My makeup low-buy: Why I’m starting to shop my collection

My makeup low-buy: Why I’m starting to shop my collection

I’m a makeup lover, there is no doubt about it. However, at the start of this year, I was determined to curb my shopping habits. When it comes to buying new clothes, shoes and accessories, I’ve gotten to a point where it’s only if I need to replace something in my collection. I’m quite proud about that. However, when it comes to makeup, I’m not as disciplined.

Knowing the Sephora VIB Rouge sale is right around the corner (they’re normally sometime in April), I started to fill my cart with things that I wanted. I started a wish list on my phone to keep track of what I want. Then, I looked at the grand total and that’s when it hit me. I spend too fucking much on makeup.

I went through a phase where I would only buy when I have either (1) used something up or (2) made some extra cash. Then March rolled in and I bought so many things. This week, I walked into CVS for a box and walked out with a new bronzer AND blush. I ordered from Colourpop when their new spring line came out. I made an order on Macys when there was a coupon code. I tallied it up and I spent over $500 just this month alone on makeup items and we’re not even done with the month.

So here’s the line in the sand: I’m going on a makeup low-buy and giving myself a budget of $50 a month for the rest of the year. The budget rolls over to the next month – for example, if I only spend $25, $75 is available next month. But on the flip side, if I overspend $25, I only can spend $25 the following month. I’m going to really try to not spend even closer to that, but I am going to be posting here more frequently on updates on the low-buy.

The goal is for me to really look at my collection and use what I already have. I have a whole Glossier pink bubblewrap bag filled with mascara (and some running over). I have two whole drawers of samples and new items to try. It’s just not reasonable for any one person to have so much makeup. This will give me the opportunity to focus on finding things that work for me, instead of buying new items just because they are new. I will continue to destash items that don’t work for me and donate anything that is brand new that can’t be returned. I’m not striving to be a minimalist, but I’m also not trying to have an entire store in my vanity.

I know this is going to be rough. Seriously, rough. But I hope by the end of the year, I’ll have found my HG products and saved a bit of money along the way.

This also means this blog will shift in focus a little bit. I always want to make sure that I’m recommending things that I truly like, but I also want to focus on be a mindful consumer – and give you guys those thoughts as well. Instead of favorites posts, I am going to start a monthly beauty review and give you small reviews of the makeup and skincare items I have been using. Of course, I’ll be doing the longer, more in depth reviews that can hopefully help you decide whether or not you should be spending your money. Lastly, I’ll be posting more “non-beauty-beauty” posts, where I talk about the industry and trends, instead of just talking about products all the time.

Are you on a makeup low-buy or no-buy? What are your tricks and tips?

’til next time, xo!

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