my beauty low-buy: february check-in

Low Buy Thoughts: February 2019

Another month has flown by and this month’s low-buy didn’t go too well. As I anticipate that this will be a long blog post, I’m going to jump right into it.

january returns

As I said in last month’s check-in, I did purchase 6 items, instead of my rule of 3. However, at the beginning of the month, I did end up returning the Benefit Hello Happy Foundation and Cover FX Power Play Concealer.

The Benefit foundation was just not what I was hoping it to be – a skin tint. That’s what it’s marketed as, but the shade range didn’t really work for me. I did end up purchasing something else (more on that below) that is in a shade that works for me.

As for the Cover FX concealer, it was just so heavy for me. I love their Power Play foundation, but I think that the concealer isn’t as good. The doe foot applicator has a round tip, making it difficult to get a small amount on your face.

After those two returns, I kept the Urban Decay All Nighter, Violet Voss Mini HG palette and the two LA Girl Foundation mixers. I love each of these items and the foundation mixers were a game changer for me. It makes getting my shade right for my foundation so easy. If you struggle to find a good shade match, these are 2 inexpensive options for you to try.

falling off the wagon

This month, however, I did go a bit makeup crazy. I’ve bought a total of 12 items, which is just…a bit bonkers. It’s definitely more than the 3 item limit and I’m not going to sugarcoat this: I bought a lot of makeup.

Out of the 12, I bought 4 foundations, 2 concealers, 2 bronzers, 1 setting powder, 1 setting spray, 1 primer, and 1 lip tint. Almost half of the items were on my “replacements only” list, which isn’t great.

Here’s what I bought:

  • L’Oreal Fresh Wear Foundation in 460
  • MAC Face and Body Foundation in C4
  • Dior Forever Foundation (new formula) in 3WO
  • Wet n Wild Photofocus Stick Foundation in Golden Honey
  • L’Oreal Full Wear Concealer in Biscuit
  • Fenty Beauty Concealer in 230
  • Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer in What Shady Beaches
  • Milani Silky Matte Bronzer in Sun Tan
  • Fenty Beauty Setting Powder in Butter
  • Wet N Wild Matte Setting Spray
  • Wet N Wild Matte Primer
  • Dior Lip Glow in Raspberry

I do feel bad that I went overboard, especially for such a short month, but now that I’ve had a few days to think, I’ve decided to make some changes to my low-buy rules to be stricter and help curb the habits that brought me to this place.

rule changes

Looking at the list above, I could see where I went wrong. So, I’m adding the following rules, based off what I learned:

  1. No more drugstore shopping, with the exception of my Neutrogena Hydroboost Moisturizer, shampoo and body wash. That’s it.
  2. No more shopping with a coupon in mind. No exceptions.

These two rule updates are made to combat something that I have a hard time grappling with: the desire to save money. I know that seems counterproductive to a low-buy, but I find myself buying a lot at the drugstore because of coupons. Whenever I go to CVS to pick up a non-beauty item, I end up getting over 3 feet’s worth of coupons. A lot of times, I end up going back and picking up 3 more items that I just don’t need.

Here’s how I am going to think when considering purchases: “Would I buy this at full price?”

If the answer is no, then I definitely should not buy it. If I really wanted an item to add to my collection, I should be willing to buy it at full price. The discount should be a bonus, not the reason.

Cutting out drugstore purchases is also going to help – while there are a few items from the drugstore that I do like, it’s not the majority of my collection. I’m more likely to declutter drugstore makeup because of its low cost, but what I really want to cut out is the overabundance of makeup in my collection. By cutting out where I’m more likely to overspend, that should help alleviate that issue.

i figured out what i love (and hate)

The one silver lining of this whole month: I found out what I like and what I don’t like.

First off, highlighter is not for me. I know, this is probably the most controversial statement for a beauty blogger. I found myself reaching for highlighter less and less. In the end, I’m getting rid of a ton of my highlighters, especially those I haven’t reached for. I’m writing up a highlighter round up of all the highlighters I’m keeping, so stay tuned.

Second, full coverage isn’t for me. Again, another statement that goes against that super glam Instagram looks with falsies. Because I have a weird undertone, full coverage just looks like a mask for me. I like having a foundation that is lightweight, but nearly undetectable on the skin. My favorite right now is the Dior Face & Body in 3WO, which is a tad too dark, but is easily remedied with the LA Girl foundation mixer.

Lastly, I’m wearing less and less eyeshadow. I think the eyeshadow cull is going to happen soon – eyeshadow is something I haven’t been bothered with for most of this month. I have quite a few colorful palettes that I think I’ll end up decluttering, which are just collecting dust. If I do end up wearing eyeshadow, I’ve been reaching for my Viseart palettes or my new Violet Voss palette if I’d like a pop of pink.

It’s funny to think about how many eyeshadow palettes have come and gone through my collection. However, I do think I’m at the point now where I don’t want to keep anything that I’m not going to use, so a declutter is surely happening in the future.

final thoughts

Despite not keeping to my rules, I think February has been a learning month for me. I anticipate that next month will stick to my rules, as my interest in new makeup releases wain.

For March, it might be tough, but if I really stick to my guns, I can do this. I’m going to be more diligent about either bullet journaling or even doing mini blog posts to talk through items that I might purchase. If I have it written down, I think I’ll hold myself more accountable.

How are you feeling about your low-buy or makeup purchases in general?

’til next time, xo!

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