Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hanging On - No Buy

Guhhhhh!  Two months into no-buy

In the US, there are various discount events going on at beauty retailers and I suspected this was going to be tough. 

Sephora has the 20% off VIB event happening right now.  And because I requested to be taken off emails from them (along with many other companies), I didn't get any mailings about the event.  Of course, I am a citizen of the internet, blogs, Makeupalley so I knew the event was starting.  Did I need anything that fulfilled the terms of my no-buy and allowed me some leeway to make some legitimate purchases?

Last month, I purchased a brand new Ellis Faas concealer (here) and Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm (here) as I had run out and even got to use $10 worth of drugstore.com dollars.  I don't really need anything.

You know what's a dangerous thing?  Trying to stretch the definition of "need."  Do I buy if I need a replacement now, or do I buy because I project an anticipated need later?  I have plenty of my Eve Lom cleansing products (here) to last me a good 3-4 months of regular use as well as various samples lying about.  What if in 3-4 months, there won't be another Beauty.com 20% event or Sephora event?  Based on saving future monies, it's a practical need to spend right now.  Right? (or wrong?)

How much does reward factor into all this?  Do I need to motivate continued good behavior by allowing very small indulgences which help me feel not deprived?

Also, I'm cheap!

I am picking up a small item for a friend and without the store coupon, I went online to place an order and then realizing I didn't meet the $50 order minimum for free shipment.  I added $5 Boscia blotting linens (a bargain from the regular $10 and then 20% off!).  Then added another pack.  Then another pack.  To save $5.95 in shipping I kept on adding like a dozen packs of blotting linen.  I became a bit more clear headed and got a hold of a printable Sephora coupon to use in store.  (but what about ebates?)  *head slowly implodes*

If not makeup, can I buy a mirror?
This is from that very utilitarian brand SimpleHuman, which is more of a kitchen garbage can kind of a brand, but this lighted mirror is just $200 and available to purchase on Beauty.com with a 20% discount (here).

So no, I've bought nothing, and ended up spending a lot of brain power.  All for naught.  Obviously, I'm impotent with overthinking.  I also started to think a bit about a way to buy makeup again in a more reasonable manner.  Does balance exist for me?

Are you participating, wish-list making, executing killer buys?  What are you buying during the big events?

42 comments :

  1. I go through the exact same thought process - well, I don't need anything now, but later, there'll be no discount... so I'm practically saving money by spending money, right? But seriously, I had some money left on a gift card from Sephora and I was waiting for the sale to use it. In the end, I had a hard time picking up just a few things I really wanted to try, because nothing was THAT enticing. Also... I may have bought something from the beauty.com sale that I've wanted to try for a while. These past two months have been pretty bad for me in terms of low buy but now, I have so much to blog about!

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    1. Exactly! I'm SAVING money by SPENDING money. That's what I tell my husband all the time. I don't understand why he rolls his eyes at me.
      I'm glad I have lots to look forward to on your blog! That's exciting. I've literally been running out of things to blog about, hence such a filler post. ;)

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  2. LOL, this was fun to read!
    I hate those sales, make you buy stuff you don't need to. Then all those buy this much more and get this kind of thing... So dumb but works on me from time to time. *Sigh*

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    1. These sales tactics work on me most of the time, which is my big problem! :D

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  3. Money is so horrendously tight for me right now I've had to abandon all ideas of buying anything but essentials, even on sale. I tried to make do with a drugstore hair conditioner after running out of my regular (Deva Care), but it was a disaster. Rather than continuing to buy cheap drugstore hair conditioners that didn't work, I bought an liter-sized bottle of it on ebay. I even agonized over that (although I'm on the extreme end of the no-buy thing just now).

    This is a long-winded way of saying I just try to ignore it all, unless I run out of something essential. (I just have no self-confidence when my hair looks ratty, so I consider that essential. Hmm.)

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    1. I think there are certain products you can never let go and are essential five-ever. So I understand what you mean about the shampoo. Deva Care is for curly curls?
      Hope your cash flow improves some more, L.P and essential purchases don't remain so gut wrenching soon!

