUFE Step 1 - Smoothing Primer (across my nose where I'm most porous)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Kevyn Aucoin SSE - SX01
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette
--- Cool Brown (through brows)
--- Grey (crease)
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* MAC Eyeshadow - Omega (transition)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Satin Taupe (lid)
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Concrete Jungle (outer corner)
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal
* Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* NARS Velvet Lip Glide - Unlaced
 

shellygrrl

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FOTD...

* Kevyn Aucoin SSE - SX01 (just where I needed some coverage; I didn't want to do a full face of foundation today)
* Bobbi Brown Corrector - Extra Light Bisque
* NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* MAC Prep and Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base
* MAC Paint Pot - Camel Coat
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette
--- Cool Brown (brows)
--- Grey (crease)
--- Cool Grey (lashlines)
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal
* Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick - Chai
 

shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...

* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Inglot AMC Brow Liner Gel - 18
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Sand Dollar
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Unexpected
* mix of the above eyeshadows
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Twilight (also used wet with some Fix+)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Indian Ink
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Concrete Jungle
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* NARS Blush - Sex Fantasy
* Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon - Glacé
 

shellygrrl

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I went to update my 2018 Makeup Purchases doc because November is bound to be another no purchase month for me, and I noticed that this year to date, I have seven months where I've not purchased any makeup (or related). I don't think that's happened in a very. long. time.
 

jennyap

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I went to update my 2018 Makeup Purchases doc because November is bound to be another no purchase month for me, and I noticed that this year to date, I have seven months where I've not purchased any makeup (or related). I don't think that's happened in a very. long. time.
Way to go!
 

shellygrrl

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Sunday's face, which I wish I took a photo of because I really liked it overall!

* MUFE Step 1 - mix of Mattifying Primer and Smoothing Primer (used across the nose)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette
--- Cool Brown (brows)
--- Grey (transition/crease colour)
--- Cool Grey (outer half of lid + into crease + part-way across lower lashline)
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Moondust (inner half of lid)
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - 02
* MAC Lipstick - Blankety
 

lenchen

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November 2018

Beauty/makeup Purchases: PatMcgrath​, wow I'm very impressed with the quality of patmcgrath eyeshadows, and lipsticks I'm blown away really. I was able to go to the Bougie mall near me, that has a huge Sephora in it. I swatched the Holiday metamorphosis palette, I purchased on the spot, same with the Natasha denona gold palette. I missed out on the Lisa Eldridge release (I intended on getting velvet jazz, and velvet ribbon, but it wasn't meant to be, so I got the dupes from path McGrath Elson-dupe for velvet ribbon, and geneuive dupe for velvet Jazz. I purchased the Foreo UFO, I must say I absolutely love it! not necessarily a need, but nice to have, (I would only purchase if you get a nice discount). I purchased the Lamer Powder brush, (it's nice) glad I got it with the discount else I wouldn't have purchased,(not worth 84 bucks) I got the masks to go with the foreo, Perricone MD refreshing shower mask, and last but not least Sonia G PPRO eye brush set.

Clothing and accessories- 2 sleeveless lace tops at 50% off plus my $20 gift card $40.00 total

Total spent for (Beauty/make-up)this month = $500.00-total spent for the year 2215.00/1400.00

Gave Away /Disposed Of/Used UP:

Gave away: nothing this month

Disposed of: nothing this month


Used Up:
ELF Lip scrub, Sephora make-up remover wipe in coconut, Shulwasoo cleansing oil (will not repurchase), MUFE Waterblend foundation(will repurchase next year) in the meantime I'm using my Chanel vitalumerie aqua

Will Dispose Of: nothing.

On The Horizon:
Samuel Jordan oil with retinol, another Vintner's daughter oil (I'm using 80 bucks worth of gift cards beautylish event to purchase) Yuli perfecto skin PM, Sisley masks, and Differin gel.

Favorites of the month:
Sonia G cheek brush, Sonia G foundation brush, Sonia G eye brushes the original release(currently using the PRO brushes the for a couple of days, I love them!, Chikuhodo T-1 brush, Tom ford Bronzer brush, hakuhodo b104 powder brush, Pat McGrath holiday bronze temptation palette, Viseart warm, and neutral mattes palette, and Natasha denona gold palette. Cover fx magnifying setting spray, NARS blush in love joy, and MAC lipstick in heroine.
 
