Resolution LOW-BUY 2020

VAL4M

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Wow, I can't believe I'm already here to post that my budget is gone for the month.
I bought from Chanel official site: a new eyeshadow palette and some multi gloss cream (89€) and lipstick 37€. The gloss thing is horrible btw, but I will force myself to use it as I cannot return.

Then I was generously gifted a 40€ gift card from my mom for valentines day (too sweet) for a local cosmetic store, which I ended up combining with a 20% coupon so I ended up paying a little under 29€ for my Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. Which all in total comes up to a little bit under 155 (just like last month 5 over budget, but last month I was able to wait longer, ai ai ai)


I do have a confession, I had a work personal talk yesterday and while it wasn't bad it wasn't the outcome I was hoping for. I ended up watching youtube videos and saw one that said "Full face with Dior", and was a sucker and made an order on the Dior site for just under 150€. I tried twice and twice it gave me a server error, but when I logged in on another browser they both appear in my order list? So weird. Nothing has been reserved on my visa. Anyways I already shot them a mail that I want to cancel one (obviously) but not even sure if the money for the first one was received. So if I can cancel it I will, if not I will take it and make either March, April, June or July a no buy month for anything beauty.

First depends when the Chanel Les Beiges collection hits the site (love Les Beiges, pick up at least one thing each year), and I hope I will hate the Chanel summer collection lol.

I had my eyes on the Nars overlust? afterglow? the cheek palette but seems like that will be pushed to the back burner. Def will need to buy foundation next month, I will work with what I have this month.


Does anyone have any tips how to be stronger and stick to resolutions more?
I need to be able to step off the buying train for whenever I'm sad. I don't even buy for myself alone, I buy for everyone because of the shopping high :(

Anyways let me say it officially: I am done for the month!
🤔 not easy , get off the internet, maybe? I know i when i trained more are work more or see my friends more i’m less on the internet and spend less also binge watching something in Netflix but really i also have the same problem so who i ‘ m i to give advice 🤷🏻‍♀️
 

r0mini0n

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I work in webdesign so I'm on the internet all the time, but even if I wasn't at work I'd still use it at home. I don't think I could live without the internet, sad truth! I know I should not get so involved in youtube and sign off on brands on Instagram or e-mails,I just can't get myself to do it. Paypal is too easy as well. I'm a marketeers dream, I fall for anything as well lol. Especially if I already like it, doesn't take long to convince me!

Speaking of the Dior thing, I saw that they cancelled an order and the first one hasn't come through on the card yet. I don't even think the payment went through. Yet no reply to my mail.
 

fur4elise

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Muah! 😘

Hi!!! So January recap!
I spend some money.... ok that was nice see you! will be back next month!!! LOL

ARgh!

From a local designer I purchased the cutest pink top see below (not me in the picture it's her IG page)
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Can I just say I love / lust a good sleeve...this is super cute!

I WANT SO MUCH THINGS ! :cry: - Don't we all?! 🤪

Win for the month
I really wanted the Natasha Denona Love palette but I have her cranberry palette and it is the same colours and the other half i have those colours ten time in my other palettes and singles.
So i no dont want it anymore.
🏆
I'm making good progress in finishing makeup (foundation, panning a palette, hitting pan on some eyeshadows, redescovering old palettes etc.) -
This was an inadvertent goal for 2019 ~ It has also shown me exactly what I keep coming back to again and again. I actually tossed a Guerlain 4 Seasons because it was down to pan and just fell apart.
 

fur4elise

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FITbit versa do you need to wear a waist ban for heart beat? I have a polar M400 and the first time that gave up was the heart beat monitor with the waist ban. it still count my steps and my distance but I know after 2 years it is already dated. mind you i'm not a gadget girl I only need to have a stop watch for when i'm running in the city and I need to stop at some intersection but sometimes it is nice to just more data on your workout.
In years past I used several different Polar models including the HR7 strap, the A300, A360 and I think a straight forward HR monitor...cannot remember the model name. Then Fitbit came out with a model like a Polar that did not require wearing the chest strap...which for me is a pain in the tush. I wear the Versa to track my training and activity, I use it to prompt me to move hourly during the work week, and as an alarm clock (silent vibrate mode). I guess it is more of a lifestyle tool than anything. I like getting my weekly reports...they keep me aware and accountable. I really like it alot. :)
 

lenchen

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Suddenly every beauty YouTuber I watch is speaking of these brushes. A couple of years ago I would have fallen for it so hard, now I just back away when something starts to pop up so suddenly. Maybe if it was just Mel T or Michele W but since they started doing collabs with brands I'm iffy. Plus Hannah LP mentions them and I don't trust her at all, she's become such a PR shell out. Anything she mentions I will carefully avoid.
I agree 100%
 

VAL4M

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In years past I used several different Polar models including the HR7 strap, the A300, A360 and I think a straight forward HR monitor...cannot remember the model name. Then Fitbit came out with a model like a Polar that did not require wearing the chest strap...which for me is a pain in the tush. I wear the Versa to track my training and activity, I use it to prompt me to move hourly during the work week, and as an alarm clock (silent vibrate mode). I guess it is more of a lifestyle tool than anything. I like getting my weekly reports...they keep me aware and accountable. I really like it alot. :)
oops yes chest strap gueez my english is so rusty lol thanks for understanding me!
 

fur4elise

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Does anyone have any tips how to be stronger and stick to resolutions more?

