Today is my official 100 days of my No-Buy! *throws confetti*
My No-Buy primarily focused on not buying makeup / skincare as per my rules (no net new items unless it’s to replenish a finished product). To a lesser extent, I also committed to not make any unnecessary clothing purchases. I won’t lie, it’s been difficult, especially in the early days of clearance sales and Target Canada closing (hence me breaking my No-Buy in January and having to restart).
I shared my progress report at 28 days and I plan to do milestone achievement posts to keep myself accountable. If you’re contemplating on doing a No Buy or a Low Buy, now that I have my 100 day No-Buy badge, I thought I’d share some tips.
Take an inventory
It may seem tedious but doing an inventory of all of your current stash is helpful to truly appreciate how much makeup you own. It also helps to sort and categorize products to see if there are perhaps duplicates or even gaps in your collection. This information will help to channel your makeup purchasing decisions in the future.
Shop your stash
I know, this is the mantra for many of us No/Low-buyers. How does this work, exactly? Well, a real example for me is: I really really want the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Shopping my stash reveals that I already own the Maybelline Fit Me concealer which is supposed to be a dupe. So I have to use up that first – I also have a host of other under eye concealers that I need to either toss or finish up:
Another strategy of shopping your stash is to create makeup looks from your current makeup collection to keep things fresh and interesting. We all gravitate toward new and shiny things, but what about the forgotten gems hidden away in your stash? Digging into my collection and rotating my makeup looks have given me a fresh outlook on what’s in my makeup cache: I recently rediscovered my forgotten Tigi eye shadows, which are fabulous!
Remove yourself from email lists
It’s very tempting when my inbox screams “Sale! 50% off entire site! Limited time!” at me on a daily basis. I feel like I’m missing out if I don’t jump on a sale, but here’s the thing: these sales always come around again. You know that every season, they do a seasonal clearance sale, and Black Friday, Boxing week rolls around every year. I’ve also been receiving emails with “We miss you! Come back, here’s a discount code”. This is a customer retention tactic and I’m not going to fall for their tricks! Either remove yourself from the distribution list, or just delete all of your promotional emails daily (gmail is handy for this since they separate all of my promotions email into a separate tab).
Create a Wish List
It’s unrealistic to eliminate all wants and desires during the period of No-Buy, no matter how long it is. Sometimes I worry that if I don’t run out to buy that item I saw on tv, or read about in a blog or magazine, that I’ll forget about it and I’ll miss out on something great. To that end, I have also incorporated my wish list as part of my makeup spreadsheet, so that I can note down items and shades I might be interested in purchasing once my No-Buy is over. I also have a pinterest page where I note down my lemmings in a visual way.
If you’re an impulsive shopper, it’s probably best to avoid going to stores that focus solely on beauty product such as Sephora and Ulta. I know it’s probably unrealistic to avoid going to the drugstore altogether, but if you must go to pick up your cough medication, head straight to the appropriate cough medication aisle and avoid browsing or lingering in the beauty section. Don’t tempt yourself unnecessarily! Go shopping at the drugstore with a list, if you must.
Try before committing
Say you find yourself at Sephora and you’re convinced you need that miracle serum or foundation that will make your skin flawless. Stop, drop and roll! Sephora is very good about providing try before you buy samples – their business model is built on sampling! Often, testing out a product first will save you money because the performance versus claims usually don’t align.
You may have noticed that I haven’t listed “avoid makeup blogs” on this list, because I believe that it is healthy to have an outlet. Online blogs and forums provide a “window shopping” experience and can also provide a supportive environment for those of us also on No-Buys (just like when I had that emergency MAC lemming). I feel as though I have a buddy system with my follow No-Buyers! It’s probably easier for online people to understand what you’re going through than your real life non-makeup obsessed friends (I call them Makeup Muggles). Perhaps we should start a MUAA (MakeUp Addicts Anonymous)?
For those of you who are currently doing a Low Buy or No Buy – what are your tips to stay on track?