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fur4elise

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November Check-In
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And away we go…into the thick of the holiday season! Thanksgiving was so very nice. As always, I am so very thankful for so many things…even when they can be challenging and difficult.

Purchases:
Ulta ~ I was given a total of (3) 20% coupons and used a total of 2. By the by…another 20% prestige coupon arrived on Dec 1st, good until Dec 24th.
Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette – This brand was a happy surprise! Thank you @VAL4M ~ I am enjoying both the Warrior & Nubian! In fact, if I had paid attention to this brand sooner, I probably would have skipped the UD Naked Heat and a few other palettes. However, Nubian and Heat complement and work well with each other.
• Ulta had a great deal on the UD Naked Cherry (20% off + 500 bonus points). It was like, “Hey…have this palette for more than 50% off!” So, I had the palette…lol!

Sephora ~ I am so proud of myself! I made one purchase and one purchase only during the VIBR sale dates (I mentioned that purchase last month.) So after the sale, I went ahead and redeemed my Rouge reward for the exact amount = Free stuff!
Huda Beauty Nude Palette – This was going to be a skip, but the more I looked at it, I thought it could work well with the UD Cherry.
UD Naked Cherry Lipstick – Devilish
MUFE Smoothing Primer – 15ml tube

Gave Away /Disposed Of/Used Up:
Gave Away: Clothing and boots = Happy student worker. She is kind of my style match.

Makeup: KVD Light & Shade Eye Shadow Palette – I never reach for it anymore and it had 8 untouched shades. New Marc Jacobs mini gel liner. UD Naked Cherry eye shadow brush – I will never use it.

Disposed of:
Mascara Disposal Round-up: None this month

The remnants of the Ordinary 7% Glycolic Toner and 10% Lactic Acid – I ended up getting rid of two new bottles of each. They just did not work for me. I think it was messing with the texture of my skin. Sometimes more and stronger do not translate to better! I have cut back to using just the Herbivore Blue Tansy in combination with the Ordinary 30% AHA/BHA (the "blood") mask two times a week.

Used Up:

Rusk W8less + Hair Spray - a long time favorite. I will replenish at some point.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Serum – It is out of rotation for now.

Will Dispose Of/ Give Away:
Some lower end makeup brushes (Crown, Real Techniques). I am really zeroing in on tools I really love. Knowing I was going to add the newly released Sonia G Pro Eye set, I went through and weeded out about 10 brushes.

Favorites of the Month :heart: / In Heavy Rotation:

My OG MAC Pencil Brush ~ I don’t think they even make this brush anymore. Such a good tool! [Update: This is quickly going to be supplanted by the Sonia G Pro Pencil! Still a good tool.]

Juvia’s Place Nubian and Warrior E/S palettes

On My Radar ~
Wow! Here we are with the end of year in sight!


Black Friday/Cyber Monday-Week/Holiday Madness ~
Well, this has passed and some money has been spent. I choose to count it towards December and will post about it at the end of the month. I wonder if in future, I need to break out a separate category for these sales?

General thoughts ~
I know I went over my allotted budget for the year, BUT I also know I have spent far less than last year. I am counting this as a win! Once I do my end of year breakdown, I can put together my 2019 plan. I can see doing what @lenchen mentioned in last month's post, breaking out both my skin and hair care into separate budgets.

And like both @lenchen and @VAL4M, my beauty lust/must list is very very short now! Meaning the focus shifts to replenishing essentials for skin and hair care and beauty basics like: primer, foundation, setting spray, mascara, etc.

Fitness Stuffs ~
Well, it is official! We are heading to Punta Cana the first full week of January. My goal is to keep on shaking & moving my tush, training with hubby and keep things tight food-wise. I already feel great, so I am motivated. I have two pretty bikinis I bought this summer that I never got to wear. Summer is hubs’ work season. He works outdoors the entire time and the last thing he wants to do is go to the beach. So I (we) really look forward to a beach vacation. The best part...walking on the beach!