I need to be able to step off the buying train for whenever I'm sad. I don't even buy for myself alone, I buy for everyone because of the shopping high :(
I think there many different ways to change a habit. The thing is it is challenging but once you change your mindset and say no that first time, it can get easier. What do I do when I'm tempted?:
  • I add the temptation to a lust list - This keeps me from impulse buying. By putting whatever IT is, on my list, I remove it from my immediate thoughts.
  • I redirect / distract myself - I go do something else...play with the cat, dog...go for a walk, go get coffee, talk text email...
  • Make it a real reward for accomplishing something. I am the queen of delayed gratification!
  • Focus on making memories vs.buying things. Another lady here shared that with us couple years ago. She talked about how not spending so much money on frivilous things, allowed her to do fun things like, go to concerts, go away for the weekend, extended travel...all because she started saving money.
When I started it was hard and I slipped up now and again, but it does get easier! Let's keep chatting on this! You have lots of support here!
:hugs:
 
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r0mini0n

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I think there many different ways to change a habit. The thing is it is challenging but once you change your mindset and say no that first time, it can get easier. What do I do when I'm tempted?:
  • I add the temptation to a lust list - This keeps me from impulse buying. By putting whatever IT is, on my list, I remove it from my immediate thoughts.
  • I redirect / distract myself - I go do something else...play with the cat, dog...go for a walk, go get coffee, talk text email...
  • Make it a real reward for accomplishing something. I am the queen of delayed gratification!
  • Focus on making memories vs.buying things. Another lady here shared that with us couple years ago. She talked about how not spending so much money on frivilous things, allowed her to do fun things like, go to concerts, go away for the weekend, extended travel...all because she started saving money.
When I started it was hard and I slipped up now and again, but it does get easier! Let's keep chatting on this! You have lots of support here!
:hugs:
Thank you so much for the tips! I think the lust list is something I should definitely follow!
I also learned again this month that buying new things from the internet doesn't seem to work out for me that well. I either don't like the product or the shade is not what it seemed. I need to shift my mentality that one failed thing does not make a failed year. Still ten more months to go!

I am honestly very grateful to have you ladies to talk to here! There is nobody I know irl that is (that much) into makeup that they would even understand I need a budget to contain myself.

Little update: I got the Dior order cancelled. I did pick up one item from the three that I ordered at a 25% discount somewhere else which puts me over my budget. I also replaced an eyebrow palette with that discount but I am granting myself to not count this towards my budget because I only buy a product like that every 2 years to refresh.

I am making a little breathing room as well, decluttered a bunch of old lipsticks along with some powders that I never ever used anymore but still let sit. I have enough to still use without buying more!
In other news, we had a huge tree fall down because of a storm and had a little breakdown at work which led to a conversation that was much needed. I will however not distract buy buying things but am just trying to get it out of my head now!

Again, very glad you ladies are allowing me to take up space here! and while it is a marketing scheme, happy valentine to all :)
 

lenchen

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I think there many different ways to change a habit. The thing is it is challenging but once you change your mindset and say no that first time, it can get easier. What do I do when I'm tempted?:
  • I add the temptation to a lust list - This keeps me from impulse buying. By putting whatever IT is, on my list, I remove it from my immediate thoughts.
  • I redirect / distract myself - I go do something else...play with the cat, dog...go for a walk, go get coffee, talk text email...
  • Make it a real reward for accomplishing something. I am the queen of delayed gratification!
  • Focus on making memories vs.buying things. Another lady here shared that with us couple years ago. She talked about how not spending so much money on frivilous things, allowed her to do fun things like, go to concerts, go away for the weekend, extended travel...all because she started saving money.
When I started it was hard and I slipped up now and again, but it does get easier! Let's keep chatting on this! You have lots of support here!
:hugs:
These are really great tips! The experiences v. Things really hit home for me and I've been trying to do that for the last few years..
 

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fur4elise

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Thank you so much for the tips! I think the lust list is something I should definitely follow!

I am making a little breathing room as well, decluttered a bunch of old lipsticks along with some powders that I never ever used anymore but still let sit. I have enough to still use without buying more!
Decluttering for the Win-Win! 🏆

More about how my lust list works ~ If I have added an item it is usually because it is a new release being played up and it caught my eye. What happens next is this:

  • I wait for real world reveiws and swatches - This has helped with either eliminating the item from the list e.g. Poor quality product, colors wont' work, poor value for the money, etc. AND it keeps me from making a purchase I will not be happy with. I dislike having to return things!
  • I shop my stash! Like most I think I am drawn to things I already like. Chances are I have a suitable dup or very likely already have a similar item in my wardrobe...often this leads to me pulling it out and using it.
  • If the item survives the first two steps listed above, then I must really really like it ;) LOL! What I do is add it to my :heart: list (ulta, sephora, beautylish, brand website...). Then I wait until there is a sale / coupon. Sometimes I will end up purchasing the item, sometimes I don't.
 

shellygrrl

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I have a Google Doc that serves as a cumulative wishlist (I also use loves list/wishlist/favourites features on various sites). I have it broken down into sections (eyes, face, lips, multi-use, brushes/other tools), then further down into categories (e.g.: eyeshadow, mascara, foundation/tinted moisturizer/CC cream, lipstick). I add something when it catches my eye and wait it out for a while. Every so often I go through my wishlists/various sites, and if something that once caught my eye doesn't anymore, I take it out. And then I try to prioritize.
 

shellygrrl

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