Beauty Low-Buy Update: Month Seven (You’ll Never Believe What I Finished… x 2!!!)

Go, GO, GO!  Moving right along into month seven and again, all things seem fairly equal.  This is all old hat to me now!  The trickiest part is remembering what I purchased throughout the month – thank god I’m anal and have a spreadsheet that tracks all my purchases 😛

Le Guidelines (I’ll drill them into you yet!):

1) Makeup: Purchase no more than 10 items per season (excludes replacing staples of foundation, concealer, powder)
2) Nail Polish: Purchase no more than 5 polish per month
3) Skincare/Haircare: Use one, Buy one

It felt like I was shopping a lot last month – and indeed for the whole month of July I was a little less thrifty than I’d like – but it was mostly that I was buying bigger ticket items rather than larger quantity.  I’m hoping to pare down to next to nothing for the rest of August and all of September – only 45 days till New Zealand, yeehaw!!

Purchased (July 20-August 19):

– Aveeno Eczema Care Cream ($12CAD)

– TiGi Catwalk Curl Collection Curlesque Curls Rock Amplifier ($23CAD)

– L’Oreal EverCreme Nourishing Leave-In Spray ($12CAD)

– Parissa Strip Free Hot Wax and Microwaveable Warm Wax ($10.50CAD each)

– Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow #24 ($33CAD)

–  Too Faced Sun Bunny Classic Bronzing Powder (swap)

–  a-England Camelot ($8CAD – promo)

– Laura Mercier Eye Color Duet in Suspense (approx. $25CAD)

–  MAC Raizin Blush (matte) (swap)

–  Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L102 ($36CAD)

–  NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More (approx. $28CAD)

I had to write out the whole TiGi product name because it’s absolutely insane – and how many times do you need to say CURL for people to get that it’s for CURLS?!  Jeez Louise.

I just realized I had the waxing kits turned to the French side – my bad!  I have a very traumatizing yet hilarious story about these kits, but I’m going to dedicate it’s own post to them so keep your eyes peeled.

Also, just word to the wise – I bought that GA Eyes to Kill shadow from Neiman Marcus (remember, one of my fave shopping sites?), and it came to $35.90CAD taxes and fees in.  As compared to $42CAD plus tax ($48.30) at Holts.  So I saved myself almost $13.  Canadians, do yourself a favor!  I also order the NARS gloss pencil and the LM eyeshadow from Neiman’s, because I’m impatient and they were in stores here yet 😛  Savings wasn’t as good though.

I did a fair bit of swapping this month – some items still to arrive – and I’m really pleased with the two items here I picked up.  MAC’s Raizin would look terrifying to many people as it’s so dark and brownish, but on me it looks really good.  FOTD coming up soon!

Used Up (July 20-August 19):

– Fresh Brown Sugar Body Lotion (100mL size)

– Life Brand Skin Relieving Moisturizing Lotion

– Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (50mL)

– MAC Nico Lipglass (discontinued)

– OJON Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy (sample)

– Clinique Comfort On Call (preview sample)

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Mascara

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

– Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit Rollerball

So, not too much going on here, I guess – OH WAIT IS THAT TWO BOTTLES OF PERFUME I SEE YES IT MOST CERTAINLY IS!!!!! 

…Ok, sorry.  But seriously dudes, how frickin’ cool is that!?  I can’t remember the last time I finished a fragrance – hence why I always buy the smallest sizes possible, because I get bored and then they take forever to finish!  I’ve had that J.Lo. bottle since I lived at home, which is AGES ago, and I never wear it, but this summer I kept spritzing like mad, determined to finish it once and for all.  I used to love sickly sweet scents like that, but now it’s a bit too much for me.  Unfortunately for my bf, every time I wore he was like “YUM!” and I had to keep reminding him that I was never buying it again.  LOL.

The rest really is kinda ho-hum though, couple ‘o mascaras, a small Clinique DDMG along with a preview sample jar of a product we no longer sell, my trusty pseudo-Aveeno body lotion…all kinda boring!  I finally made peace with myself over never being able to finish that horrid MAC gloss – gah, what an awful shade, that SA should be shot – and decided out it goes.  I also finished up the Fresh Brown Sugar cream I got in a gift set at Christmas; loved the scent, but didn’t trust it not to burn my skin off, so I used it very infrequently and in impervious places like my feet.  Lastly, I had a sample of the new OJON Rare Blend Oil, which I think is a bunch of hooey as the first ingredient is dimethicone, which pretty much ensures none of the good stuff is even touching your hair.  Meh.

And now, Le Recap:

1) Makeup:  4 makeup items purchased + 2 swap [6 non-staples this season (Summer)], 3 used/tossed
2) Nail Polish:  1 polish purchased this month (18 total since the beginning of 2012)
3) Skincare: 3 skin/2 hair bought, 4 skin used
*bonus: Two fragrances used!!

It’s funny – I look at the purchases I made and think “Geez, that’s not too crazy!”, but when I told my friends that I only buy a couple actual makeup items per month, they said “Uh…that still sounds like a lot” LOL!  THIS is why I blog, so I can feel normal!!  I know you guys totally get it 😛

Anyone else still doing some sort of a no/low-buy!?  I am *almost* tempted to do a no-buy for the rest of the time until New Zealand…it would be a great challenge, and I think I’ve gotten all the fall items I wanted from the collections (which is to say, not many…I was sort of underwhelmed by a lot of it!).  I’m not sure its wise though, given how I don’t work well with total restrictions – and I stop in L.A. on the way to and from NZ, so that could be disastrous lol.