Holidays ~

I love this time of year! I just got the tree up last night...it takes me a few days to get it decorated. I like to take my time unwrapping and placing each ornament. Of course a glass of wine makes it all the more enjoyabe ;) @elegant-one shared some beautiful crafts she created. An amazing advent calendar! Totally inspiring! I am nowhere near that crafty, but I do love to make candy and bake...So I have gathered a few new recipes and plan to make some yummy goodies to share.

Also, getting more into the spirit of things, this Saturday my Zumba group has “Zumba Around the Christmas Tree.” It is a 2 hour event/class that is a fundraiser and gift drive for children in need at a close by elementary school. We are all supposed to dress up in holiday gear! I found a silly green & white striped skirt with matching tights. I’m topping it with hat & scarf with flashing mini LED lights and lots of bells. Going all out! Fun fun fun!

I hope all of you are finding fun and happiness this season as well! x0x0x
 
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shellygrrl

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Yesterday's face...

* MUFE Step 1 - mix of Mattifying and Smoothing Primers
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Brown (brows)
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Baby Face (lid)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Omega (crease + face contour)
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Friend Zone (outer lashlines)
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* Makeup Geek Blush - Main Squeeze
* Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Cruella
* NYX Slim Lip Pencil - Deep Red
* Kevyn Aucoin SSE - SX01 (to clean up the liplines a bit)
 

shellygrrl

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FOTD...

* MUFE Step 1 - mix of Mattifying and Smoothing Primers (across porous areas)
* MUFE Step 1 - Hydrating Primer (around crevices of the nose)
* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette - Cool Brown + Cool Grey (brows; the first colour was used from arch to tail; the second for the front of the brows)
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* MAC Paint Pot - Camel Coat (lid)
* MAC Paint Pot - Tailor Grey (I used a brush, took most of the product off on the back of my hand, and applied along the lashlines)
* Sephora Contour Waterproof Eye Pencil - 5th Avenue (smudged along the lashlines)
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal
* NARS Satin Lip Pencil - Rikugien
 

shellygrrl

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FOTD, with some inspiration from Lisa Eldridge's most recent tutorial...

* wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain
* NARS RCC - Chantilly
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Palette
--- Grey (wash over lid and up slightly above the crease + as contour)
--- Cool Brown (lashlines + back half of brows)
--- Cool Grey (front of brows)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Satin Taupe
* Clinique High Impact Mascara
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (to blend out/soften the contour a bit)
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal
* NARS Velvet Lip Glide - Unlaced
 

shellygrrl

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On Thursday I made my last makeup purchases of 2018: a couple of Covergirl mascaras. Mascara was a need, I'm okay with having two mascaras in rotation. They were also BOGO 1/2 off at Rite Aid.

And for my last FOTD of 2018...

* MUFE Step 1 - mix of Mattifying and Smoothing Primers (porous areas)
* MUFE Step 1 - Hydrating Primer (crevices of my nose)
* mix of wet'n'wild Photofocus Foundation - Porcelain + Becca SSP Liquid - Pearl
* NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Chantilly
* Cinema Secrets Ultralucent Setting Powder - Colorless (in places where I didn't want a lot of glow)
* Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
* Inglot AMC Brow Liner Gel - 18
* surratt beauty Expressioniste Brow Pomade
* MAC Prep and Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
* MAC Eyeshadow - Copperplate (lid up to above the crease; I am sad to say this will be tossed soon, it's just not performing as well as I remember anymore. I suspect a similar colour will be purchased in 2019.)
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Sand Dollar (to blend out any harsh lines above crease)
* Makeup Geek Eyeshadow - Fairytale (lid)
* MAC Eyeshadow - Indian Ink (lashlines)
* Covergirl Lash Blash Flourish Mascara (I think if you're into defined lashes above everything else, you may like this one)
* MAC Blush - Next to Skin (contour)
* NARS Blush - Sex Appeal
* Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon - Glacé
* MAC Lipstick - Blankety (to lighten the above)

2019 Low-Buy Thread will be going up a little bit later is up now!
 
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lenchen

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December 2018

Beauty/makeup Purchases: PatMcgrath
​ platinum bronze palette,Natasha Denona mini Lila palette, I purchased 4 chanel perfume gift sets for some of the women in my family, and for the first time ever, I made VIB rouge!