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  4. I'm an overthinker as well, only it *sort of* works to my benefit, though it would be nice to have that benefit without ever having to waste all that energy in the first place. :P I tend to vacillate forever before buying something, so eventually, it goes OOS or it is replaced by another lemming, and the cycle begins all over again. I don't think this is healthier than impulse hauling or any other kind of hauling because it is just as obsessive. But I do end up with less! XD

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    1. Ah, that's quite a strategy. It's like being on time, by being super late. I notice at work, if I delay making a decision until the point of ridiculously late, the conditions of the situation changes so much that I no longer need to do anything!

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  5. I'm really glad you posted this, because I just crossed off the Laura Mercier Artist palette from my "check out this weekend in Sephora" list. I honestly don't need it. And I crossed a lot off my FF list, too - my order this AM included only skincare products I'm about to run out of and Shiseido cottons (are there still rumors about a price increase?) and a Guerlain palette I've wanted for ages. That's it! Though I am going to the store this weekend to get one new lipstick. Also, I'm seriously reconsidering the RBR/Beautyhabit list I'm making in anticipation of their Black Friday sale. I don't really need more pigments or a lip balm.

    ...And now that I've written an entire paragraph about myself, I think you made the right decision re: not buying anything! I think you'll be happier you held off, especially since it sounds like you didn't REALLY want anything. And there's usually a 15% off sale at Sephora in March, right?

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    1. Any huuuge hauls I do (though well though through and planned) always end up with several duds. I think it's awesome-pants that you're editing and culling things down. The LM palette looks so pretty, but many of those shades looks very similar to each other, no? African Violet, swoooon though. What's the Guerlain palette you purchased? A 4 color or the big giant one?

      Good point about the 15% sale later, because, as we ALLLL know, there is always something else later on.

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    2. I have to keep reminding myself that there's always future sales! And yeah, I bought a 4 color - Les Perles. I don't love the formula of the older 6 pan palettes as much. And I love purples! But I still don't need the LM palette. It would be a great gift for someone, though.

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    3. LM palette is really pretty... I agree that the 6 pans are not as nice a formula as the 4s. My Les Fumes is way nicer than the one 6 pan I had.

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  6. Problem with buying too much is not getting around to using it. Sometimes I buy replacement skincare way before I finish it and then my skin changes and the backup isn't that great anymore. Those sales are evil and when I don't buy from them for a while I get an email saying 10% off or $10 off if you spend $65 or something.

    Sometimes I actually do run low on fun money because mortgage comes first. I've always been cheap with "fun or lazy" food. No coffee/fusion drinks ($5), no cake ($5 to $9), icecream ($6) no takeouts ($20)... honestly that is fair bit of saving if I behave and don't crave junk food. I usually think about the other things I can buy if I don't spend it on junk food...but that usually means I think about buying makeup or clothes that I don't need either lol

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    1. EVI-ILE sales tactics to make us lose our minds (because we're weak anyway)! :/ SOOOO true about skincare no longer fitting, especially as season changes. I also have this weird tendency, that if I buy a backup of a skincare item (one that's I've faithfully used for years and years), that as SOON as I have a backup, I lose all interest in using it. STUPID STUPID BRAIN!

      Great thing about moving to the suburbs is that I've completely reduced by incidental spending. When I lived in the cities, there's so many delicious treats (especially in Seoul) and trinkets to buy that I must have spent a fair bit. It's also ridiculous how thrifty I am about other things (like wearing the same old, leaky boots for YEARS) but never blinking an eye about spending oodles on cosmetics. But then again, a blog about yucky old boots is rarely so glamourous and pretty as makeup items. :) eh? eh?

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    2. Oh but boots are my weakness. I wanted those sexy CL boots but I know their shoes run too narrow on the foot part so lemming is dead. I would read a blog that goes on about how comfortable shoes are. Like how much they don't hurt feet after walking 2km in them. If they do hurt, which part of the foot would take the most damage. Styling is interesting enough but most of those blogs never talk about how what kind of pain or joy they get out of those items like makeup blogs talk about this foundation, e/s or l/s sucks coz drying creasing, skin reaction...

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    3. I live in comfy shoes now and have given up all the sexy heels. They are just not comfortable! I'm pretty sure I've caused some damage to my achilles from wearing the heels for so long.

