Saturday, April 1, 2017

March No Buy Conclusion & Review

ph: Steven Klein for NARS (Holiday 2015)
ph: Steven Klein for NARS (Holiday 2015)

With March come to a close, its time to evaluate how I fared on my March No-Buy. Did I end up caving in? I am going to say No. In fact, I spent the majority of the month with a negative credit card balance.

In terms of fashion purchases, the 31 day waiting period quelled any passing fancies. And to be honest, I don’t have to be anywhere most days so I have an abundance of clothing to suit my needs. And my wardrobe purge still continues. My habit of online browsing remains, but at least there is no real compulsion to buy.

The No-Buy was the most useful in halting the impulsive consumption of beauty products. I had a mental wish-list of products that I was planning to try come April: The Ordinary, a new vitamin C serum, glycolic pads…it’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of magic potions. The No Buy forced me to work through my current stash that it became a mark of pride to add a bottle to my empties. As my use of actives dwindled, I found my skin looking better and brighter. My current actives are down to prescription 0.025% trentonin and a Andadalou Naturals: Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask 1-2 days a week. (It smells so good, that I really have to restrain myself from eating it). The pumpkin mask was actually purchased in February, but I didn’t use until March after I finished another product. Makeup products, I treated just like fashion purchases. There are passing temptations for blushes and lip colors, but at the end of the day, where am I going in these?

Did I make purchases outside of gas, groceries, and business? Yes, of course. I didn't see a no-buy as a reason to delay doing something I've meaning to do "just because" or declining an opportunity to see old friends. Ultimately, the No-Buy allowed me to slow down my pace of consumption--to think more critically of my habits and what purchases will align or bring joy to this new routine.


Did you do a no-buy recently? And what was your outcome?


  1. I haven't done one, but I really need to. Maybe this month...starting after today.

  2. First of all! That picture - eerie and honest at the same time! I love it.

    I bought one lipstick about two weeks. I returned yesterday. It just looked so 'off' on me.
    That Pumpkin Honey mask sounds so nice. But, I have a few masks I would love to use up before I get something new.

    Currently, I am sticking to prescription retinol (Thank you for suggesting to just see the doctor instead of spending $100 on Retinol Reform) and SK II essence and Alpha Beta peels. I think I am all set until for the next couple of months rotating between them.

    Congratulations on having two goals at the same time - negative CC balance and better skin. I tell you, it doesn't happen often and it doesn't happen to everyone :)

    P.S: I like that label - method to the madness

    1. Thanks!
      I thought the NARS picture sums up how I spend my days now and I love a little bit of eerie fashion.

  3. I don't shop for clothing very often--my weaknesses are beauty products, fabric, and yarn. I've recently cut waaaay down on my makeup consumption, and have vowed to use up my existing stash of fabric before buying any more.

  4. Good job! I'm not on a no-buy, but I gave myself a 12-item limit for the year. I thought buying one thing a month would be fair. BUT!! I'm already over half that limit and it's only April, and fall is my favorite for fashion buys, so we will have to see.

    Also still constantly cleaning my closet, sadly I have had to say goodbye to some of my favorite shirts because of damage/yellowing.

    I've not added anything to my skincare routine, just switch out different brands for the same products when I run out. Currently waiting for my blush to run out because I want to try the Glossier cloud paint next.


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