ph: Steven Klein for NARS (Holiday 2015)
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?