      See, our beauty blogs are about look AND function. :)

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  7. To buy "just in case" or "just in time," that is the question. I know, right, if I buy now, when there's sale, I'll save $$, but I don't really need it now. If I buy later, when I really need it, then there's a possibility of no sale. What to do? What to do? And then, to make things even more complicated, sometimes to qualify for a certain discount, you'll have to spend X amount of money.

    Those are all nothing but tactics, my friend. Marketing TACTICS!! Dangit, girl, you know it, don't cave in!! Run, Belly, run!!!

    O.k. 2x, with that said, I have been purchasing things on sales that I know I'll be using, but rarely makeup. More like skin care (like moisturizer, or Phyto9, etc.) but I really try to gauge my current use, too. If I still have 3/4 jar-full, I'd probably pass.

    Bottom line is, I try to be more conscious of buying things when I need it "just in time," not "just in case" there'll be no more sale. In the long run, I really think you'll save more $$ if you are buying consciously as opposed to buying "just in case." I just think about how I used to have back-ups of many products that I ended up not using (because guess what, there's always newer, better products on the market). Also, think of all the freedom you'll have from not buying "just in case" product -- you are broadening up your choices for future purchases. If you purchase now, your money sort of tied up in that product like a dead weight.

    Finally, I also know that if I overthink it, I'll cave in, so I try not to. I just turn off the browser and go get myself something to eat :-)

    P.S. If you don't believe me, "Just-in-Time" is a philosophy of complete elimination of waste, initially adopted by big corporation, like Toyota. No, I'm not making it up.
    http://www.toyota-global.com/company/vision_philosophy/toyota_production_system/just-in-time.html

    PPS. Glad to have you back, Belly!!

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    1. Thanks for the article!!! :) Just in Time is an excellent business tactic, because there are costs associated with holding inventory. But IT TOTALLY applies with beauty as well! Even as you are holding onto replenishable items (like skincare) those backups accumulate, become old, and then trends move on (i.e., Belly desires a new oil cleanser) and the cost associated with getting rid of stale inventory (blog sale, RAOK, etc) is a butt PAIN.

      So half jars/containers... what should I do Claire? Meanwhile, my skin has never looked so amazing since starting my combination of Eve Lom and Amore Pacific.

      P.S. thank you for welcoming me back, Claire!!!! <33

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    2. Politely butting in to thank Claire for the excellent "Just in Time" thinking!

      Belly, stick with what's working, is my two cents.

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    3. Well, you are not making it easy for me aren't yaa??

      Hmm half-jars. Tough choice. And I can feel you, I'm a stickler to skin care routine that works (mine hasn't change much in years and I keep repurchasing those products forever).. I think then maybe you can safely purchase knowing you'll use it in the future. But then also, will you be finishing the current ones by the time Summer comes? Before Summer? would you change cleanser for the warmer months (I know I do..)? Those can play in your decision.

      Besides, you probably only use a bit of the Eve Lom right? I use my waxy cleanser hmm.. maybe a size of a small walnut/almond size, and that's plenty enough to cover face and neck. I haven't tried Amore Pacific, so I don't know how much you'd use those.

      Basically, I feel in general if you reason it out, within reason (LOL), then you will know what to do. I always try to remember that money is a tool of my discretion, not the other way around.

      You're welcome LP, I'm glad someone else enjoyed the article.

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    4. It's never easy, Claire! ;P
      I don't need moisturizer. I was just thinking about buying my two cleansers. but then again, I still have a full bottle of my discontinued Shu oil I still am using. Argh. So many things to waste brain energy on!

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  8. Oh, I've been going through this over-thinking process myself. There is nothing I need - all the essentials were recently replenished and my makeup drawer is overflowing. I have told myself I can buy a bit next month when I travel to London (Selfridges, Liberty, here I come - and let's not forget duty-free). Then this Sephora email shows up. Every time I consider a purchase from Sephora I have to decide between purchasing online vs in-store. Here in Quebec, a hefty sales tax is added to every purchase so I would rather buy online to save paying the sales tax, except I would need to spend a minimum of $75 (why do we Canadians have to spend more...grrrrr!) to get free shipping. I MUST have free shipping. Then I figure I should look for bigger ticket items but I don't need any skincare, and I don't want to buy a bottle of fragrance (my fragrance money is reserved for London). In the end, I've decided I'll buy a little Xmas stocking stuffer for my sister and maybe ONE makeup item for myself in-store. I go tomorrow. Hope I stick to my plan...