Clothing and accessories-2 sweater skirts, a poncho,2 pairs booties, 2 pairs of courts

Total spent for (Beauty/make-up)this month = $550.00-total spent for the year 2765.00/1400.00

Gave Away /Disposed Of/Used UP:
Gave away: the following went to fellow beauty enthusiasts: Brushes-2 MAC 272 a white angled eye shadow brush, Second marc Jacobs the bronzer brush, (this got scratchier with use) It cosmetics #3 brush, 2 sigma concealer brushes, and a chikuhoudo MK1 brush. I received a PAT McGrath palette Subversive palette for Christmas, while the palette is beautiful, I agree with the youtube thefancyface, the shimmery glittery palettes just isn't for me, the mini palettes are more up my speed. I did like the mothership decadence palette buttery shimmery shades not glittery/sparkly,(I missed out) I have the metamorphosis palette for comfort
:)
Disposed of:

Used Up:
quelques fleurs solid perfume, wishtrend 21.5 vitamin c, shulwhalsoo facial cleanser, NARS Catus flower cream blush
Will Dispose Of: nothing.

On The Horizon:
Sonia G brush pro face brush set, 3 Wayne goss eye/face brushes that beautylish is bringing back from his old discontinued set that I missed out on.Skin care, mascara, primer, eye primer, foundation, and lip balm replacements only.

Favorites of the month:
Sonia G PRO eye brush set, 4 Path MCGrath palettes, Natasha Denona gold palette, Chanel vita lumier aqua.

2018 Makeup favourites:

Foundations:
MUFE Face and body
CHANEL Vita lumiere Aqua
MUFE Stick foundation

Powder
Cover FX

Eyeshadows
PathMCgrath mini palettes
Custom single eyeshadow palette
Tom Ford cream color for eyes spice

Eyeliners
Marc Jacobs highliner

Highlighters

MakeupGeek Ablaze
Makeupgeek Firework
Makeupgeek Ignite

Blush
NARS Cactus flower
NARS Rotonde
NARS Liberte
NARS Love joy

Lip Products
MAC High TeaMAC Freckle tone
MAC laugh a lot
MAC Heroine

This year I went over my budget partly because I combined haircare, makeup and skincare, I should have created separate budgets. I did spend less in makeup this year than in 2017.
 

shellygrrl

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My July-December update, which was also mostly uneventful.

No Buy
Pre-made eyeshadow palettes -- None purchased!

Pigments -- None purchased!

Eyeshadow primer -- None purchased!

Face primers -- None purchased!

Mascara -- Purchased two Covergirl mascaras just before year's end.

Proceed with Caution
Brow products -- Nothing purchased, though I still had eyes on some brow pens.

Single eyeshadows -- None purchased, though I still have eyes on multiple ones.

Eyeliner pencils -- Repurchased Sephora 5th Avenue at a deepish discount during my birth month.

Bronzers -- Did not buy a new bronzer but used my Body Shop one a little bit more.

Lipsticks -- Nothing purchased, but I did get the Bite birthday set Sephora offered when my birthday came around, and I've been enjoying the lip colours from that.

Setting powders -- Backburned.

Contour -- Backburned.

Lipliners -- None purchased.

Lipglosses -- None purchased.

Concealers -- None purchased.

Points of Focus
Foundation -- Nothing was purchased, but I did end up tossing my MUFE foundation. I think this is something I'll be focusing on during 2019.

Blushes -- Nothing purchased.

Brushes -- Nothing purchased.

Highlighters -- Finally bought the liquid version of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, and it's something that I use often. Totally worth the loooooooong wait for me. (Seriously, I think I've had this wishlisted in some form since the early 2010s, mainly since I first saw Lisa Eldridge use/talk about it in one of her earliest videos.)
 

jennyap

Active member
I finished out the year with a couple of indulgent purchases, taking advantage of the Pat McGrath sale (which effectively covered the shipping & taxes for me). I picked up the platinum bronze palette (snap [MENTION=57180]lenchen[/MENTION]!) and Luxetrance lipstick in Pink Ultraness. I've played a little with the palette so far.

