100 days is a long time and now, I’m upping the the game. I did 100 day makeup no-buys in 2014 and 2015 but haven’t done one since. Now I’ve added and extra 20 days and another category…clothes.
Yes, I am crazy. When I was coming up with excuses as to why I couldn’t do a no buy, I thought, how will I tell my peeps about the new stuffs at the store? But then I realized if I am relying on buying new things to create new content, I’m not very creative and should probably reevaluate my whole process. I’m excited for the next 120 days. I think it’s going to be a huge creative challenge both personally and for my blog. I’ll need to find ways to refresh my closet for spring without buying new items and develop new content with what I already have. I’m confident I’ll be able to do it, because there is certainly enough makeup in my chest and clothes in my closet, it’s just going to be a matter of reframing how I look at things.
I always find it really rewarding on the other side, as hard as it is in the moment. I’m also trying to save up money for vacation in July and generally know that I can cut back. I’m not one to go out on a huge shopping spree, it normally happens pretty “unconsciously” for me, which is why it’s a problem. I’ll throw a pair of sandals in the cart at Target when I’m grocery shopping, because they’re only on sale for only $13. I’ll grab a lipstick when I go to CVS to pick up a prescription. I’ll grab an eyeshadow quad at Ulta when I stop in just to grab hairspray. It adds up.
Exceptions: If I need the “necessities,” like a new mascara or eyebrow gel, I will get those. I’m just not buying extra fun makeup. I also might need to get a dress for a wedding in June, but I’m going to try and work with what I have or borrow from a friend. Other than that, no new additions to the wardrobe.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by whatever your vice is, makeup, clothes, dishes (I’m looking at you, mom), then go on a no-buy for a month and see how it feels. Chances are, you won’t ever regret not buying something.
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