Aug 1, 2012

No-Buy Update: Month Two

All right! In the second month of my no-buy/use-it-up I have finished........

*drumroll please*


To be fair, I also went about 3 weeks without wearing any makeup or lotion. I bought one hot pink nail polish this month (and felt bad about it). I still sometimes think I'm being too hard on myself over such small pleasures, especially considering I don't spend money on vacations or video games or skiing or anything else. But then I think there are people who don't even have food. But then I think, quality of life, and I'm not stealing from anyone. Le sigh. It goes round and round. Stupid morality.

I'll keep you updated on next month.

Jun 30, 2012

No-Buy Update: 1 Month Down, 5 to go.

Well, I kept mostly on track.

I didn't kick the no-junk-food and no-coffee habits, but I did manage to stay away from beauty products!

....Mostly.  I bought an extra mascara but haven't allowed myself to open it yet. It has to wait until I finish the one I'm using. There is also a bright pink e.l.f. blush that somehow made its way into my cart, but as soon as I got home I stashed it with the rest of my non-project-pan stuff, which is out of reach on a high shelf in my closet that takes a chair to get to.

Speaking of which, I decided on a Project 30 Pan. I've actually done multiple undocumented Project Pans in the last couple of years, so this isn't new to me. Instead of just hitting pan, I want to use them up. Here we go:

13 Maybelline eyeshadows
12 mini Sephora lip cremes
1 Stila Lip Polish
1 Eternity by Calvin Klein hand cream
1 Very Irresistible by Givenchy hand cream
1 Origins Ginger hand cream
1 Nicole by OPI Nic's Sticks nail polish (hot pink)

The other stuff I use doesn't get switched around much anyway, but I'm not particularly trying to use them up. The stuff above is stuff I've had for a while (like 1-5 years) and needs to get used up now. Not sure yet what I'll do if I use up something else first.

Jun 2, 2012


The day before I started my No-Buy (Memorial Day) I was lemming a bunch of things. I picked them up and put them back down. Then on the first day I was sorry that I put them down, but I told myself, hey what good is a no-buy if you're just going to haul before and after? But then I think, life is short, buy the fun stuff. And then I think, no! Be responsible! Have limits for yourself! It's important for being a proper human being/world citizen! So instead I'm going to make a list of my lemmings here (see below). When this is over, I'm buying myself a new set of brushes and a laptop, and then presents for others.

It's also hard to decide if I want to do a Project Pan or just see where I get at the end of six months (first world problems). I don't hoard that much, so I'm not sure I need a Project Pan, but I also want to use up some stuff I've had for too long and get new stuff... For example, that Stila Lip Glaze that I've had for nearly 4 years? Yeah, that is getting used up NOW. (It's a twist-up, not a wand, so the liquid is not teeming with germs, don't worry!!)

Anyway, here's a list of my lemmings:
Essence nail polish in Choose Me!
Essence Stay With Me lip gloss in Hottest Pink (not sure if it's my color though)
Revlon Whipped Colorstay foundation
Palladio Wet/Dry foundation
Aida Grey foundation
bright/neon pink blush
red blush
e.l.f. eye shadow primer (heard good things)
many different particular mascaras
Urban Decay eye shadows (I think I was boycotting the brand for some reason but now I don't remember)

May 30, 2012

6-month no-buy!

I've put myself on a no-buy from the day after Memorial Day until Black Friday. That is exactly 6 months and one day.  (And honestly, most of my buying after that will likely be holiday presents for others). This no-buy includes EVERYTHING, even coffee (I can buy a pound of coffee grounds and make it at home, just no Starbucks or anything like that).  Of course, I can buy necessities (like toothpaste), and any staples I completely run out of (like mascara). Basically, all I can buy is staples, because even my food is going to be clean from now on. No white sugar or flour; nothing deep fried. My family has been baking bread lately so even that is going to be fresh. I'm trying to rediscover my drawer full of art supplies, and get some pictures on these walls. If I need a break from work, I'm going to go outside. (5 minutes of fresh air will do way more good than 5 minutes on youtube.) If I want a new facial mask or scrub, I'll make it at home with fresh, natural ingredients. It kind of bums me out because I wanted this Philosophy scrub I saw for 60% off, and I'm still trying to crush the lemming. But then I remind myself how much healthier and cheaper it would be to make one with brown sugar and olive oil at home. I need healthier right now. I think we all do.

May 5, 2012

cloudy sky

This is just a lack of cleanup, not horrendously big white cuticles. My cleanup brush died on me the other day.

Apr 13, 2012

color blocking

Trying to decide if I should purge these three colors. The blue is the same blue as the previous post.