    Jane

    p.s. Nice to see you're coming back from time to time.

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    1. Can I just say I can never get over how expensive most things are in Canada compared to the US even though we have comparable currency exchanges. Isn't that so terrible? Do you not have to pay tax when you purchase on line? For us the law is going after the mega companies and forcing collection of state/local sales taxes for on line businesses.

      Free shipping is the devil. I've bought many stupid stupid little things that I really don't need just for the sake of fulfilling the FS purchase minimums. These companies get us every time!

      xoxo

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    2. Grrr... I think the law has been changed recently and now we are charged sales tax for online purchases. Last year I bought my eye serum at Sephora in-store and paid the sales tax. A few months later I bought another bottle online and was not charged sales tax. I suppose the upside is that I have even more reason to shop less.

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    3. HOORAY for unhelpful laws! HIGH FIVE!

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  9. I wasn't going to buy anything, and I've actually stayed away from Sephora. BUT LMdB is giving away a Kaleidoscope for a $200 purchase on their website. I wanted to get a couple of things. So far, I've only gotten 1 deal, but I see sets where I can kind of break things down and give some of the things I'm not interested in for gifts. LOL. This is ridiculous, eh? Anyway, I've really cut back on potential buys (the holidays = dangerous time), but I haven't been NOT buying.

    /brain juice gonez

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    1. Oh gosh, that LMdB offer was very tempting. Did you end up getting it? I think before it was just qualifying with skincare purchases, but then they added makeup right?

      Holidays get a little bit dangerous!

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  10. I walked out from a sample sale last night wasted $300 like they are the last of my budget. So I have to cross off all my cravings for not so frequently used makeup. Then, I have been *wanting* a couple of Chikuhodo brushes for ages and finally got someone to agree to buy them and ship to my place from Japan. The thought that if I don't buy them now they will increase in price next year or the YEN to CAD conversion would not be as good anymore worries me a lot. But buying them also means I won't get to enjoy many conveniences... Gasp... I think I just stop thinking and ... keep my no buy strong.

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    1. See what happens when thinking happens! :P
      We can keep strong! We can DO IT! Truth be told, my old old order of Chikuhodo brushes finally shipped. I am so happy to be able to play with them soon.

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  11. I do plan to purchase something at the Sephora sales event. I kind of had my eye on a Clarisonic, since I fell victim to a vicious in-store demo drive-by. I have about a million things that I could get, but I do need to be a little careful with what I spend on myself coming up to the holidays. That said, I desperately want to indulge in some of the holiday collections, so I may not be able to control myself.

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    1. :) What kind of demos do they have for Clarisonics? That's interesting!!

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  12. Save up Belly!!! Suqqu Spring 2014 comes out 31 Jan 2014!! :)

    Also so glad you're back to posting! Hope you managed to have a good break :)

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    1. :) I had a nice little mental break, Wen!
      Heh heh. Stop tempting me, you temptress!

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  13. I totally do this! I choose to save by spending because staples like concealer, foundation, face cream etc is so boring to buy - especially at full price! I'll use the sales to top up my supply and then add in a few fun bits.

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    1. Yep. This is normally when I buy my eye primers and cleansers if I were not on a no buy!

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  14. LOl I love to read your rambles, Bellyhead!
    I can understand what you mean.. Sometimes I rush to buy few things which I "need" and I ended up buying too many back ups.

    Yay that you're back on the blog :) Looking forward to read more of your make up reviews and rambles :)

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    1. :))) It's a terrible miscalculation when you end up with too many back ups.

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  15. Can I just say how impressed I am by your restraint!! Seriously. Despite your thoughts and inner dialogue, you've been so good!!! This deserves a dorito party or something :-)

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    1. hmmm, this is a though Gummykins. Replace alllll the makeups with a giant bag of Doritos!!! *smears orange all over face for makeup*

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  16. dude, i stayed up half the night for a week debating my sephora purchases. Thankfully, i had store credit to cover nearly all of it, but still. Lots of wasted brainpower AND sleep!

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    1. I really think once your collection gets to be the size of ours (large-ish), it really takes a lot of brain power to figure out what we really need or don't need. It's not really money related, more just active brain power related. That's what my brain tells me.

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