Overall this was a very low-buy year for me.
Total purchases:
7 lipsticks
1 single eyeshadow
1 palette

That said, it was also a very minimal makeup wearing year too, the number of days when I went bare-faced but for lippy was really high, and even my 'with makeup' days were pretty low-key. I was pretty boring with my lipsticks too, stuck to a handful of neutral-ish favourites for the most part (to the extent that I actually finished a couple!)

For 2019 I hope to start playing with my stash more, and reignite the sense of fun to get more use out of all the lovely things I have. I wonder if I can go completely no-buy for a year while I do that?
 

VAL4M

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Like I said this year was a real bust
I calculate early December the money I spend in 2018 and my total spend came close to 4000$ in makeup/skin care this year WTF????
I went hard with the eyeshadow palette and single eyeshadows (mostly indie brand so that make me feel better right??)
The only positive for this year is that my Credit card is down, I didn't need to go to much in my saving for xmas purchased.
Also a positive I used up a LOT of makeup I finished 4 lipsticks! I did a pan that palette project and finished most of it. I finished powders, cream products and so on.
Happy new year every one!
 

Alysse011

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Hello everyone! Happy New Year!

I just went back through this thread to reminisce on my posts and...I never really posted. I guess I really kept it to my bullet journal for the most part. So, even though I haven't kept y'all updated on how things are going, I still wanted to participate in an end of year recap!

2017 Recap:

I did a lot of life things in 2017. I got married. I went to multiple friends weddings. I went on a few small trips. I went on my honeymoon.

In regards to makeup, I spent a lot of time during the first half of the year trying to figure out what I wanted my wedding makeup to look like and then finding suitable products. I did my makeup and hair myself because we got married in a different city than where we live, and I had no opportunity to have a trial with anyone. This lead to some spending that I would say is out of the norm for me since I wanted "special" products, and I also was trying different things to discover what would work best for me.

My honeymoon was in August, and my husband and I had saved up quite a bit so that we would be able to do as many fun things as possible without feeling guilt or like we needed to hold back. We had an amazing time!

After the honeymoon is the period of 2017 when I really started to evaluate my relationship with shopping. I did a lot of self reflection and found that I do think I had some kind of shopping problem. I say this because I've never really stuck to any sort of budget that I have laid out for myself. I've never gone so far as to be in debt because of it or cause any real and serious issues, but I do realize that it could become an issue. I think the shopping problem used to be much worse. I do think that in 2017 I improved and I know that in 2018 I improved even more. But, I still decided to do a replacement only no buy in 2019.

Along those lines, I also feel like my idea of what is "normal" or "okay" to pay for cosmetics has become way too inflated. I've spent enough time shopping at Sephora/Nordstrom/Neiman's that I no longer have sticker shock over things that I probably SHOULD still have sticker shock over. I'm not saying that luxury products aren't ever worth it to me or that I don't enjoy indulging. But, for me personally and where I'm at in life, I shouldn't look at luxury makeup and not pause and want to know why it's that price, what makes it special, etc. I would like to reset my mind back to how it was before I became desensitized to certain prices.

I also decided in 2018 that I needed to stop flitting all over the place when it came to skincare. I feel like watching YouTube and browsing Instagram has normalized a 10 step or greater skincare routine. And often the morning and evening routines are comprised of entirely different products, and sometimes they even change day to day. In late November I severely cut back on skincare and I also chose one skincare brand to primarily purchase from. It was kind of exhausting to try to mix and match various brands, figure out if ingredients would clash, try to determine if the products could be used together or if I was duplicating steps, etc etc. I am way happier with my skincare now, and I feel like it's been more effective.

I also went on a no buy right after Black Friday for 1 month. I took one day off the no buy and bought 3 things - a new eye cream (I ran out of mine shortly after my no buy started) and 2 of the Tarte Chrome Paint eyeshadows (they had been on my wishlist for months, and I decided to go ahead and get them before my year long no buy started). I debated purchasing the Natasha Denona Gold palette, but I came to my senses and didn't buy it.

And with that, I am transitioning to the 2019 thread to post my specific replacement only no buy rules.
 

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