Hello, and welcome to the two-month mark of my makeup no-buy! I very nearly bought a lot of items, but I resisted. Mostly.
It’s not that hard if you don’t look at makeup on the regular and window-shop, online or offline. While I still do read blogs and watch beauty videos, there aren’t a lot of items that I feel like I need to have now, omg, so it’s not so hard anymore.
Some lessons I learned, though:
— Do not go to a beauty event if you can’t really buy anything.
— Do not go into beauty counters “just to look”
That’s pretty much it. I went to a shu uemura event, which was apparently a launch for their 30th anniversary collection and I had like a mother. When the Karl Lagerfeld Collection came out, I bought so many items that I earned myself a loyalty card upon check-out.
I was very, very tempted, but then I swatched some of the eyeshadows and the ones I was able to check out were powdery as hale. So I bolted before I rationalized and convinced myself of committing a grave error. Phew!
I also said no to the Le Métier de Beauté VIP subscription thing, which is basically a special LMdB Subscription Box. Ah, my brokered heart. </3 I still have half a month to decide whether I want to or not, but it is logistically going to make me a very, very poor person because of shipping charges and whatnot.
I looked into third-party shipping places and I would have to spend at least Php 9,600 or $200, at least, on shipping charges alone. I emailed the LMdB PR and was informed that shipping from UPS each month would cost $72. So that was a deal breaker for me. Which is so sad because I am such a huge fan!
But anyway. Something happened.
Items I did end up purchasing. I have to explain some purchases I caved and bought, and it’s up to you to think if that’s cheating or not.
Ordinarily, I would say that this is cheating, but the circumstances of these purchases are as follows:
— I asked my sister’s friend to purchase the items for me when they were released on May 10. She wasn’t able to get them.
— Another friend was on her way to Japan for a holiday, so I asked her.
— These are limited edition items that can only be purchased in Japan or through retailers who mark up the stuff quite a bit.
— It’s Jean-Michel Basquiat and eyeshadow. I didn’t stand a chance.
Like I said, it’s really up to you to call me a cheetah, but I don’t really feel bad because a) I bought no cosmetics this month, and b) it was an opportunity that I grabbed, because no one I know who I feel comfortable asking to be my mule really ever goes to Japan.
I think one of my biggest lessons here is to really think about purchases before buying them on a whim. Sometimes, I go into NARS and buy shit on impulse. I mean, it’s been known to happen more than once. And I don’t want to be that kind of consumer, really.
So there, I’m back on my ban, though. I would argue that I didn’t really go off on it, because of technicalities and my own stupid logic. Of course, I would argue that, but I hope you guys understand. 🙂
And then, these are tools and non-makeup things but are also somewhat makeup-related.
— Make Up Store Brush Soap
— Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
I had a big list of things I want to buy when I reach
my freedom date the end of this ban, but I don’t really feel like buying them anymore. Is it maturity or guilt from these items? You decide!
I have four months to figure out if I want them anyway, so I’ll be mulling over them a little. I’m leaning towards “I don’t need them” right now, but who knows if that will change. Thanks for reading! Four months to go. 🙂