What I learned NOT buying makeup…

100 DAYS IS OVER! Yesterday I completed my no-buy.

I embarked on this 100 Day No-Buy for a few reasons…

  1. Money: I worked very hard this summer and didn’t want to blow it all on makeup. One lipgloss at CVS here, an eyeshadow there…it adds up.
  2. Space: I have an excessive amount and quite frankly, I don’t have anymore room.
  3. Quantity: Constantly buying new products left me unable to enjoy one.


There are a few makeup items I bought. I had to buy a new mascara and brow gel because I deemed them necessary. I also bought a new foundation because my summer one was just too dark and there was no making it work anymore, no matter how much blending I did. Aside from these three things, I was true to the no-buy.

Now that’s it’s over, here’s what I learned…

  1. I came to school with a set spending money budget for each semester. Shocker, shocker, I was way ahead this semester!
  2. I re-fell in love with a lot of products and discovered what products I wasn’t using (stay tuned for my Makeup Trash post)
  3. I realized just how hard not-buying makeup was!
  4. I found I couldn’t even open promotional makeup emails. The sadness was too real.


I HIGHLY recommend that if you are a beauty junkie, take a break. You don’t have to do 100 days. Try a month! It is very enlightening!

Thanks to all of you wonderful people xoxo



  1. fortheloveofgloss
    November 9, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    Congrats on completing your shopping ban! As my New Year’s resolution this year I vowed not to buy any unnecessary beauty products for the duration of 2014. Less than two months to go! I also try to avoid the promo emails (I’m such a sucker for a free gift with purchase!) and have rediscovered some treasures buried in my own makeup bag. And the amount of money I have saved is pretty ridiculous. The best part so far is that my bathroom seems to be getting bigger as each month I throw out empties and DON’T replace them! Will you try to maintain some of your shopping self control now that your ban is over, or have you already made up for lost time at Sephora? 🙂

    • November 9, 2014 / 12:46 pm

      Wow that is incredible! Big congrats to you! I agree it does feel very rewarding when you finish a product and it’s nice to rediscover old products. I did take advantage of the VIB sale but really think I have a different shopping perspective now. Congrats again to you, I’d love to read a post on your experience after a whole year!

  2. November 9, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    It’s so true …I should do it for at least a month , simply because I have way too much products already. My weakness is when I see an item on sale 🙁

    • November 9, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      I’m a sucker for sales too! It’s really nice not buying though too. A month is a good goal! Go for it!

      • November 9, 2014 / 3:59 pm

        Nothing till 2015 … I’ll keep you posted !!! ( Anyway after the 20% off at Sephora’s , I’m broke 😉

  3. November 9, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    so inspiring! I’m doing the same thing right now actually but for clothes! Not totally cutting myself off but trying to buy essentials only and I’ve rediscovered my old favorites like you mentioned!

    “the struggle is too real”

    Can you do a review of like your top 3 lip colors for winter? I wear the same lipstick every single day and need some suggestions 🙂

    • November 9, 2014 / 9:34 pm

      That’s awesome! It’s quite the money saver! Oh that’s a good idea! I’ll have to pick out some good winter shades!

  4. November 10, 2014 / 12:16 am

    Ah this is such a good idea! I’m def considering doing this! 😀

    • November 10, 2014 / 12:17 am

      Thank you! I’d really recommend trying it out! Best of luck if you go ahead with it 🙂

  5. November 10, 2014 / 10:54 am

    Enjoyed reading this can agree on all of the points.. im still buying but im more particular and not going for every new product that is launched xx

    • November 10, 2014 / 11:39 am

      Yes! New launches are so hard I agree!

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