Why No-Buy 2015

In 2014 I went on a bit of a makeup buying binge especially toward the end of the year.  I keep a detailed multi-tabbed Excel spreadsheet that tracks my beauty stash, including date of acquisition (I’ll devote a blog post explaining my spreadsheet in the future, I promise).  From the spreadsheet, I was able to determine that in 2014, I acquired:

  • 22 blushes
  • 56 eye shadows (I count individual shades in palettes, so a quad = 4 eye shadows)
  • 112 nail polishes – I blame Illamasqua for this.  The counter inside The Bay was closing shop and the brand was leaving North America so I had to not only stock up on my favourites, but also take advantage of the 25-50% clearance sale!   I own a total of 46 Illamasqua nail polishes, and 39 of them were acquired in 2014…
Illamasqua
Sample of an Illamasqua haul from 2014

At some point toward the end of the year, I realized that I really like my current stash and I truly wasn’t searching for “that next best thing”.  So No-Buy 2015 was instated.  What I’m trying to accomplish:

  • Go through my “untrieds” (similar to those of you with unworn clothing in your closet still with the tags on them!)
  • Finish up what I currently use
  • Rediscover old favourites
  • Not add to my current stash (or “clutter” as my bf calls it)
  • Potentially purge items I don’t use

Mainly I’m focusing on not buying more cosmetics, and on a lesser extent, no unnecessary clothing and accessories.  I don’t typically have issues with buying a lot of clothes and accessories, but again, 2014 proved to be somewhat of an anomaly because one of my favourite clothing shops, JACOB Boutiques, went bankrupt.  Again, I just had to stock up and take advantage of the clearance sales!

It’s not one of the goals of my No-Buy, but a nice side effect of not buying unnecessary things is saving money.  I should mention here that I’m financially stable and shopping is not a financial problem for me – I have no debts and I have healthy savings for the future.  In fact, freeing up some of my spending on cosmetics and clothing in this year will mean I can channel that money toward other things (still pondering on what I can spend it on).

Here are the perimeters of my No-Buy 2015:

  • No buying net new items in these categories:
    • makeup (including nail polish)
    • skincare
    • body care (including fragrance)
    • clothes [undecided if full year]
    • accessories (jewellery, shoes, purses) [undecided if full year]
  • Replenishment of basics is fine (used up my face cream? Ok to buy a replacement)
  • New items are allowed in product categories that I don’t currently own anything in, if I deem a newfound need for them (ie. physical exfoliant, lip scrub, brow tint)
  • Buying presents in aforementioned categories for other people is ok (yes, this Marc Jacobs eye shadow palette is for “my friend”.  Honest.)

That’s it.  Pretty simple, right?  Right?!

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