Do you think that 3-4 makeup purchases a month is too much (or not enough)?  What have you finished lately that you’re proud of?

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  1. #1 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on August 20, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    I hate when hair oils claim to be something when the first ingredient is a silicone. Really bugs me!
    Nice job! I think you did really well. I wouldn’t go on a no buy until your trip though-I think you don’t really need them anymore. You’re so much more grounded about your purchases now. Wish I was haha!

    • #2 by Latoya on August 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

      LOL Thanks Tracy! I’m not sure if thats totally true but I think I am more discerning, anyway. I still seem to spend a lot, though 😛

      And it is totally irritating about faux-oils, because – if it were just oils, all the good stuff, it’d work so well and speak for itself!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by Sweet Make Up Temptations on August 21, 2012 - 11:13 am

    Latoya, I think you are doing extremely well… I admire you. I was proud of a 6 month long no-buy but then the consequences where worst at the end… I bought too many things afterwards…
    I think it depends on the price of each item and your budget, based on that, 3 or 4 don’t seem much to me !

    • #4 by Latoya on August 23, 2012 - 11:56 am

      I know exactly what you mean, Sonia – I did a complete no-buy once and ended up going totally crazy afterward – not good! I think 3-4 items are reasonable too! Guess its just us beauty addicts 😛

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by Larie on August 21, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Haha, I love that you used “hooey.” It made me laugh. I think you’re doing fabulously!!! And look at all the stuff you’ve finished! I will prolly never finish a fragrance o_O

    • #6 by Latoya on August 27, 2012 - 11:16 am

      Thanks Larie!! I think I’ve only done it once before, it’s friggin’ hard! Especially if it’s something you like but not love. It wasn’t a great month overall but the frags redeemed me a bit, hey? 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  4. #7 by Amy on August 21, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Really nice job, Toya! I’m super impressed 🙂 And I laughed so hard when I saw that your friends think a couple items of makeup a month is a lot––I can hardly believe your restraint! Oh, beauty addicts, we live by different standards 😉

    • #8 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:42 am

      Don’t we, Amy?? I was like ‘Uhhhhh…’ lol. But everyone has their thing! So it’s ok 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #9 by makeupmorsels on August 21, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    woohoo Liz! I’m so proud of you, especially for the perfumes 🙂 Can’t wait for your hilariously traumatizing story, and I’m SO EXCITED for you. New Zealand! Land of the hobbits! Ahhhh 😀

    • #10 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 21, 2012 - 11:31 pm

      LOL MM – you must have been skipping from my page to here

      • #11 by makeupmorsels on August 21, 2012 - 11:33 pm

        whoaa what happened did I do a name switcheroo? Sorry ladies, it’s the move I tell you! So scatterbrained lately (more so than usual).

      • #12 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:48 am

        Hehe I forgive you – I would be flattered to be called Liz any day! 😉

        Sent from my iPhone

    • #13 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:50 am

      It’s going to be EPIC, MM!!! I will have to post a travel recap for sure 🙂

      I need about eleventy more hours in the day, I forgot about the waxing story too – damn, I’m so behind :S

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #14 by Becca @ The Beauty Sample on August 21, 2012 - 5:52 pm

    Whoa–thats actually super good! I can’t remember the last time I finished so many items in a month! Crazy! And I’m so jealous/excited for you! I want to go to New Zealand SO BADLY!

    • #15 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:45 am

      Haha thanks Becca!! The countdown is really on now!! I can’t wait either 🙂

      I think I am more hard on myself when I don’t finish any makeup items. I keep buying it, but if I’m not using it up then it just keeps accumulating…yikes! 😛

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #16 by My Lucite Dreams on August 21, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    3-4 is. It enough! But great job. I never finish a fragrance either, before I grow tired of it, except once, but it was a small oil ‘Kai’ . I want the georgio Armani shadow! I look forward to the Mac shadow FOTD 🙂 what I want to do is finish a blush!

    • #17 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:47 am

      Oh man, I hear you Taylor!! I would be totally, completely impressed if I finished a blush. I saw someone online do it once and I was totally blown away. Maybe some day…!

      I’m so behind on posting but I hope to get that FOTD posted soon, along with a few others!

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #18 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 21, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    I gotta come back and read this thoroughly but TWO PERFUMES. DUUUUUUUDE. I’m spraying the crap out of my fave Guerlain AA Mandarine-Basilic because it’s close but probably won’t happen this summer. And thankfully at least your BF LIKES your perfume – would you be able to finish it if he hadn’t? Good job to you both! lol

    Ahhh, it’s good to have some “normal” friends to keep us in check sometimes, right? 😉 I’m supposed to be on a total ban but still pick up a handful of things per month. I can’t believe you bought only one nail polish this month. They’re so easy to fall prey to. I’ve gotten two but want like two dozen.

    • #19 by Latoya on August 28, 2012 - 6:53 am

      I am super-picky with polishes right now Liz, I dunno….I think a lot of the shades coming out aren’t great for my skin tone maybe?? Hmm.

      I’m going to be on a serious ban for the next while due to circumstances out of my control, unfortunately. It’s probably a good thing but when it’s not by choice it kinda sucks.

      Sent from my iPhone

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